February 05, 2006

Cobb & Blaney Win At Golden Hills

Kyle Cobb overcame a five stroke deficit to win the boys division as Cassandra Blaney captured the girls division.

In the boys 16-18 age division of 63 juniors, Kyle Cobb, 17, from Tallahassee, trailed the first round leader by five strokes to come from behind and win the title by one stroke. Cobb, who won last season at North Shore, claimed his second FJT title with a tournament total of 146. Cobb shot a 75 in the first round and then came out in cold and windy conditions to fire a 1-under par 71 in the final round for the win. Cobb edged out three juniors, Blayne Barber, of Lake City, and two local juniors from Ocala, Joel Durrance and Tyler Hock, who each recorded a tournament total of 147. The boys 16-18 division played from 6,845 yards.

Cassandra Blaney, 16, of Rochester, New York, had a four stroke advantage going into this final round after blasting a 73 to take the lead in the girls 16-18 age division. Blaney then recorded a 76 in the final round to win her first FJT title. Andrea Messer, 15, of Belleair, and Alexandria Buelow, 15, from Palm City, both playing up an age division at Golden Hills, shared second place honors with a tournament total of 156. Messer, who also took second place at Lake Jovita, posted a pair of 78’s while Buelow shot a 77-79. The girls 16-18 division of 19 girls played from 5,845 yards.

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. The 2005-2006 season consists of 15 events for juniors, male and female, ages 13-18. Beginning September and running through May, the FJT schedule will play at some of the state’s top courses including PGA Golf Club and Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. This year will feature a 54-hole event for both age divisions as well as the first four-ball event. 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, FJT events will be ranked by Golfweek/Titleist and Junior Golf Scoreboard. The FJT will maintain a points list to assist in determining Junior Player-of-the-Year and invitations to other tournaments.

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

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