July 10, 2013

Lanier Leads 59th Boys' Junior

Lanier gains the 16-18 division lead as the 13-15 division tightens up heading into the final round of play

Logan Lanier leads by one stroke heading into the final round of the 59th Florida State Boys' Junior Championship as Ryoto Furuya, Greyson Porter, Anton Serafini, and Landon Weber share the 13-15 age division lead at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota.

In the 16-18 age division, Logan Lanier, of Saint Augustine, (pictured right) stands alone in first place heading into the final round of play with a 36-hole total of three-under par 139. Playing Bradenton Country Club in the first round, Lanier opened up with an impressive round of four-under par 67 to grab a share of lead. In the second round at Sara Bay Country Club, Lanier would stumble early with a double bogey on the second hole, but rebounded nicely to turn at one-over par 37. On the back nine Lanier would make birdies on 13 and 18 to go along with only one bogey for his round of one-over par 72. Lanier will take a one stroke lead into the final 18-holes of play and will be seeking his first State Championship title. Jacob Kline, of Saint Augustine, Jordan Miller, of Oneco, and Kevin Slayden, of Ponte Vedra Beach, are all currently tied for second place with a 36-hole total of 140. Fifty-five juniors in the 16-18 age division advanced to play the final 18-holes at Sara Bay Country Club with a two-round total of 151 and better.

In the 13-15 age division, four players currently hold a share of the lead at even par 142 heading into the final round of play. Ryoto Furuya, of Wesley Chapel, Greyson Porter, of Clearwater, and Anton Serafini, of Lake Mary, who all held a share of the first round lead were joined by Landon Weber, of Fort Myers, who gained a stoke on the trio after his even par round of 71 at Bradenton Country Club in the second round. Multiple FJT winner, Tyler Strafaci, of Davie, is only three strokes off the lead after rounds of 73-72. Twenty-three juniors in the 13-15 age division advanced to the final day posting a two-round total of 152 and better.

Before reaching the Championship, more than 350 participants attempted to qualify at one of 6 sites across the state. In the Championship, participants will play eighteen holes each at Sara Bay Country Club and Bradenton Country Club on Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th.  The final eighteen holes will be played at Sara Bay Country Club.

To enter, participants must be between the ages of 13-18 as of July 11th and not attending college. Also, the juniors must have a handicap index no higher than 17.4.


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