Argentina's Schonbaum rises to top of Coleman leaderboard
Andres Schonbaum (USGA photo)
Andres Schonbaum (USGA photo)

Organizers of the George L. Coleman Invitational have committed to making the prestigious mid-amateur and senior event at Seminole Golf Club about showcasing worldwide talent. As the field expanded internationally this year, Andres Schonbaum is validating the decision. Through two rounds, the Argentinian holds a three-shot lead over a group of three players that includes two past U.S. Mid-Amateur champions.

Schonbaum, an Argentine Amateur semifinalist, is 2 under after opening rounds of 70-72. Meanwhile, Stewart Hagestad, Scott Harvey and Matt Broome all sit at 1-over 145 heading into Saturday’s final round. Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur, while Harvey won in 2014.

Another large group sits at 2-over 146. That includes reigning Mid-Amateur champion Kevin O’Connell, who is just two weeks removed from playing the Masters, and another international player, Japan’s Yutaka Toyoshima. Scott Anderson, Patrick Christovich and 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Matt Parziale are also at that number.

First-round leader Skip Berkmeyer followed an opening 69 with 81 and dropped to a share of 18th.

In the senior division, five players are tied for the lead at 2-over 146. Chip Lutz, Doug Hanzel, Steve Harwell, Jeff Knox and Gene Elliott all top off the leaderboard. Jupiter native Adam Armagost, who caddies at Seminole, and Jack Hall are both one shot back at 147.

Results: Coleman Invitational
1NCScott HarveyKernersville, NC50071-74-70=215
2ArgentinaAndres SchonbaumArgentina40070-72-74=216
T3FLKevin O'ConnellJacksonville, FL30074-72-73=219
T3RIMatt BroomeBarrington, RI30071-74-74=219
T3CAStewart HagestadNewport Beach, CA30072-73-74=219

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ABOUT THE Coleman Invitational

One of the very best amateur events all year long played on the last great private course designed by Donald Ross. The course, not long by today's standards, lies hard by the Atlantic Ocean. Oceanic winds and very fast greens give this course teeth. Ben Hogan once said 'If you can play Seminole, you can play any course in the world.'

The tournament is a 54-hole stroke play invitational that draws an elite field of mid- amateurs and seniors.

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