FJT Capital City Open (13-15)
March 4-5, 2023
Tallahassee, Fla. - Capital City Country Club has a history of crowning great champions on the Florida Junior Tour. This weekend was no different as Lucas Gimenez and Ryan Donaldson were the ones who stood above the rest in the state's capital
The Florida Junior Tour traveled to the state’s capital and brought along some of the best Juniors in the state to compete at one of the oldest clubs in the state, Capital City Country Club. Lucas Gimenez, who finished in the top 10 here last year, looked to improve up on that this year. From Jacksonville, Gimenez made his way west . Gimenez birdied his second hole of the day and made the turn at 1-under 35 on the way to a 1-under par 71.
On Saturday, Noah Peens was trying to keep pace with Gimenez by going on a run of birdies on holes 11 through 14. A birdie on 18 would be good enough for a back nine 3-under 33 and would sit at even-par and one back heading into the final round. A group of 6 players were at 2-over and within striking distance should Gimenez or Peens slip up on Sunday.
Gimenez would start out slow but steady on Sunday as he bogeyed the par-4 4th. However, none of the chasing competitors would really make a move so Gimenez would never lose his spot a top the leaderboard. Peens’ 4-over 40 on the front nine meant he would be going the opposite way in the final round. Christian Koehn was the biggest mover of the players tied at 2-over. Koehn got to 2-under on the day and even for the weekend through 13 and tied for the lead. Gimenez would quickly regain the solo lead with a birdie on the 13th to get back into red numbers.
Koehn’s bogey on the 14th would slow him down and Gimenez would all but slam the door shut on the 15th as he made an eagle on the par-5. An unfortunate double bogey at the final hole wouldn’t matter and would give Gimenez back-to-back 71s and a four shot victory. Noah Peen’s back nine 33 would move him back into a tie for second with local Jack Cook after his 68, which was the round of the day to move up 13 spots. The win is Gimenez’s first of 2023 and second in the last 4 months.
Ryan Donaldson came into the week in Tallahassee as the winner of the last (13-15) event on the Florida Junior Tour. Donaldson would get off to a steady start with all pars until she made a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 7th. Meanwhile Ana Boone and Angela Nip were nipping at her heels as they made the turn at 3-over 39 on the front nine.
Donaldson’s birdie on the par-4 10th would extend her lead to two shots and despite closing with two bogeys that would be her lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Boone’s only blemish on the back nine would be a double-bogey on the 17th hole to sit two back of Donaldson with Nip one shot further behind.
Boone and Donaldson would come out firing on Sunday morning as they both birdied their second hole of the day while Nip struggled with two bogeys out of the gates. However, both players would play holes 14 through 16 at 2-over while Nip played them even to get back the strokes she lost. A birdie at the par-4 17th for Donaldson would give her a five shot lead heading into the back nine.
Donaldson would have a rollercoaster back nine as she tried to close out her overnight lead. Only two pars on the front nine, but she did have two birdies which would allow her to salvage a 3-over 39. A second consecutive 75 would be enough for a three shot lead over Nip and Boone who would finish in a tie for second at nine-over for the weekend. The win is Donaldson’s second of the year and will propel her into the top 5 of the points standings for the season.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15)||6,472 yds. 71.2/131|
|Girls (13-15)||5,769 yds. 73.5/129|
|Perfect Golf Weather||80 °F|
Format: 36 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls (13-15) (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Field Determination: FJT exemptions, random draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $30 + tax
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, March 4th
10:00 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
Sunday, March 5th
7:30 AM - 9:27 AM final round tee times off 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 $30.00 + tax. Please call (850) 222-0419 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
Marriott Courtyard Tallahassee Downtown/Capitol
Address: 1018 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 222-8822
- Rates available: 3/2/23 - 3/6/23
- Standard King bed - $114/night
- Double/Double Queen beds - $134/night
- Book here
Booking deadline: February 13, 2023
Capital City Country Club
1601 Golf Terrace Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
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