Duff and Pellot Outlast the Cold
Florida Junior Tour (13-15)
- Mark Bostick GC at UF - January 7 - 8, 2017
- Boys Yardages and Rating - 6,171 yds. 69.8/125
- Girls Yardages and Rating - 5,587 yds. 73.3/134
- Saturday - Temperatures in the upper 40s, but heavy winds.
- Sunday - Frost delay in the morning. Temperatures never eclipsed the mid 40s.
Jason Duff, of Elkton, prevailed and overcame a two-stroke deficit to earn his first FJT victory! With hometown advantage, Jake Davis led after round one with a one over-par, 71. Duff was tied for second with Gray Albright, Cole Darbyshire, and Will Davis, after opening rounds of three over-par, 73. After a second round even par 70, Duff moved into first place with a 143 total. Davis fell to third place with a round two, 6-over par, 76, and a tournament total 147. After a first round 75, a one over-par second round advanced Tianyu Wu, of Howey-in-the-Hills, to second place with a 146 total. The low tournament round and only under par score came from Thomas Salanito, of Palm Harbor, who carded a second round 69, 11 strokes better than his first round. Duff earned his first win on the Junior Tour by three strokes!
Izzy Pellot, of Apopka, hoisted her second FJT trophy with a wire-to-wire win! At the age of 12 years old, Pellot posted rounds of 76-74 to win by two strokes with a 150 total. Chei Kim started the final round tied for second with Wyndom Burnett, both shooting 78 on Saturday. Orlando resident, Kim, held onto second place after scoring a 74 on Sunday for a 152 total. Rounding out the top three was Tianyi Zhuang, of Windermere, who carded rounds of 80-78—158. The shot of the day was awarded to Lillian Berry who had a hole-in-one of the 11th hole! Two wins on the Florida Junior Tour will help Pellot prepare for the 2017 U.S. Women's Four-Ball Championship that she recently qualified for in November!
- Lillian Berry - Hole-in-One on the 11th hole
- Thomas Salanito - Lone under par round of the tournament and improved by 11 strokes from Round 1 (80) to Round 2 (69).
- January 14 - 15 - Seminole Golf Course & Club, Tallahassee
- January 21 - 22 - Cypress Creek Golf Club, Ruskin
- February 4 - 5 - Palm Aire Country Club, Sarasota
- February 18 - 19 - West Orange Country Club, Winter Garden