Junior Team Champions Crowned
Sixty junior teams representing their junior programs competed this weekend in the 2014 Florida State Junior Team Championship at Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Lakewood Ranch.
In the Boys 16-18 age division, the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association secured the win by seven strokes with a tournament total of two-under par 286 on the Kings Dunes Course. After a first round of three-under par 141, the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association led Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association by two strokes. In the final round, the team played solid to post one-over par 145, good enough for the victory. The team members were: Josh Augusts, Jackson Shoenfelt and Ryan Lench. Josh August led Palm Beach with rounds of 71-69--140 and was the low individual in the Boys 16-18 Age Division.
In the Girls 16-18 age division, the Pinellas Sheriff’s PAL captured the Girls 16-18 age division in a playoff on the Cypress Links Course. They were joined by Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association at an even-par 288 total. The team of Ashley Kimbrough, Haydyn Gibson and Ryanne Jackson would prevail on the first playoff hole. Haydyn Gibson represented the winning team with rounds 68-69--137 and took home low individual honors in the Girls 16-18 Age Division.
In the Boys 13-15 age division on the Cypress Links Course, the home team from The Golf Academy at Lakewood Ranch captured the title with a tournament total of 286 on the Cypress Links Course. Leading the way was Kyle Jarrett with rounds of 72-68--140, capturing low individual honors. Jarrett was joined by Max Coutsolioutsos and Ryan Kinkead on the winning team.
Playing at the Kings Dunes Course, the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation captured the Girl’s 13-15 age division by three strokes with a tournament total of 289. Hannah Leiner fired rounds of 71-72--143 and was low individual. She was joined by Alexa Rivas and Georgette Garcia on the winning team.
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 Lakewood Ranch Country Club’s Kings Dunes and Cypress Links Courses.