June 18, 2012

Florida Players Qualify for U.S. Junior Amateur

The Florida Junior Tour will be well represented at the Championship in New Hampshire

Qualifiying for the U.S Junior Amateur wrapped up in Florida this past week and many familiar names punched their tickets to Championship.  There were four qualifiers contested in Florida between June 11-15.  The format for qualifying is 36 holes of stroke play over two days. Click here for qualifying results.

  • Fort Lauderdale CC, Plantation
  • Estero CC, Fort Myers
  • Gainesville CC, Gainesville
  • Lake Wales CC, Lake Wales

Robert Geibel of Pembroke Pines and Sean Smothers of Tamarac shared co-medalist honors at Fort Lauderdale CC while snatching up the two available qualifying spots.  In the qualifier at Estero Country Club, Mason Fox of Sarasota claimed the lone qualifying spot after shooting rounds of 70-73.  Fox prevailed in a playoff over Brandon Mai of Poway, CA to qualify.  On that same day, two more Florida Junior Tour standouts earned qualifying spots at Gainesville Country Club.  Defending FSGA Boys' Junior Champion (13-15 age division) Sam Horsfield of Davenport ran away from the field, firing 66-68 for an incredible 10 under par 2-day total.  The other spot was taken by Kevin Reilly of Ovideo, with rounds of 70-72. 

There were three spots up for grabs at the final qualifier at Lake Wales Country Club. buoyed by a victory at the FJT major at Innisbrook two weeks earlier, Ryan Orr of Belleair earned medalist honors. Orr shot an impressive 3-under par 69 on the first day and followed that up with a blistering 64 to seal the deal.  Orlando's Ryan Stovash continued his run of good play in 2012 and captured the second qualifying spot.  After three top 3 FJT finishes this year, Stovash shot 71-66 at Lake Wales to earn his spot.  Emilio Maurer of Mexico grabbed the third and final qualifying spot. 

Qualifying continues across the country until June 26th.  The Championship will be contested at the Golf Club of New England in beautiful Stratham, New Hampshire. 


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