Quintessenza Wins by 4; Feng Wins by 1
Eighty-two juniors teed it up at the Florida Junior Tour event at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City in this weekend. The weather was warm and the wind was very light which made for perfect scoring conditions.
In the boys division, Anthony Quintessenza and Christian Anderson were tied atop the leaderboard with two under par 70's in the first round, but many players were within striking distance. In Sunday's final round Quintessenza, from St. Petersburg, got off to amazing start. He birdied the very difficult first hole and then eagled the par 5 second hole. He then birdied the fifth hole and then threw in another eagle on the par 5 ninth hole for a six under par 30 on the front nine to make the turn with a large lead. He added a birdie on the tenth hole to go to seven under par on the day, but two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine moved him back to three under and a 69 on the day. Quintessenza finished the tournament with rounds of 70-69--139 (-5) for his first FJT win.
Ryan Orr, of Belleair, started the final round just one shot back, but got off to a rough start; he made the turn at three over par (39). On the the back nine he played the two par 3 holes in three under par...that's right!!!...a birdie on the long 12th hole and a hole-in-one on the short 14th! Orr shot 33 on the back nine and finished the tournament with rounds of 71-72--143 (-1).
Finishing tied for third place with a 146 (+2) total was; Nicholas Felix, Ben Murray, Jordan Miller, Christian Anderson, Cameron Lilly, and Jimmy Stanger.
In the girls division, Erica Stoner held a one stroke lead after the first round with an even par 72 over Yueer Feng. Many girls were within just a few strokes of the lead heading into Sunday's round.
After their first nine holes in the final round, Stoner, of Ocala, and Feng, of Orlando, were tied and Sammi Lee, of Winter Park, was just one stroke back. On the front nine (their final nine holes), Feng pulled ahead with birdies on the second and fourth holes. Feng held a one stroke lead over Stoner and a two shot lead over Lee heading into the final hole. Both she and Stoner made a par, but a group pace of play penalty turned their pars into bogeys. Lee, who played in the group ahead, watched as Feng held on for a one stroke victory.
Yueer Feng finished in first place with rounds of 73-73--146 (+2) and finishing tied for second place was Erica Stoner with rounds of 72-75--147 (+3) and Sammi Lee posting 75-72--147 (+2).
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