Vogelsong & Yu Win in Tampa
Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and great course conditions made for a good weekend of golf at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club in Tampa. In the 13-15 boys’ division, two under-par scores sat at the top after round one. Tyler Wilkes, of Tampa took the early lead with a three under-par, 69. Following close behind with a one under-par 71, was Alexander Vogelsong, of Palm City. Joseph Pagdin and Fletcher Wunderlich tied for third after day one with an even par 72.
The final pairing in round two on Sunday included the boys’ top three finishers! Tyler, who was named Junior Amateur Match Play Champion in 2015, followed up his 69 with a round two 73 (tournament total 142) causing him to lose his two stroke lead. Vogelsong was the only player in the field to shoot two under-par rounds and advanced ahead of Wilkes by one stroke with a final round two under-par 70, tournament total 141. Wunderlich carded a one under-par 71 to finish in third place with a one under-par tournament total of 143. Two other players posted impressive under-par rounds on Sunday, Nicklaus Staub, 69 and Justin Rickerson, 71.
In the girls’ division, Taylor Zeng, of Orlando opened with a one over-par 73 to lead by one stroke. Three girls tied for second place with day one rounds of 74, including Lauren Heinlein, Megan Ikeda, and Meiyi Yan. The final round saw Zeng struggle to a 77, tournament total 150, and a tied for third place finish with Taylor Dedmen (77-73--150). Meiyi Yan held on to capture second place alone with a steady round two score of 75, 149 tournament total. Ariel (SiQin) Yu, of Bradenton climbed up to first place recording her second FJT win of 2016! Ariel came back from a first round 75 with a final round 73, tournament total 148, and one stroke victory! Rachel Silverman had the tournament low round in the girls’ division on Sunday with a two under-par, 70!
The Florida Junior Tour 13-15 division will travel to Ocala National Golf Club, in Ocala the weekend of April 2-3! We look forward to many more impressive scores, great weather, and beautiful course conditions.