The Race for the Junior Florida Cup
Held annually, the Junior Florida Cup is one of the most fun and exciting golf events in Florida. Each year the state's top junior players are invited to participate in a North Florida versus South Florida team competition similar to the Ryder Cup. As the season inches closer and closer to the Memorial Day majors, the last opportunity to earn points for the Junior Cup, here is a look at how the teams could be constructed. Being that the North has defended the cup three years in a row, we'll take a look at them first.
How Teams are Selected
Each team will consist of the following:
10 - Boys
Top 4 players from the 16-18 Junior Florida Cup Points List
Top 3 players from the 13-15 Junior Florida Cup Points List
3 players from either age division selected by the Committee
6 - Girls
Top 2 players from the 16-18 Junior Florida Cup Points List
Top 2 players from the 13-15 Junior Florida Cup Points List
2 players from either age division selected by the Committee
In Penny and Lamoureux, the team boasts the 2016 Tour Championship winners of their respective divisions. Since points started counting for the 2017 Junior Cup, these 11 players have racked up 15 FJT victories, not to mention countless other top five finishes. Mancheno, for example, hasn't finished outside of the top two in a Florida Junior Tour event since May 10, 2015. Lamoureux, our co-Girls Junior Player of the Year and committed to Central Florida, represents one of the many on this team already committed to college. As it is currently composed, even without the committee selections, this would certainly be team to be reckoned with.
Currently with only one player returning from last year (Gifford) and one other that has played previously (Oukosavanna) the South does not have the same type of Florida Cup experience returning as the North. However, they look to have a strong group of youngsters. Biondi, the reigning Junior Player of the Year, has one win to his credit as far as the points are concerned, but also took home the Boys' Junior Championship and two additional FJT's in 2016. Beber-Frankel and Pano could be the strength of the 13-15 group as Beber-Frankel bested the field at the Tour Championship and Pano shared Girls Junior Player of the Year honors with Lamoureux. It may be young, but the South is undeniably talented.
With fifteen events yet to go before invitations are sent out, there are sure to be changes to the teams, especially as some of the 13-15 players turn 16. In that case, the points which they have earned in the 13-15 events will be added to the total of their 16-18 points. It will be fun to watch the points list as the competition to make the Junior Florida Cup roster heats up!
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