FJT River Hills Open (13-15)
January 23-24, 2021
Hong & Leach take home FJT Victories at River Hills Country Club
VALRICO, Fla. – Aaron Leach and Sophia Hong were victorious on Sunday at River Hills Country Club, picking up the Florida Junior Tour wins on Sunday at Palm Harbor Golf Club. This is the sixth FJT victory for Leach, while Hong earned her first FJT win.
Leach used the only under-par round in his division to secure the win, finishing the weekend at 1-under 143. He fired a 3-under 69 in Saturday’s first round, carding an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, to take a three-shot lead over the field.
The Windermere native began the final round with a 1-over front nine. After making the turn, he birdied back-to-back hole, carding a 1-over back nine. Leach secured the one-shot victory with a 2-over 74 in the final round.
James Hassell took the runner-up finish, putting together round of 75-69 to finish the tournament at even-par 144. Hassell and Leach’s 69 was the low round of the weekend. Alex Long finish two shots back of Hassell in third place at 2-over 146.
Hong earned her first-career FJT victory with a 6-over 150 for the weekend. She took the first-round lead on Saturday with a 2-over 74, finishing the day with a two-shot lead over the field.
In Sunday’s final round, Hong started the day with a 4-over front side. He rounded with two birdies on the back nine and secured the win with a final-round 76.
Braydn Smith finished runner-up at 8-over 152, while Elan Zhang and Amelie Phung tied for third at 9-over 153. Tiffany Colin, who finished the weekend in a tie for 19th, aced the par-3 fourth hole during Saturday’s first round.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys 13-15||6,661 yds. 72.4/136|
|Girls 13-15||5,684 yds. 73.6/136|
|Foggy & Overcast Early, to nice afternoon||73 °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: FJT exemptions, random draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $35 +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, January 23rd
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop) 11:00 AM - 12:57 PM - Round one tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, February 14th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round two 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 ($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 $35.00 +tax. Please call 813-653-3323 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
There is no host hotel.
River Hills Country Club
3943 New River Hills Pkwy
Valrico, FL 33596