February 28, 2010

Lebioda and Swindell Capture First FJT Titles

Hank Lebioda lasts through a playoff while Kristin Swindell overcomes a 2 stroke deficit to win.

Hank Lebioda and Kristin Swindell grabbed first place honors at the Florida Junior Tour’s (FJT) 16-18 age division event at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, February 27-28.

Hank Lebioda, of Winter Springs, and Wilson Bateman, from Edmonton, Canada were tied after 36-holes of play at two-under par 142. The players headed the 1st hole to decide the play-off. Both players went for the par 5 in two with a chance of making birdie. After Bateman missed his six foot birdie putt, Lebioda made his birdie and earned the victory. Lebioda fired rounds of 70-72 to secure his first FJT victory. Bateman carded rounds of 71-71 in his second career FJT tournament. Alex Slaton, of Gainesville, finished alone in third place with a tournament total of one-under par 143, which included a final round two under par 70.

In the Girls Division Kristin Swindell, of Bradenton, overcame a two stroke deficit to grab first place honors. Swindell played consistent in the final round recording a one over par 73 for a tournament total of 147, and a two shot victory. This is Swindell’s first career FJT victory. Nicole Quinn, of Windermere and Megan VanEtten, of Trinity, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of 149.

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