Graham & McChrystal Win at Rio Pinar
Wesley Graham, 16, of Port Orange, battled strong winds to win the boys 16-18 age division firing a tournament total of 5-under par 139. Graham, the 2004 and 2005 Boys Junior Champion of the 13-15 age division, shot a 69-70 to be the sole competitor to post under par rounds on both days. This is Graham’s second victory of the season as he won the 54-hole Disney event last November. Kyle Cobb, 17, of Tallahassee, bettered his first round score by ten strokes to share second place honors with Shelton Smith. After a first round score of 77, Cobb blasted a 67 in the final round for the low round of the tournament. Shelton Smith, 17, from Port Orange, had his best performance in an FJT event tying for second. Smith shot a 70-74 for an even par 144. The boys field of 66 played from 6,912 yards.
In the girls 16-18 age division, Megan McChrystal, 17, from Stuart, edged out the field by one stroke to win her second FJT title. McChrystal, who like Graham won the 54-hole Disney event, shot a 75-78—153 for the win. Madison Pressel, 14, and Kyle Roig, 11, playing in their first 16-18 age division event, shared second place with a 154 tournament total. Pressel, from Boca Raton, shot a pair of 77s while Roig, of Pembroke Pines, posted a 78-76. The 18 girls played from 6,152 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 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.