April 09, 2006

Hebert, Thompson Win by Two at Riverwood

After a 30 minute weather delay, Michael Hebert claimed his second FJT title and Alexis Thompson her fifth.

Michael Hebert and Alexis Thompson In the boys 13-15 age division, Michael Hebert, 15, from Palm Bay, shot a 74 in the first round for a share of second place going into the final round. Hebert then fired a 71, the only under par round of the tournament, to secure the win by two strokes with a 145 tournament total. With this win, Hebert moves on top of the division point standings. Hebert won the first event of the season at Eagle Creek shooting his lowest tournament total of 142. Curtis Thompson, 13, from Coral Springs, secured the lead after the first round with an even par 72 and then fell to second place with a final round score of 75. Thompson’s 147 is his lowest total and best finish on the Tour thus far. Alex Dienes, 14, from Jacksonville, placed third with consistent scores of 75-74—149. The boys 13-15 played from 6,521 yards.

Alexis Thompson won her fifth FJT title of the season at Riverwood shooting a 150 tournament total. Thompson, 11, of Coral Springs, overcame a two stroke deficit to capture the division by two strokes. After a first round score of 78, Thompson blasted an even par 72 in the final round for the win. Thompson, who is playing under a special exemption, now has four FJT titles in the 13-15 age division and one as the overall champion of both age divisions. Jordyn Hage, 15, from Orlando, jumped from fourth place after her first round score of 80 to a second place finish. Hage posted an even par 72 in the final round for a 152 total. First round leader Maria Castellanos, 15, of Stuart, fell to third place shooting a 154 for the event. After a 76 in the first round, Castellanos posted a 78 to finish four strokes back from Thompson. The girls 13-15 played from 5,730 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 two 54-hole events 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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