North Dominates to Reclaim the Junior FL Cup
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The North is back on top at the Junior Florida Cup. North Florida dominated during the two-day championship, reclaiming the cup with a 20.5-11.5 win on Tuesday at Deerwood Country Club.
It was the North’s 10th Junior Florida Cup victory and the first since 2016 at The Bear’s Club. Its nine-point margin of victory is the largest since the South accomplished the same feat in 2013.
The championship began on Monday morning with eight four-ball matches. The North came out strong, earning six points in the morning, while the South took two.
Wyndom Burnett and Ainsley Mann captured a decisive 4 and 2 win for the North over Skylee Shin and Amelia Novoa. After making the turn with a 1 up lead, Burnett and Mann won three holes on the back nine to secure the victory.
North’s Austin Cherichella and Bryce Walker took the lead on the first hole and never let it go, defeating Noah Kumar and James Nieporte, 1 up. Olivia Lu and Mi Li added a point for the North, winning 3 and 1 against Kayla Holden and Angelica Holman.
Monday afternoon’s foursome matches saw some dominating victories for the North team. North’s Cherichella and Clark won four-straight holes on the front nine to take 5 up lead over Sam Kodak and Novoa. The pair won two more holes on the back to secure the 7 and 6 win.
After going 2 down to start the match, Nicholas Gabrelcik and Kaitlyn Schroeder won six of the seven next holes against Leo Herrera and Kayla Holden. Gabrelcik and Schroeder added a point for the North with a 6 and 5 win.
Walker and Lu took a 2 up lead after nine holes against Robbie Higgins and Skylee Shin. Walker and Lu won three of the four first holes on the front to secure the 4 and 3 North win.
After grabbing 5.5 points in the afternoon, the North headed into Monday’s final round with a 11.5-4.5 lead over the South, needing only five points to reclaim the Junior Florida Cup.
The South team came out strong in Tuesday morning’s singles matches, winning three of the first four matches. Chloe Kovelesky earned the first point of the day for the South, with a 6 and 4 win over Ainsley Mann.
Gabrelcik and Clark both added points for the North team, with Gabrelcik taking down Robbie Higgins, 4 and 3, and Clark winning, 3 and 2, against John Marshall.
Making the turn with a 3 up lead, Walker won two holes on the back nine to secure a 5 and 4 win over James Nieporte. In a hard-fought match, North’s Lu won back-to-back holes on the 15th and 16th to take a 2 up lead over Novoa. Lu Secured the victory on the 18th, winning 1 up.
Walker and Lu were the only two players in the field to finish the weekend undefeated with three match wins.
Josh Stewart clinched the win for the North, defeating Sam Kodak, 3 and 1. Stewart won three-straight holes to finish the match and capture the win.