July 17, 2006

Junior Team Championship

Four state organizations come out victorious at the Junior Team Championship at Walt Disney World Golf Resort on Sunday.

Kyle Cobb drained a ten foot putt to lead Tallahassee Junior Golf to the Boys 16-18 age division title as the Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association won the Girls 16-18 age division in the 2006 Florida State Junior Team Championship at Walt Disney World Golf Resort. The King and Bear Junior Program captured the Boys 13-15 age division and the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association took the Girls 13-15 age division by 25 strokes.  

In the Boys 16-18 age division, Tallahassee Junior Golf came from one stroke down after the first round to secure the Championship by one stroke. With a first round 146, the team came out strong in the final round to fire a team total of 143 and finish with a 289. Kyle Cobb won it for the team on the final hole sinking a ten foot putt to post a 1-under par 71 for the day. Kevin Cooper shot even par in the final round to contribute to the team's win. Rick Smith Golf Academy finished second in the division with a 290 total. In the final round, Brandon Pena fired a 67, the low round of the tournament, to put the team in contention.

The Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association had a commanding ten stroke lead after the first round in the Girls 16-18 age division shooting a team total of 156. The team posted a 164 in the final round to win the division with a 320 total. Barbara Malone, Rio Millford and Tara Steakin contributed to the team’s victory. The Junior Golf Association of Broward County took second place three strokes back from the Champions. The team posted a 167-156—323.  

In the Boys 13-15 age division, the King and Bear Junior Program overcame a one stroke deficit to win the division by four strokes. The team recorded a 154-147—301 for the victory. Max McKay led the team with rounds of 72-75. Palm Beach Country Junior Golf Association took second place with a 305 total. Brandon Heinkel shot the low rounds for the team with 72-73.

The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association added to their ten stroke lead after the first round winning the Girls 13-15 age division by 25 strokes. The team posted a 154-148—302 with Maria Ronderos shooting a pair of 75’s and Kristin Swindell a 79-73. The Junior Golf Association of Broward County placed second in the division with a 327 team total.  

Teams of three, representing 52 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 play on Disney’s Palm and Magnolia Courses. Each member of the winning teams receives three exemptions in the Florida Junior Tour (FJT).

For tee-times, pairings and complete results, please see www.fsga.org.

Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 22 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships. 


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