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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