Daniel Augustus delivers another impressive performance on APGA Tour
Daniel Augustus achieved a second successive top-five finish on the APGA Tour in Jacksonville, Florida, this week, while competing at the Queens Harbour Yacht and Country Club.
The Bermudian shot a five-over 149 to finish tied for fifth-place among the field of 47 players, pocketing $1,025 in prize earnings for his efforts.
Augustus was thick in the hunt for honours after an opening round one-under 71, which included an eagle, two birdies, a bogey and a double bogey, left him trailing overnight leader Willie Mack III by one stroke at the halfway stage of the 36-hole event.
However, the Ocean View Golf Course professional fell further off the lead pace as a second-round six-over 78, which contained three birdies, as many bogeys, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey, took its toll.
Still, it was not enough to dent his outlook on the performance.
“I’m really happy if I’m being honest,” Augustus told The Royal Gazette.
“I was in second after the first round and only one person [winner Mack III] shot under par second round, so the conditions were tough,” Augustus said.
“But it’s no excuse for the way that I played. I have to accept that I made mistakes on the back nine and a couple on the front nine, and they cost me dearly.
“The second round I had the highest score that I have shot in a very long time. But the difficulty of the course throughout the tournament shows why that happened, so it’s all good. Just taking it with a grain of salt and as a learning experience. That’s basically what I’m leaving it as.”
Augustus described the event as being positive despite his woes in the second round.
“Overall, it was just a great experience for me even though I had my worst round of the year,” he added. “It was nothing but positives even though I didn’t play great.
“It’s more last group experience under my belt. So it gives me a good indication of what I need to do going forward; what I need to continue to work on and how I can improve.”
The tournament was held on Monday and Tuesday at the par-72 layout. American Mack III beat countryman Tommy Schaff in a play-off after they both completed 36 holes at one-under 143.
“I play with Willie Mack, not often enough, but I do play rounds of golf with him and it was a pleasure to be able to play with him,” Augustus added. “I watched him hit the ball and picked up a couple of things from him.”
The showing is the 34-year-old’s best on the Tour this year and second straight top-five finish, having also finished tied for fifth at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana, earlier this month. That showing followed on the heels of finishing tied for seventh at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, last month.
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