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.

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.

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 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.

VOGELSONG AND PANO CAPTURE 2016 JUNIOR TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Tour Championship presented by The Honda Classic was held on the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. The invitation only field consisted of South Florida’s top junior golfers did not disappoint .

 

Port St. Lucie native Fred Biondi posted an opening round 3-under-par 69 on the 6,900 yard Ryder Course to put himself two strokes clear of Palm City native Alex Vogelsong, Boca Raton native Michael Checo and Boca Raton native James Nieporte.  The final provided a strong battle between Biondi and Vogelsong, two of South Florida’s top juniors.  Biondi would open with a double bogey on the first hole, but was able to get it back with an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. Biondi would go on to make two more birdies and one bogey to shoot a 1-under-par 71.  Vogelsong held steady through 9 holes, turning at even par on the round and still two strokes off Biondi’s lead.  The saying of “tournaments are won on the back 9” proved to be true this weekend. Vogelsong birdied holes 10,11,14 and 17 to fire a final round 4-under-par 68 to capture the Tour Championship by one stroke over Biondi.

 

Lake Worth native Alexa Pano and Parkland native Taylor Roberts each shot 1-under-par 71’s on Saturday to take an early lead in the girls division.  Hallandale beach native Valeria Pacheco fired an opening round 4-over-par 76 to find herself five strokes off the lead.  Pano would put together a solid round of 1-over-par 73 to capture the girls division by three strokes. Pacheco fired a final round 1-under-par 71 to finish in second place.

 

Palm Beach native Allan Kournikova continued his dominating season at the Tour Championship.  Margate native Sebastian Sacristan fired an opening round 2-under-par 70 to put himself 4 four strokes clear of Kournikova.  Kournikova put on a show Sunday, firing a 6-under-par 66 to capture the boys 11-12 age division.  Boca Raton native Chloe Kovelesky had another great tournament after rounds of 78-78 to win her 3rd title of the year in the girls 11-12 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 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.

Shin and Clanton Win Challenge Event #13

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge event #13 at Mariner Sands Country Club.  The weekend featured perfect weather for the final regular season Challenge Tour event of 2016.

 

Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton turned 13 years old last week, making this event his first time playing from the longer yardage in the overall division.  Clanton, who has accumulated a large number of wins in the 11-12 age division, wasn’t fazed with the added distance.  The 13 year old fired an opening round 1-over-par 73 to find himself one stroke off Wellington’s Fernando Castillo’s lead heading into Sunday’s final round.  Castillo would put together a sold final round 2-over-par 74, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Clanton.  After an opening hole bogey, Clanton would manage to find two closing birdies to capture the overall boy’s title.  Castillo would go on to capture the boys 13-15 age division, while Weston native Tyler Pham would take home the boys 16-18 age division title.

 

Port St. Lucie native Nicole Cee, who only started playing golf two years ago, managed to shoot her lowest tournament score of 2-over-par 74 on Saturday to find herself in the lead for the first time in her junior career.  Cee would need to hold off frequent Challenge Tour winner Skylee Shin, who was one stroke back of Cee after Saturday’s round.  Shin would prove her experience would be too much for Cee on Sunday on her way to a final round 5-over-par 77, giving Shin her 4th victory of the year.  Cee would take home the girls 13-15 age division title, while Palm Beach native Gabriela Powel would take home the girls 16-18 age division.

 

Palm Beach native Alan Kournikova put an exclamation point on his outstanding 2016 campaign with another win at Challenge Event #13 in the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Kournikova shot rounds of 73-70 to capture his 5th victory of the year.  Boynton Beach native Max Jelinek would take home 2nd, while Boca Raton native Alex Heard would take home 3rd 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 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.

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.