Lake Jovita G & CC - Qualifying Series (16-18)

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club - Dade City
July 21-22, 2007

Buccina & Barrios Win Q-Series at Lake Jovita

Nick Buccina and Mariana Barrios emerged from a playoff to win their respective divisions in the Florida Junior Tour (FJT) Qualifying Series event at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City on July 21-22.

Playing Lake Jovita’s North Course, Nick Buccina, 17, from Tarpon Springs, captured the boys 16-18 age division winning on the fourth playoff hole. In the first round, Buccina posted a 1-under par 71 to trail the leader by two strokes. Buccina shot an even par 72 in the final round to force a playoff with Roberto Paciornick, the first round leader. In the playoff, Buccina and Paciornick were tied going par, birdie, par on the first three playoff holes. Playing the 4th hole, a par 3, Buccina made birdie to secure his first FJT title. Paciornick, 17, of Curitiba, Brazil, took second place with scores of 69-74. Justin Foster, 16, of Dunedin, finished third shooting a 74-71—145.

In the girls 16-18 age division, Mariana Barrios, 17, from Bogota, Colombia, secured the division title sinking an 8-foot putt for par on the third playoff hole. Barrios shot consistent scores of 78-79—157 to find herself in a playoff with Jenna Taylor. After each girl made par on the first two playoff holes, weather forced them off the course for a short delay. Coming out on the third playoff hole, the par 3 4th hole, Barrios saved par with an 8-foot putt for the win. Taylor, 18, from Valrico, was the first round leader shooting a 75 and went into the playoff after carding a final round 82. In a tie for third place, Christina Gray, 18, of Tampa, and Bruna Spangler, 17, of Santa Cruz, Brazil, each finished with a tournament total of 159. Gray posted an 80-79 as Spangler shot a 76-83.

Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Nick Buccina 71 72 143 500
2 Roberto Paciornick 69 74 143 350
3 Justin Foster 74 71 145 250
4 Sam Ryder 76 70 146 200
5 Matthew Madsen 75 72 147 175
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 Mariana Barrios 78 79 157 500
2 Jenna Taylor 75 82 157 350
T3 Christina Gray 80 79 159 225
T3 Bruna Spangler 76 83 159 225
5 Jessica Alexander 80 82 162 175
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FJT Qualifying Series

Qualifying Series (Q-Series) events are open to all current FJT members who do not hold an un-used FJT exemption. These events are a great opportunity for non-exempt players to compete against a strong nationally ranked field while trying to earn FJT exemptions.

Each Q-Series event is conducted over 36-holes and in the same professional manner as all FJT tournaments. Fields consist of a maximum of 84 players (in a ratio similar to the Tour's membership).

See below for more information.


Lake Jovita's two championship courses that are interwoven through lakes, ponds, valleys, hills, and lush vegetation make it a premier golfing destination. Lake Jovita's golf amenities include a highly rated Golf Shop (Top 100 in America by Golf Business World) and a world-class fifteen-acre practice facility with bunkers and chipping area, a one-acre putting green, and a separate practice facility for private lessons.

Tournament rounds are scheduled to be played on the NORTH COURSE. Course assignment was changed on July 18th..

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Due to a shortage of club carts, SPECTATOR CARTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

Qualifying Series events are open to all current FJT members who do not hold an unused FJT exemption.
Male or female amateur golfers that are members of the FJT may apply for participation. Entries are subject to rejection at any time, including during the event by the FJT. The reason for rejection may include unbecoming behavior. Please see the Code of Conduct for further details.

Application Procedure
Tournament applications must be submitted on-line at Players must complete a membership form, read the Tournament Policies and pay the membership fees before the tournament application will be processed. Entries must be received by 4:30 PM EST of the closing date. Telephone and fax requests will not be considered for selection. Players will receive an e-mail that their entry has been received and a second e-mail will be sent when the player is accepted into the field. As a player is not automatically confirmed into the tournament, travel arrangements should not be made until the second confirmation e-mail is received. Review the Field Determination section in Tournament Policies for further details.

Entry Fee Includes
The entry fee of $95 (for GHIN members) or $115 (for non GHIN members) includes tournament rounds of golf and range balls prior to the tournament rounds.

Schedule of Play
Saturday, July 21        8:00 AM        1st and 10th Tee Start
Sunday, July 22          8:00 AM        1st and 10th Tee Start

Practice Round
Participants can set up a practice round at a special discounted rate of $35 plus tax by calling 352-588-9200. Times are available 7 days in advance after 12:00 PM. Parents may play for $45 plus tax.

Walking and Pull Carts
All players must walk and carry their clubs during the competition rounds. Pull carts will be permitted.

Hotel Information
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Tees To Play
Tees are not set until the tournament staff arrives on site. Tournament set up can change, including yardages, to offset inclement weather or other course conditions (i.e. wet course conditions). Typical yardages are below:

  • Boys 16-18 will play approximately 6,800 to 7,000 yards
  • Girls 16-18 will play approximately 5,900 to 6,100 yards

Tee Times & Pairings
First round pairings and starting times will be available on the FJT website,, typically three days after the closing date. After the completion of the first round all competitors will be repaired by score within their age group for their next round. Final round pairings will be available approximately one hour after the final score has been posted. Pairings will be posted to the FJT website and on the scoreboard. It is the players' responsibility to be at his/her respective tee at least 10 minutes prior to teeing off. We recommend that you always see your tee time in black and white and if you still have questions, please contact a FJT Official at the host facility.

USGA Rules of Golf will govern play. Review the FJT Hard Card. Local rules will be distributed before the first round.

Pace of Play
Pace of play will be strictly enforced with anticipated rounds less than 4 hours and 30 minutes. We strongly recommend that all players read and understand the FJT Pace of Play Policy. The Pace of Play policy can be reviewed on the FJT website under the Tournaments tab.

Spectator Carts
Spectators will be authorized to rent carts.

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