October 22, 2006

Waller, Howard Win at Ocala

Ed Waller and Ginger Howard each topped their respective divisions to win.

In the boys 13-15 age division, Ed Waller, 15, from Ponte Vedra Beach, edged out the field by one stroke to win his first FJT event with a tournament total of 143. After a first round score of 1-under par 71, Waller shot even par in the final round to secure the Championship. Playing in his first FJT event, Byeong-hun An, 15, of Korea, took sole possession of second place with a pair of 72’s. In a four-way tie for third place, Sean Jacklin, 14, from Bradenton, Ian McConnell, 14, from Riverview, Kevin Phelan, 15, of St. Augustine, and Carson Weinand, 15, of Naples, each recorded a tournament total of 146. The boys division of 61 competitors played from 6,780 yards.

Playing in her first FJT event, Ginger Howard captured the girls 13-15 age division by five strokes. Howard, 12, of Bradenton, fired rounds of 75-78—153 for the win. Isabel Han, 15, from Lake Mary, and Nicole Quinn, 13, of Windermere, finished tied for second place posting a 158 tournament total. The girls field of 15 played from 5,911 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 2006-2007 season consists of 20 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 the Country Club of Ocala and Lake Jovita. 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 or $115. 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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