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FJT Palm Harbor Open (9-12)

Palm Harbor Golf Club, Palm Coast, FL

March 23-24, 2024

Champions Crowned at Palm Harbor

 

PALM COAST, Fla. - Palm Harbor Golf Club played host to the FJT Palm Harbor Open (9-12) over the weekend where Niko Gordic-Ronderos, Iris Lee, Benny Minter and Chloe Chen all walked away with titles in their respective divsions.

Boys (11-12)

Palm Harbor Golf Club proved difficult with winds gusting up to 25 mph during Sunday's final round. The Boys (11-12) division saw a very tight leaderboard coming down to the end. Niko Gordic-Ronderos emerged victorious with scores of 72-74 to finish the event at 2-over par. The Bradenton native would play steady golf over the two rounds, making 7 birdies along the way. Standing on the 18th tee with a 1-shot lead, the 2029 grad would need to convert a tough up and down from just off the green to seal the win. This victory gives Gordic-Ronderos his first FJT win in 2024 and fifth overall. Finishing only one shot behind the champion was Jay Huntley with scores of 72-75, 3-over par. Huntley would pick up his first runner-up finish this year. Rounding out the top 3 was Axel Monssoh with scores of 77-71, 4-over par. Monssoh's final round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4, 13th hole.

Boys (9-10)

Benny Minter continues to dominate the Boys (9-10) age division picking up his fourth victory of the year at Palm Harbor. Minter played consistent throughout the weekend, firing rounds of 74-74 for a 4-over par total. The Lutz native carded 30 pars over the two rounds which led to his wire-to-wire victory. Minter entered the final round with a 4-shot lead comfortably extending that to 9 shots at the conclusion of play. Atom Zhang put together rounds of 78-79 to finish the event at 13-over par and in second place. Zhang's runner-up position would put him in the top-3 in back-to-back events on the FJT tour. Finishing in a tie for third place was the duo of Rio Buakhum and Jayden Wei at 14-over par. 

Girls (11-12)

Starting the final round three shots off the lead, Iris Lee knew that she had to put together a good round on Sunday to challenge the leader. Lee would get off to a good start turning at 1-under par, and adding two more birdies along the way. The Orlando native would fire rounds of 74-70 to claim the victory at even par. Lee's final round of 2-under par would be the low round of the tournament. This win gives Lee back-to-back victories on the FJT Tour.  Finishing only one shot behind Lee was Claire Yang after shooting scores of 72-73, 1-over par. Rounding out the top 3 was Lily Wachter at 2-over par with scores of 71-75.

Girls (9-10)

Chloe Chen would take a 4-shot lead in the final round after opening up with a brilliant round of 1-under par, 71. Chen's first round was highlighted by three birdies on the closing six holes. Chen would need a solid final round to seal her victory with Madelyn Dickerson trailing closely behind. The Winter Garden native would solidify her position at the top of the leaderboard making four birdies in the final round. Chen's two day total of 71-74, 1-over par would give her a 3-shot victory when the final putt dropped and her first FJT victory. Finishing in the runner-up position was Madelyn Dickerson with a 4-over par total. The Boca Raton native finished 3-shots back of the winner with rounds of 75-73. Joining her sister in the top-3 was Catherine Chen with scores of 77-78, 11-over par to finish in third place.

Tee Information

Tee

Yardage / Info

Boys (11-12)

5,610 yds. / 68.3 / 121

Boys (9-10)

5,018 yds / 64.6 / 113

Girls (11-12)

5,018 yds / 69.4 / 120

Girls (9-10)

4,266 yds / 65.9 / 111

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description

Temp

Sunny

Sunny, Winds 5-10 mph

72 °F

Overcast

Overcast, Windy 15-25mph

65 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Niko Gordic-Ronderos 72 74 146 250
2 Jay Huntley 72 75 147 175
3 Axel Monssoh 77 71 148 125
4 Julian Edwards 76 74 150 100
5 Josiah Joseph 70 82 152 90
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Tournament Summary

Format:  36 holes of individual gross stroke play

Eligibility Boys and Girls 9-12 (age calculated from the last day of the event)

  • Florida Junior Tour Membership

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 24.0 or less (included with junior membership)

Entry Fee:  $75

Field Determination: 84 player field

  • First-come-first-serve basis

Practice Round Information: $40 + tax + $10 rider fee

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Boys (9-10) - 5,000 yards (gross only)
  • Boys (11-12) - 5,500 yards (gross only)
  • Girls (9-10) - 4,200 yards (gross only)
  • Girls (9-10) - 5,000 yards (gross only)

How Entries are Accepted

  • Entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Late entries will be accepted if space is available ($10 late entry fee).
  • If entries have reached capacity, additional players will be placed on an alternate's list.
  • The alternate's list will be posted to the FJT website under "Tee Times & Player Information."
  • Entries close approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the tournament.
  • At the close of entries, if the 9-10 division (boys or girls) has 3 or less entrants, those players must choose one of the following options: 1) Play up into the 11-12 division   OR    2) Withdraw from the event and receive a full refund.

Schedule of Events

  • Saturday, March 23rd

    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)

    • 8:30 AM - 10:27 AM - Round one tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees

      • Mandatory Meeting - 30 to 45 minutes prior to tee time, 15 minutes long (more information below)
  • Sunday, March 24th

    • 8:30 AM - 10:27 AM - Final round tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees

      • Awards presentation immediately following the completion of play

 

Mandatory Educational Meeting - Saturday

  • Each golfer MUST attend a mandatory meeting with FSGA staff prior to their tee time on Saturday

  • Topics to include: Etiquette, rules, pace-of-play, how to feel comfortable playing in events, care for the course, appreciation of club staff and volunteers

  • Meetings will generally take place near or on the practice putting green

  • Each player MUST attend the meeting associated with his/her meeting time

  • Meetings will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes long
  • Parents are encouraged to attend

*If a players fails to make the meeting at their scheduled time, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.*

Five FJT Standards

Competing at beautiful clubs around the state is a privilege and it is important for all of our players and parents to place value on the following five duties

  • Say please and thank you to the club staff and our volunteers

  • Rake bunkers

  • Fix ball marks

  • Step on/repair your divots

  • Throw away your garbage! There should never be trash on the ground anywhere on the course (place trash in waste receptacles, golf carts or even your bag if no other place is available)

Showing Appreciation and Proper Manners - At all courses where juniors play, they should show appreciation to the members and staff. To all of our junior players, let's show the clubs that you are not only the most talented golfers in the country, but also the most respectful. A "thank you" to the club and taking care of the course are the best ways to make a positive impression on the club, fellow players, coaches and spectators.

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 ($45), 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

  • Practice rounds are available one week prior to the tournament on a space-available basis and includes cart and range balls prior to the round

  • Tee times are only available after 12:00 noon the weekend prior

  • The price for a practice round is $40.00 + tax. With an additional $10 rider fee.

  • Please call (386) 986-2583 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

Florida Junior Tour Information

Florida Junior Tour Policies

Host Site

  • Palm Harbor Golf Club
    20 Palm Harbor Drive
    Palm Coast, FL 32137
    (386) 986-2583
    • Directions
    • Payment - Cash & All Major Credit Cards are accepted at Palm Harbor Golf Club

Host Hotel

National Rankings

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

Boys (11-12)

  • Champion - 1 Star

Girls (11-12)

  • Champion - 1 Star