FJT Sara Bay Open (16-18)
September 12-13, 2020
Raath, Whitley & Winter Victorious at Sara Bay
SARASOTA, Fla. – After Tropical Storm Sally formed off the west coast of Florida and washed out in the final round, Jonah Winter, Aaron Whitley and Analiese Raath took home Florida Junior Tour wins at Sara Bay Country Club. Winter was victorious in Boys 16-18 Division after holding the lead after 18 holes, while Whitley and Raath were co-champions in the Girls 16-18 Division.
This is the first FJT victory for Winter and Raath, while this is the fourth and second-straight win for Whitley.
Boys 16-18 Division
Winter got off to a slow start in the first round of Saturday, playing the first four holes at 4 over. The Sarasota native rebounded to close out the front side with back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth.
He continued his strong play with a bogey-free back nine, closing out the day with an eagle on the 17th and a birdie on the 18th. Winter finished the round with a 2-under 70, the only under-par round of the day.
After the final round was cancelled due to weather, Winter captured the win in the Boys 16-18 Division.
Alexander Dalmau finished second at even-par 70, carding back-to-back birdies to close out the first round on Saturday. A group of eight players finished the tournament tied for third.
Girls 16-18 Division
Whitley and Raath were crowned co-champions in the Girls 16-18 Division at 3-over 75. Whitley made the turn on Saturday at 3 over. The Sarasota native closed out the day with a birdie on the 17th and an eagle on the 18th to move into a tie for first with Raath. This is Whitley’s second-straight victory after winning last week at Stone Creek Golf Club.
Raath posted a 4 over on the front side, but the Lakeland native rebounded on the back nine with birdies on three of the last five holes to finish the day in a tie for first and claim her first FJT win.
Jordan Fischer took home a third-place finish at 4-over 76, while Posie Farrelly and Wyndom Burnett tied for fourth at 7-over 79.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys 16-18||6,842 yds. 74.2 / 134|
|Girls 16-18||5,870 yds. 74.9 / 134|
|Breezy, Tropical Storm of the Coast with bands rolling thru. Wet Course||81 °F|
Format: 36 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 16-18 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Entry Fee: $110
Field Determination: Random Draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $30 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 16-18 Age Division - 7,000 yards (gross only)
- Girls 16-18 Age Division - 6,000 yards (gross only)
How Entries are Accepted
- Players with an unused FJT exemption will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis (if submitted before the entry deadline).
- Players without an FJT exemption - all other entries are held until the entry closing date. Shortly after the closing date, a computer-generated random draw is performed to determine which entries are accepted, and the order of the alternates. All players are notified of their status after the random draw is conducted,
- An alternates list will be posted to the FSGA website under "Tee Times & Player Information".
- Entries submitted after the entry deadline will be added to the bottom of the alternates list or used to fill any openings in the field.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 12th
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop) 12:00PM - 1:57 PM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, September 13th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Approximately 2:30 PM - Awards presentation
How to Enter
Entries are submitted through the FSGA website. To enter, each player must create an FSGA account on this website (free to set-up), purchase a current Junior Membership ($40), and have an active Florida GHIN Handicap (included in membership if golfer does not already have one). To proceed, click the "Enter" button above once entries have opened.
Late Entry Fee: A late fee of $10 will be applied to entries submitted after the close of entries date. The entry fee and late fee will only be applied if the player gets accepted in to the tournament field.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the tournament on a space-available basis. Tee times are only available after 12:00 noon the weekend prior. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call (941) 355-7658 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course, not filling divots, and not repairing ball marks are unacceptable and may cause removal from the tournament without a refund.
AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)
|Champion- 8 stars||Champion- 8 stars|
|Top Five- 4 stars||Top Three- 4 stars|
|Top Ten- 1 star||
Top Five- 1 star
Florida Junior Tour Policies
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Sara Bay Country Club
7011 Willow Street
Sarasota, FL 34243
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