July 06, 2004

State Junior Championship Field Set

90 players advance to the 50th Junior Championship at The Golden Bear Club at Keeneā€™s Pointe in Windermere on August 2-3.

Competitors first must have qualified at one of the eight sites across the state in 18 holes of stroke play. The Championship field will feature 90 of the top male amateur golfers in the state including qualifiers and exempt players. The field is divided into two age divisions; 13-15 junior division and 16-18 regular division. Competitors will play 36 holes of stroke play in the two-day Championship.

Junior golfers will enjoy this Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Keene’s Pointe. The course reflects the extraordinary beauty and challenging layout that Nicklaus courses are known for.

Last year at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Joong Jo, of Winter Springs, shot a 4-under par 140 to win the Championship. Jo beat out Jeff Dennis, of Parkland, on the first playoff hole. Jo will be back to defend his title as well as the junior division winner, Mu Hu, of Bradenton. Hu carded a 68-68 to finish with a two-round total of 136 to win by 10 strokes last year. The Florida Junior Tour’s Boys 16-18 Player-of-the-Year, Cameron Night, of Dade City, is paired to play with Jo in this year’s Championship. The Boys 13-15 FJT Player-of-the-Year Eric Black, of St. Cloud, will be in the junior field.

The Champion of the Regular division receives three exemptions into AJGA events. The top five from the Regular division receive two exemptions each into AJGA events and the top ten finishers will receive one exemption toward an AJGA open tournament. Additionally, the top 14 finishes in the 16-18 division will be invited to compete in the Florida State Junior Match Play Invitational. The top eight finishes in the 13-15 division will also be invited to compete in the Junior Match Play Invitational.

To enter, participants must be between the ages of 13-18 as of August 3, 2004and not attending college. Also, the juniors must not have a handicap index higher than 17.4. For pairings, tee-times and complete results, please see www.fsga.org .

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