Feng Wins Again; Gagne Beats Tough Field
Most of the top junior golfers in Florida headed to a familiar spot, Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, for a 16-18 age division Florida Junior Tour event. Over 150 juniors tried to gain entry into the 84 player field which turned out to be the strongest field of the year so far.
In the first round, three players held a share of the lead at two-under par 70, however, there were numerous players within a few strokes and capable of catching them. Matt Young, of Tallahassee, had a roller-coaster first round with nines of 40-30 to stand atop the leaderboard with Luis Gagne, of Orlando and Jackson Stroup, of Naples.
In the final round, Gagne got off to a great start and fired a 32 (-4) on the front nine to take the lead into the final nine holes. On the back nine, Gagne stumbled slightly, but no one was able to take advantage of the opening. Gagne's final round of 32-39--71 put him one shot ahead of Jackson Stroup (70-72--142) and secured his first victory in the 16-18 age division. Robin Wang, of Lake Mary, finished alone in third place with rounds of 71-72--143.
In the girls division, Yueer Feng, of Orlando, took a one-shot lead after the first round with two-under par 70 which lead Anna Newell, of Tampa (71). In the final round, Feng started off a little slow and made three bogeys on her first nine holes and made the turn with a 39.
Feng and Newell were tied heading into the final nine holes and Emmy Martin, of Tampa, was only one stroke back. Feng then caught fire and made birdies on holes 5, 6, and 8 to pull ahead and win by two stokes over Newell and Martin who tied for second at 145 (+1). This is Feng's second consecutive FJT victory.
Pace of Play - Four penalties earned in the final round. There were no penalties in the first round.