August 09, 2009

Four Teams Take Home Junior Team Titles

More than 50 junior teams representing their junior programs competed this weekend in the Junior Team Championship.

In the Boys 16-18 age division, the First Tee of Naples/Collier secured the win by four strokes with a tournament total of 280 on the Legends Course. After a first round 142, the First Tee of Naples/Collier led by three strokes. In the final round, the team held on strong to post an impressive 138 for the victory. Matt Taylor shot rounds of 70-69 while Chase Marinell and Matt Lawrence also played a major role in the team’s win. The First Tee of Miami came in second place recording a 284 for the tournament.

Leading by eight strokes after the first round, the Greater Orlando Junior Golf Tour dominated the field to win the girls 16-18 age division by twelve. The girl’s team posted a 145 in the first round and finished strong with a 143 in the final round. Erica Popson, Nicole Quinn and Kristine Odaiyar represented the winning team. The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association took second place at 300.

In the Boys 13-15 age division on the Reserve Course, the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation won the title with a tournament total of 288. Playing for the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation, Tyler Gentilella shot a 72-72 as Michael Heda posted a 70-75 and Michael Oretsky recorded a 74-74. The Junior Golf Association of Broward County finished four back from the leading team at a two-round total of 292.

Also playing at the Reserve course, The First Tee Naples/Collier captured the girls 13-15 age division by an overwhelming 10 strokes. Emma Smyser led the team firing a 71-74 as Stephanie Carlozzi and Olivia Lynch also contributed to the team’s success. The Inner Circle of Golf took second place in the girls 13-15 age division.

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 Orange Lake’s Legends and Reserve Courses.

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