Kline and Armstrong win FJT at Southwood
Jacob Kline of St. Augustine has played in two Florida Junior Tour events this season. In both events, Kline has earned first place honors needing extra holes to do so. Kline jumped out to a 1-shot first round lead over Brandon Mancheno of Jacksonville after carding a 2 under par round of 70. Kline fired 36-37--73 on Sunday which included 2 birdies. The tournament total of 1-under par left him tied with Brock Ochsenreiter of Destin and Josh Lewis of Lake Mary. Lewis, playing in his first FJT event shot a tournament low 68 including birdies on holes 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 16. Ochsenreiter meanwhile, made birdie on his final hole to fashion a 71 and earn a spot in the sudden death playoff.
The playoff began on the par 4 18th hole. Kline hit his approach to 15 feet, Lewis to 7 feet while Ochsenreiter's approach carried just over the green. After Ochsenreiter's chip hit the hole and nearly went in, Kline drained his birdie before Lewis knocked his in on top of it. The two would then head to the par 3 17th hole. Kline would prevail after two putting for par while Lewis failed to get up and down from off the green. Kline's last event at Bear Lakes in September saw him prevail in extra holes as well.
Alison Armstrong shot a first round 75 leaving her two shots clear of Emily Uhland and Ella Woods. Uhland of Jacksonville mounted an early comeback on Sunday making birdie on holes 1, 8, and 9 to go out in 33 and take a 1 shot lead. Armstrong then ran off 3 straight birdies on 10, 11 and 12 to go up by 3. She would eventually win by five shots over Haydyn Gibson of Clearwater who came in 33 for a final round 75. This is Armstrong's first Florida Junior Tour victory.