August 03, 2005

Brown Wins Boys Junior Championship

Chappell Brown goes 6 under to win his first Boys Junior Title while Wesley Graham dominates the Junior division, winning by 9 shots to defend his title.

Chappell Brown fired a 6-under par 204 to win the Boys 16-18 age division of the 51st Florida State Junior Championship at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa. Wesley Graham won the 13-15 age division by nine shots with a 10-under par 200 for the three rounds of competition to defend his 2004 Championship.

Going into the final round, Brown, 18, of West Palm Beach, and Jeremy Evans, 18, from Palm Harbor, shared the lead at 6-under par. Cameron Knight, 17, of Dade City, trailed by three shots. Heading into the final hole of the Championship, Knight and Brown were both tied for the lead. Brown hit the par 5, 18th hole in two and Knight was just short in two shots. Knight chipped up to 8 feet leaving him a birdie putt. Brown just missed his 15 foot putt for eagle and tapped in for birdie. Knight missed his birdie putt which gave Brown the win for the Championship. Logan Blondell, of Lakeland, Kyle Cobb, of Tallahassee, and Matt Scarlett, Boynton Beach, all tied for third for a three day total of 208.

Wesley Graham, of Port Orange, won the Boys 13-15 age division by posting a 10-under par 200 to win his age division by nine shots. Graham posted rounds of 70-65-65 to defend his title. Phillip Choi, 14, of Orlando, recorded a 1-under par 209 to finish in second place.  Kenny Leach, of Deerfield Beach, finished in third place at one over par for the Championship.

Competitors first must have qualified at one of the six sites across the state in 18 holes of stroke play. The Championship field features 90 of the top male amateur golfers in the state playing 54 holes of stroke play in the three-day Championship. The field is divided into two age divisions; 13-15 junior division and 16-18 regular division and the juniors must not have a handicap index higher than 17.4.

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.

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