- Jason Duff was ASUN Freshman of the Year in 2022
- He was the 2019 Times-Union First Coast High School Player of the Year
- Duff won the 2019 Class 2A State High School Individual Championship
The best chance for the other 39 players in the final round of the 61st Jacksonville Area Golf Association Jacksonville Amateur on Saturday was Jason Duff getting kidnapped on the first tee at Deerwood Country Club.
Once he birdied the par-5 first hole, it was on for the races – and someone would have needed a touchdown, a two-point conversion and a field goal for the catch up.
Duff, an Elkton resident and sophomore at the University of North Florida, erased one of the strongest fields in recent memory with a bogey-free 64 to win the Amateur by 11 strokes to 15 under. normal 201.
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He was leading wire by wire. Duff achieved his career-low competitive score, breaking his previous record of 66 he had achieved in the first round of the tournament.
Duff posted the lowest amateur score since Sean Dale won in 2011 at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club at 17-under 267 (for 72 holes), and beat the previous score by seven strokes since the tournament returned to 54 holes in 2015.
Records in the Jacksonville fan’s entire history weren’t immediately available, but Duff, ASUN’s freshman of the year, reportedly set the record for margin of victory.
The widest margin in recent years was a nine-shot win for AJ Crouch in 2012 at Sawgrass Country Club.
Duff’s dominance was such that he could have scored 10 more strokes and still led wire to wire to become the seventh member of the UNF golf team to win the Jacksonville Amateur in the last 12 years, and the 10th in the past 21 years. years.
“I didn’t expect to come here and this,” he said after posting the lowest Jacksonville Amateur lap since Mike Smith shot 63 at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club Lagoon Course in 2012. “I knew I was playing well but if someone had told me I would have won by 11 shots, I would have said they were crazy.
But his playing partner Johnny Watts (73), who tied for second with Luke Cusick (71) at 4 under 212, knows the stuff when he sees it. Watts recently regained his amateur status after playing on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and said he rarely sees the attention of guys playing golf for a living like he did with Duff.
“It was pretty impressive,” Watts said. “It was as close to a round of flawless golf as I’ve ever seen.”
Duff didn’t miss a fairway. One could make a point that Deerwood’s fairways are generous, but Duff only missed two greens – the ninth shot and the 18th when he lay down, hit his third shot into the bunker back, over the back pin, but still dropped the ball. 2 feet from the hole
The last time anyone on the course was within three strokes of Duff was Andrew Riley, when he contributed for the Eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. Duff was waiting in the fairway, saw the Creekside graduate make his 3 and knew it wasn’t over.
“Andrew is an awesome player,” Duff said. “I knew if he was hot it could be a tournament.”
Instead, it was Duff who turned on the heating.
He hit his second shot at No. 7 at 35 feet and threw two putts for a four-stroke lead. He then nearly made it on the par-3 eighth hole, nestling his tee shot within 1 foot.
Riley bugged three of his next four holes and Duff then grabbed the tournament by the throat when he made three 6-8ft putts in a row – at No. 11 and 12 for a birdie at No. 13 for the ‘eagle.
So it was five stress-free starts.
“I did a really good job of not getting ahead of myself,” Duff said. “I thought I would be nervous at the first start, but that wasn’t really the case. I felt like I belonged here. It’s our [UNF] home course…we play here all the time and I’ve been there, followed my routine and executed a lot of great golf shots.
Duff fired flags all the way. He bounced his third shot at No. 18 near the flag, but it spilled into the back bunker. Despite being short-handed himself, he exploded at a pace from the hole, dropped the putt, allowed himself a fist pump and a broad grin, then embraced his family: his father Terry , his mother Pamela, his grandfather Joe and his sister. jesse.
UNF coach Scott Schroeder, who was monitoring the tournament online while he was on the road, said Duff’s victory should stand him in good stead when the team meets in August to begin preparations for the fall season.
“Hopefully he gets something out of it,” Schroeder said. “When he’s well placed off the golf course and he prepares well, you can see really good golf. When he’s confident, you can see really good golf. He has the ability to get into a zone where few things around him disturb him.
And Duff dusted off a field that included Watts, a former pro, his UNF assistant coach Jeff Dennis (73) and Uruguay’s top amateur Agustin Tarrigo (71), who finished fourth at 3 under.
Defending champion Mike Smith (72), former Florida State Golf Association Player of the Year Jeff Golden (69) and Riley (76), who won an American amateur qualifier a year ago five days, were also back in the peloton.
“The fact that I can come here and dominate…it definitely gives me a boost of confidence,” Duff said. “It’s knowing that not only can I come here and compete with anyone, but I can come here and win. I will definitely try to build on this and keep the momentum going in the fall [UNF] season.”
Notable: Bob Dickson of Ponte Vedra Beach served as the honorary starter for the final round, announcing all 14 groups and 40 players over a two-hour period. Dickson, an All-American at Oklahoma State, is one of only four men to win the American and British Amateurs in the same year (1967) and has won the PGA Tour twice and the PGA Tour Champions once. He then worked for the PGA Tour as Director of Marketing for the TPC Network. … Dickson had six starts at the Greater Jacksonville Open when he was at Deerwood, with a tie for eighth in 1975 and a tie for 12th in 1969. He made four cuts. … The next five Jacksonville enthusiasts will be in San Jose (2023), Timuquana (2024), Jacksonville Golf and Country Club (2025), Sawgrass (2026) and Jacksonville Beach (2027). … Duff arrived on the court late thanks to the withdrawal of tournament director John Milton, who said he suffered an injury while cruising with his grandchildren.
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Jacksonville Amateur Championship
At Deerwood Country Club
Par-72, 7,093 yards
Jason Duff 66-71-64–201
Luke Cusick 71-70-71–212
Johnny Watts 72-67-73–212
Augustin Tarigo 71-71-71–213
Jeff Dennis 71-69-73–213
Thomas Salanito 75-71-68–214
Osborn Theam 69-70-75–214
Sam Ohno 70-74-71–215
Michael Smith 73-71-72–216
Jeff Golden 72-76-69–217
Stewart Slayden 76-72-69–217
Danny Erickson 73-73-71–217
Andrew Riley 72-69-76–217
Andrew Stewart 70-72-76–218
David Palm 70-75-73–218
Johnny Tucker 71-73-75–219
Tyler Brown 72-74-73–219
Pablo Mena 75-73-70–218
Andrew Morris 73-73-73–219
Chase Baldwin 73-77-69–219
Mark Ellison, Jr. 72-70-68–220
Kevin McDonald 71-74-76–221
Jacob Posze 78-70-73–221
Harrison Harper 72-76-73–221
Peter Catanzaro 75-71-74–220
Raines Holmes 74-73-75–222
Clay Tucker 78-72-72–222
Thomas Murtagh 75-75-72–222
Charles Collings 72-72-79–223
Chris Henderson 72-75-76–223
Jake Newman 76-73-75–224
Zach Lee 78-74-73–225
Max Barile 69-79-78–226
Mitchell Nolan 74-75-226
Mitch Howard 75-78-74–227
Sutanit Tangyingyong 75-75-77–227
Davis Roche 76-75-76–227
Duke Butler IV 74-77- 78–229
Jarod Fasig 80-73-88–241