February 04, 2007

Sherry, Chapman Win at Hammock Beach

Aaron Sherry and Meghan Chapman battled blustery conditions on the longest course in Florida to each win their FJT title.

Aaron Sherry posted a pair of 72’s to capture the boys 16-18 age division title by three strokes. Sherry, 17, of Fort Myers, made six birdies total en route to his first FJT victory. “I’ve been working on my game a lot,” said Sherry. “It feels pretty good to win.” Throughout his rounds, Sherry “hit enough greens and made par putts” to remain in front of the field. “Everything was just working for me,” said Sherry. Last year, Sherry advanced to match play of the US Junior Amateur Championship. In a three-way tie for second place, Tom Drill, Michael Gligic and Michael Stewart each recorded a tournament total of 147. Gligic, 17, from Ontario, Canada, jumped into second place after firing a 71 in the final round for the only under par round of the tournament. The boys field played from 6985 yards.

In the girls 16-18 age division, Meghan Chapman, 16, from Seminole, also had her best finish in an FJT event topping the field by two strokes. Chapman fired an even par in the first round for the low round of the division and a three stroke advantage. In the final round, Chapman recorded a 77 to maintain her lead and win the title. Jessica Schall, 15, of Lake Mary, had her best finish in the older age division taking second place with consistent scores of 75-76—151. After winning the Qualifying Series event at North Shore in December, Jessy Tang, 18, from Orlando, posted a 77-75—152 for third place. The girls division played from 6098 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 2006-2007 season consists of 24 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 Bear Lakes and Hammock Beach. 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 or $115. 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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