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Futures Championship (11-12 & 9-10)

Countryside Country Club - Clearwater

July 1-2, 2024

Barcenas, Lee, Monssoh, and Badiga Crowned at Futures Championship

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Four juniors claimed titles at the Futures Championship at Countryside Country Club. In the Boys (11-12) Division, Daniel Barcenas went wire-to-wire to win by one stroke. Iris Lee took home a six-shot victory in the Girls (11-12) Division, her fourth of the year and 10th overall. In the Boys (9-10) Division, Victor Monssoh edged out his competitors by three shots to pick up his first FSGA victory. Lastly, in the Girls (9-10) Division, Sritha Badiga would outlast her competitors by one shot, taking her first FSGA victory.

Boys (11-12)

Daniel Barcenas, a 2030 graduate from Weston, had a scalding start to the Futures Championship. After recording an eagle on the par-5 third hole, Barcenas would complete the remainder of his first nine holes bogey-free at 4-under par. The Weston native would add another birdie on the par-5 11th hole before a few bogeys late in his round brought his first-round total to 2-under par, 70. This was good enough for a one-shot lead over Bobby Jones Potash, a 2030 graduate from Eustis, whose three birdies on the front nine propelled him to the only other under-par score in the division (1-under par, 71). Axel Monssoh, a 2030 graduate from Miami, shot even-par, 72 to sit in third place heading into the final round. 

In the second round, Barcenas would play his first nine holes at even-par to hold a commanding three-shot lead. However, that lead would quickly be elimnated after the Weston native played his next three holes at 3-over par. Thanks to a birdie on the par-4 third hole, Monssoh, who played his first nine holes at 1-over par, would take a one-shot lead, which was followed up by a bogey to bring the two contenders back into a tie. After Barcenas retook the lead with a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole, the tournament would be brought back into a tie once again when the eventual champion bogeyed the par-4 seventh. Ultimately, a bogey from Monssoh on the par-3 eighth would give Barcenas a one-shot lead that he would hold on to to secure the Championship. This was the first-ever victory for Barcenas as he appeared in his first FSGA Championship.

Girls (11-12)

Iris Lee, a 2031 graduate from Orlando, was one of just two golfers in the Division to complete the first 18 holes under-par. Lee, whose last tournament appearance was a tied-for-14th finish at last week’s 65th Girls’ Junior Championship, would make the turn at 2-over par. But then, the Orlando native caught fire as she birdied her next three holes, ultimately completing her round with a score of 2-under par, 70. This was good enough for a one-stroke lead over Alyna Yensabai, a 2031 graduate from Lake Worth. Yensabai would also complete her first nine holes at 1-over par before adding two birdies during a bogey-free final nine holes. Qiaoyi Lyu, a 2030 graduate from Celebration, would enter Tuesday's final round just two strokes back thanks to her round of even-par, 72.

On Tuesday, after picking up where she left off by birdieing her first hole of the day, the par-4 first, Lee would complete the remainder of the front nine at even par to extend her lead to four strokes with just nine holes remaining. The 2031 graduate was determined to keep her distance from the field as she played the back-nine bogey-free at 1-under par, ultimately securing a dominant six-stroke victory. This victory was the fourth of 2024 and a landmark 10th overall victory for Lee. Nirvika Koduru, a 2030 graduate from Boca Raton who had a first-round score of 2-over par, 74, would shoot even-par, 72, on Tuesday to finish in a tie for second with Yensabai (3-over par, 75, on Tuesday).

Boys (9-10)

At the end of the first round, Benny Minter, a 2032 graduate from Lutz, would hold a one-stroke lead thanks to his round of 4-over par, 76. After birdieing his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, Minter would complete his first nine holes at even-par. Despite not recording another birdie throughout the rest of the round, Lutz native's 4-over par second nine holes was just enough to keep him atop the leaderboard heading into the final round. Victor Monssoh, a 2033 graduate from Miami, played a very similar round to Minter, completing the first nine holes at 1-over par with one birdie before playing his final nine holes at 4-over par to remain one-stoke back.

In the final round, Minter and Monssoh would continue to separate themselves from the field, and the two would be tied for the lead with just nine holes to play. With a birdie, double bogey, and birdie on the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes, respectively, Monssoh would take the lead, give it back to Minter, and then bring the Championship back into a tie during a very exciting stretch of golf. Ultimately, a bogey from Minter on the par-5 15th hole gave the Miami native a lead he would not relinquish as he secured a three-stroke victory. The three-stroke victory was the 2033 graduate's first-ever victory.

Girls (9-10)

Sritha Badiga, a 2032 graduate from Lake Mary, took hold of the lead after the first round with her score of 8-over par, 80, highlighted by her stretch of six straight pars to close out the round. Ziyue Cao, a 2032 graduate from Sanford, would shoot 10-over par, 82, to sit just two strokes back heading into the final round. Lydia Lu, a 2033 graduate from Orlando, was in third with a score of 13-over par, 85.

After the first nine holes on Tuesday, Cao and Badiga created space between themselves and the rest of the field on the leaderboard; however, Cao would overtake the lead from Badiga by one stroke. Throughout the final nine holes, the two contenders would exchange and share the lead multiple times until the Lake Mary native's birdie on the par-3 eighth gave her a one-stroke lead she would not relinquish. The one-stroke victory was the first-ever victory for the 2032 graduate. 

Tee Information

Tee

Yardage / Info

Boys (11-12)

5,552 yds., 67.5/122

Boys (9-10)

4,986 yds., 64.8/115

Girls (11-12)

4,986 yds., 64.8/115

Girls (9-10)

4,239 yds., 65.5/114

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description

Temp

PartlyCloudy

Humid, Winds 4-8mph

86 °F

PartlyCloudy

Humid, Winds 2-7mph

90 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Daniel Barcenas 70 75 145 0
2 Axel Monssoh 72 74 146 0
T3 Bennett LaConte 74 74 148 0
T3 Jay Huntley 73 75 148 0
5 Luka Peterman 74 75 149 0
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Tournament Summary

Format36 holes of gross stroke play

Eligibility Boys and Girls (11-12) & (9-10) (age calculated from the last day of the event)

Handicap:  Florida GHIN required

Entry Fee:  $120

Field Determination: First-come-first-serve basis, 84 players field

Championship Format

  • (11-12) and (9-10) Age Divisions
  • 36 holes of individual stroke play
  • If necessary, there will be a hole by hole play-off to determine the champion of each division. It is the player's responsibility to be present for any play-off

Eligibility

  • Male or Female amateur golfers
  • Florida Resident
  • Entrant must be no older than 12 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. Exception: Those players granted permission to play up into the 9-10 age divisions during the season will be allowed to compete in the 9-10 age division of the Championship

Entry Fee

  • $120
  • Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf and tee gift. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late fee should the entrant gain acceptance in to the field.

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, July 1st
    • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM - Registration located near the clubhouse
    • 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round 1 tee times off #1 and #10
  • Tuesday, July 2nd
    • 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round 2 tee times off #1 and #10
    • Awards ceremony following the completion of play

Field Determination

    • First come, first served up to 60 entries.
    • After the first 60 entries are processed, the FSGA will hold spots for champions from the season and those players atop the Points Lists who have yet to enter.
    • An alternates list will be posted to the website under "Tee Times and Player Information".
    • The FSGA reserves the right to modify the selection process and field sizes referenced below.

      Approximately 54 boys and 30 girls will be accepted into the field

      • Boys (11-12) - 36 players
      • Boys (9-10) - 18 players
      • Girls (11-12) - 18 players
      • Girls (9-10) - 12 players

      Field sizes may change based on the number of entries in each age division

 

Championship 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.

  • For practice rounds on Sunday, June 30th the FSGA will send out a link to book a practice round through Golf Genius after the close of entries to entered players.

    • Practice Round Block: 12:12 PM - 1:50 PM in foursomes every seven minutes.

    • If you need to cancel your practice round after booking, please email ben@fsga.org
  • Outside of that window, you may call the golf shop at (727) 796-1135 to arrange your practice round. The cost for a practice round is $40.00 + tax. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

Championship Information

  • The golf course will be set-up at approximately:

    • Boys (11-12) Age Division - 5,500 yards
    • Boys (9-10) Age Division - 5,000 yards
    • Girls (11-12) Age Division - 5,000 yards
    • Girls (9-10) Age Division - 4,200 yards
  • Field Size - Maximum of 84 players
  • Field size to be determined based proportionately on the number of entries in each division.
  • 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.
  • Tee Times & Information
  • StrackaLine Yardage Books

World & National Rankings

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

  • Boys (11-12)
    • Champion - 2 Stars
    • Top 5 - 1 Star
  • Girls (11-12)
    • Champion - 2 Stars
    • Top 3 - 1 Star

Championship Policies

Player Information

Past Championships

Host Site

  • Countryside Country Club
    3001 Countryside Boulevard
    Clearwater, FL 33761
    (727) 796-1135
  • Click here for directions.
    • Payment - Cash & All Major Credit Cards are accepted at Countryside Country Club.

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