Junior Team Champions Crowned
Sixty-two junior teams representing their junior programs competed this weekend in the 2012 Florida State Junior Team Championship at Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach.
In the Boys 16-18 age division, the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association (pictured right) secured the win by two strokes with a tournament total of one-over par 289 on the Dunes Course. After a first round of nine-over par 153, the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association trailed by seven strokes. In the final round, the team played solid to post an impressive eight-under par 136 for the victory. After a first round of 78, Derron Peyton came out firing in the final round with a seven-under par 65 to carry his team to victory. He was joined by team mates Anthony Gabriele and Ryan Lynch who were also key contributors. Samuel Uhland of the North Florida Junior Golf Association captured low individual honors after rounds of 69-70.
In the Girls 16-18 age division, the Greater Tampa Junior Golf
Association (pictured right) secured the win by two strokes with a
tournament total of one-over par 289 on the Lakes Course. The girl’s team posted a 149 in the first round and posted a final round of 148 for a tournament total of 297 for the title. Anna Newell, Emmy Martin, and Madison Glennie, represented the winning team. Newell also took home low individual honors with a tournament total of two-over par 146.
In the Boys 13-15 age division on the Lakes Course, the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour (pictured left) won the title with a tournament total of 293. Leading the way for their wire-to-wire victory was Brock Ochsenreiter, who fired rounds of 71-74 as Steven Shephard posted a 75-73 and Tyler Cohen recorded a 79-79. Josh August, of the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association, took home low individual honors with a tournament total of two-under par 142.
Playing at the Dunes course, the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation (pictured left) captured the girl’s 13-15 age division by three strokes with a tournament total of 314. Claire Fitzgerald, Julia Durkin both posted a tournament total of 157, and shared top individual honors. Tanya Eathakotti fired a final round of 79 to help the team capture the title.
Teams of three, representing their junior programs, competed in 36-holes of stroke play with the total of the low two of the three gross scores counting for each round. This event is open to junior programs that provide organized tournaments, instruction or clinics which are open to all junior golfers in the community. There are four divisions; boys 16-18, boys 13-15, girls 16-18 and girls 13-15. Competitors played on Sandridge Golf Club’s Dunes and Lakes Courses.