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.

BIONDI AND SHIN WIN ANTIGUA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Antigua Junior Championship at Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL. 

 

Daisuke Nakano of Port St. Lucie, FL opened up round one with a 2-under-par 70 on the 6,900 yard course.  Nakano’s round featured 3 birdies to just one bogey on the day.  Nakano’s friend and fellow classmate at the Club Med Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fred Biondi kept within striking distance of Nakano on Saturday after firing an even-par 72.  Biondi’s round featured 6 birides, but some unfortunate mistakes put him back to even on the day.  Biondi and Nakano would face off in a great final round pairing on Sunday.  Biondi managed to cut Nakano’s lead to one through 13 holes on Sunday.  Both players birdied the 14th and 15th holes.  Nakano made a critical mistake on 17 to find himself one back of Biondi heading into the 18th.  Biondi and Nakano each rolled in long birdie putts on 18 which gave Biondi the win by one stroke with a final round 4-under-par 68.  Port St. Lucie native Jeffery Liss would take home the boys 13-15 age division, while Nakano would take home the boys 16-18 age division.  Biondi and Nakano will pair up next week and head to Pinehurst on Wednesday as the two qualified as a team a few months ago for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball tournament. 

 

The girls division turned into a shootout this weekend.  Gabriela Powel of Palm Beach, Makenna Rodriguez of Delray Beach, and Casey Sommer of Davie each fired 76’s during Saturday’s opening round to find themselves in a 3 way tie for first place heading into Sunday.  Doral native Skylee Shin, who has won 3 of the first 4 Championship Tour events in 2017, entered Sunday’s final round one stroke off the lead.  Shin fired off a 3-over-par 75 to capture her fourth victory of the year by one stroke over Jupiter native Mackenzie Dieter and Boca Raton native Taylor Caradonna.  Rodriguez would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division, while Caradonna would take home the girls 16-18 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. 

EGOZI AND HURST WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #4

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #4 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, FL.  The weekend featured perfect weather mixed with outstanding course conditions to give the kids a great weekend. 

 

Fort Myers native Bobby Hurst opened up round one with a 2-under-par 70 that featured four birdies against just two bogies.  Port St. Lucie native Calvin Hong kept within striking distance of Hurst after an opening round 1-under-par 71.  Sunday’s final round featured a perfect 78 degree day with minimal wind, providing the juniors with opportune scoring conditions.  Palm Beach native Allan Kournikova had the low final round after firing a 3-under-par 69.  Palm City native Garrett Giles put the pressure on Hurst after shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to post a tournament total of 146.  Hurst was able to remain steady on Sunday by firing a 2-over-par 74 to capture the overall boy’s title.  Giles would go on to take home the boys 13-15 age division, while Wellington native Dylan Skinner would take home the boys 16-18 age division. 

 

Bonita Springs native Kim Egozi put together a great tournament on the North Course this weekend.  Egozi opened up round one with a 76 to give herself a two stroke lead over Naples native Annika Church.  Egozi put together a strong final round 3-over-par 75 to capture the overall girl’s title.  Boca Raton native Chloe Kovelesky would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division, while Key Biscayne native Isabella Duffy would take home the girls 16-18 age division. 

 

North Palm Beach native NaShawn Tyson fired an opening round 5-under-par 67 to take a commanding lead in the boys 11-12 age division on Saturday.  Tyson followed up his low round on Saturday with a final round even-par 72 to capture the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Jupiter native Stephanie Barbaglia fired back to back 77’s to capture the girl’s 11-12 age division title for the third time this season. 

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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. 

MUTTILLO AND SHIN WIN SKIMP BELT JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Skimp Belt Junior Championship at Indian Spring Country Club on the West Course in Boynton Beach, FL. 

 

Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton started off by firing a 1-under-par 70 on the West Course and Indian Spring to give himself a one stroke lead over Boca Raton native James Nieporte.  Jeffery Liss of Port Saint Lucie, Alec Quiroga of Davie and Kristian Fortis of Ocean Reef each fired one-over-par 73’s to keep themselves within striking distance of Muttillo.  Sunday’s final round featured strong winds gusting over 30 mph with on and off rain throughout the day, making it extremely difficult to score.  Liss made a strong final round push, firing a 1-over-par 72.  Despite Liss’s strong effort, Muttillo remained smooth on Sunday by firing a 1-over-par 72 to capture the overall boy’s title.  Liss would go on to take home the boys 13-15 age division title, while Quiroga would take home the boys 16-18 age division. 

 

The girl’s division featured some outstanding play during Saturday’s opening round.  Lake Worth native Serina Combs started off round one by posting a 2-under-par 69 to take the early lead in the girl’s division.  Jupiter native Sophia Dieter and Doral native Skylee Shin each fired 1-under-par 70’s to find themselves one stroke off the lead.  Combs and Shin battled all round on Sunday, but 36 holes wasn’t enough to settle the event.  The two ladies would enter a sudden death playoff after each posting a tournament total of 142.  During the first playoff hole, Shin managed to grind out a par to win the overall girl’s title over Combs and claim her 3rd victory of the year.  Miami native Phoebe Beber-Frankel would take home the girls 13-15 age division title, while Combs would claim 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, 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. 

CLANTON, GILES AND KOVELESKY WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #3

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #3 at Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, FL.  The 36 hole event had to be shortened to 18 holes due to the heavy storms that took over South Florida late Saturday and Sunday.   

 

Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton already captured Challenge Event #1 and #2 this year and was looking to continue his hot streak on the Players Course at Weston Hills Country Club.  Clanton carded 4 birdies and just two bogies to fire a 2-under-par 70.  Palm City native Garret Giles has been climbing the ranks on the Challenge Tour over the past few months.  After two top ten finishes already this season, Giles put together another great round on Saturday after firing a 2-under-par 70 to match Clanton.  Due to the event being washed out on Sunday, Clanton and Giles have been crowned Co-champions in the overall boys division.   Frankie Harris of Boca Raton would go on to capture the boys 13-15 age division, while Loxahatchee native Zachary Mize would take home the boys 16-18 age division.

 

Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton is coming off a win at Challenge Event #2 looking to keep her momentum going at Weston Hills.  Kovelesky managed to put together the low round of the day with a 1-over-par 73 that featured 4 birdies.  Kovelesky managed to grind out a one stroke victory over Jupiter native Lily Rinker and Estero native Kelli Kragh.  Miami native Rachel DeAngulo would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division while Kragh would take home the girls 16-18 age division. 

 

Boynton Beach native Max Jelinek and Coral Gables native Alex Dalmau would each share top honors in the boys 11-12 age division after firing 1-over-par 74s.  Jupiter native Stephanie Barbaglia would take home top honors in the girls 11-12 age division after firing a 2-over-par 74.

 

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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. 

Herrera and Shin Capture Palm Beach County Sports Commission Junior Championship

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Junior Championship at Lost City Golf Club in Atlantis, FL. 

 

The boys division this weekend featured some of Florida’s biggest names in junior golf, and they did not disappoint.  Fred Biondi of Port St. Lucie, Justin Burkhamer of Palm City, and Ryan Adams of Boca Raton each fired 2-under-par 70s during Saturday’s opening round to find themselves tied for the lead.  Leo Herrera of Doral, DJ Francey of Weston, Chris Lee of Port St. Lucie, and Troy Stribling of Jupiter each fired 1-under-par 71s to all find themselves one stroke off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Kumar made a strong run on Sunday, finding himself 5-under-par through 16 holes before giving back four strokes on the final two holes.  Herrera struggled on his opening 9 after going out in 39.  The youngster managed to pull it together on the back 9 birding holes 12, 14, 16,17 and 18 to give himself a one stroke victory over Kumar.   Kumar would go on to take home the boys 16-18 age division title while Pembroke Pines native Justin Lilly would take home the boys 13-15 age division. 

 

Weston native Andrea Presilla opened up round one with a 1-over-par 73 to take the early lead in the girls division.  Doral native Skylee Shin fired a 3-over-par 75 to find herself two strokes off Presilla’s lead, while Boca Raton native Taylor Caradonna fired an opening round 76.  Caradonna made a Sunday charge after shooting 2-under-par on her opening 9.  Coming down the back 9 on Sunday, Caradonna and Shin found themselves in a shootout for the title.  Shin managed to convert a birdie on the 6th hole to pull within one of Caradonna’s lead.  Shin found herself in the middle of the fairway on the 7th hole and managed to hole her fairway shot for eagle to take a one shot lead over Caradonna and eventually capture her second Championship Tour victory of 2017.  Plantation native Amelie Alcantara would go on to capture the girls 13-15 age division, while Caradonna 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, Lipman Produce, Junior.Golf 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. 

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. 

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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, 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. 

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. 

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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, 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. 

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.

SOUTH FLORIDA PGA NAMES JUNIOR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIS, Fla. – The South Florida PGA Junior Tour named six Player of The Year winners for each division this week.  The South Florida PGA awards Player of the Year honors to one boy and girl in the Challenge Tour 11-12 age division, one boy and girl in the Challenge Tour 13-18 age division and one boy and girl in the Championship Tour division.

 

Port St. Lucie native Daisuke Nakano has been named the 2016 Championship Tour boys Player of the Year.  Nakano, who plays out of Club Med Golf Academy has quickly risen to the top in South Florida with some very big wins this year.  Nakano started off 2016 by capturing the first Championship Tour event of 2016 at Fountains Country Club in February.  Nakano also finished in second place during two Championship Tour events this summer, as well as two other top 5 finishes this season.  Nakano finished the season with a scoring average of 71.7.

 

Taylor Roberts of Parkland has been named the 2016 Championship Tour girls Player of the Year.  Roberts has been a dominate name in junior golf over the past two seasons.  The youngster captured the 2015 Challenge Tour Girls Player of the Year last season and proved once again this year that she is here to stay.  Roberts compiled two victories this year, as well as five Top 5 finishes.  The 14 year old also finished the season with a scoring average of 75.

 

James Nieporte of Boca Raton was named the 2016 Challenge Tour boys Player of the Year after a strong season.  The 15 year old won Challenge Tour Events #10 and #12 while also finishing in the top 10 on five occasions.  Nieporte finished the year with a scoring average of 76.7.

 

Doral native Skylee Shin was awarded the 2016 Challenge Tour girls Player of the Year honors.  Shin is only 12 years of age but spent the season playing in the 13-18 age division to prove to everyone she can hang with the older kids.  Shin was dominate this year, capturing four victories as well as five second place finishes.  Shin finished the year with a scoring average of 76.6.

 

Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach has been named the 2016 Challenge Tour boys 11-12 Player of the Year.  Kournikova put together one of the most dominating seasons, consisting of six wins, three second place finishes as well as four, third place finishes.  Kournikova finished the season with a scoring average of 72.2.

 

Lily Celentano of Weston has been named the 2016 Challenge Tour girls 11-12 Player of the Year.  Celentano captured four straight wins in the 11-12 age division before deciding to advance to the older division.  Celentano finished the season with a scoring average of 82.5.

 

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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 25 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 Allianz Championship, Antigua, Club Chef, Club Med Golf Academies, Don Law Golf Academy, Johnson & Wales University, 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.