January 09, 2006

Kang, Thompson Win At Fox Hollow

Hojin Kang went wire-to-wire to win while Alexis Thompson came from two strokes back.

In the boys 13-15 age division, Hojin Kang, 14, from Longwood, led the field of 63 juniors throughout the two rounds. In breezy and cool conditions, Kang made six birdies to fire an even par 71 in the first round to take a five stroke lead. After a 30 minute fog delay, Kang then shot a 76 in the second round for a 147 tournament total and his first FJT victory. Phillip Choi and Kevin McGavock tied for second place with a tournament total of 150. Choi, 14, from Orlando, and McGavock, 15, from Palm Beach Gardens, recorded similar scores of 76-74 for a share of second place. The boys played from 6,501 yards.

Alexis ThompsonAlexis Thompson recorded rounds of 77-76 for her third FJT title in the 13-15 age division. Thompson, 10, of Coral Springs, who is playing under a special exemption, posted a 153 tournament total for a one stroke advantage in the field of 21 girls. Thompson won the PGA event and the 54-hole Disney event to lead the division rankings. Kyle Roig, 11, of Pembroke Pines, also playing under a special exemption, took second place with a 154 tournament total. Roig fired a 76-78 to finish one stroke back from Thompson. Four girls tied for third place shooting a two-day score of 156. The girls played from 5,517 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 Fox Hollow Golf Club and Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. This year will feature two 54-hole events 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, 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.

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