FJT at Palm Aire CC (16-18)

Palm Aire Country Club - Champions Course, Sarasota, FL
February 4-5, 2017

Florida Junior Tour

  •  Palm Aire Country Club - Champions Course - February 4-5, 2017

  • Boys 16-18 - 6,736 yds., 72.1/128
  • Girls 13-15 - 5,939 yds., 74.5/127


  • Saturday - Sunny & warm with a light breeze. High of 77 degrees.
  • Sunday - Heavy fog in the morning. Fifty minute delay.

Boys Division

Luke Gifford wins his fourth Florida Junior Tour event with two solid rounds of 68-67. His tournament total of 9-under par 135 was good for a four shot victory. Finishing tied for second with rounds of 70-69 was Jeffrey Cunningham and the 2016 FJT Tour Championship winner from the 13-15 age division, Jake Beber-Frankel. Luke’s tournament low final round 67 was loaded with six birdies and highlighted with an eagle three on the par 5 11th hole.

Girls Division

After a very competitive first round, Ariel Yu’s 68 was the low and left her with a two shot lead over Erika Smith. After the fog cleared on Sunday morning, Erika Smith would rise to the top. After being three under par on her first eight holes, Erika had a bit of a hiccup on her ninth hole (hole #18). A quadruple bogey eight brought life back in to her fellow competitors. That life was quickly squashed as she would birdie four of her first six holes on the back nine (eight total birdies) and come in with a 32 and a second round total of 69. Ariel Yu’s 1 over par 73 was two shot shy of Erika, but good enough for second place. Twelve year old Izzy Pellot fired an impressive 69 in her final round to claim third place. This is Erika's second Florida Junior Tour victory.

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Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Girl's 5,939 yds., 74.5/127
Boy's 6,736 yds., 72.1/128

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Light Breeze 77 °F
Fog 50 Minute Fog Delay 66 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Luke Gifford 68 67 135 1000
T2 Jake Beber-Frankel 70 69 139 600
T2 Jeffrey Cunningham 70 69 139 600
T4 Luke Farmer 69 72 141 375
T4 Cody Carroll 72 69 141 375
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Erika Smith 70 69 139 1000
2 Ariel Yu 68 73 141 700
3 Izzy M. Pellot 73 69 142 500
4 Alyssa Lamoureux 71 72 143 400
5 Alexa Pano 71 73 144 350
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16-18 Age Division
$95 or $115 entry fee (GHIN vs non-GHIN price)
Membership is required

Maxing out at just over 7,000 yards, the Champions course at Palm Aire Country Club is back on the Florida Junior Tour schedule for the 2017 season. In years previous, Palm Aire CC has hosted US Junior qualifiers. Located in Sarasota, Palm Aire CC is a short drive from the Gulf beaches, shops, and restaurants.

Club's website


  • 36 holes of individual stroke play
  • 84 total players
  • 16-18 age division (age calculated by the last day of the tournament)

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Boys 16-18 Age Division - 6,900 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 FJT 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.

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How to Enter

Entries must be submitted through the FSGA website. To enter, each player must have an account on this website (free to setup), and a current FJT Junior Membership ($40). Click "Enter" above in the Tournament Links box.

Entry Fee

The entry fee of $95 (for GHIN handicap members) or $115 (non-GHIN handicap members) includes tournament rounds, range balls prior to tournament rounds, crystal trophies for the top three finishers, and a tee gift. 

To receive the GHIN handicap price, the player, or one of the player's parents must have an active GHIN handicap at a club in Florida. The seven digit GHIN number must be included and active when the entry is submitted. Click on the Handicaps tab above in the main menu for more information.

Late Fee:  A late fee of $10 will applied to entries received after the entry deadline. The entry fee and late fee will only be charged if the player gets accepted into the tournament field.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 4th 

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
11:30 AM - 1:27 PM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees

Sunday, February 5th

8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Approximately 2:30 PM - Awards presentation

Practice Rounds

Practice rounds are available two weeks prior to the tournament on a space-available basis. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax. Please call 941-355-9738 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)


  • Winner receives 8 performance stars
  • Top five finishers receive 4 performance stars


  • Winner receives 8 performance stars
  • Top three finishers receive 4 performance stars

National Rankings

  • Ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Other Policies

  • Walking - players must walk during tournament rounds
  • Spectators & Carts - Spectators are allowed. Spectator carts are available first-come, first-served at $25 + tax per day, per cart   Click here
  • Caddies - Caddies are not allowed
  • Range Finders (Electronic Measuring Devices) - are allowed (see Local Rules link below)
  • 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 tournament.
  • 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.

Hotel & Accommodations

The FSGA does not have a host hotel at this time.


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