April 24, 2017

Roberts and Pano Conquer High Winds

Taylor Roberts broke through to win her first FJT event ever, while Alexa Pano fended off Julia Towne in a playoff to add another victory to her playing resume.

Florida Junior Tour (13-15 & 16-18)

  • Viera East Golf Club - April 22 - 23, 2017
  • Yardages and Rating - 5,960 yds. 74.5/130

Weather

  • Saturday - Temperatures in the upper 70s, but with winds gusting to 30 mph.
  • Sunday - Overcast throughout the day, with moderate winds between 10-15 mph.

16-18 Age Division

Alexa Pano, from Lake Worth, was able to post two very consistent rounds in some very heavy winds to take home the victory in a playoff over Julia Towne. Alexa opened up the event with a round of 3 over-par, 75 which was enough to give her a two shot lead over the rest of the 16-18 age division. During Sunday's second round, Julia Towne of Eustis came out firing early on in the day. Julia's final round 3 under-par, 69 included 5 birdies and 2 bogeys and was enough to give her the clubhouse lead on Sunday afternoon. Alexa, played extremely steady again on Sunday carding a 1 over-par, 73 which put her and Julia in a tie atop the leaderboard. Julia and Alexa headed to the 18th hole for a playoff where both players had looks for birdie. Julia's birdie attempt slid just by the hole, but Alexa was able to roll in her putt for birdie to give her the win!

13-15 Age Division

Taylor Roberts, from Parkland, often sees her name near the top of the leaderboard, but until this weekend she had not been able to find herself a win! This season alone, Taylor has one second place finish and two third place finishes on the FJT. She has also never finished worse than 8th in her career. Heading into Sunday's final round, Taylor was in contention only four shots behind opening round leader Ainsley Mann. Taylor played solid all day long in a final round that included 16 pars and she did not make a bogey until her final hole of the day on Sunday. Her round of even par, 72 slid her to the top of the leaderboard and was just enough for her first career FJT win!

Tournament Facts

  • Six girls improved by ten shots or more from their first round score to their second round score!
    - Karoline Tuttle - Round 1 (86), Round 2 (76)
    - Emily Staples - Round 1 (85), Round 2 (72)
    - Madisyn Messmore - Round 1 (90), Round 2 (79)
    - Olivia Whitten - Round 1 (88), Round 2 (77)
    - Alyssa Lamoureux - Round 1 (80), Round 2 (70)
    - Julia Towne - Round 1 (79), Round 2 (69)

Full Results | Photos | Course Statistics Rd.1 | Course Statistics Rd. 2 | FJT Schedule


Pictured from Left to Right:
 Madison Hewlett, Ainsley Mann, Taylor Roberts, Alexa Pano, Julia Towne, Jenny Kim

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