July 27, 2005

Palma Ceia Hosts Boys' Junior Championship August 1-3

The extended 54-hole Championship will see 90 players in the Regular and Junior divisions competing for the title.

The field is now complete as 90 players have advanced to the 51st Florida State Boy’s Junior Championship at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club on August 1-3, 2005.  

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 including qualifiers and exempt players. The field is divided into two age divisions: 13-15 junior division and 16-18 regular division. For the first time this year, competitors will play 54 holes of stroke play over the course of three-days.

Palma Ceia is rich in tradition which was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1923. Gene Sarazen perfected the sand wedge at Palm Ceia in the trap adjacent to the 9th green. Palm Ceia has hosted many USGA and FSGA events and this year was the 50th anniversary of the Gasparilla Invitational. 

Last year at The Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe in Windermere, Judson Eustaquio, of Lake Worth, won the regular division with a 68-71—139 as Wesley Graham, of Port Orange, won the junior division shooting a 68-74—142. Graham will be back this year to defend his title as Chappell Brown, of West Palm Beach, the current Florida Junior Tour (FJT) points leader in the 16-18 age division, and Eric Black, from Celebration, the 13-15 points leader, will also be competing for the title.

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, 2005 and 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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