Drive, Chip & Putt Comes to South Florida

Local qualifier registration for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is now open!

CLICK HERE to register for a Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifier.

The Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship is a national skills competition for boys and girls ages 7-15. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship began in 2013 and is supported by the USGA, Augusta National, and The PGA of America.

 Girls and boys will compete against one another in three skill challenges: driving, chipping, and putting. Kids will be broken up based on the following age divisions: (7-9) (10-11) (12-13) (14-15). The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is free for kids to compete in.

 All 41 sections of The PGA of America will host qualifiers to determine who will participate in the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. There are three levels of qualifiers: local, sub-regional and regional. Those who qualify at the regional level will move onto the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship which will take place at Augusta National the Sunday prior to the Masters.

The South Florida PGA will host 4 local qualifiers and 1 sub-regional qualifier.

Friday, June 13

PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance

Port St. Lucie

Wednesday, June 25

Opsrey Point Golf Course

Boca Raton

Wednesday, July 2

Stoneybrook GC of Estero

Estero

Tuesday, July 22

Plantation Preserve Golf Course

Plantation

Sub-Regional Qualifier:

Thursday, August 7

PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance

Port St. Lucie

 For questions about the South Florida PGA qualifiers, please contact:

Tori Stock

(561) 729-0544

tstock@pgahq.com

THE SFPGA JR. CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR HEADS TO PALM BEACH GARDENS THE SFPGA JUNIOR TOUR IS PRESENTED BY THE HONDA CLASSIC

ATLANTIS, FL – Old Marsh Golf Club will host the South Florida PGA Junior Tour this weekend October 19th and 20th.  This will be the fourth consecutive year that Old Marsh Golf Club has hosted a Junior Tour Event.

 

Four Palm Beach Gardens natives between the ages of 12 and 18 will compete amongst the sixty-three player field this weekend.  In addition to the various locals recent Overall Girls 13-18 Champion, Valeria Sofia Pacheco of Hallandale Beach will headline the girls division, and recent Overall Boys 13-18 Champion, Jake Holt of Jupiter will headline the boys division.

 

This 36-hole, stroke play event is a double-tee time start at 8AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Players will be re-paired on Sunday by low score. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each age division (Boys/Girls 13-15 and 16-18) as well as to the overall boy and overall girl winner of the event on Sunday, following play. All South Florida PGA Junior Tour events are ranked by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking system. Pairings are now available on the South Florida PGA website (www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com). Click here to view pairings.

 

The SFPGA Junior Tour, presented by The Honda Classic, is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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-eight 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 Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting.  The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

FINK OF PALM BEACH GARDENS AND BLACK OF NAPLES TAKE TITLES AT GREY OAKS COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES

NAPLES, FL – The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Challenge Tour Event #12 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. Perfect conditions greeted the field of almost 60 players for the championship.

 

Zach Fink of Palm Beach Gardens shot 73-84 to win the boys overall division by two shots over Christian Hance of Boca Raton. Hance took home honors for first place in the 14-15 age division. Trevor Vente of Naples won first place in the boys 16-18 division shooting a total of 160.

 

In the Boys 12-13 age division Ryder Sutcliffe of Jupiter shot rounds of 67-73 to win the division by 7 strokes over Carter Dalili of Vero Beach. Finishing alone in third place was Justin Shiao of Coral Springs.

 

In the Girls overall division Emily Black of Naples shot rounds of 77-78 to win by two shots over Kelly Newbrough and Helen Daily, both of Naples. Daily finished first in the girls 16-18 division while Newbrough finished first in the girls 14-15 division.

 

In the Girls 12-13 age division Dana Williams shot rounds of 70-80 to win by an impressive 13 shots over Tamsyn Butler. Finishing in third place in the division was Isabel Herrara.

 

Special thanks to PGA Director of Golf Karl Bublitz and all the PGA Professionals at Grey Oaks Country Club for their hospitality and support of the championship. Next up for the South Florida PGA Junior Tour is a championship tour event at Old Marsh Golf Club on October 19-20 in Palm Beach Gardens.

 

For full results from this weekend’s event click here

The SFPGA Junior Tour, presented by The Honda Classic, is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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-eight 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 Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

 

60 JUNIORS SET TO COMPETE AT GREY OAKS COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES

ATLANTIS, FL – Grey Oaks Country Club’s Palms course will host the South Florida PGA Junior Tour this weekend October 5th and 6th.  Due to inclement weather in 2012 the event was canceled and therefore this will be the first time that the Tour will visit Grey Oaks Country Club located in Naples. 

 

Twenty-two Naples natives between the ages of 12 and 18 will compete amongst the sixty player field this weekend.  In addition to the various locals recent Overall Girls 14-18 Champion, Julia Durkin of Miramar headlines the girls division.

 

This 36-hole, stroke play event is a double-tee time start at 8AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Players will be re-paired on Friday by low score. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each age division (Boys/Girls 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18) as well as to the overall boy and overall girl winner of the event on Friday, following play. All South Florida PGA Junior Tour events are ranked by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking system. Pairings are now available on the South Florida PGA website (www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com).

 

The SFPGA Junior Tour, presented by The Honda Classic, is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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-eight 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 Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

MASON AND DURKIN COME FROM BEHIND TAKING HOME TITLES AT THE POLO CLUB OF BOCA RATON

Story2ATLANTIS, FL – This weekend the South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Challenge Tour Event #11 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on the Club course. Over eighty junior golfers enjoyed perfect conditions from the weather to the facility.

 

After round one it was Bobby Nixon of Port St. Lucie, Dillon Reno of Jupiter, and Luke Ashworth of Davie who sat atop the leaderboard at one over par heading into Sunday’s round. However, it was Ryan Mason of Delray Beach who would come from behind to clinch the Boys 14-18 Overall title.  This event marked Mason’s first SFPGA event of the season firing two consistent rounds of 75 and 73 edging out Dillon Reno by one shot. 

 

In the Girls 14-18 Overall division it was Julia Durkin of Miramar who overcame a nine shot deficient in round one, claiming the title by two shots to Kateyln Wigderson of Delray Beach and Abbey Huber of Port St. Lucie. 

 

Along with Mason and Durkin eighteen individuals received divisional awards for their performances.  In the Boys 12-13 age division thirteen year old Anthony Muttillo, Boca Raton native, finished the event five under par (141) claiming first place over Justin Shaio of Coral Springs who finished in second, and Amadeo Figus Port St. Lucie who finished third.

 

In the Girls 12-13 age division Dana Williams, also of Boca Raton, fired a two day total of 151 running away with first place.  Finishing five shots back with a 156 was Tamsyn Butler of Lake Worth, and Gabrielle Soares of Weston who finished the event at 159.

 

Special thanks to PGA Professionals, Mary Beth Corrigan, Sherry Zimet, and Patrick Mullen of the Polo Club for hosting this event.  The next South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour event will be held next weekend, October 4th and 5th at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples.

 

For full results from this weekend’s event click here

 

SFPGA CHALLENGE TOUR HEADS TO THE POLO CLUB OF BOCA RATON

ATLANTIS, FL – On Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, a sold out field of 84 junior golfers will compete in the eleventh Junior Challenge Tour event on the Club Course at The Polo Club of Boca Raton.

 

Over ten Boca Raton residents will compete alongside previous Challenge Tour Overall Champions Abbey Huber of Port St.Lucie and Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach.  Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton will also compete in this weekend’s event, looking to increase his lead in the Boys 12-13 Player of the Year point’s race.

 

This 36-hole, stroke play event is a double-tee time start at 8AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Players will be re-paired on Friday by low score. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each age division (Boys/Girls 12-13, 14-15, and 16-18) as well as to the overall boy and overall girl winner of the event on Friday, following play. All South Florida PGA Junior Tour events are ranked by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking system. Click here to view round 1 pairings.

 

The SFPGA Junior Tour, presented by The Honda Classic, is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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-eight 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 Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

HOLT OF JUPITER AND PACHECO OF HALLENDALE BEACH ARE VICTORIOUS AT BANYAN GOLF CLUB

web imageATLANTIS, FL – This weekend the South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic hosted Championship Tour Event #11 at Banyan Golf Club in Wellington, FL. Forty-nine local junior golfers took on Banyan Golf Club this weekend for the first time is South Florida PGA Junior Tour history.

 

Heading into the final round of this thirty-six hole event, Anthony Gabriele of Wellington, a multi-event champion, had a two shot lead over Jupiter native Jake Holt.   After thirty-six holes Gabriele and Holt were tied at 137, however it was Holt who would walk away victorious after a one hole sudden death playoff claiming his first SFPGA Overall Championship of the year. 

 

Although Gabriele was unable to claim the overall title he was victorious in his age division finishing first to Shosei Inokawa of Parkland, who fired a 143 in his first SFPGA event of the season.  Just two shots behind Inokawa was Jackson Shoenfelt of Boynton Beach.

 

In the Girls Overall division Valeria Sofia Pacheco of Hallendale Beach was able to hold onto her lead after round one, claiming the title by four shots to her nearest competitor Kaely Krayeski of Wellington. 

 

The Boys 13-15 divisional there was a three way tie for first place at 146, two shots over par.  After a scorecard playoff Sachin Kumar of Port St. Lucie took home first place, while Garrett Barber of West Palm Beach and Alberto Martinez of Weston finished second and third respectively.

 

For the second consecutive event Krayeski of Wellington claimed first place in the Girls 13-15 age division shooting an impressive in the final round of 72.  Tanya Eathakotti of Miami and Story Shaw of Wellington carded totals of 169 and 170 to finish second and third.

 

Also, giving Pacheco a run for her title today was Julia Durkin of Miramar.  After firing a 34, 2 under par on her first nine, Durkin finished the day with a 74 claiming the Girls 16-18 age division title with a 154.  Finishing in second was Megan Turnquest of Loxahatchee. 

 

Huge thanks to PGA Head Golf Professional, David Eby, and all of his professional staff at Banyan Golf Club for hosting such an outstanding event. The next South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour event will be held October 5th and 6th at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

 

For full results from this weekend’s event click here

 

 

57 JUNIORS WILL COMPETE IN WEST PALM BEACH SATURDAY & SUNDAY

ATLANTIS, FL – This weekend, September 21st and 22nd, fifty-seven local junior golfers will compete in the eleventh Championship Tour event of the 2013 South Florida PGA Junior Tour season presented by the Honda Classic at Banyan Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

 

This is the first time that the South Florida PGA Junior Tour has visited Banyan Golf Club, and they are excited to showcase their wonderful facility.  The field of fifty-seven includes previous overall event winners Tim Cahill of Royal Palm Beach, Luke Llaneras of Miami Springs, and Kaely Krayeski of Wellington. In addition to the leader of the Boys 13-18 Player of the Year points race, Alberto Martinez of Weston.

 

This 36-hole, stroke play event will begin Saturday at 8 AM with tee times off #1 and #10.  Players will be re-paired on Sunday by low score. Awards will be given to the first through third place winners in each age division (Boys/Girls 13-15, 16-18) as well as to the overall boy and overall girl winner of the event on Sunday, following play. All South Florida PGA Junior Tour events are ranked by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking system and the overall winner of each Championship Tour event earns four AJGA Performance Stars.  Pairings are now available on the South Florida PGA website (www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com).

 

The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 12-18 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-eight 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 Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting.  The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,600 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

 

BOHN AND GARRIS WIN IN SFPGA CHALLENGE TOUR VISIT TO BEAR’S PAW COUNTRY CLUB AND NAPLES

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, presented by the Honda Classic, visited Bear’s Paw Country Club this weekend to host the fifth Challenge Tour Event of the 2013 season. 81 players from across South Florida came to compete in the Challenge Tour’s first stop in Naples for 2013. With cooperative yet warm weather, all junior players were able to successfully complete 36-holes over the course of the two-day tournament.

Austin Bohn of Wellington claimed his first Boy’s Overall title of 2013. Bohn shot a consistent 3-over-par 75 in both his first and second rounds to win wire-to-wire. Unknowingly, Bohn sank a sizeable putt for a birdie 3 on his 18th and final hole to seize the Overall title by 1 stroke over Naples native Chase Frederick.

Frederick, who shot a two-day total of 151, claimed an intensely competitive Boys 14-15 divisional title by firing a 1-under par 71 in his second round. Hot on Fredrick’s heals were Harry Brenner, of Boca Raton, and Ben Tweedie, also of Naples. Brenner fell just one stroke short of the title by shooting a 152 and securing his second place prize. Tweedie was a further stroke behind and claimed his third place with a 153 total.

In the Boys 16-18 divisional title race, William Stanley of Wellington claimed top honors firing a 156 and finishing one-stroke ahead of his nearest competitors. Second place in the Boys 16-18 division was decided by scorecard playoff, as both Yavuz Akman and Anthony Noll carded a 157 total for 36 holes. Akman, of Port St. Lucie, came out on top and in second place, while Noll, of Naples, secured third.

On the girl’s side of the competition, Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach claim­­­ed the Girl’s Overall title by a cool eight strokes over Helen Dailey. Garris’ 155 total secured her first Overall win of the 2013 season after a series of events just outside the top 3. Ariana Garcia, of Aventura, started the day only two-strokes behind Garris but was forced to withdraw due to illness when the heat took its toll.

Naples resident, Sydney Shrader claimed the Girls 14-15 divisional title after posting a 167 total. In second-place was first time SFPGA competitor Alexa Pano of Lake Worth. Pano, who at just 8-years-old, came out and competed up in age division and claimed second place with a 177 total. The division was rounded out by third place finisher Hallianne Hobson of Fort Myers and her 194 two-day total.

Dailey, who was the runner up to Garris in the Girls Overall competition, claimed the Girls 16-18 divisional title on a solid performance of 163 over the course of the competition. Helen Dailey, a native of Naples, bested second place finisher and tour stalwart Tracy Peyton of Boynton Beach by 2. Peyton’s 165 was followed by Yumi Fujii’s 186. Fujii, of Rotonda West, earned third place honors for her performance.

The competition in the Boys 12-13 division again proved intense, as Garrett Barber of Lantana fired a second-round, three-under-par 69 to come from behind and seize the victory. Barber’s two-day, even-par total of 144 cleared second place finisher Reece Kornfeld by five strokes. Kornfeld, of Jupiter, held the first round lead after firing a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday. He followed that performance with a 3-over-par 76 and a 149 36-hole total. Previous week’s winner, Anthony Muttillo of Boca Raton, secured third place by firing a two-day 150.

In the Girls 12-13 division, Taylor Caradonna of Boca Raton claimed the title. Caradonna, who already has one second place honor to her name in 2013, fired a 169 and bested her nearest competitors by 2. Second and third place was decided by scorecard playoff between Tamsyn Butler, of Lake Worth, and Kelly Newbrough, of Naples. Both girls recorded a 171 two-day total, with Butler taking second place honors and Newbrough third.

The next South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour event will be held at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, FL on June 19-20.

The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.

For complete results from the event click here.

New Junior Golf Program – Team Golf

In addition to the changes to the Junior Tour the South Florida PGA has created a program called Team Golf supported by Cleveland Srixon to serve as a feeder program for the Junior Tour. Team Golf is designed for  beginner golfers ages 7-14 who do not possess extensive tournament experience and will serve as a “stepping stone” into Individual Stroke Play tournaments for those players who are unable to consistently score 45 or under for 9 holes.
 
For more details about this unique team program click here or contact or contact Meredith Schechter at mschechter@pgahq.com or 561.729-0544.