August 10, 2008

Junior Team Champions Crowned

More than 50 junior teams representing their junior programs competed this weekend in the Junior Team Championship.

In the Boys 16-18 age division, the First Tee of Naples/Collier secured the win by one stroke with a tournament total of 294 on the Magnolia Course. After a first round 145, the First Tee of Naples/Collier led by three strokes. In the final round, the team held on strong to post a 149 for the victory. Chase Marinell shot consistent rounds of 73-72 while Alex Medinis and Matt Lawrence also played a major role in the team’s win. The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation came up one stroke short for second place recording a 295 for the tournament. Trailing by one stroke after the first round, the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association came back to win the girls 16-18 age division by four. The girls team posted a 161 in the first round and jumped in front with a 150 in the final round. Ericka Schneider, Stefanie Mitchell and Courtney Treubert represented the winning team. The Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association took second place at 315.

In the Boys 13-15 age division at the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, the King and Bear Junior Program won the title with a tournament total of 286. Playing for the King and Bear, Thomas Stewart shot a 73-70 as Brian Phelan posted a 71-72 for each to finish at 143 for the two rounds. Also representing the King and Bear, Marcus Plunkett recorded a 74-73. The Greater Orlando Junior Golf Tour finished three back from the leading team at a two-round total of 289. Also playing at Lake Buena Vista, The Leadbetter Academy captured the girls 13-15 age division by an overwhelming 15 strokes. Cindy Feng led the team firing a 68-67 as Hally Leadbetter and Shannon Aubert also contributed to the team’s success. The Greater Orlando Junior Tour took second place in the girls 13-15 age division.

Teams of three, representing their junior programs, competed in 36 holes of stroke play with the total of the low two of the three gross scores counting for each round. This event is open to junior programs that provide organized tournaments, instruction or clinics which are open to all junior golfers in the community. There are four divisions: boys 16-18, boys 13-15, girls 16-18 and girls 13-15. Competitors played on Disney's Lake Buena Vista and Magnolia Courses.

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Organized in 1913, the Florida State Golf Association is a not-for-profit organization that governs amateur golf in the state of Florida. In addition to conducting 25 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for more than 40 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships and the Florida Junior Tour. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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