April 24, 2005

Carlin & Hage Win at Lemon Bay

Christopher Carlin and Jordyn Hage prevailed in their respective divisions to win the Florida Junior Tour event at Lemon Bay Golf Club

In the 13-15 boys division, Christopher Carlin, 15, from Pembroke Pines, shot a two-round total of 147 to secure the title by one stroke. Carlin posted a 72-75 to lead the field of 54 boys. This is Carlin’s second victory this season as he won the Disney FJT event in November 2004. Playing in his first FJT event, Jordan Lewis, 15, of Marion, Illinois, placed second shooting a 78 in the first round and the low round of the tournament, an even par 70, in the final round. Julian Suri, 14, from St. Augustine, finished third posting scores of 71-78-149. This finish adds to Suri’s third place in last month’s 54-hole event at Celebration Golf Club.

Jordyn Hage, 14, from Winter Park, was victorious in the girls 13-15 age division with a pair of 77’s. Hage was tied with Amelia Lewis after the first round and held on in the final round to win the tournament by two strokes. This win is Hage’s first victory on the Tour after having five top ten finishes. Lewis, 14, from Jacksonville, shot a 79 in the final round to take second place. Lewis has one FJT title winning at the Disney event. The 13-15 division points leader, Whitney Wenglasz, 14, from Oldsmar, placed third posting a 79-78-157. Wenglasz won at TwinEagles in the 13-15 age division, and has placed in the top ten in two 16-18 age division events. The girls field featured 18 girls competing for the title.

Conducted by the Florida State Golf Association, The Florida Junior Tour (FJT) is a junior golf tour offering highly competitive and affordable competitions for juniors in Florida. Since the response was so great to the FJT’s first season, the 2004-2005 FJT season consists of 13 events for the state’s top junior golfers. Beginning September and running through May, the FJT schedule will play at some of the state’s top courses including The Club at TwinEagles and Lemon Bay Golf Club. The FJT’s focus is on quality, affordability and integrity. Tournaments consist of 36 holes conducted over 2 days, typically weekends, with an entry fee of $95. Scholarship entry is available to junior golfers unable to afford the entry fee.

Working closely with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), FJT top competitors will receive exemptions and performance points towards AJGA events. The FJT is the only Florida tour to participate in the AJGA’s Performance Based Process. In addition, all FJT events will be ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, which helps junior golfers market themselves without having to travel the country. The FJT will maintain a points list to assist in determining Junior Player-of-the-Year and invitations to other tournaments.

Generally, entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt but players may also gain exemptions through different means. Non-exempt players may receive added priority based upon their playing ability as documented in their application. Juniors can receive season-long exemptions, exempt status into three events and be exempt into one event. Exemptions are posted online at www.floridajuniortour.org.

To view complete pairings, tee times, and results, please see www.floridajuniortour.org.

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