South Beach International Amateur – 2021 Preview & Results

22nd December 2021 – Round 4

Finigan TILLY (USA) completed a wire-to-wire victory at the 11th South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) in Florida. Tilly, who was something of a surprise contender, showed no signs of nerves completing the opening six holes of his final round in 4-under. A double bogey on the 9th and a further bogey on the 11th were set backs but a birdie on the 12th settled the Californian and he parred in to secure the title by 2-shots. His 268 (-15) total was one shot off Cole Hammer’s 2020 record.

Tilly started the week ranked #318 in the SPWAR.

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Finigan Tilly (Photo: SBIA)

Clay AMLUNG (USA) finished 2nd, birdies on the 12th and 16th at Miami Beach G.C. lifting him on to the rostrum on -13.

A birdie on the 10th, and eagle on the 12th and a birdie on the 16th took Jose BALLESTER (ESP) to -14 and within touching distance of the leader. However, two closing bogeys saw the Spaniard drop back into 3rd place. 

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SBIA 2021 Final Top 20 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

English left hander Sam BAIRSTOW finished 4th on -9 after a joint best final round of 67. Bairstow has had an excellent 2021 and this high finish is further evidence of his increasingly world class status. 

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SBIA 2021 GB&I Final Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Callan BARROW (ENG) -5 will be disappointed with his final round, a triple bogey 7 on the 5th knocking the wind out of his sails, but should be pleased with an overall tied 17th result. John GOUGH (ENG) and Jake HIBBERT (ENG) finished with a 70 and 68 respectively to also break into the top 20. 

Of the other GB&I players who made the cut Callum BRUCE (SCO) -2 finished tied 36th, Josef HACKER (ENG) +2 tied 59th and Frank KENNEDY (ENG) +4 tied 69th.

The average score in Round 4 was 72.28 slightly lower than Round 3’s high point.

Click here to view the full – SBIA 2021 Results

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21st December 2021 – Round 3 

Finigan TILLY (USA) saw his lead reduced to 1-shot at Miami Beach G.C. on the toughest day of the tournament so far. An acceptable 70 took his total to -13 on a day where the winds were much stronger and a short suspension in play was necessary due to a risk of lightening as a storm blew across Florida.

Clay AMLUNG (USA) moved into sole 2nd place on -12 after a 69.  

A further shot back are Jose BALLESTER (ESP), Michael BRENNAN (USA), Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY (FRA) and Palmer JACKSON (USA) who share 3rd on -10.

Jackson, who benefited from a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole, was one of four players to shoot 68 (-3), the low round of the day.

The average score in Round 3 was 72.68 reflecting the more challenging conditions.

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SBIA 2021 Round 3 Top 20 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Callan BARROW (ENG) is now the leading GB&I player. He will start the final round tied 7th on -7 after a 70 in Round 3.

Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) -5 slipped back into a tie for 18th place with a 1-over round of 72. 

Callum BRUCE (SCO) and John GOUGH (ENG) are tied 27th on -4, Frank KENNEDY (ENG) -3 tied 34th, Jake HIBBERT (ENG) -2 tied 42nd and Josef HACKER (ENG) Ev tied 56th.

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SBIA 2021 GB&I Round 3 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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20th December 2021 – Round 2 

23 year old Finigan TILLY (USA), a Graduate Student at University of California, Berkeley, backed up his opening round with a 65 (-6) at Miami Beach, a score which included eight birdies.

Tilly now enjoys a 2-shot lead over Clay AMLUNG (USA) -10 with Michael BRENNAN (USA), Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY (FRA), Jack PARKER (USA) and Jack TURNER (USA) 1-shot further back on -9.

Both Guillamoundeguy and Turner are just 17 years old.

Wake Forest’s Brennan shot a best of the day 64 (-7) at Miami Beach whilst Kevin HUFF (USA) recorded a 62 (-8) to take the Day 2 low scoring honours at Normandy Shores. Huff bounced back superbly from an opening 74 (+3) at Miami Beach to move into the Top 20.

The average Round 2 score at Miami Beach (par 71) was 71.73 with Normandy Shores (par 70) coming in at 69.45. On a near perfect day for golf these scores were slightly lower than we saw in Round 1.

85 players made the cut which fell at 140 (-1), the lowest level in the tournament’s history.  

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SBIA 2021 Round 2 Top 20 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) and Callan BARROW (ENG) both enjoyed good rounds at Miami Beach to move on to -6 overall. They will now start Round 3 well placed in tied 12th.

John GOUGH (ENG) and Frank KENNEDY (ENG) are tied 29th on -4 after a 68 at Normandy Shores and 71 at Miami Beach respectively.

Callum BRUCE (SCO) and Josef HACKER (ENG), tied 40th, both delivered at Miami Beach to comfortably make the cut on -3.

Jake HIBBERT (ENG) was the final GB&I player to make the cut coming in on the 140 (-1) mark.

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SBIA 2021 GB&I Round 2 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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19th December 2021 – Round 1 

Oihan GUILLAMOUNDEGUY (FRA), Jean-Philippe PARR (CAN) and Finigan TILLY (USA) share the Round 1 lead after recording impressive 64 (-6) scores at the easier Normandy Shores course. Guillamoundeguy and Tilly recorded seven birdies in their rounds while Parr added an eagle to his five.

Tyler GOECKE‘s (USA) 67 (-4) was the best score on day 1 at Miami Beach.

The average Round 1 score at Miami Beach (par 71) was 72.03 with Normandy Shores (par 70) coming in at 70.21.  

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SBIA 2021 Round 1 Top 20 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

In addition to Finigan Tilly, Frank KENNEDY (ENG) -4 NS tied 7th, Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) -3 NS tied 17th, Callan BARROW (ENG) NS, John GOUGH (ENG) MB & Luke HARRIES (WAL) NS all -2 tied 29th and Callum BRUCE (SCO) NS & Jake HIBBERT (ENG) MB -1 tied 52 have all made encouraging under par starts.

Gough and Hibbert can be particularly pleased having started their tournaments at Miami Beach.

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SBIA 2021 GB&I Round 1 Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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19th December 2021

The 11th South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) will be played between 19th-22nd December 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida (GMT -5 hours).

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First played in 2011 the SBIA has quickly become one of the world’s leading amateur golf competitions. The SPWAR continues to rate it as as having the 5th best field on the amateur calendar.  

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic rearing its ugly head again in recent weeks the field appears to be strong with a number of leading GB&I and other international players competing alongside some top USA talent. 

Format

The SBIA is a 72 hole stroke play competition played over four days.

18 holes are played at both Miami Beach G.C. and the nearby Normandy Shores G.C. by the full field of 210 players over the first two days.

After a top 72 and ties cut the final 36 holes are played exclusively at Miami Beach over the remaining two days.

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Miami Beach Golf Club

Players

210 players have paid the $410 entry fee and will contest the 2021 SBIA.

17 golfers from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) are in this year’s starting field, a number of whom are studying at U.S. colleges. The highest number to date was 19 in 2018.

I’ve listed all of this year’s GB&I entries below (in alphabetical order) along with their current SPWAR (as at 19th December): –

Sam BAIRSTOW (ENG) #51
Callan BARROW (ENG) #144
Marc BOUCHER (IRL) #302
Callum BRUCE (SCO) #133
Paul CONROY (IRL) #413
John GOUGH (ENG) #77
Josef HACKER (ENG) #739
Luke HARRIES (WAL) #480
Jake HIBBERT (ENG) #2,302
Jon HOPKINS (ENG) #775
Frank KENNEDY (ENG) #516
Andrew NI (SCO) #276
Joe PAGDIN (ENG) #147
Jamie ROBERTS (SCO) #1,167
Niall SHIELS DONEGAN (SCO) #715
Harley SMITH (ENG) #158
Joe SULLIVAN (ENG) #564

Other players in the SPWAR Top 150 competing include (in rank order): –

Karl VILIPS (AUS) #31
Matthew SHARPSTENE (USA) #32
Palmer JACKSON (USA) #40
Garrett BARBER (USA) #43
Michael BRENNAN (USA) #46
Ben CARR (USA) #56
John BUTLER (USA) #68
Ryan GERARD (USA) #76
Cade BREITENSTINE (USA) #78
Marco FLORIOLI (ITA) #82
Mark GOETZ (USA) #83
Tom VAILLANT (FRA) #88
Aman GUPTA
 (USA) #95
Julien SALE
 (FRA) #101
Ben JAMES (USA) #103
Josh GILKISON (USA) #146
A. Segundo OLIVA (ARG) #147
Noah NORTON (USA) #147

Courses

Both courses were designed by Arthur Hills and play to around 6,800 yards.

They are typical Florida layouts with numerous lakes coming into play throughout the 18 holes. As a result scores can be high if the wind blows – which it frequently does here.

Normandy Shores plays to a par of 70 and Miami Beach a par of 71 during the tournament.

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Normandy Shores Golf Club

Weather Forecast (as at 19th December)

The weather generally looks good for the duration of the 2021 event albeit the wind seems to be swirling around on a daily basis this week.

Sun 19th Dec. – Sunny Intervals / Wind 12 mph N / Temp. Min. 18°C, Max. 28°C.
Mon  20th Dec – Sunny / Wind 9 mph E / Temp. Min. 19°C, Max. 27°C.
Tue 21st Dec – Sunny with PM Showers / Wind 16 mph SW / Temp. Min. 17°C, Min 27°C.
Wed 22nd Dec – Sunny Intervals / Wind 14 mph NW / Temp. Min. 11°C, Max. 24°C.

SBIA Website Links

Click here to view the – SBIA 2021 Leaderboard

Click here to view the – SBIA 2021 Pairings

Click here to view the – SBIA Website

I will be updating this article as the tournament progresses with daily reports.

2020 South Beach International Amateur

Cole HAMMER (USA) won the 2020 South Beach International Amateur by 5-shots with a record breaking 267 (-16) total. 

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Cole Hammer (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Pierre VIALLANEIX (FRA) -11 finished second with Kelly CHINN (USA) and Zach TAYLOR (USA) -9 tieing for third place.

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SBIA 2020 Final Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Archie DAVIES (WAL) -4 was the highest placed GB&I player in tied 15th in what proved to be a largely disappointing event for our entrants. 

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SBIA GB&I 2020 Final Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Click here to view the complete 2020 Final Results – SBIA 2020 Leaderboard

Historic Results

Here is a list of past winners and the 36 hole cut marks for each year: –

2020 – Cole HAMMER (USA) -16 / Cut Ev
2019 – Ben SHIPP (USA) -2 / Cut +8
2018 – Pierceson COODY (USA) -11 / Cut +3
2017 – Jacob BERGERON (USA) -3 / Cut Ev
2016 – Danny WALKER (USA) -4 / Cut +1
2015 – Jorge GARCIA (VEN) -5 / Cut +6
2014 – Gabriel LENCH (USA) -4 / Cut +3
2013 – Greg EASON (ENG) -5 / Cut +6
2012 – Juan Pablo HERNANDEZ (MEX) -10 / Cut +3
2011 – Kelly KRAFT (USA) -4 / Cut +11

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South Beach International Amateur – 2020 Preview & Results

22nd December 2020 – Round 4 

Cole HAMMER (USA) won the 2020 South Beach International Amateur with a 267 (-16) total. He completed the tournament with a final round 69 at Miami Beach G.C. to extend his victory margin to 5 shots.

Four under par rounds in the 60’s, on his way to breaking Pierceson Coody’s 2018 winning score record by 5-shots, must have impressed a watching USA Walker Cup captain Nathanial Crosby.

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Cole Hammer (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Pierre VIALLANEIX (FRA) -11 finished second with Kelly CHINN (USA) and Zach TAYLOR (USA) -9 tieing for third place.

Archie DAVIES (WAL) -4 was the highest placed GB&I player in tied 15th. In the 5th strongest field of 2020 according to the SPWAR this was arguably a career best performance for the Welshman. 

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SBIA Final Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Dan BRADBURY (ENG) finished strongly with a 68 to secure a tied 41st finish on Even par.

Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) were our only other players to make the cut with neither able to push on during the final 36 holes.

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SBIA GB&I Final Results (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Click here to view the complete Final Results – SBIA 2020 Leaderboard

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21st December 2020 – Round 3 

Cole HAMMER (USA) took control of the SBIA after a best of the day 62 (-9) in Round 3 at Miami Beach G.C.

Hammer was afforded the final tee time at Normandy Shores G.C. on Saturday after attending the USA Walker Cup team session in Orlando which finished on Friday. His decision to then travel south, the only member of the squad to do so, now looks like being a very good one. After a relatively lacklustre summer a win tomorrow will almost certainly secure his place in the USA team. 

Cole now leads Kelly CHINN (USA), the AJGA Rolex Player of the Year, Zack TAYLOR (USA) and Pierre VIALLANEIX (FRA) by 4-shots heading into the final round. Given his experience Hammer should go on to win but nothing can be taken for certain around the demanding Miami Beach course.  

Archie DAVIES (WAL) fell back to tied 11th after a 72 on Monday. As on Day 1 he again struggled on Miami Beach’s opening holes, particularly the 4th and 5th which have collectively now cost him 6-shots over two rounds. Nevertheless he showed his battling skills by getting back to even par before a bogey on the 18th took the edge off his back nine comeback. 

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SBIA Round 3 Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG), Dan BRADBURY (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) stayed in the pack after all struggling to over par rounds in Round 3. 

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SBIA Round 3 GB&I Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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20th December 2020 – Round 2 

Frankie CAPAN (USA) and Ben SMITH (USA) share the 36 hole lead at the SBIA on 133 (-8) after recording second rounds of 65 and 63 at Normandy Shores G.C.

Archie DAVIES (WAL) extended his run of bogey free holes to 31 with his own 65 at Normandy Shores and heads into Round 3 alone in 3rd place.

Conditions were near perfect on Sunday and many of the players scored well. Michael ROME’s (USA) 61 at Normandy Shores, which included nine birdies with 6 coming in his final 7 holes, was the highlight.

The 72 players plus ties cut fell at Even par (tied 65th place) with 74 players progressing. 

Miami Beach (par 71) played to an average score of 73.77 on Day 2, up by 1.5 shots on Round 1, and Normandy Shores (par 70) to an average score of 70.55, down by 0.61 shots on the opening round. To the extent these things can be assessed a Miami Beach then Normandy Shores draw therefore appears to have been favourable. 

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SBIA Round 2 Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG), Dan BRADBURY (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) all joined Davies in the latter stages of the tournament. With 36 holes still to play and the field tightly bunched they still have every opportunity to achieve a high finish. 

Bradbury’s 69 included a homeward nine of 34 (-2) to comfortably make the cut on -2 overall. 

Jake HIBBERT (ENG), Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) and Max O’HAGAN (ENG) all missed the cut by one shot. Hibbert was perhaps the most unfortunate shot a battling 70 (-1) at Miami Beach on Day 2.

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SBIA Round 2 GB&I Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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19th December 2020 – Round 1

Calvin MCCOY (USA) from Colorado leads the SBIA at the end of Round 1. Playing at Miami Beach G.C. he shot a 65 (-6) which included eight birdies but also a double bogey on the 13th.  

Keller HARPER (USA), Jake MAPLES (USA) and Julien SALE (FRA) are all 1-shot further back. Maples’ 65 (-5) was the lowest round recorded at Normandy Shores G.C. on Day 1.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s top 72 cut 92 players finished Round 1 on Even par (tied 63rd) or better. On Sunday all of the players will play their second round on the other host course.

Miami Beach (par 71) played to an average score of 72.27 (+1.27) in Round 1 and Normandy Shores (par 70) to an average score of 71.16 (+1.16).

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 SBIA Round 1 Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG), now a sophomore at nearby Florida Atlantic University, leads the way in tied 5th for the GB&I contingent after a 66 (-4) at Normandy Shores. Enrique’s round included 6 birdies including four in a strong finish over his last eight holes. 

Archie DAVIES (WAL) showed excellent fighting spirit on Day 1. 4 over par after 5 holes he produced six unblemished birdies in the remainder of his round at Miami Beach to more than recover his position.

Joe PAGDIN (ENG), playing at Normandy Shores, is tied 43rd on -1. 5 birdies were offset by 4 bogeys on an up and down day for the Walker Cup squad man.

Pleasingly Dan BRADBURY (ENG), Eric MCINTOSH (SCO), Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL), Max O’HAGAN (ENG), all on Even par, and John HOPKINS (ENG) on +1 are all still well within sight of the likely cut line.  

Here is a summary of all of the GB&I Round 1 scores / positions: –

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 SBIA Round 1 GB&I Leaderboard (Photo: southbeachinternationalamateur.com)

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17th December 2020

The 10th South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) will be played between 19th – 22nd December 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida (GMT -5 hours).

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First played in 2011 the SBIA has quickly become one of the world’s leading amateur golf competitions.

Unfortunately this year the organisers have been hampered by the USGA holding a USA Walker Cup practice session on 16th – 18th December, the Arnold Palmer Cup being rescheduled for 21st – 23rd December and the COVID-19 pandemic. As such the field appears a little weaker than we have seen in recent years. 

Format

The SBIA is a 72 hole stroke play competition played over four days.

18 holes are played at both Miami Beach G.C. and the nearby Normandy Shores G.C. over the first two days.

After a top 72 and ties cut the final 36 holes are played exclusively at Miami Beach over the remaining two days.

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Miami Beach Golf Club (Photo: Miami Beach GC)

Players

A field of 210 players have paid the $395 entry fee and will contest the 2020 SBIA.

10 golfers from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) are in this year’s starting field, most of whom are studying at U.S. Colleges. The highest number to date was 19 in 2018 and there were 18 last year.

I’ve listed all of this year’s GB&I entries below (in alphabetical order) along with their current SPWAR (as at 17th December): –

Dan BRADBURY (ENG) #250
Archie DAVIES (WAL) #623
Enrique DIMAYUGA (ENG) #141
Jake HIBBERT (ENG) #1,212
Jon HOPKINS (ENG) #1,484
Eric MCINSTOSH (SCO) #778
Tom MCKIBBIN (N.I.) #66
Max O’HAGAN (ENG) #986
Joe PAGDIN (ENG) #171
John PATERSON (SCO) #647

Tom McKibbin and Joe Pagdin are both members of the 2021 GB&I Walker Cup Squad and will be hoping for high finishes to boost their selection hopes.

Other players in the SPWAR Top 150 competing include (in rank order): –

William HOLCOMB (USA) #15
Ben SHIPP (USA) #20 – defending champion
Parker COODY (USA) #21
Travis VICK (USA) #25
Trent PHILLIPS (USA) #26
Cole HAMMER (USA) #30
Aman GUPTA (USA) #43
Chris GOTTERUP (USA) #49
Karl VILIPS (AUS) #62
Ryan GRIDER (USA) #69
James PIOT (USA) #79
Frankie CAPAN (USA) #94
Julien SALE
(FRA) #108
David FORD
(USA) #111
Matt MCCARTY
(USA) #114
Jamie WILSON
(USA) #116
Max MOLDOVAN (USA) #129
Ben CARR (USA) #131
Connor SCHMIDT (USA) #136
Kelly CHINN (USA) #137

Cole Hammer is the only member of the 16-man 2021 USA Walker Cup Squad that is competing. The SBIA is played just down the coast from Seminole G.C. where the match will be contested next May.

Courses

Both courses were designed by Arthur Hills and play to around 6,800 yards.

They are typical Florida layouts with numerous lakes coming into play throughout the 18 holes. As a result scores can be high if the wind blows – which it frequently does.

Normandy Shores plays to a par of 70 and Miami Beach a par of 71 during the tournament.

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Normandy Shores G.C. (Photo: miamibeachguest.com) 

Weather Forecast (as at 17th December)

The weather looks good for the duration of the 2020 event with sun throughout and only moderate breezes blowing.

Sat 19th Dec. – Sunny / Wind 12 mph E / Temp. Min. 13°C, Max. 24°C.
Sun  20th Dec – Sunny / Wind 9 mph SE / Temp. Min. 16°C, Max. 26°C.
Mon 21st Dec – Sunny with AM Showers / Wind 13 mph S / Temp. Min. 13°C, Min 26°C.
Tue 22nd Dec – Sunny Intervals / Wind 13 mph NE / Temp. Min. 15°C, Max. 25°C.

SBIA Website Links

Click here to view the – SBIA 2020 Leaderboard

Click here to view the – SBIA 2020 Pairings

Click here to view the – SBIA Website

I will be updating this article as the tournament progresses with daily reports.

2019 South Beach International Amateur

Ben SHIPP (USA) won the 2019 South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) after a play-off with Garett REBAND (USA). Both players finished on 281 (-2). This was the highest winning score in the history of the event reflecting the unusually wet and windy conditions.  

Ben Shipp (Photo: SBIA)

From a GB&I perspective Jake BOLTON (ENG) finished 4th on 283 (Ev), Ben JONES (ENG) 5th on 284 (+1) and Tom MCKIBBIN (IRL) 8th on 287 (+4).

Click here to view the – SBIA 2019 Results

Click here to view the – SBIA 2018 Results

Click here to view the – SBIA 2017 Results

Here is a list of past winners and the 36 hole cut marks for each year: –

2019 – Ben SHIPP (USA) -2 / Cut +8
2018 – Pierceson COODY (USA) -11 / Cut +3
2017 – Jacob BERGERON (USA) -3 / Cut Ev
2016 – Danny WALKER (USA) -4 / Cut +1
2015 – Jorge GARCIA (VEN) -5 / Cut +6
2014 – Gabriel LENCH (USA) -4 / Cut +3
2013 – Greg EASON (ENG) -5 / Cut +6
2012 – Juan Pablo HERNANDEZ (MEX) -10 / Cut +3
2011 – Kelly KRAFT (USA) -4 / Cut +11

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