St. Augustine Amateur: Saccente Builds His Lead to 4
Michael Saccente leads by four at St. Johns Golf Club<br>(Twitter, St. Johns Golf Club photos)
Michael Saccente leads by four at St. Johns Golf Club
(Twitter, St. Johns Golf Club photos)

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (October 14, 2017) - Michael Saccente (Edgewater, FL) has opened up a four-shot lead in the St. Augustine Amateur, following his opening 67 with a two-under 68 at St. Johns Golf Club.

It was the second straight day that the University of North Florida redshirt freshman posted the low round of the day.

Related: Saccente Leads St. Augustine Amateur with a 67

Saccente started the day with a one shot-lead over Rasmey Kong (W. Palm Beach, FL) but picked up two shots on Kong at the long par-four second hole when Kong made a double-bogey. Kong went one under the rest of the way, eventually finishing with a 71, but still lost ground to Saccente.

Saccente made two birdies (at 8 and 17) and sixteen pars to shoot his 68. He has been bogey-free for 34 straight holes going back to his only bogey of the tournament so far, which came at the 2nd hole in round one.

Giulio Castagnara of Italy, who recently completed his golf career at Texas Christian University, tied Saccente for the day's low round, making four birdies against two bogeys for a 68. Castagnara was six shots behind at one point but played the final seven holes in three under to get into a tie with Kong at one-under 139, four shots back.

Mauro Antonio Baez of Argentina was four under on his last ten holes to shoot a 69 and get to even par, five shots behind Saccente and in solo fourth place.

His fellow countryman Juan Iturra is alone in fifth place, one shot further back at one-over 141.

Five players--David Morgan (70), Gordan Brixi (72), Sam Nicholson (72), Devin Suri (69) and Cody Carroll (73)--are tied for sixth at two-over 142, seven shots behind the leader Saccente.

The final round will be played Sunday morning. Saccente, Castagnara, and Kong will play in the final threesome at 10:57am local (Eastern) time.

Results: St. Augustine Amateur
1ItalyGiulio CastagnaraItaly40071-68-66=205
T2FLMichael SaccenteNew Smyrna, FL30067-68-72=207
T2FLRasmey KongW. Palm Beach, FL30068-71-68=207
4FLCody CarrollJacksonville, FL20069-73-66=208
5FLDavid MorganNaples, FL20072-70-68=210

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ABOUT THE St. Augustine Amateur

The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for top amateur and collegiate players. The 54-hole stroke play, walking only, competition is conducted over three days with no cut. The player caddies, walking referees, standard bearers and forecaddies really add to the experience. The field is limited to 84 players whose golf resumes and tournament experience have earned them a spot in the field. The winner receives the John C. Jennison III Trophy.

The tournament is open to Amateurs only whose entry has been accepted by the Tournament Committee however there is an open qualifier prior to the event.

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