January 22, 2012

Dou Impresses; Odaiyar Goes Low

Zecheng Dou edges out a one stroke victory while Kristine Odaiyar comes from behind to win the girls division.

Zecheng Dou and Kristine Odaiyar captured their respective division titles at the Florida Junior Tour’s (FJT) event at Brooksville Country Club, in Brooksville, January 21-22.

Zecheng Dou, of Davenport, went wire-to-wire for his first career FJT title.  Dou posted a first round six-under par 66, which included eight birdies, to take a four stroke lead heading into the final round. Dou held on for the one stroke victory after a final round of three-under par 69, to hold off the hard charging Jeffrey Meltzer, of Bradenton.  Meltzer fired a first round one-under par 71, and followed up with the low round of the tournament carding an impressive round of seven-under par 65. Jack Maguire, of Saint Petersburg, finished in third place after rounds of 70-67 for a tournament total of seven-under par 137.

In the Girls’ 16-18 division, Kristine Odaiyar, of Ocala, overcame a two stroke deficit to capture her fifth career FJT title.  Odaiyar posted a first round six-over par 78 to find herself two strokes down heading into the final round. In the final round, Odaiyar posted an impressive round of three-under par 69 for a tournament total of three-over par 147, good enough for a five stroke victory.  Mallory Etcheberry, of Wesley Chapel, and Madison Opfer, of Plant City, finished tied for second place with a tournament total of 152.

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