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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.