June 17, 2003

Jo Wins State Junior Golf Championship

Joong Jo, of Winter Springs, shot a 4-under par 140 to win the 49th Junior Championship.

Jo beat out Jeff Dennis, of Parkland, in a playoff after shooting birdie on the first playoff hole. Jo, a senior at Winter Springs High School, made a 20 foot putt for birdie while Dennis two-putted for par. Jo carded a 71-69 for a 140 total as Dennis shot a 69-71 for a similar 140 two-day total.

With this title, Jo receives an exemption into the AJGA event at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter and the top ten finishers will receive one exemption toward an AJGA open tournament. Additionally, the top 14 finishes in the 15-17 division will be invited to compete in the Florida State Junior Match Play Invitation at Lake Nona Golf Club July 14-15. The top eight finishes in the 12-14 division will also be invited to compete in the Junior Match Play Invitation.

In the junior division, Mu Hu, 13, of Bradenton, carded a 68-68 to finish with a two-round total of 136 to win by 10 strokes. Hu, a student at the David Leadbetter Academy, has been playing golf since six years of age. Hu, says, "The course really suited my game as the greens were very good." Jhared Hack, of Heathrow, finished in second place in the junior division with a 71-75—146 total.

The Championship consisted of 160 male amateur golfers playing 36 holes of stroke play over two days. The field was divided into two age divisions; 12-14 junior division and 15-17 regular division.

 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 20 championships for amateur golfers in the state, the FSGA is responsible for 39 qualifying tournaments for USGA National Championships. The FSGA also maintains the USGA Handicap System, performs course ratings throughout Florida and assists in junior programs and scholarships.

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