61st Girls' Junior Amateur Championship

Bradenton Country Club & River Strand Golf & Country Club, Bradenton, FL
June 30 - July 2, 2020

Kaitlyn Schroder  |  Ellen Dong

BRADENTON, Fla. – It was Ellen Dong and Kaitlyn Schroeder who came out on top on Thursday at the 61st Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship at Bradenton Country Club. Dong captured the 16-18 Division with a 1-under 213, while Schroeder was victorious in the 13-15 Division at 7-under 207.

Starting the day with the lead, Dong began the round with five-straight pars, before adding a birdie on the sixth hole. After making the turn with a two-shot lead, a double bogey on the 10th dropped Dong into a tie for first with Chloe Schiavone. A key birdie on the 11th hole brought the Longwood native back into first place at even-par.

“My putting was definitely the strongest part of my game this week,” Dong said. “Today, it really saved me a lot of strokes. I was able to save par on a lot of holes.”

Casey Weidenfeld had a slow start to the day, bogeying three of the first five holes. She turned it around with an eagle on the par-5 eight hole. The Pembroke Pines native added a birdie on the 17th to move into a tie for first with Dong at even-par, heading to the final hole.

Dong hit her tee shot on the 18th to about 20 feet, while Weidenfeld was left with about 27 feet for birdie. Dong rolled her putt in for birdie to secure the win, while Weidenfeld finished with par.

Finishing the final round with an even-par 71, Dong captured the first FSGA championship win of her career.

“This is just a confirmation of my practice and hard work over the past couple of months,” Dong said. “It's a really big win.”

Weidenfeld finished with a runner-up finish at even-par 214, posting a final-round 70, while Schiavone took third place at 1-over 215, carding a 71 in the final round.

Schroeder began the round in second place, six shots behind the leader. She got off to a fast start with a birdie on the second hole to move to 1-under for the championship. The Jacksonville native chipped in for birdie on the fifth to pull within three shots of the lead. Making the turn at 1-under, Schroeder put together a phenomenal bogey-free back nine, carding four birdies and an eagle.

“The 10th hole was a turning point for me,” Schroeder said. “When I made that five-foot putt for par, I knew that was a big putt. Jordan [Fishcer] was in the trees on the 11th and I knew if I could do something there that I could start flipping the momentum.”

With a birdie on the 14th, she pulled into a tie for the lead with Jordan Fishcer at 3-under. Schroeder took the solo lead with a birdie on the 16th, before sinking a 25-foot putt for eagle to extend her lead to four shots. She capped off the record-breaking round with a birdie on the last hole. Her final-round 64 is the lowest round in Girls’ Junior history.

“This means a lot,” Schroeder said. “Winning an FSGA event is always something special, especially being from Florida.”

This is Schroeder’s second FSGA championship victory. She becomes the 11th play to win back-to-back Girls’ Junior titles and the first to do it since Erica Stoner in 2012.

Fischer, who was the 36-hole leader, took home a second-place finish at 1-under 213. The North Fort Myers native struggled in the final round, posting a 5-over 76. Bridget Ma secured third place at 1-over 25 with a final-round 71.

Final Results

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Girls 16-18 BCC 5,987 yds., 75.1/127
Girls 13-15 BCC 5,727 yds., 73.6/123
Girls 16-18 RS 6,045 yds., 75.3/137
Girls 13-15 RS 5,739 yds., 73.7/134

Par: 71

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Hot & Humid 92 °F
Sunny Hot & Humid 90 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Ellen Dong 69 73 71 213 5000
2 Casey Weidenfeld 74 70 70 214 3500
3 Chloe Schiavone 75 69 71 215 2500
4 Madison Hewlett 71 78 70 219 2000
T5 Andie Smith 75 77 68 220 1534
T5 Iris Wang 73 77 70 220 1534
T5 Maisie Filler 67 78 75 220 1534
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Kaitlyn Schroeder 72 71 64 207 3750
2 Jordan Fischer 68 69 76 213 2625
3 Bridget Ma 68 76 71 215 1875
4 Izzy M. Pellot 72 72 74 218 1500
5 Katelyn Huber 77 72 73 222 1315
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Tournament Summary

Course Rotation: One round at Bradenton CC & River Strand G&CC, with the final round at Bradenton CC

Format54 holes of individual gross stroke play

Eligibility Female Florida resident - junior golfer

Handicap:  Florida GHIN required (16.0 or less)

Entry Fee:  $175

Field Determination 

Schedule of Events

Past Results

Championship Format

  • Regular (16-18) and Junior (13-15) Age Divisions
    • 54 holes of individual stroke play
    • All players play 18 holes each course (Bradenton CC & River Strand G&CC) on Tuesday, June 30th and Wednesday, July 1st. 
    • After 36 holes, the field will be cut to approximately the low 70 players and ties. The exact cut size for each division will be proportional to the number of players entered in each division.
    • The final 18 holes will be played on Thursday, July 2nd. The lowest score for 54 holes will be the Champion.

Championship Field Size

  • Maximum of 168 players
  • Field size to be determined based proportionately on the number of entries in each division.

Championship Courses

  • Bradenton Country Club (Main course)
  • River Strand Golf & Country Club - Tributary & Sanctuary courses (co-host)

Eligibility

  • Female amateur golfers
  • Florida resident
  • Entrant must be no older than 18 as of the last day of the Championship and not attending college if graduated from high school. See exception here.
  • 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. See following exception:
    • Players 12 and under may play up to the 13-15 age division if they have been granted permission to play in the 13-15 age division of the Florida Junior Tour

Entry Fee

$175 - Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf and tee gift. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Field Determination

  • Entries accepted on a first come, first serve basis
  • The FSGA may hold an undisclosed number of spots for exceptional circumstances.

Course Set-Up

The golf course will be set-up at approximately:

  • 6,000 - 6,200 yards (Girls 16-18)
  • 5,700 - 5,900 yards (Girls 13-15)

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, June 30th

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Player Registration
  • 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Tee times off #1 & #10 on both courses

Wednesday, July 1st

  • 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM -  Tee times off #1 & #10 on both courses
  • After the completion of play the field will be cut to the low 70 players & ties. The exact cut size for each division will be proportional to the number of players entered in each division.

Thursday, July 2nd

  • 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Final Round tee times off #1 & #10 at Bradenton Country Club
  • Award ceremony immediately following play

World & National Rankings

The Championship is ranked by the World Amateur Golf Rankings and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

Girls 16-18

  • Top three finishers are fully exempt
  • Top five finishers earn 12 performance stars
  • Top ten finishers earn 8 performance stars
  • Top fifteen finishers earn 4 performance stars

Girls 13-15

  • Champion receives 4 performance stars
  • Top 10% receive 1 performance star

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship and after 12:00 PM on the weekend prior on a space available basis at either golf course. Players' ages 16-18 can ride, players' ages 13-15 will need to be accompanied by a parent to ride in a cart. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call 941-792-4159 to book your practice round at Bradenton Country Club & 941-708-3617 to book at River Strand Golf & Country Club. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

Practice Before & Between Rounds

A player may not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for first breach: General Penalty. Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.  

Defending Champions

16-18 ChampionJillian Bourdage

13-15 Champion - Kaitlyn Schroeder

Click here for the previous year's results  

Other Policies

  • Caddies - Caddies are not allowed.
  • Transportation - Players must walk and carry their bag (push carts are allowed).
  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
  • 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

Click here for host hotel information.

Directions 

Bradenton Country Club
4646 9th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 792-4159

Click here for directions.

River Strand Golf & Country Club
7155 Grand Estuary Trail
Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 708-3617

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