Brandon Mancheno has earned one final honor from the Florida State Golf Association.

 

The Mandarin High graduate, who is now a freshman at Auburn, was named the FSGA’s junior player of the year for the second time. He also received the award in 2015.

Mancheno’s highlights in FSGA events during the past year were a solo second at the FSGA Amateur at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, winning qualifiers for the U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Amateur (he qualified for match play in the U.S. Junior) and making the U.S. team for the Toyota Junior World Cup, where the team earned a gold medal.

In Auburn’s fall season, Mancheno had two top-10 finishes and is second on the team in stroke average at 70.92.

Mancheno was the Times-Union’s high school player of the year in 2016 after winning the Class 3A state title. He also won the First Coast Amateur at Amelia National.

Double aces

Tom Josephs of the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club made two holes-in-one during the same round at the Country Club of Mount Dora on Nov. 2. He aces the 12th and 17th holes.

The odds of a handicap golfer making two holes-in-one in one round is 67 million to one.

Brocki, Caldabaugh honored

Sheil Brocki and Tama Caldabaugh have been named recipients of the Jacksonville Area Golf Association’s community service award for their efforts in renewing the First Coast Women’s Championship.

They will receive their awards at the sixth annual First Coast Golf Banquet in January.

Announced previously was Bob Syroka of Queen’s Harbour as the executive of the year and Bruce Mohler of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club as the pro of the year.

Amateur now worth points

The First Coast Amateur, which will be Jan. 13-15 at Hidden Hills, will now be a points tournament for World Amateur Golf Rankings.

The event joins the Jacksonville Amateur in the two events run by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association that receives WAGR points. The WAGR is run by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

Officers nominated

The JAGA nominating committee recommended a slate of officers to be voted on Dec. 13 at the JAGA meeting at Deerwood. The slate is Don Gilmore of the Golf Club of Amelia as president, Jeff Adams of the TPC Sawgrass as vice-president of tournaments, Randy Nader of the Sawgrass Country Club as vice-president for administration, Larry Stark of the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club as secretary and Kevin Glynn, PGA member, as treasurer.