First Time Winners at Perdido Bay
Jason Rodgers, Dan Erickson, Antonia Poate and Madison Pacheco captured their respective division titles at the Florida Junior Tour’s (FJT) event conducted at Perdido Bay Golf Club, in Pensacola, November 10-11.
In the Boys 16-18 Division, Jason Rodgers, of Destin, overcame a four stroke deficit for his first career FJT victory. After a first round of three-over par 75, Rodgers trailed Henry Westmoreland, of Wacissa heading into the final round. Rodgers final round of 78 included three birdies which propelled him to a one stroke victory. Davis Bowyer, of Destin, finished alone in second place with a tournament total of 154. Westmoreland struggled in the final round, but managed to earn third place honors with an event total of 157.
In the Boys 13-15 Division, Dan Erickson, of Pace, erased a one storke deficit to claim his first FJT title with a tournament total of 151. Erickson posted a first round of five-over par 77, to put himself in prime position entering the final round of play. In the final round, Erickson made birdies on 13, 14 and 15 for the come behind victory over Brock Ochsenreiter who finished bogey, double, bogey on his final three holes. Ochsenreiter finished alone in second place after rounds of 76-77.
Antonia Poate, of Niceville, dominated the competition to win the Girls 16-18 Division. Poate posted a tournament total of 167 to capture her first title by an impressive nine shots. Poate used birdies on 9, 12, and 15 in the final round en route to her round of 77. Alexis Hazard, of Pensacola, finished in second place and Stephanie Kim, of Gainesville, took home third place honors.
In the Girls 13-15 Division, Madison Pacheco, of Pensacola, went wire-to-wire to run away from the field with an impressive 10 shot victory. Pacheco carded a first round of three-over par 75 to take a four stroke lead into the final round. Pacheco played steady in the final round cruising to her first career victory. Teresa Conroy, of Tallahassee, finished in second place as Miranda Holt, of Pensacola, finished in third place.