Archives for June 2017

HOPPENSTEIN AND CHEN WIN BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This week, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Junior Championship at The Old Course at Broken Sound.  The field featured many of South Florida’s top junior golfers.    

Boca Raton native Evan Hoppenstein has faced tremendous adversity over the past nine months.  In October of 2016, Hoppenstein was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma, specifically Burkitt ’s lymphoma, which is one of the fastest growing cancers. Evan spent over twelve weeks undergoing chemotherapy, surgeries, and scans.  Evan is now cancer free and has been in remission for the last 4 months. He was able to return to competitive golf earlier this year and today he returned to the winners circle.  Hoppenstein fired rounds of 70 and 71 to finish the event at 3-under-par and take home the overall boy’s title.  Boca Raton native Frankie Harris captured the boys 13-15 age division, while Boca Raton native Chris DiBetta took home the boys 16-18 age division title.

Miami native Cassandra Chen captured her first victory of the 2017 season.  Chen went wire to wire this week after rounds of 75 and 77 to capture the overall girl’s title on the demanding Old Course at Broken Sound.  Coral Springs native Amanda Okulanis took home the girls 16-18 age division, while Delray Beach native Makenna Rodriguez captured the girls 13-15 age division.    

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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, Junior.Golf, Lipman Produce, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Power Crunch, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Skimp, Titleist, and TLINK Golf.

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. 

 

 

GILES AND FITZPATRICK WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #5

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #5 at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.  The tournament featured warm weather combined with a golf course in pristine condition. 

 

Palm City native Garret Giles is off to a great year after winning Challenge Event #3 and finishing in the top 10 at each of the events this season.  Giles put on another impressive display this week in Port St. Lucie.  Giles fired an opening round 2-over-par 74 on a narrow golf course with quick greens.  Plantation native Jackson Kustin fired an opening round 4-over-par 76 to stay within striking distance of the lead.  Giles remained steady during Thursday’s final round, firing a 4-over-par 76 to capture the overall boy’s title.  Homestead native Anthony Amoroso took home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Wellington native Louis Serrone took home the boy’s 16-18 age division. 

 

Port St. Lucie native Brianna Fitzpatrick took the opening round lead in the girls division and never looked back.  Fitzpatrick fired an opening round 79 and followed it up with a final round 76 to capture the overall girl’s title.  Port St. Lucie native Nicole Cee would take home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Jupiter native Brianna Farrell took home the girl’s 16-18 age division. 

 

Nashawn Tyson is still riding his confidence after winning the South Florida Junior PGA Championship 9-12 age division.  The North Palm Beach youngster fired rounds of 71-75 to take home the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Weston native Gabriela Sierra took home the girl’s 11-12 age division after rounds of 83-80.

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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, Junior.Golf, Lipman Produce, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Power Crunch, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Skimp, Titleist, and TLINK Golf.

 

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. 

Quail Creek Country Club Host Fifth Prep Tour Event of 2017!

 

Naples, Fla. – This Wednesday, the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the fifth Prep Tour Event of the 2017 season at Quail Creek Country Club. A field size of 38 players aging from 9-18 competed on this beautiful Wednesday. After weeks of endless rain, the sun made its way out as 12 players brought home a win.

Victor Herrera of Doral took home the boys 9-10 age division with a 4-over par 76. Pembroke Pines native Eric Nguyen took home the runner-up spot in the boys 9-10 age division with a 6-over par 78. Bonita Springs native Keegan McGinn and Sam Davey of Fort Lauderdale both captured the boys 11-12 age division with an 87. Davie native took home the boys 13-18 age division with a 5-over par 77. John Eric Weiss of Homestead took home runner-up for the boys 13-18 age division with an 82.  

Morgan Rodriguez of Delray Beach captured the girls 9-10 age division with an 81. Boca Raton native Kayla Bryant took home the runner-up spot in the girls 9-10 age division with an 83. Alessandra Tabora Lorenz of Weston and Boca Raton native Nicole Yugay both took home the girls 11-12 age division with a 90. Jupiter native Morgan Wade captured the girls 13-18 age division with a 92. Madison Elia of Boynton Beach took home the runner-up spot in the girls 13-18 age division with a 97.

 

Boys 9-10

1   Victor Herrera Doral, FL          2024  38-38–76 +4 
2   Eric Nguyen    Pembroke Pines, FL 2024  36-42–78 +6  
3   Jonathan Elter Naples, FL         2024  39-41–80 +8 
4   Braden Miller  Naples, Florida    2025  40-42–82 +10  

Boys 11-12

T1  Sam Davey       Fort Lauderdale, FL  2019  40-47–87 +15
T1  Keegan McGinn   Bonita Springs, FL   2024  43-44–87 +15
3   Brett Allen     Loxahatchee, FL      2023  47-42–89 +17
4   Aiden Arce      Davie, FL            2024  50-50–100 +28

DID NOT FINISH

 WD  Elijah Zamarron Sunrise, FL          2023                        
 WD  Jeffrey Serrano Port Saint Lucie, FL 2023 
Boys 13-18
1   David Miller III       Davie, FL              2020  41-36–77 +5 
2   John Eric Weiss        Homestead, FL          2019  38-44–82 +10
T3  Bernardo Bruxelas      Jupiter, FL            2020  42-42–84 +12
T3  McLean Morton          Jupiter, FL            2021  43-41–84 +12
T5  Roger Serrano          Port Saint Lucie, FL   2019  40-45–85 +13
T5  Gregory Moore          Cape Coral, FL         2020  42-43–85 +13
7   Christopher Ruocco Jr. Palm City, Fl          2021  43-46–89 +17
8   Austin Sutton          Jupiter, FL            2020  42-49–91 +19
T9  Jack Barrios           Miami, FL              2019  46-46–92 +20
T9  Ethan Fan              Davie, FL              2021  49-43–92 +20
T9  Mason Dozer            Estero, FL             2021  47-45–92 +20
12  Daniel Murcia          Pembroke Pnes, FL      2019  45-48–93 +21
13  Joseph Scaturro        Boca Raton, FL         2020  49-48–97 +25
14  Stephen Weisman        Jupiter, FL            2021  48-50–98 +26
15  Anthony Montalvo       Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2018  59-44–103 +31
16  Zachary Dixon          Plantation, FL         2020  56-51–107 +35
 DID NOT FINISH 
     WD  Juan DeAngulo          Miami, FL              2022

Girls 9-10

1   Morgan Rodriguez Delray beach, FL     2025  44-37–81 +9  
2   Kayla Bryant     Boca Raton, FL       2026  43-40–83 +11
3   Remi Bacardi     Miami, FL            2025  43-49–92 +20
4   Sara Davey       Fort Lauderdale, FL  2025  47-47–94 +22
5   Abigail Smith    Port Saint Lucie, FL 2025  58-54–112 +40 

Girls 11-12

T1  Alessandra Tabora Lorenz Weston, FL         2024  40-50–90 +18
T1  Nicole Yugay             Boca Raton, FL     2023  43-47–90 +18
3   Rachel Gomez             Pembroke pines, FL 2024  48-49–97 +25
4   Morgan Franklin          Fort Myers, FL     2024  46-56–102 +30

Girls 13-18

1   Morgan Wade      Jupiter, FL        2020  49-43–92 +20
2   Madison Elia     Boynton Beach, FL  2019  46-51–97 +25
3   Cassandra Oliver Weston, FL         2020  67-69–136 +64  

 

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

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.

CLANTON (65), HILTUNEN WIN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

By CRAIG DOLCH

Special to South Florida PGA

   BOCA RATON (June 15, 2017) – At 13, Luke Clanton was one of the youngest players in the South Florida PGA Junior Championship.

    He also was one of the best.

    The Miami Lakes resident shot a 7-under 65 Wednesday – tying the course record at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club – despite playing the wet course from the back tees (6,800 yards). The about-to-be eighth grader who is home-schooled missed just two greens and fairways while beating players who were 4 and 5 years older.

     “My putter was on, even though I lipped out three times,” said Clanton, who was five shots ahead of runner-up Amadeo Figus of Port St. Lucie. “Everything was working, but I can play better. I shot a 63 last year at Pinehurst No. 2.”

    Kerttu Hiltunen of West Palm Beach won the Girls 13-18 division with a 1-under 71, three ahead of Taylor Caradonna (74) of Boca Raton.

    The top two finishers in each division earned spots in the PGA Junior Championship, which the girls play July 18-21 and the boys July 31-Aug. 3 at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Miss. Previously, just the winner qualified but the field at the PGA Junior Championship has been increased from 78 to 144.

     This week’s tournament at Boca Grove was slated to be 36 holes, but reduced to 18 after storms canceled play Tuesday.

     NaShawn Tyson of North Palm Beach won the 9-12 boys division with a 73, two shots ahead of Alex Heard of Boca Raton. Brianna Castaldi (79) of Port St. Lucie won the girls 9-12, with Gabriela Sierra of Weston second with an 81.

      The South Florida PGA Junior Championship is run by the South Florida PGA.

GET YOUR PLEDGES IN TODAY FOR THE 2017 BIRDIE CLUB!

WHAT IS THE BIRDIE CLUB?

The Birdie Club is a player performance-based fund drive to get    Junior Tour members involved in community outreach. Through an interactive and fun approach, this program helps juniors gain a further sense of pride and accomplishment beyond their performance during Junior Tour events.

WHO DOES THE BIRDIE CLUB HELP?

The Birdie Club supports the South Florida PGA Foundation which supports:
 – Habitat for Humanity
 – PGA HOPE
 – Scholarship Grants
 – Smiling Fore Life
 – South Florida PGA Junior Tour

We also allow juniors to select an additional charity of their choice to support as well. If funds raised are greater than $100 a portion of those funds can be allocated to a local non-profit charity of the juniors choice.

WHEN DO YOU START?

NO TIME IS BETTER….THAN NOW!

WHY SHOULD YOU BE INVOLVED IN THE BIRDIE CLUB?

The Birdie Club helps others all around South Florida in making a difference. By getting involved you are taking the first step in giving back. Rally your friends and family to get involved and give back collectively. In addition, the winner of the 2017 season will win a premium gift along with an exemption into the 2018 Junior PGA Championship Event.

FINAL STEP!

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