Knight & Hurst Win At Lake Jovita
Cameron Knight and Vicky Hurst won the 16-18 division titles in the Florida Junior Tour (FJT) event at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City on December 3-4, 2005.
In the boys division of 60 juniors, Cameron Knight, 17, from Dade City, captured his second FJT title shooting a two-day total of 10-under par 134 to win by nine strokes on his home course of Lake Jovita. Knight, the 2003-2004 FJT Player-of-the-Year, made only one bogey during the tournament to fire a 66-68. Knight finished second in the 2005 Boys’ Junior Championship and has four second place finishes in his FJT career. James Byrd and Matt Cooney tied for second place with a tournament total of 143. Byrd, 16, from Windermere, posted a 74-69 while Matt Cooney, 16, of Tampa, also playing his home course, shot 71-72 for his best finish in an FJT event. A highlight of the tournament came in the second round when James Field, 17, of Pinecrest, aced the 4th hole from 180 yards with a 5-iron. Field posted a 70-78—148 for sixth place. The boys 16-18 division played the South Course from 6,871 yards.
Vicky Hurst, 15, from Melbourne, won her fourth FJT 16-18 age division title at Lake Jovita blasting a 74-72—146. In the second round, Hurst shot a 40 on the front nine and made four birdies for a 32 on the back nine to lead the field of 18 girls. Hurst, who is playing up in this event, was named the 2004-2005 FJT Player-of-the-Year and Florida Women’s State Golf Association (FWSGA) Junior Player-of-the-Year winning the Junior Girls’ Championship. Playing in her first FJT event of the season, Andrea Messer, 15, of Belleair, placed second shooting a 76-75—151. Messer, also playing up at Lake Jovita, won an event last season in the 13-15 age division and finished second in the Junior Girls’ Championship. Evan Jensen, 16, from Belleair, and Jessica Schall, 13, of Lake Mary, tied for third with a two-day total of 152. Jensen was named last season’s FJT girls 13-15 age division Player-of-the-Year. The girls field played Lake Jovita’s South Course from 5,879 yards.
Conducted by the Florida State Golf Association, the Florida Junior Tour (FJT) is a junior golf tour offering highly competitive and affordable competitions for juniors in Florida. The 2005-2006 season consists of 15 events for juniors, male and female, ages 13-18. Beginning September and running through May, the FJT schedule will play at some of the state’s top courses including PGA Golf Club and Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. This year will feature a 54-hole event for both age divisions as well as the first four-ball event. The FJT’s focus is on quality, affordability and integrity. Tournaments consist of 36 holes conducted over 2 days, typically weekends, with an entry fee of $95. Scholarship entry is available to junior golfers unable to afford the entry fee.
Working closely with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), FJT top competitors will receive exemptions and performance points towards AJGA events. The FJT is the only Florida tour to participate in the AJGA’s Performance Based Process. In addition, all FJT events will be ranked by Golfweek/Titleist and Junior Golf Scoreboard. The FJT will maintain a points list to assist in determining Junior Player-of-the-Year and invitations to other tournaments.
To view complete pairings, tee times, and results, please see www.floridajuniortour.org.