Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course Plays Host to Third Prep Tour Event of 2017

ATLANTIS, Fla. – Today, the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the third Prep Tour Event of the 2017 season at Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. This event featured a full field of 68 players aging from 9-18 years old. With amazing weather, a competitive field of players, and amazing views of the ocean, seven individuals went home with a win.

Matthew Golovanov of Boca Raton took home the boys 9-10 age division with a 1-under par 53. Jupiter native Tristian Wieland took runner-up for the boys 9-10 age division with an even par round of 54. Reed Greserman of Boca Raton and Miami Shores native Antonio Justo tied to take home the boys 11-12 age division with a 1-under par 53. Will Balanoff of Davie captured the boys 13-18 age division with a 3-over par 57.  Cape Coral native Gregory Moore took home runner-up for the boys 13-18 age division with a 4-over par 58.  

Morgan Rodriguez of Delray Beach captured the girls 9-10 age division with an 8-over par 62. Hobe Sound native Morgan Pichler took home the runner-up spot in the girls 9-10 age division with a 9-over par 63. Madison Moman of Palm Beach Gardens took home the girls 11-12 age division with a 6-over par 60.  Weston native Alessandra Tabora Lorenz was the runner-up for girls 11-12 age division with a 12-over par 66. Amanda Harper of Jupiter won the girls 13-18 age division with an 8-over par 62. Boca Raton native Gianna DiRoberto took home runner-up in girls 13-18 age division with a 14-over par 68.

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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, Lipman, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, Skimp, Sun Rich, 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.

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.

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.

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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, 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.

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.

2017 College Seminar

The South Florida PGA held its annual College Seminar on Thursday, January 12 at Atlantis Country Club in Lake Worth. Topics discussed included NCAA rules and regulations, how to get noticed by college coaches, importance of academics, selecting the right school, PGA Golf Management University Program and the responsibility of parents of student athletes. Over 80 attendees included student athletes and their parents.

Thank you to all the speakers who attended the seminar:

Chris Hawley – Johnson & Wales University (Women’s Head Coach)

Shannon Sykora – Barry University (Head Women’s Coach)

Angelo Sands – Florida Atlantic University (Head Men’s Coach)

Craig Watson, PGA – Palm Beach Atlantic University (Head Coach)

Tara McKenna, PGA – PGA Golf Management University Program at Florida Gulf Coast University

Maggie Will – Will 2 Golf

Denise Jakows – Parent of Professional Golfers

Membership Registration is Now Open!

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is happy to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 season membership registration. To register, please click here.

With over 110 events scheduled for the 2017 season, we look forward to seeing you for another successful tournament season!

Please note, Drive Chip and Putt registration will open January 24th, and Team Golf registration will open March 15th.

South Florida PGA Inaugural Prep Tour Season Comes To An End

ATLANTIS, FL. -The South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour completed its inaugural year on October 22nd. The Junior Prep Tour was a new addition to the South Florida PGA Junior Tour schedule this year, and featured junior golfers from ages 9-18 who were looking to make the jump from Team Golf and other entry level junior programs to the next level of competition.  For players to participate, they must have some previous tournament experience and golf knowledge to be eligible for the Prep Tour. The Prep Tour provided a competitive, yet fun tournament atmosphere, encompassing a nine month season of golf played on some of South Florida’s best golf courses.

This year the Junior Prep Tour conducted ten events for over 230 juniors, and helped them to grow and gain more competitive experience to move up to the Challenge and Championship tour this year. Throughout the season, the top competitors in each event received points in their selected age divisions to compete in an overall player of the year points race. The points were then calculated at the completion of the season to decide the player of the year for each age division. The South Florida PGA Junior Tour would like to congratulate Gabriella Sierra of Weston for taking home the girls 9-10 age division player of the year. Coral Springs native Kelly Shanahan for capturing the girls 11-12 age division player of the year. Amanda Harper of Jupiter for taking home the girls 13-15 age division player of the year. Parkland native Emma Rabinowitz for capturing the girls 16-18 age division player of the year. Michael Nardone of West Palm Beach for taking home the boys 9-10 age division player of the year. Boca Raton native Alex Heard for capturing the boys 11-12 age division player of the year. Marcus Calabria of Palm City for taking home the boys 13-15 age division player of the year. Naples native Trace Babb for capturing the boys 16-18 age division player of the year.

A special thank you to Joe Roux, PGA General Manager of Fountains Country Club, Mike Dero, PGA Director of Golf at Quail Creek Country Club, Tom Metzger, PGA Director of Golf at The Vineyards Country Club, Thomas Yeager, PGA Head Professional at Hobe Sound Golf Club, Bob Coman, PGA Director of Golf at The Biltmore Golf Course, Michael McLellan, PGA Director of Golf at Indian Spring Country Club, Robert Young, PGA Head Professional at Abacoa Golf Club, Bela Nagy, PGA Head Professional at Sandridge Golf Club, Todd Leckrone, PGA Director of Golf at Atlantis Country Club, and Corey Henry, head Professional at the Country Club of Coral Springs to help make this inaugural year a success.

With the help of our partners, the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour was able to supply the juniors throughout the season with nutritious snack and to ensure that they stay hydrated. A special thanks to our presenting partner The Honda Classic and supported by Antigua, Chiquita, Power Crunch, Pukka, Skimp, Sun Rich, and Voss.

We thank you for all of your participation throughout the year and look forward to another great season in 2017!

Team Golf: 2016 Fall Review

ATLANTIS, Fla:  This weekend the South Florida PGA Foundation conducted its final Team Golf Event of the year at Weston Hills Country Club. This event featured more than 130 juniors from all across south Florida. This fall season, thirty PGA and LPGA Professionals, at both public and private golf facilities, helped form teams and served as team coaches at their facilities throughout the season.  Leagues were separated by county and were located as far north as Martin, as far south as Broward and as far west as Naples/Fort Myers. With over two hundred and fifty juniors participating on sixteen different teams this fall, more juniors had the opportunity to grow in the game, and create friendships while staying active.
From September through November, each league conducted 3-5 tournaments within their area.  Points were earned at each tournament based on team scores, and the points accumulated throughout the season.  In the end, each league crowned an overall team champion based on the season ending point totals. The final event of the fall season was the fall finale conducted at Weston Hills Country Club. Congratulations to the league champions of the fall season Stoneybrook Golf Club, Parkland Golf & Country Club and PGA National Golf Club. A huge congratulations to Stoneybrook Golf Club for capturing the overall championship win coached by Jeff Nixon, PGA.

A special thanks to all of our team coaches: Neil Lockie, PGA & Jon Arthur, PGA (Jonathans Landing Golf Club at Old Trail) John Gansz (Golf Club of Jupiter) Steven Cox, PGA (PGA National Golf Club) Casey Mitchell, PGA, Joe Dargin, PGA, & Danny Walsh, PGA (North Palm Beach Country Club) Chad Lauze & Adam Packard (Bear Lakes Country Club) Adam Foegen, PGA (Abacoa Golf Club) Tom O’Brien, PGA & Alex Giguere, PGA (Tiburon Golf Club) Jeff Nixon, PGA, Jordan Ball, PGA, & Bobby Conway (Stoneybrook Golf Club) Spencer Graham (Quail Creek Country Club) Mike Richards, PGA, Chase Minnick, PGA & Allison Hanna (Parkland Golf & Country Club) Michael Thomson, PGA (Oriole Golf Club) Tommy Fonseca, PGA (Heron Bay Golf Club) Emma Leonardi, LPGA (Lago Mar Country Club) Nick Pincket, PGA (Plantation Preserve Golf & Country Club) Bob Mallek, PGA & Rody Gomez (Bonaventure Golf Club) Nick Cupper, PGA (Weston Hills Country Club)

Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to all the young golfers who participated this fall.  There were many familiar faces from previous years, and several new players that were welcomed into the program.  We enjoyed a lot of fun times together and look forward to seeing you at future golf tournaments with the South Florida PGA.

Team Golf, under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is a great way to get kids involved with the game of golf in a team environment.  The program is designed for kids ages 6-14 and offers a fun and social environment to tournament play through 9-hole team competition (two-person scramble format).  The basic premise is to create a team atmosphere for junior golfers, not much different than what you see in youth soccer and baseball leagues.  Similar to these sports, teams have weekly practices where golf instruction is provided by local PGA and LPGA Professionals serving as team coaches at public and private golf facilities throughout south Florida.  Leagues are separated by county and weekly tournaments are held during the summer and fall months for area teams in each league. For more details and information please visit www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.