Liam Koeneke posts 66 to take first round lead at AG San Diego Amateur
First round leader Liam Koeneke
First round leader Liam Koeneke

Sometimes all you need is a good break to keep a round going.

Today at the AG San Diego Amateur presented by Callaway Golf, Liam Koeneke birdied his first two holes and was 2-under on the 8th tee. With a water hazard guarding the green of the reachable par-5, Koeneke pushed his second shot.

"I wasn't sure it would clear the hazard," said the San Diego State golfer from Del Mar.

Koeneke took advantage of his fortune, birdied the hole, and added another at the 9th to shoot 32 on the front nine. He went eagle-birdie on Nos. 14 and 15 to get to 7-under on the day then bogeyed 18 for a 2-shot lead at 6-under 66.

Trailing Koeneke at 4-under are Mid-Amateur Scotland Schmidt of San Diego, and Zack Missigman of Goodyear, Arizona. Missigman plays for St. Mary's University.

Jim Plotkin of Carlsbad leads the Senior Division by three shots after a 2-under 70. Brian Smyth of North Tustin (73) and Jim Ream of Cerritos (74) are in close pursuit.

Scotland Schmidt is five shots clear of his next competitor (La Jolla's Matt Peterson, who posted 73) in the Mid-Am subdivision. David Ujihara (77), Dennis McKinley (78) and Jim Saivar (79) are 1-2-3 in the Super Senior subdivision.

Steven Moran of San Diego and Maurice Choi of Lake Havasu City, AZ lead the Net Division at 1-over 73 net.

Results: AGC San Diego Amateur
1CAScotland SchmidtSan Diego, CA10068-68=136
2CALiam KoenekeDel Mar, CA6566-72=138
3AZZack MissigmanGoodyear, AZ3068-73=141
T4NVMatthew ManganelloLas Vegas, NV3071-71=142
T4CAMatthew MossSan Diego, CA3070-72=142

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ABOUT THE AGC San Diego Amateur


The San Diego Amateur has a new location, the Steele Canyon Golf Club. Steele Canyon is a dramatic layout with three distinct nines and picture- postcard views.

Your entry fee includes 2 rounds of golf, cart fee, range balls, prizes, trophies for division winners, and the opportunity to play two days at Golf Digest’s prestigious “4-½ Star Award" and nationally recognized as one of Southern California’s best publicly accessible golf courses in a competitive setting. Championship, Senior, and Net divisions.


For players aged 16 and over who have a USGA or equivalent index of less than 5.5

For players age 50 and over (as of the tournament date) with a handicap index of less than 8.0. Note: Must be 55 and over for NCGA Senior Points.

For players 16 and over with handicap between 5.5 and 18.0.

MID-AM (subdivision of Championship)
For players age 25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least six Mid-Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

SUPER SENIORS (subdivision of Senior)
For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger senior players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least six players 65 or over, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

WOMEN (subdivision of Championship)
Will play in the Championship Division but from a shorter tee; if there are at least six women in the field, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded. Net players will play in the Net Division but from a shorter tee.

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