FJT Ocala Open (9-12)
February 15-16, 2020
Four Juniors Victorious in Ocala
OCALA, Fla. – The FJT Ocala Open (9-12) was littered with low scores and drama. This impressive display of golf was showcased at Ocala Golf Club on February 15-16.
Lev Grinberg, of Boca Raton, secured the round one lead after posting a flawless 6-under 66. Ibby Carrinton, of Port Saint Lucie, fired an opening round of 2-under 70 to grab solo second place heading into Sunday's final round. Grinberg finished his bogey-free round one with six birdies.
Grinberg continued his dominance in the final round posting yet another 6-under 66. This two-day total gives him the lowest 36-hole performance in the 11-12 Division's history, 12-under 132. Grinberg's pair of 66's tie the lowest 18-hole total in the 11-12 Division as well. Needless to say, Grinberg's weekend was legendary.
Carrington had an impressive final round of 1-under 71 to claim second place. Nicolas Bencomo had the only other round in the 60's on Sunday with a 3-under 69 to boost him into third place.
Christian Koehn, of Winter Park, took the early day one lead with a 3-over 75. Jude Desmond and Nathan Drummond finished the first round in a tie for second at 5-over 77. These scores would make for a tightly packed leaderboard going into Sunday.
At the end of the second round on Sunday, it was Desmond and Koehn tied for the lead at 10-over 154. Desmond tied Koehn for the first time on the 35th hole of regulation with a birdie on the par-5 17th hole. After two pars from both players on the 18th, Desmond and Koehn pegged it on the 10th hole for some extra golf. Koehn stuck his approach to four feet and made birdie on the first playoff hole to claim the victory. This is Koehn's second FJT victory of 2020 in as many tournaments.
Kayla Bryant, of Boca Raton, came out firing on Saturday; her round of 2-under 70 was the only under-par round in her division. Bryant's solid start gave her a two-stroke lead over Kate Barber, of Savannah, Ga., who sat in second place after round one at even-par.
Sunday's final nine holes were full of lead changes and ties between Bryant and Barber. The third player in that final group, Haley Davis, made a strong fight back on her home course, but ultimately could not catch the two at the top. Bryant and Barber each finished steady to force a playoff at even-par 144. It was Kayla Bryant who finished with a bang on their first playoff hole. Bryant's 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe dropped to give her yet another victory on the Florida Junior Tour, her fourth overall.
Nicole Sardinha, of Miramar, and Fernanda Carrion, of Coral Gables, shared the first-round lead at 7-over 79. Their steady play on Saturday gave them both a four-stroke advantage over Marley Pedrique, of West Palm Beach, who is already a proven winner on the Florida Junior Tour.
Sardinha and Carrion carried their success into the final round. However, it was Sardinha's eagle on their 16th hole of the day that bolstered her to the top of the leaderboard over Carrion in a well-fought final round. Sardinha finished the event with rounds of 79-74 to edge Carrion by one stroke.
It is always exciting to see a hole-in-one during our tournaments, and even better when you have two in one day! Congratulations to both Nicole Sardinha and Brooks Colton on their hole-in-ones Sunday!
Nicole Sardinha struck first with an ace on her second hole of the day, the par-3 11th hole! This was Sardinha's first hole-in-one during a competition and likely not her last.
Brooks Colton followed up with an ace of his own on the par-3 eighth hole! Colton is no stranger to hole-in-ones as this makes number three in his career.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys 11-12||5,465 yds., 66.4/111|
|Boys 9-10||4,925 yds., 62.6/103|
|Girls 11-12||4,925 yds., 67.2/112|
|Girls 9-10||4,220 yds., 63.3/106|
|Steady winds||75 °F|
Format: 36 holes, individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 9-12 (age calculated from the last day of the event), FJT Membership & Florida GHIN required
Entry Fee: $75
Field Determination: First-come-first-serve basis, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $25 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 9-10 Age Division - 5,000 yards (gross only)
- Girls 9-10 Age Division - 4,200 yards (gross only)
- Boys 11-12 Age Division - 5,500 yards (gross only)
- Girls 11-12 Age Division - 5,000 yards (gross only)
How Entries are Accepted
- Entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- Late entries will be accepted if space is available ($10 late entry fee).
- If entries have reached capacity, additional players will be placed on an alternate's list.
- The alternate's list will be posted to the FJT website under "Tee Times & Player Information."
- Entries close approximately 2 1/2 weeks prior to the tournament.
- 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.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, February 15th
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
11:00 AM - 12:57 PM- Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Mandatory Meeting - 30 to 45 minutes prior to tee time, 15 minutes long (more information below)
Sunday, February 16th
7:45 AM - 9:42 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Mandatory Educational Meeting - Saturday
- Each golfer MUST attend a mandatory meeting with FSGA staff prior to their tee time on Saturday.
- Topics to include: Etiquette, rules, pace-of-play, how to feel comfortable playing in events, care for the course, appreciation of club staff and volunteers.
- Meetings will generally take place near or on the practice putting green.
- Each player MUST attend the meeting associated with his/her tee time.
- Meetings will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes long.
- Parents are encouraged to attend.
*If a players fails to make the meeting at their scheduled time, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.*
Five FJT Standards
Competing at beautiful clubs around the state is a privilege and it is important for all of our players and parents to place value on the following five duties:
- Say please and thank you to the club staff and our volunteers
- Rake bunkers
- Fix ball marks
- Step on/repair your divots
- Throw away your garbage! There should never be trash on the ground anywhere on the course (place trash in waste receptacles, golf carts or even your bag if no other place is available).
Showing Appreciation and Proper Manners - At all courses where juniors play, they should show appreciation to the members and staff. To all of our junior players, let's show the clubs that you are not only the most talented golfers in the country, but also the most respectful. A "thank you" to the club and taking care of the course are the best ways to make a positive impression on the club, fellow players, coaches and spectators.
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 ($40), 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 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 $25.00 + tax. Please call (352) 401-6917 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)
|Boys 11-12||Girls 11-12|
|Champion- 1 star||Champion- 1 star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
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Ocala Golf Club
3130 East Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470