Archives for March 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 this Sunday (April 2) 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.

Golf Channel recently highlighted a few of the South Florida qualifiers, check out the videos below!

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 Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 AM to watch them compete at Augusta National!

 

PGA Golf Management University Program

Are you looking for an alternative to continue in the golf industry? The PGA Golf Management University Program may be the best choice for you!

The PGA Golf Management University Program is a four-and-a-half year program offered at 19 universities nationwide for aspiring PGA Professionals accredited by the PGA of America. The benefits of this program include:

  • Provides extensive classroom studies, internship experience and opportunities for player development.
  • Prepares students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the golf industry.
  • Allows students to earn a degree in areas such as Marketing, Business Administration, Hospitality Administration, Recreation and Park Management.
  • Graduates currently have a 100% employment placement rate.

Chelsea Mokary, a PGA Golf Management student and South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni, went to Florida State University specifically to become a PGA Professional. While touring colleges during spring break with her father they found the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course. As luck would have it, they ran into Dr. Ernest Lanford also known as Coach Lanford in the golf shop. After Coach Lanford found out Mokary was a golfer, he immediately took both her and her father upstairs to his office and told them all about the PGA Golf Management Program at Florida State University. For Chelsea the details about the program were great, but what she found more fascinating was that while they were talking in his office, about five students stopped by to just to say “hello” to him. They all introduced themselves to her with a hand shake and a smile. It was after her conversation with Coach Lanford that she knew she wanted to be a part of the program and the golf community at Florida State University

When it came time for Chelsea to start the PGA Golf Management Program at Florida State University, she was introduced to many upper classmen who always made it a point to include the freshmen. There was never a time she felt like the “new person” at a very large school. This was important to her because she was going to school 6 1/2 hours away from home. The PGA Golf Management staff made it their goal to always have the students around the golf course and PGA Golf Management classrooms. Chelsea would study for tests at the golf course because it was a quiet place, and she could also take a break and practice on the driving range. Even on days when the weather was bad and they were unable to play golf, many of the students would meet and have lunch at the golf course grill. One requirement in the PGA Golf Management Program is internship experiences. Every Fall Semester each student would work with the Internship Director to update their resumes and send them to clubs they had interest in. The amount of traveling and the experiences Chelsea accumulated through her internships in just four years at Florida State University was incredible. The knowledge she gained through the PGA Golf Management Program prepared her to be a confident Golf Professional in the industry. Chelsea’s final internship through Florida States PGA Golf Management Program was at East Hampton Golf Club. This internship later turned into a seasonal position as an Assistant Golf Professional, where she will be returning for her fourth season this spring.

With a few words of encouragement, Chelsea wishes for anyone who has a passion for golf to research the PGA Golf Management Programs offered by universities all over the country.

For further information on the program, please click here.

South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni Kaylin Yost Qualified for LPGA Bank of Founders Cup Event

Kaylin Yost, an alumna of the South Florida Junior Tour, began her journey in 1992 of becoming a successful, smart, talented young woman. With difficulties from birth and into her childhood, she had to overcome many obstacles doing so with a positive attitude and outlook. At age two, her parents found out she was hearing impaired in both ears and has been wearing hearing aids ever since. Kaylin didn’t look at this as being a disability but rather as a gift.

Yost’s journey through the South Florida PGA Junior Tour helped her gain valuable tournament experience preparing her for the next level. From the South Florida PGA Junior Tour she went on to play collegiate golf at Campbell University. During her college golf career, she received the Big South Player of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014, in addition to winning a total of four collegiate events. Graduating in May of 2014, Kaylin decided to turn professional in July. After playing a series of events through the Sun Coast, Symetra Tour, LPGA Monday Qualifiers, and local professional events, Yost decided in September of 2015 to take a break after not reaching her big break.

In 2015, Kaylin went on to work for a company called JetSmarter, a partner of the South Florida PGA Foundation. During her time with them she realized that golf was her true passion in life. This March, Yost went on to compete in the Bank of Hope Monday LPGA Qualifier where she shot a 5-under par, 66, at Longbow Country Club earning one of two spots into the LPGA Bank of Founders Cup Event. Upon qualifying for the event Kaylin played well enough to make the cut, finishing the weekend at even par, 74th place!

As a South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni, Kaylin Yost has traveled through the journey of life with one goal in mind, and now she has reached her big moment doing what she loves most, golf at the highest level. On behalf of the South Florida PGA Junior Tour Alumni Association, we wish Kaylin nothing but the best moving forward as we watch her journey continue into future LPGA events.

KOVELESKY AND CLANTON WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #2

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #2 at Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach.  Two of South Florida’s top young juniors took home big wins over the weekend.

 

Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton went back to back this weekend after winning Challenge Event #1 in February and capturing the overall title this weekend.  Vero Beach native Ben Wiggins opened up round one with a 3-under-par 69 on the narrow Dunes Course at Sandridge Golf Club.  Wiggins birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th holes on Saturday to put together the low first round while giving himself a one stroke lead over Clanton who fired a 2-under-par 70.  Sunday’s final round featured a stiff wind that challenged many of the players.  Clanton was able to steady the ship and fire a final round 79 to capture the overall boy’s title.  Wellington native Cameron Owens would go on to take home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Wellington native Dylan Skinner would take home the boy’s 16-18 age division title. 

 

Boca Raton native Chloe Kovelesky has been under a lot of pressure this week.  Kovelesky is gearing up to represent South Florida at Augusta National Golf Club in two weeks for the Drive, Chip and Putt finals.  This is also the first time the 10 year old has played a Challenge Tour event in the overall girl’s division.  Kovelesky fired an opening round 81 to find herself two strokes back of Weston native Ana Maria Lopez.  Kovelesky put together a strong final round 79 to capture the overall girl’s title by five strokes.  Jupiter native Kiley Malmberg would go on to win the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Lopez would take home the girl’s 16-18 age division title.

 

North Palm Beach native NaShawn Tyson shot rounds of 75-77 to capture the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Coral Gables native Alex Dalmau finished second, while Nicholas Prieto would finish in 3rd place.  Jupiter native Stephanie Barbaglia fired rounds of 84-77 to capture the girl’s 11-12 age division, while Port St Lucie native Brianna Castaldi would take home second place. 

Click HERE for Digital Results

 

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, Don Law Golf Academy, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, TLink Golf, Lipman Produce, 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-eight championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season. 

Sandhill Crane Golf Club Plays Host to Second Prep Tour Event of 2017!

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Today, the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the second Prep Tour Event of the 2017 season at Sandhill Crane Golf Club. This event featured a full field of 72 players aging from 9-18 years old. With amazing weather, outstanding course conditions, 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 an even par round of 72. West Palm Beach native Michael Nardone took runner-up for the boys 9-10 age division with a 1-over par 73. Dalton Payne of Estero took home the boys 11-12 age division with a 5-over par 77. Boca Raton native Reed Greyserman was runner-up in the boys 11-12 age division with a 6-over par 78.  Roger Serrano of Port St. Lucie captured the boys 13-18 age division with a 5-over par 77.  Jupiter native Stephen Wiseman took home runner-up for the boys 13-18 age division with a 7-over par 79.  

Morgan Rodriguez of Delray Beach captured the girls 9-10 age division with a 5-over par 77. Boca Raton native Kayla Bryant took home the runner-up spot in the girls 9-10 age division with a 7-over par 79. Rachel Gomez of Pembroke Pines took home the girls 11-12 age division with a 7-over par 79. Loxahatchee native Christina Lee Marcellus was the runner-up for girls 11-12 age division with an 8-over par 80. Amanda Harper of Jupiter won the girls 13-18 age division with an 88. Davie native Morgan Herring took home runner-up in girls 13-18 age division with a 92.

Click here for full results.

The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Antigua, Chiquita, Don Law Golf Academy, Lipman, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, 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.

MARTINEZ AND HILTUNEN WIN PUKKA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Pukka Junior Championship at the Country Club of Coral Springs in Coral Springs.  Two juniors put together outstanding rounds in brutal conditions.

 

Fletcher Wunderlich of Port St. Lucie opened up round one with a 1-under-par 70 to take the early lead in the boys division.  Saturday featured winds holding steady at 20 MPH all day with gust hitting over 30 MPH.  Coral Gables native Cameron Piedra, Jupiter native Ryder Sutcliffe and Weston native Alberto Martinez each fired 1-over-par 72’s to keep within striking distance of Wunderlich.  Sunday’s weather conditions worsened as winds held steady at 25 MPH with gust hitting over 35 MPH during the final round.  Wunderlich started off the final round with birdies on holes #1 and #2 to start to distance himself from the pack.  Martinez managed to stay close, grinding out 4 straight pars before birding the 5th and 9th holes to close the gap on Wunderlich.  Boca Raton native Ryan Adams made a run at the lead on Sunday after finding himself 3-under-par through 14 holes.  Adams late round push fell short with double on the 15th hole.  Wunderlich and Martinez continued to battle on the back 9.  Wunderlich’s would go on to bogey the 17th and 18th holes while Martinez finished with a closing birdie on 18 to capture the boy’s title.  Piedra would go on to take home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Adams would take home the boy’s 16-18 age division title. 

 

Loxahatchee native Haylie Turnquest opened up round one with a 4-over-par 75 to take the early lead in the girls division.  Kerttu Hiltunen of West Palm Beach found herself one stroke off Turnquest lead after and opening round 75.  Turnquest struggled to deal with the strong wind on Sunday as she quickly saw her lead over Hiltunen fade.  Hiltunen would go on to fire a final round 1-over-par 72 to capture the girl’s title and her first Championship Tour victory.  Delray Beach native Makenna Rodriguez fired a final round 1-over-par 72 to capture the girl’s 13-15 age division.  Jupiter native Sophia Dieter would take home the girl’s 16-18 age division. 

Click HERE for Digital Results

 

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, Lipman 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.