Three Earn Wins at Lakewood National
Auston Kim, Karoline Tuttle & Luke Clanton
Florida Junior Tour (Boys 13-15, Girls 13-18)
- Lakewood National Golf Club
- Yardages and Rating
- Boys - 6,711 yds. 72.2/133
- Girls - 5,830 yds. 73.2/130
- Round 1 - Saturday - Clear skies with little to no wind, 81 degrees
- Round 2 - Sunday - Calm and clement, high of 77 degrees
Boys' 13-15 Division
On a day where the scoring average was 84.8, Luke Clanton and Brendan Valdes would separate themselves with rounds of 66 and 68 respectfully. Their impressive play would set them up for a final round showdown. Clanton would struggle for much of the final round while Valdes would capitalize, turning in three under-par 33 to pull two ahead. With six holes to play and a two shot lead, it looked as if Valdes was primed for the comeback. However, Clanton would not be denied, playing his final six holes in six under-par to capture his second FJT victory in as many starts and cap off an impressive week.
Girls' 13-15 Division
Karoline Tuttle went wire to wire to capture the Girls' 13-15 Division. Tuttle would open with an even-par 72 to take a one shot lead over Jacqueline Putrino heading into Sunday's final round. Putrino would pull to even with nine holes remaining but inconsistent play over the final nine holes could not overcome Tuttle's solid play down the stretch. Tuttle's final round 75 would be good enough for a two-shot victory and her third FJT title of the year.
Girls' 16-18 Division
In the Girl's 16-18 Division, it was Auston Kim and Victoria Hwang tied for the lead through the first round at Lakewood National Golf Club. After carding rounds of even-par 72, the two would enter Sunday's final round two strokes ahead of Jennifer Jung and Amelia Root. Both players would begin Round 2 with birdies at the par 5 first, but Kim who would pull away, adding five more birdies en route to opening nine 31. Kim continued her stellar play on the back nine, coming home in one under-par to card a final round 66, coasting to a six-stroke win and her first ever FJT title. With the win, Kim earns a spot in the field at the Conversatory at Hammock Beach for the Tour Championsip.
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