June 23, 2004

FJT Crowns Winners at Marsh Landing

Knight, Black, Andersen, and Changkija win their respective division titles.

The Florida Junior Tour (FJT) headed north to Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach and crowned four divisional winners and decided the final points standings for the season.

In the boys 16-18 age division, Cameron Knight, of Dade City, won the division and clinched the Player-of-the-Year in the points standings. Knight, 16, jumped from third place into first on the points list when he fired a 67-73—140 at Marsh Landing. Michael Sedacca, of Orlando, playing in his first tournament in the older age division, placed second after shooting 73-77—150. Sedacca, 16, secured the Player-of-the-Year award in the 13-15 age division with a first place finish at Shingle Creek and a second place finish at the Ritz-Carlton event.

In the boys 13-15 age division, Eric Black, 15, from St. Cloud, won the division firing a two-round total, 2-under par 142. Black finished second in the boys 13-15 final points standings. In addition to the Marsh Landing win, Black had a 7th place finish at Grand Cypress, tied for 9th at Shingle Creek and tied for 15th at the Ritz. Kyle Lepore and Joseph Cobb each recorded a 145 total tying for second in the boys 13-15 age division.

In the girls 16-18 age division, Alexandra Andersen, 17, of Orange Park, had her best performance shooting 87-83—170 to place first. Sara Young, 17, of Jacksonville, shot a 91-87—178 to finish eight strokes back from Andersen. Hannah Brabb, from Maitland, had already clinched the Player-of-the-Year award with her results in past FJT events finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Sandra Changkija, 15, of Orlando, won the girls 13-15 age division shooting a 73-74—147. Changkija placed second at the Grand Cypress event shooting a two-day total 153 thus giving her enough points to win the Player-of-the-Year. Brigid Hourihan, 13, of Ponte Vedra Beach, shot an 80-75 to finish second, eight strokes back from Changkija.

More than 120 entries were received for this event, but only 78 junior golfers were able to gain entry into the event. In the final field, only three players earned entry through exemptions and the other 75 players were selected primarily based upon playing ability. The Marsh Landing field consisted of 30 boys each in the 13-15 and 16-18 age divisions while the girls 13-15 and 16-18 age divisions comprised of nine competitors each.

To view results, please log on to www.floridajuniortour.org. The website is also a great tool for players, parents and guests. There, you can view player profiles and bios, sign up for membership and tournaments and other valuable information.

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 21 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the new 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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