November 15, 2020

Four Raise Trophies at Tour Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – After battling Innisbrook’s Island Course, four players were crowned champions at the Florida Junior Tour Championship on Sunday. Jack Turner captured the Boys 16-18 division, while Beni Long took home the Boys 13-15 title. On the girls’ side, Aaron Whitley won the 16-18 trophy, and Katelyn Huber secured the 13-15 title.

Boys 16-18

Turner survived a playoff to secure the win in the Boys 16-18 Division, carding a 1-over 217 for the two-day championship. In Saturday’s first round, the Orlando native posted a 3-over 75 to sit three shots back of the leaders heading into the second round.

He bounced back with a second-round 68 to take the 36-hole lead. Turner used a bogey-free front nine and five birdies on the day to fire the low round of the championship for the Boys 16-18 Division.

Turner, who won the Boys’ Junior 13-15 Championship title in July, got off to a quick start in the final round with a birdie on the second. He ran into some trouble on the sixth, finishing with a double bogey, and made the turn at 1-over for the day.

The 2023 graduate carded a 1-over back nine to finish the day in a tie for first place with Nicholas Prieto at 1-over 217. Prieto rolled in a birdie on the 17th to move to the top of the leaderboard with Turner. The Miami native posted a 1-under 71 in the final round, the low round of day in the Boys 16-18 Division.

Turner secured the victory with a par on the second playoff hole.

Prieto took a runner-up finish, while Xirong Cheng finished one shot back in third place at 2-over 218. Jonah Winter and Logan Hunter tied for fourth at 5-over 221.

Girls 16-18

Whitley captured her fourth victory of the season with a win the Girls 16-18 Division, finishing the championship at 6-over 222. After a first-round 78, Whitley fired a 1-under 71 in the second round to sit just one shot back of the leader heading into Sunday. Her second-round 71 was the low round of the championship for the Girls 16-18 Division.

The Sarasota native began the final round with back-to-back pars, before birding two of the next three holes. Whitely made the turn at even-par for the day. She played her second nine at 1-over to finish the championship with a 1-over 73 and earn the one-shot victory.

Bridget Ma took home a second place with a 7-over 223, while Angelica Holman finished third at 12-over 228. Karoline Tuttle took fourth place at 13-over 229

Boys 13-15

Long earned the win in the Boys 13-15 Division, carding a 7-over 223 for the championship, to pick up his second victory of the season. He began the weekend with a 2-over 74 in the first round, following it up with a second-round 72 to take the 36-hole lead.

Beginning the final round with a one-shot lead, Long carded a bogey on the front side to make the turn at 1-over for the day. He finished the day with a 3-over back nine to post a final-round 77 and secure the one-shot win.

Barry Boyi Zhang finished one shot back of Long in second place at 8-over 224. Phillip Dunham took third place at 9-over 225. The Ponte Vedra Beach native fired the low round of the championship in the Boys 13-15 Divisions, with a final-round 69. Lev Grinberg finished fourth at 10-over 226.

Girls 13-15

Huber picked up her third victory of the season with a win the Girls 13-15 division, posting a 3-under 213 for the championship. The Gainesville native began the week with a first-round 74 to take a share of the 18-hole lead. Huber used four birdies in the second round to card a 1-under 71 and become the solo leader heading into the final round.

She got off to a hot start in the final round with a birdie on the second, before adding back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th. Huber made the turn at 2-under for the day and continued the strong play on her second nine, adding three birdies.

The 2025 graduate earned the five-shot victory with a final-round 68, the low round of the championship for all division. Huber was also the only player in the field to post two under-par rounds.

Sabree Lefebvre finished second at 2-over 218, finishing the weekend with back-to-back rounds of 72. Jordan Fischer took third place at 12-over 228, while Nicole Yugay finished fourth at 17-over 233.

Final Results

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