Archives for February 2017

Five South Florida Juniors Will Compete at Drive, Chip and Putt Finals

Five south Florida junior golfers will compete in the upcoming Drive, Chip and Putt Championship on April 2nd at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Alexa Pano of Lake Worth will compete in the Girls 12-13 Division. This will be here third appearance in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, as she was victorious last year in the Girls 10-11 Division. Pano plays on the South Florida PGA Championship Tour.

Braden Miller of Naples will compete in the Boys 10-11 Division. His dad, Jason Miller is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Copperleaf Golf Club in Naples. Braden plays in South Florida PGA Team Golf tournaments.

Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton will compete in the Girls 10-11 Division. She qualified for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship locally at Osprey Point Golf Club. She plays on the South Florida PGA Challenge Tour.

Kayla Bryant of Boca Raton will compete in the Girls 7-9 Division and qualified at Osprey Point Golf Club as well. She plays on the South Florida PGA Prep Tour

Sam Kodak of Naples will compete in the Boys 12-13 Division and qualified at Stoneybrook Golf Club. He plays on the South Florida PGA Challenge Tour.

Good Luck to all five individuals as they represent south Florida at the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals! Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on April 2nd to watch them compete at Augusta National!

LISS AND SHIN WIN FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR EVENT OF 2017

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Club Chef Junior Championship at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.  The weekend featured perfect weather for the first regular season Championship Tour event of 2017. 

Sachin Kumar of Port St. Lucie opened up round one with a 2-under-par 68 to take the day 1 lead in the boys division.  Fred Biondi of Port St. Lucie kept himself within striking distance of Kumar after a round of 1-over-par 71.  Port St. Lucie native Jeff Liss fired an opening round 2-over-par 72.  Biondi got off to a hot start on Sunday after shooting 4-under-par on his opening 9 to erase Kumar’s lead.  Liss birdied the 12th, 13th and 16th holes on Sunday to post a 3-under-par 67 and put the pressure on Kumar and Biondi.  Kumar managed to grind out a 1-over-par 71 to force a sudden death playoff with Liss.  During the first playoff hole, Liss managed to make birdie and capture the boy’s title.  Fort Lauderdale native Adamo Di Tullio would take home the boys 16-18 age division, while Kumar would take home the boys 16-18 age division. 

Hobe Sound native Andie Smith shot an opening round 3-over-par 73 to take early lead in the girls division.  Wellington native Jenna Fonda and West Palm Beach native Hannah Rizzolo each fired 4-over-par 74’s on Saturday.  Doral native Skylee Shin, who opened up round one with a 5-over-par 75, put together a solid final round 74 to post a tournament total 149 for the final pairing to chase.  Despite Smith, Fonda, and Rizzolo’s efforts, none were able to overcome Shin’s lead as she captured the overall girl’s title.  Fonda would go on to capture the girls 13-15 age division title, while Rizzolo would take home the girls 16-18 age division title.

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The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 11-18 in South Florida with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the High School and Collegiate level and features some of South Florida’s most talented junior golfers. The Junior Tour offers twenty-five two day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 28 events are divided between the Championship Tour, an invitational tour featuring extended yardages, and the Challenge Tour.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Antigua, Club Chef, Don Law Golf Academy, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Titleist and Skimp.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at twenty-five championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season. 

For more information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship and Challenge tours, please visit the new South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.

Martin County Golf Course Plays Host to First Prep Tour Event of 2017!

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Today, the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the first Prep Tour Event of the 2017 season at Martin County Golf Course. This event featured a field of 66 players aging from 9-15 years old. With amazing weather and a competitive field of players, seven individuals went home with a win.

Eric Nguyen of Pembroke Pines took home the boys 9-10 age division with a 6-over par, 78. West Palm Beach native Michael Nardone took runner-up for the boys 9-10 age division with an 11-over par 83. Dalton Payne of Estero took home the boys 11-12 age division with a 5-over par 77. Palm Beach native Rafe Cochran was runner-up in the boys 11-12 age division with an 8-over par 80.  Bernardo Bruxelas of Jupiter captured the boys 13-15 age division with a 3-over par 75.  Homestead native Eric Weiss took home runner-up for the boys 13-15 age division with a 9-over par 81.

Gloria Nip of Port St. Lucie captured the girls 9-10 age division with a 6-over par 78. Miami native Remi Bacardi took home the runner-up spot in the girls 9-10 age division with an 85. Madison Moman of Palm Beach Gardens took home the girls 11-12 age division with an 86. Weston native Alessandra Tabora was the runner-up for girls 11-12 age division with an 89. Paige Washburn of Vero Beach won the girls 13-15 age division with an 88. Davie native Morgan Herring took home runner-up in girls 13-15 age division with a 90.

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The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Antigua, Chiquita, Don Law Golf Academy, Pukka, Skimp, and Sun Rich.

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at ten championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Prep Tour season.

For more information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship, Challenge, and Prep tours, please visit the South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.

Cee and Clanton Capture First Challenge Tour Event of 2017

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge event #1 at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.  The weekend featured perfect weather for the first regular season Challenge Tour event of 2017.

 

Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton continued his winning ways this weekend.  Clanton fired a 1-over-par 71 during the opening round to find himself one stroke behind Lighthouse Pointe native Jonathan Mourin.  Fernando Castillo of Wellington made a final round push after shooting an even-par 70.  Despite Castillo’s effort, Clanton was able to hold steady with a final round 1-under-par 69 to capture the boys overall title.  Castillo would take home the boys 13-15 age division, while Gabo Del Campo of Royal Palm Beach would take home the boys 16-18 age division.

 

Port St. Lucie native Nicole Cee, who was the recipient of the Most Improved Player award in 2016, made another breakthrough this weekend.  Cee fired an opening round 81 to find herself one behind Frances Melendez of Palm Beach Gardens.  Cee would go on to shoot a final round 4-over-par 74 to capture the girls overall title.  Palm Beach Gardens native Bridget Forgatch would take home the girls 13-15 age division title, while Madisyn Bloom of Wellington would take home the girls 16-18 age division title.

 

Boynton Beach native Max Jelinek had a great weekend in the boys 11-12 age division.  Jelinek shot rounds of 77-72 to capture the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Miami native John Marshall finished second, while Boca Raton native Jack Kantowski would take home third place.  Chloe Kovelesky had another great weekend after rounds of 79-75 to win the girls 11-12 age division.  Stephanie Barbaglia of Jupiter finished second, while Kiley Malmberg of Jupiter took home third place.

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The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 11-18 in South Florida with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the High School and Collegiate level and features some of South Florida’s most talented junior golfers. The Junior Tour offers twenty-five two day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 28 events are divided between the Championship Tour, an invitational tour featuring extended yardages, and the Challenge Tour.

 

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Antigua, Club Chef, Don Law Golf Academy, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Titleist and Skimp.

 

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at twenty-five championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season.