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FJT Candler Hills Open (13-15)

Candler Hills Golf Club, Ocala, FL

February 3-4, 2024

Drummond & Hines Battle Weather to Victory


OCALA, Fla. – It was Nathan Drummond and Dannika Hines who outlasted the field and the weather and emerged as champions at the FJT Candler Hills Open (13-15). This 36-hole event saw adverse playing conditions in the final round as rainy weather evolved into high, gusty winds as the round progressed.

Boys (13-15)

Nathan Drummond posted a 71-70 to secure the victory by two strokes over the field. Drummond shared the lead after the first round with Shayaan Kim and Seunghwa Baek. Drummond carded four birdies in the first round en route to a one under par. The second round brought challenging playing conditions as morning rain turned into gusting winds. However, that proved to be no problem for Drummond as he proceeded to shoot a two-under par 70 to grab the victory. Drummond birdied three out of his first four holes of the final round to extend his lead quickly. He then went on to post three birdies on the back nine including a birdie on the 18th hole to end his tournament in style.

In addition, Seungwa Baek finished in second place posting scores of 71-72. Baek posted five birdies over the 36 holes and hung close to Drummond’s lead all the way to the last hole. Nolan DeForest finished in third place shooting consistent scores of 72-72.

Girls (13-15)

Dannika Hines secured her wire-to-wire victory with scores of 68-75. Hines outlasted the field by three strokes. Her 68 in the first round was the lowest round across the entire field. She carded an impressive seven birdies in the first round and then added one more in the final round for eight total birdies over 36 holes.

Moreover, Emma McKoan finished in second place shooting rounds of 74-72. Even though the weather added a level of difficulty, McKoan managed to improve by two strokes in the final round.

In addition, there was a six-way tie for third place between, Emma Sanabria, Krystine Basteiro, Stella Moritz, Callie Nelson, Maya Fujisawa Keuling, and Elli Chon.

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

Boys (13-15)

6,614 yds. 71.3/132

Girls (13-15)

5,675 yds. 73.0/127

Par: 72

Weather Information




Sunny with moderate winds.

72 °F


Morning rain with high winds.

68 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Nathan Drummond 71 70 141 750
2 Seunghwa Baek 71 72 143 525
3 Nolan DeForest 72 72 144 375
4 Dominick Velazquez 74 72 146 300
T5 Josh Orgen 75 72 147 221
T5 Lawson Ford 72 75 147 221
T5 Shayaan Kim 71 76 147 221
T5 Vishruth Badiga 73 74 147 221
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Tournament Summary

Format36 holes of individual gross stroke play

Eligibility Boys and Girls (13-15) (age calculated from the last day of the event)

  • Florida Junior Tour Membership

Handicap:  Florida GHIN 18.0 or less (included with junior membership)

Entry Fee:  $150

Field Determination: 84 player field

  • FJT exemptions
  • Random draw

Practice Round Information: $40 + tax (riding only)

  • Parents riding will also be charged $40

Divisions and Approximate Yardages

  • Boys (13-15) - 6,700 yards (gross only)
  • Girls (13-15) - 5,700 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 FSGA 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

Schedule of Events

  • Saturday, February 3rd

    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)

    • 1:00 PM - Round one shotgun start

  • Sunday, January 21st

    • 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees

      • Awards presentation immediately following the completion of play

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

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

  • The price for a practice round is $40.00 + tax

  • All players and parents must ride. The price for parents wanting to ride is $40.00
  • Please call (352)-861-9712 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

  • Candler Hills Golf Club
    8137 SW 90th Terrace Rd.
    Ocala, FL 34481
    (352) 861-9712
    • Directions
    • Payment - Cash & All Major Credit Cards are accepted at Candler Hills Golf Club

Host Hotel

  • There is currently no host hotel for this event

National Rankings

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)


  • Champion - 2 Stars
  • Top Five - 1 Star


  • Champion - 2 Stars
  • Top Three - 1 Star