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JAGA NEWS: Senior Amateur Begins Today in. St. Augustine

Two-time defending JAGA Senior Amateur champion John Lobb will defend.

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s oldest championship, the Senior Amateur, will be played for the 63rd consecutive year, starting Sunday at St. Johns Golf and Country Club in St. Augustine.

Retired Naval Station Mayport executive officer John Lobb of Jacksonville Golf and Country Club is seeking to become only the third player to claim the Frank Rogers Trophy three years in a row, having won the title last year at St. Johns G&CC and at Eagle Harbor Golf Club in 2018. Lobb also captured the 2016 event at Windsor Parke Golf Club.

If successful, Lobb would join C. Vernon Ray (1976-77-78) and Wes Paxson, Jr. (2004-05-06) in winning three straight titles. Note: See “Past Champions” list below for more details.

The championship features three divisions – Senior (age 50+), Super Senior (ages 60-69) and Grand Senior (age 70+). The Senior division plays three rounds over three days, with the first round beginning Sunday (Sept. 13).

The Seniors will be joined by the Super Seniors and Grand Seniors on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 14-15). The latter two divisions will play 36 holes. All three division winners are decided based on aggregate gross scores.

Brian Sachs also goes for his third title in a row in the Grand Senior competition. Last year’s Super Senior champion Dave Houghton withdrew earlier this week due to injury.

A full field of 78 will compete across the three divisions, with 38 vying for the Senior title, 18 in the Super Senior and 22 in the Grand Senior.

The list of contestants, daily results, photos, and other tournament information are available by clicking here.

European Street Cafe returns as tournament sponsor for the fourth year in a row. The family-owned restaurant which has provided award-winning food, beer selection and service for more than 35 years, has four locations throughout Jacksonville.

In addition to being JAGA’s oldest championship, the Senior Amateur is believed to be the oldest continually run golf tournament in Northeast Florida. It was first played in 1958 with Edward Stephens of Gainesville Golf and Country Club claiming the inaugural title. JAGA was founded in 1954.

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