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JAGA News and Notes: JU’s Sam Uhland Wins Match Play

FILE Photo by Golfweek

Jacksonville University player Sam Uhland, a member of TPC Sawgrass, won the 7th annual JAGA Match Play Championship with a 1-up decision over St. Augustine’s Devin Suri.

The tournament started with 56 players trying to qualify for the 30 places, with defending champion Mike Smith and Uhland, last year’s runner-up, getting exemptions. In  semifinal action, Suri had a 4 and 3 decision over Sea Island’s McCullough Pickens while Uhland beat John Felice, 4-3.

In the third place match, Pickens was a 6-4 winner over Felice.

Qualifying was held at the Slammer and Squire and the tournament was at the TPC Valley. Hyde Park’s Thomas Buzzotto was the chairman with JAGA Vice President/Tournaments Jeff Adams overseeing the event.

JAGA Women’s Amateur

The event is at The Amelia Island Club at Long Point on June 24-25 with a strong field that includes Timuquana’s Chloe Schiavone and Amelia Root of Atlantic Beach, both match play qualifiers in the USGA Women’s Four-Ball. The 36-hole tournament also determines the JAGA Senior Women’s champion. The event is sponsored by Brooks Rehabilitation, Pet Paradise and Therese Quinn State Farm Insurance. Co-chairs are Shelia Brocki,Tama Caldabaugh and Kevin Glynn. All information for First Coast Women’s Amateur is on the JAGA website: jaxareagolf.org.

Claret Jug
The 3rd annual Billy Maxwell Claret Jug tournament will be Friday, July 14 at Hyde Park. The event honors the club’s owner, a former PGA Tour and U.S. Amateur winner, and has a format of nine holes at better ball and nine at alternate shot. It’s a 1 p.m. shotgun preceded by a lunch catered by the European Street Cafe. The course is vastly improved with the addition of new equipment and a new greens staff leadership. Information on entering is at jaxareagolf.org.

JAGA Men’s Amateur
Entries are open for the Men’s Amateur on July 20-22 at Jacksonville G&CC. Philip Loeb of Ponte Vedra defends and an early entry is John Lobb of Jacksonville G&CC, last year’s runner-up. Bob  Streightiff of Queen’s Harbour is the chairman.

Russell Hamilton, 1950 – 2017
JAGA lost a dedicated worker last month with the passing of Russ Hamilton of NAS. Russ coordinated many of the JAGA tournaments, and conducted the directors’ events following Board meetings. He  was a true volunteer, always ready to help no matter how difficult or insignificant the work that needed to be done.

Proud dad
Jeff Legeer of Hyde Park with his daughter Sydney, who received a JAGA scholarship four years ago to attend the University of Alabama. She graduated last month Magna Cum Laude.

Tips from Pelz
Short game guru Dave Pelz spoke at a World Golf Village convention last month and here are some of his tips for so-so golfers:
• You think you’ll hit the perfect shot every time, and that’s why 95 percent of your shots are short.
• You spend 92 percent of your practice time on long shots, 7 percent on putting and 1 percent on chipping. You should spend a third of your time on each.
• The plumb bob method to line up putts is worthless.
• You spend most of the time on short putts when you practice. It should be half-and-half: long putts and short putts.
• The first part of your warmup session should be putting, the last part should be chipping. You need to start by getting the feel of hitting the ball solidly. You need to finish with chips because that’s probably what you’ll face on the first hole to make par.

Lots of writers
The PGA Tour headquarters, and its practice facility, has lured many Tour pros here. For some reason, national golf writers are here, too. The most-read golf writer in the world, Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press, is a Jacksonville resident. Steve DiMeglio of USA Today and Adam Schupak of The New York Times both live at Ponte Vedra.

State Amateur
Congrats to the JAGA Match Play participants who qualified for the 100th annual Florida State Amateur including Len Schonfeld, Mike Smith, Devin Suri, Bret Benjamin and Duke Butler IV.

First tee benefit
The First Tee of Northeast Florida is having its annual Taste of Golf benefit on Thursday, June 29, at TPC Sawgrass. Chefs from over a dozen area clubs will provide the food and there’s music and a solent auction. Info: tasteofgolf.com.

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