Junior Amateur Match Play (Boys 16-18)
July 15-18, 2019
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Jordan Sarhaddi, Ainsley Mann and Jiakai Chen all picked up wins at the Juior match Play Championship on Thursday at Mission Inn Resort. Sarhaddi captured the win in the Boys 16-18 Division, defeating Eoin Buckelew, 3 and 2.
Mann was victorious in the Girls 13-18 Division with a 5 and 4 win over Amelie Alcantara in the championship match. Chen used a 3 and 2 win over Andrew McLauchlan to win the Boys 13-15 Division.
The 2018 Junior Match Play Champion, John DuBois captured medalist honors on Tuesday, carding a 4-under 140. He fired a second-round 67 to earn the No. 1 seed heading into match play. Cooper Smith picked up the No. 2 seed spot with a 2-under 142, while Zikang Zhan finished third at 1-under 143. Sarhaddi finished in a tie for fourth with Ethan Werblo at 3-over 147. Carson Parker and Yoshi Petersson finished the stroke play round in a tie for 32nd at 12-over 156, with Parker grabbing the final spot in match play.
Mi Li took home medalist honors, finishing the two rounds of stroke play with a 6-over 150. Madison Tenore finished one stroke back of Li at 7-over 151, while Jordyn Hodgson posted a 10-over 154 to finish in third place. Mann picked up the No. 6 seed, finishing in a tie for sixth with Annie Zhang at 13-over 157. Sixteen players advanced to the match play portion of the championship.
Carson Brewer earned the No. 1 seed with an even-par 144. He fired a first-round 69 to open up stroke play seeding. Andrew McLauchlan and Bryce Werblo finished tied for second at 5-over 149. Chen secured the No. 9 seed with a 10-over 154. Andrew Wexler and Neil Heinlein finished the first two rounds in a tie for 16th at 15-over 159. Heinlein grabbed the final spot in match play on the first playoff hole.
Round of 32
Parker upset the No. 1 seed and medalist, DuBois, in the first round of match play, winning 1 up. Sarhaddi advanced to the Round of 16 with a decisive win over Alex Whitehead, 6 and 4. No. 28 seed, Louis John Giovacchini picked up a win against No. 5 seed Werblo in 19 holes. Smith played his way into the Round of 16 with a commanding 5 and 4 win over Jacob Ezell.
Round of 16
Sarhaddi kept it rolling in the Round of 16, overcoming Thomas McClellan, 3 and 1. Giovacchini used another upset victory to advance, defeating Campbell Kennedy 4 and 3. Buckelew defeated Ian Ball, 1 up to advance to the next round.
No. 16 seed Madyson Gold upset the No. 1 seed, Li, in the first round with a 1 up victory. Mann used a 1 up win over Kavya Ajjarapu to advance to the quarterfinals. Tenore, the No. 2 seed, picked up a commanding 8 and 6 victory over Ashleigh Angelo.
Medalist, Brewer advanced after a 5 and 4 win over Heinlein, while Chen won his match against Sebastian Sacristan, 1 up. Gabriel Zhang upset Maxmilian Jelinek in the Round of 16 with a 1 up win.
The Quarterfinals saw Sarhaddi defeat McClellan, 3 and 1, while Giovacchini kept it going with a 4 and 3 win over Kennedy. Smith was victorious in 20 holes over Derek Sanderson. Buckelew defeated Ball 1 up.
Mann took down the No. 3 seed Hodgson in the quarterfinals with a 3 and 2 victory. No. 16 seed, Gold, advanced to the semifinals with a 2 up win over Kiley Malmberg. Alcantara defeated Laura Lou, 4 and 3.
Chen upset the No. 1 seed Brewer in the Quarterfinals, with a 1 up win, while Zhang also completed an upset, defeating Sebastiano Mascia, 2 and 1. McLauchlan used a 2 and 1 win over Andres Atrio to move on to the semifinals.
After being knocked out in the quarterfinals at the last two Match Play Championships, Sarhaddi punched his ticket to the finals with a 3 and 2 win over Ballato. He took a three up lead on the front nine and secured the victory by winning the 14th hole. Buckelew secured his spot in the finals with a 4 and 2 win over Smith. He won three holes on the back nine to earn the victory.
Winning the first three holes of the match, Mann defeated Tenore, 4 and 2, to advance to the finals. Alcantara earned her spot in the finals after a commanding 5 and 4 win over Gold. Heading to the back nine 3 up, Alcantara won three holes on the back nine to secure the victory.
It may have taken a few extra holes, but Chen defeated Zhang in 21 holes to earn a spot in the finals. McLauchlan used a 3 and 2 win over Werblo to secure a spot in the finals against Chen.
Sarhaddi got off to a strong start in the finals, winning three holes to head to the back nine 2 up on Buckelew. The incoming University of Central Florida freshman won three straight matches to start the back nine at 5 up and eventually capture the championship.
Mann won five holes on the front nine to take a quick 5 up lead over Alcantara at the turn. After Alcantara took the 12th hole, Mann came back to take the 13th hole with a par and secured the victory by halving the 14th.
Chen took a quick lead over McLauchlan, winning two of the three first holes. McLauchlan won the eighth hole and headed to the back nine 1 down. Chen won the 15th and 16th holes to secure the win.
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|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys 16-18||6,846 yds., 74.2/130|
|Hot & Humid||93 °F|
Junior Match Play Championship
- 36 holes of individual stroke play to determine the 32 qualifiers for match play.
- Stroke play portion ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard
- A tie for last qualifier's place with be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off.
- For purposes of determining places in the draw, ties in qualifying rounds will be decided by a blind draw.
- In the event of a tied match, the stipulated round is deemed to extend to as many holes as are required for a match to be won.
- Players ride in carts for all rounds.
Championship Field Size
- Maximum of 84 players
- Male amateur golfer
- Florida Resident
- 16-18 years of age as of the last day of the Championship
- Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA
- All players must compete in the Age Division commensurate with their age as of the last day of the Championship - No players are allowed to play out of their Age Division
- Entrant must not have reached their 19th birthday as of the last day of the Championship and not attending college if graduated from high school. See exception here.
- $110 GHIN Members or Foundation Member
- $120 Non-GHIN Members
Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.
Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after the competitive field is full or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available.
Schedule of Events & Seeding
Monday, July 15th
- Tee Times 7:30 - 9:27 AM off #1 & #10 tees
- Round one of seeding round: 18 holes of individual stroke play
Tuesday, July 16th
- 8:00 AM Shotgun start
- Round two of seeding round: 18 holes of individual strokes play
- The field is cut to the low 32 and players will play their first round match in the afternoon
- A playoff will be held immediately after the seeding round to determine the last qualifier's place in the Championship if necessary. All other players will be placed in a bracket based on seeding round scores with ties broken randomly.
- Starting times will be posted on the scoreboard; players will have approximately 30 minutes before their matches
Wednesday, July 17th
- Round of 16: Tee Times 7:30 - 8:45 AM off #1 tee
- Quarterfinal Matches: Tee times 12:00 - 1:00 PM off #1 tee
- Afternoon starting times will be posted on the scoreboard; players will have approximately 30 minutes between their second and third round matches
Thursday, July 18th
- Semi-Final Matches: 7:30 & 7:45 AM off #1 tee
- 18-hole Final match to determine the Champion: 12:00 PM off #1 tee
Scheduling of matches may be adjusted due to weather and field sizes
The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,800-7,000 yards
World & National Rankings
AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)
- Champion receives 8 performance stars
- Semi-finalists receive 4 performance stars
- Quarterfinalists receive 1 performance star
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship. Practice rounds may be played after 12:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call 352-324-3885 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.
John DuBois had an epic comeback to beat Nicholas Diebel 1up at Wyndemere Country Club in 2018. John was four down through twelve holes and won the next 5 holes. With a half on 18, he was crowned champion. Click here for 2018 results.
Exemptions Earned from this Tournament
- Next year's Amateur Match Play Championship
- Next year's Boys' Junior Championship
- Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
- Caddies - Caddies are not allowed.
- Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
- Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - Click here.
- Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
- Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
- Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.
Host Hotel and Accommodations
Mission Inn Resort
$119+tax per night & resort fee - Call (800) 874-9053 and mention the FSGA Junior Match Play Championship to reserve your room.
You must book by Friday, June 14th.
Mission Inn Resort
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737
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