Two Share Lead in State Junior Championship
Chappell Brown and Jeremy Evans are tied with a total of 134 to share the lead in the Boys 16-18 age division after two rounds of the 51st Florida State Junior Championship at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa. Wesley Graham leads the field by 3 shots in the 13-15 age division with a two day total of 135.
Brown, 18, of West Palm Beach, and Evans, 18, from Palm Harbor, lead the field of 60 by three strokes. Cameron Knight, 17, of Dade City, is in third place with a two day total of 137. Logan Blondell, Lakeland, carded two rounds of 69 to put him in fourth place for the tournament. Eric Shaw, Longwood, and Zach Lee, Ponte Vedra Beach, are tied for 5th place, five shots behind the leaders. Tyler Hock, of Ocala, had the day’s biggest improvement by shooting a 6-under par 64, to better his first day score by 22 shots. Last year’s Champion, Judson Eustaquio, of Lake Worth, is currently tied for 15th place after a two day total of 146. The Boys 16-18 age division is playing from 6200 yards out.
Wesley Graham, of Port Orange, is the sole leader in the Boys 13-15 age division. Graham, 15, leads the 30 players by three strokes after shooting a second round 65 from 6049 yards. Phillip Choi, 14, of Orlando, recorded a 1-under par 69 for a two-day total of 138 to go into the final round in second place. Christopher Carlin, 15, of Pembroke Pines, is in third place at even par.
Competitors first must have qualified at one of the six sites across the state in 18 holes of stroke play. The Championship field features 90 of the top male amateur golfers in the state playing 54 holes of stroke play in the three-day Championship. The field is divided into two age divisions; 13-15 junior division and 16-18 regular division and the juniors must not have a handicap index higher than 17.4.
The Champion of the regular division receives three exemptions into AJGA events. The top five from the regular division receive two exemptions each into AJGA events and the top ten finishers will receive one exemption toward an AJGA open tournament. Additionally, the top 14 finishes in the 16-18 division will be invited to compete in the Florida State Junior Match Play Invitational. The top eight finishes in the 13-15 division will also be invited to compete in the Junior Match Play Invitational.
For pairings, tee-times and complete results, please see www.fsga.org.