FJT Ocala Open (13-15)
October 10-11, 2020
Prieto and Zhang Win at Ocala GC
OCALA, Fla. – Nicholas Prieto and Elan Zhang picked up Florida Junior Tour wins on Sunday at Ocala Golf Club. Prieto earned the in the Boys 13-15 Division, and Zhang was victorious in the Girls 13-15 Division.
This is the third FJT victory of the season for Prieto, while Zhang becomes a first-time FJT winner.
Prieto captured his third FJT win in wire-to-wire fashion, finishing the weekend at 9-under 135. The Miami native began the weekend with a bogey-free first round with four birdies on his way to a first-round 68. He took a two-shot lead over the field into the Sunday’s final round.
Prieto’s only bogey of the weekend came on the second hole of the final round. He added a birdie on the seventh to make the turn at even par for the day. The 2023 graduate caught fire on the back nine, carding five birdies, including three-straight on Nos. 13-15. His final-round 67 was the low round of the tournament and secured him the seven-shot victory.
Cody Tucker took home second place at 2-under 142. The Atlantic Beach native used a 70 in the final round to earn a runner-up finish. James Hassell finished third at 1-under 143, while TJ Thompson and Shawn Coultoff tied for fourth at even-par 144.
Zhang survived a playoff to capture her first FJT victory on Sunday at 4-under 140. The Orlando native took the first-round lead on Saturday with a 2-under 70, carding five birdies. She held a one-shot lead over the field heading into the final round.
Beginning the final round on the 10th hole, Zhang got off to a solid start with two birdies on the front side. She ran into some trouble on 18, finishing with a double bogey to move back to even par for the day.
Zhang rebounded quickly, birdieing two of her first three holes on the back side. She posted another 70 to finish the tournament at 4-under 140 and in a tie with Sabree Lefebvre.
On the first playoff hole, Zhang made par to secure the victory. Lefebvre finished second, after putting together rounds of 71-69. Zhang and Lefebvre were the only two players to finish under par and post two under-par rounds for the tournament.
Kate Barber took home third place at 3-over 147, while Katelyn Huber finished fourth at 7-over 151.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15)||6,495 yds. 70.3/121|
|Girls (13-15)||5,706 yds. 72.4/123|
|Light winds||81 °F|
Format: 36 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 13-15 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Entry Fee: $110
Field Determination: Random Draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $25 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 13-15 Age Division - 6,700 yards (gross only)
- Girls 13-15 Age Division - 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, October 10th
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop) 8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, October 11th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Approximately 2:30 PM - Awards presentation
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)
|Champion- 2 stars||Champion- 2 stars|
|Top Five- 1 star||Top Three- 1 star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
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