OCALA - Through two rounds of play at the 98th Annual Florida State Amateur Championships here at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Florida Southern sophomore-to-be Jimmy Jones maintained his spot atop the leaderboard after shooting a 2-under par 70 in Friday's second round of action.
Jones enters Saturday's third round sitting in a three-way tie for first place with St. Petersburg's Jake Kevorkian and Belleair's Ryan Orr. All three of those golfers have each shot six-under par 138's for 36 holes. Jones played his round on Friday at Golden Ocala, after playing his first round on Thursday at Ocala National.
Two golfers (Cristobal Del Solar and Jacob Kline) are just one shot behind Jones, Kevorkian and Orr at 139 for 36 holes, while Gainesville's Chandler Blanchet is sixth after carding a 141 for 36 holes. Blanchet was freshman this past season at the University of West Florida.
One other notable name on the leaderboader is Jones' father, Jimmy Jones, Sr., as he followed up his opening round 73 on Thursday by shooting a 2-under par 70 on Friday at Golden Ocala to jump up to a tie for seventh on the leaderboard with a 143 for 36 holes.
While Jones, who shot a four-under 68 in the first round, continues to sit atop the leaderboard, another Moccasin sophomore-to-be golfer, John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.) fired an even-par 72 in the second round to push his 36 hole to an even-par 144. Coultas currently sits in a seven-way tie for 14th place and is just six shots behind Jones, his Moccasin teammate. Coultas entered Friday's second round sitting in a tie for 22nd place after shooting a 72 in the opening round.
Through the first two rounds of action at this year's Florida State Amateur Championships, only 13 golfers have shot under par on either the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club or the Ocala National Golf Club. The tournament features a total of 167 players this season.
While Jones and Coultas will get to play the weekend at this year's Florida State Amateur Championship, two other golfers with Moccasin ties didn't fare as well and missed the cut.
Moccasin men's golfer Jason Huntington (Lakeland, Fla.), who will be a junior this coming fall, followed up his opening round 75 by shooting a 79 in the second round at Ocala National to push his 36 hole total to 154 and fall into a tie for 103rd place. Huntington missed the cut by five shots.
The fourth golfer with Moccasin ties competing in this year's Florida State Amateur Championship is Florida Southern women's golf head coach Robbie Davis. Davis, who shot a six-over par 78 on Thursday at Ocala National to sit in a tie for 117th place, carded a five-under 77 on Friday at Golden Ocala to push his 36 hole total to 155 and miss the cut by six shots. Davis finished his two rounds of play tied for 113th place.
Players competing in the Florida State Amateur Championship will play 72 holes of individual stroke play, including playing 18 holes each at Golden Ocala and Ocala National. Following the first two rounds (36) on June 25-26, the field will be cut to the lowest 70 scores and ties. The final 36 holes of the championship will be played at Golden Ocala and the lowest score for 72 holes will be declared the champion. If necessary, there will be a three hole aggregate score playoff for the championship.
The Florida State Amateur Championships is one of the older and prestigious amateur golf championships in the country and this year the amateur goes to one of the most prestigious and well-known golf clubs in the nation, Jupiter Hills Club. In addition to hosting this year's state amateur, Jupiter Hills has also hosted the state amateur in 2008, and also the 1987 U.S. Amateur Championship and two U.S. Open Sectional qualifiers. The amateur championship is open to amateur golfers that are either a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least four months per year, have otherwise established legal residency or graduated from a Florida high school and presently attend an out-of-state college or a military personnel or a dependent of a military personnel based in Florida on active duty. In addition, the player must have a handicap no higher than an 11.4.
Saturday's third round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Golden Ocala with the leaders scheduled to tee off from hole No. 1 at 9:39 a.m.
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