Lench & Zeng Victorious at Amelia National
Amelia Island - Saturday’s First Round was highlighted by the wind and cool weather. The Boys Division saw a handful of players break par in the challenging scoring conditions. Gabriel Lench, of Lake Mary & Matthew Mourin, of Miami Lakes lead the way with 3-under par 69’s. Travis Trace, of Jacksonville would post 2-under par 70 and rounds out Sunday’s Final paring. Andy Zhang, of Renuion & Luis Gagne, of Orlando both posted 1-under par 71’s and sit in a tie for 4th. In the Girls Division, Kathleen Duperval, of Jacksonville, shot77 to lead the way. She held a 1 stroke lead over Kelsey Zeng, of Orlando. Her sister Courtney Zeng, of Orlando sits in third after a 79.
Sunday saw calm winds and warmer temperatures. The boys division saw players from the final two groups make a run at the leaders. Playing in the final group, Travis Trace shot a final round 73 to finish in third place at 143 total. Andy Zhang one group behind, continued his steady playing firing another 71, highlighted by three birdies on the back nine, holes 11, 13 & 15. Overnight co-leader Gabriel Lench used birdies on 5, 7, 13, 15 & 16 en route to an even par 72 to hold off Zhang for a one stroke victory. This was Lench’s first FJT victory since April of 2012 at Lake Wales.
In the Girls Division, Kelsey Zeng used steady play and a birdie on the par 5 11th en route to a 77 for a two day total of 11 over-par 155 to win by 3 strokes. Kathleen Duperval with a 2nd round 81, finished in second while Courtney Zeng took third place honors with a two day total of 159 after a second round 81. This is Kelsey’s second win in a row after winning the 2013 FJT Tour Championship.
This was the third 16-18 year old Florida Junior Tour event of the 2014 season. All Champions throughout the year will become exempt to the 2014 FJT Tour Championship, December 13th-14th at TPC Sawgrass. Next, the Florida Junior Tour heads to West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden, February 22nd-23rd. Entries for the 13-15 year old event at Cypress Creek, in Ruskin & 16-18 year old event at Timacuan, in Lake Mary close this Wednesday February 12th. Click here for the full FJT Schedule.