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Schafer leads AGC San Diego Amateur; Britton top senior
Tyler Schafer (AJGA photo)
Tyler Schafer (AJGA photo)

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2018) – It was a colorful day of scoring for Tyler Schafer, but nonetheless, he made it around Aviara Golf Club in even par. That was enough to set up Schafer, a freshman at Long Beach State, with the first-round lead at the AmateurGolf.com San Diego Amateur presented by Callaway.

Schafer, who logged a top-5 finish at the 2017 SCGA Public Links, made his first bogey at No. 2 but quickly recovered with a birdie at No. 3. He followed with one more of each on the front nine before an eagle at the par-5 eighth sent him to the back nine at 2 under. Schafer went on to make two bogeys, three birdies and a triple, but it all added up to 72.

The next-closest player to Schafer is Jake Elliott, who went 3 under in his final two holes (thanks to an eagle at the par-5 17th) to finish the day at 74.

Three players are tied for third at 3 over, including Matt Fry, Alex Locke and Jamie Cheatham, a redshirt junior at Cal.

Jeff Britton
Jeff Britton
In the senior division, a very steady round brought Jeff Britton to the top of the leaderboard. Britton had three birdies and two bogeys to go with it, but perhaps more impressively, he didn’t have a single three-putt on Aviara’s undulating greens that were running 13 on the stimp meter.

Britton’s deft putting touch certainly helped him get ahead on a day when many players in the field lost ground with 3-putts – and a few 4-putts – on the greens. Britton, a familiar face in AmateurGolf.com tournaments who finished T-2 at the AmateurGolf.com Christmas Classic to end 2018, will take a three-shot lead on Nicholas Bock into the final round.

Michael Horan is third with a 4-over 76. Three players – Steve Donnelly, Gene Walsh and Michael Harding – are tied for fourth with rounds of 5-over 77.

April Ranches, a freshman at San Diego State, is leading the women’s division after a 2-over 74. Ranches made the turn at 2 under, but double bogeys on two of her final three holes pushed her over par for the day.

Brianna Steger, Daniela Anastasi and Jaime Jacob are tied for second at 5-over 77.

In the net division, Dorothy Donnelly leads with an even-par 72. Chris Ladd and Korsen Yu are two shots behind her in a tie for second.

Results: AmateurGolf.com 2019 San Diego Amateur presented by Callaway Golf
1CATyler SchaferLong Beach, CA7572-73=145
2CACullen PloushaCarlsbad, CA5077-69=146
3CAForbes Collins IILake Forest, CA2577-71=148
4CARedmond LyonsSan Francisco, CA2576-73=149
T5CAKrando NishibaSan Diego, CA2577-74=151

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TOURNAMENT INFO:
The 2019 San Diego Amateur will once again return to Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad. The dates are set; please note that this year we play on a Sunday and Monday -- with both days a shotgun start at 11:45am -- and make your plans accordingly.

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Once again we are going to be treated like pros at one of the best venues in Southern California, Aviara Golf Club -- as seen on TV during the LPGA's Kia Classic played in March!

Your entry fee includes 2 rounds of golf with cart, prizes, trophies for division winners, and the opportunity to play a Tour-proven golf course in a competitive setting. This San Diego Amateur is part of the SCGA player rankings.

Format: 36 holes medal play.

Pricing
$290FOR CURRENT AGC MEMBER H.S. OR COLLEGE PLAYERS or AGE 55+ ONLY
-- $10 savings registration fee. Includes 2 rounds of golf w cart, generous prize fund
$300
Standard registration fee. Includes 2 rounds of golf w cart, generous prize fund
$375Standard entry fee for non-members of AmateurGolf.com website (call 760-929-9297 to enter by phone). Note - memberships start at $49/year and include 16 issues of Golfweek.

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