Bho Olson has played at the home of golf. He has played at the site of the first Open Championship. But, the 30-year-old Minnesotan considers the St. Augustine Amateur one of his favorite tournaments.
Olson is among the 84 golfers who will tee off in the 14th St. Augustine Amateur today.
He is among a robust mid-amateur contingent (post-college amateurs) who will compete against some of the best high school and collegiate golfers from across the state and Southeast. The St. Johns Golf Club will again host the tournament that has developed a reputation as a challenging, yet fair, test.
“It’s a great amateur golf tournament because it’s three days of stroke play at a good course in a great city,” Olson said. “It’s very fun to compete. You put all those things together and it’s a special tournament.”
This weekend will be Olson’s fourth time competing. The Minnetonka, Minnesota, resident found out about the tournament through an internet search and has found a way to make the trek to the Ancient City on three occasions.
Tournament director Wes Tucker developed a field that has incorporated high school, college, mid-amateurs and even some golfers who are pushing 40. Tucker said he contacted a plethora of Division I and Division II programs as well as some of the top teaching professionals and courses in the Southeast to fill this year’s field.
“Your past fields and your past champions really validate your tournament,” Tucker said. “You have guys like Peter Uihlein who won a Web.com event and has a (PGA) Tour card next year. You have Julian Suri, who has had wins in Europe and a European Tour card — the guy is pretty hot. Zach Suchar played on (the PGA) Tour for a couple of years.”
This year’s field includes Bartram Trail junior and University of Mississippi commitment Brett Schell; St. Joseph Academy senior Taylor Dickmann; Middleburg senior and University of North Florida commitment Cody…