FHSAA State Finals Complete
The Florida State Golf Association assisted the Florida High School Athletic Association in conducting the State Golf Finals held at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. The State Finals consisted of six different tournaments being run over the course of six days. Class 1A Boys and Girls was the first class to play on October 27-28, followed by Class 2A Boys and Girls October 30-31, and finished with Class 3A Boys and Girls November 3-4. The State Finals included many familiar names of FSGA competitors with impressive junior golf resumes.
In the Girls Class 1A Finals, the team of Lake Mary Prep won by 16 strokes over Circle Christian (Winter Park) with a team total 573.
Frequent Florida Junior Tour players made up Lake Mary’s roster including Mimi Chen, Amy Zhang, Jennifer Zhou, and Claire Hodges. Kelsey Zeng, three-time FJT winner and Champion of the 2013 FJT Tour Championship, posted impressive rounds of 68-71--139 for a one stroke victory over Mimi Chen.
Lake Mary Prep celebrated a second win in the Boys Class 1A Finals with a team total of 615. Circle Christian finished in second place, eight strokes from first. All five players representing Lake Mary Prep, Thomas Allkins, Chase Ibbotson, Anton Serafini, Alex Hu, and Enping Jerry Zhu, participate in junior tour events. On the individual level, Andrew Kozan finished three-under par (72-69—141) to win the State Finals. Kozan has a list of accomplishments including being crowned the 2013 and 2014 FJT Tour Championship Winner at TPC, capturing the 2015 AJGA Puerto Rico Junior Open and earning a sponsor’s exemption to PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
A playoff in the Girls’ Class 2A Finals saw Archbishop McCarthy take the lead with totals of 311-305—616. American Heritage (Plantation) finished in second place by 46 strokes with Osceola (Seminole) in third. Brittany Shin who excels in FSGA junior events finished first individually with two consistent scores of 71-70 for a 141 total. Shin has played on two Junior Florida Cup teams, is a four-time FJT winner, and finished runner-up in the 2014 FJT Tour Championship. Kendall Griffin, who represented team Florida in
the USGA State Team Championship in 2015, tied for second place at one-over par (75-70—145).
In the Boys’ Class 2A Finals Logan Membrino, two-time winner in FJT events in 2015, lead Ponte Vedra to victory with a 303-313--616 total. Four-strokes out of the lead finishing in second place was American Heritage. Ty Strafaci, team member of American Heritage, seized the individual title with rounds of 72-71—143. He finished six strokes ahead of Logan Membrino in second place. Strafaci has an impressive junior golf resume that includes 2013 Junior Match Play Champion, 2013 FJT Points List Champion, 2014 Boys' Junior Champion, and he qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship and U.S. Junior Championship in 2015.
Lake Mary stole the Girls’ Class 3A Finals by six strokes with a team total of 602. Niceville captured second place followed by Viera
(Melbourne) in third. An exciting finish saw Alyssa Lamoureux win in a playoff against Sophie Liu to win individually. Both Lamoureux and Liu have competed successfully in FSGA events. In 2015 Liu won the Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship along with an FJT event. Lamoureux is leading the 2015 FJT girls’ points list, was runner-up in the Florida Women's Amateur Championship, has three FJT wins, and was the 2014 Girls Junior Match Play Champion.
The Boys’ Class 3A team title was won by Lake Mary with a 606 team total. Austin Hitt, team member of Lake Mary, achieved another win on the individual level. Hitt, 2015 Boys’ Junior Champion, posted an impressive second round of 68 to finish in first place by three-strokes with a 142 total. Jackson Suber won for the first time on the Florida Junior Tour in 2015 and came in second place individually after rounds of 75-70—145.