Univ of Florida (16-18)
May 27-29, 2006
Alexander, Jensen Win University of Florida FJT
Tyson Alexander fired a final round 7-under par 63 to come from behind and win the boys 16-18 age division as Evan Jensen won the girls 16-18 age division wire-to-wire in the 54-hole Florida Junior Tour (FJT) event at the University of Florida Golf Course in Gainesville on May 27-29.
Tyson Alexander posted a tournament total of 5-under par 205 on his home course to win the division by one stroke. Alexander, 17, from Gainesville, shot a 69-73 in the first two rounds to trail the leaders by three strokes. In the final round, Alexander came out and birdied the first three holes for a total of eight birdies to blast a 63, the low round of the tournament. Alexander, who will play for the University of Florida in the fall, shot 31-32 in the final round for his first FJT victory. Blayne Barber, co-leader after two rounds of 67-72, finished in second place with a final round of 67. Barber, 16, from Lake City, posted a tournament total of 206 for his third second place finish this season. Wesley Graham, 16, from Port Orange, the two-time Boys Junior Champion of the 13-15 age division, took third place with a tournament total of 211. Graham shot a 72-67 to share the lead going into the final round and then posted a final round 72 to finish six strokes back from the Champion. This is Graham’s fifth top five finish this season including two wins at Rio Pinar and Disney. The boys division of 63 juniors played from approximately 6,701 yards, the same yardage the University of Florida men’s golf team plays in tournaments.
In the girls division, Evan Jensen, 16, from Belleair, clinched the title with a putt on the 18th hole to edge out the field by one stroke. Jensen maintained a lead after each round posting scores of 70-76-75—221 to win her second title of the season. Jensen’s first round of 70 was the low round of the girls for the tournament. Jensen, last season’s Girls 13-15 Player-of-the-Year, won earlier this season at PGA Golf Club. Megan McChrystal, 18, from Stuart, jumped into second place with a final round score of 73. McChrystal, coming off a win at Rio Pinar in March, shot rounds of 72-77 to finish one back from Jensen. Alexis Thompson, 11, of Coral Springs, tied her best finish in the older age division placing third with a tournament total of 225. Thompson, who has five FJT victories including the overall in the 54-hole Disney event last November, recorded rounds of 71-76-78. The 21 girls played the approximate distance the women’s golf team plays of 5,865 yards.
Located less than a mile from campus, the University of Florida Golf Course and the Guy Bostick Clubhouse, home of the Men's and Women's Golf Teams, is situated on 110 acres of heavily tree-lined, softly rolling terrain.
The 18-hole, par 70 course play to a length of 6,700 yards from the Gator tees, but four sets of tees, is playable from all levels of players.
The course went through a $4 million renovation in 2001, which included: new tees and fairway green surfaces, 140-plus bunkers, triple row irrigation, and a newly designed practice facility for the teams.
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.
Tournament applications for this event may enter on-line at www.floridajuniortour.org. 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 players 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.
Entry Fee Includes
The entry fee of $145 includes Saturday, Sunday and Monday tournament rounds of golf, range balls prior to the tournament rounds and a tee gift.
Schedule of Play
Saturday, May 27th
11:00 1st and 10th Tees
Sunday, May 28th Morning 1st and 10th Tees
Monday, May 29th Morning 1st and 10th Tees
Participants can set up a practice round at a special discounted rate of $25 plus tax by calling 352-375-4866. Times are available after 10:00 AM 5 days in advance of the tournament. Parents may play for $35 plus tax.
Walking and Pull Carts
All players must walk and carry their own clubs. Pull carts are permitted.
University of Florida Golf Course
2800 SW 2nd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32607
Click here for directions.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Gainesville
6901 Northwest 4th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32607
$95.00 per night plus tax
Rate is based on availability and reservations should be made by April, 26th.
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 6,700 yards
- Girls 16-18 will play approximately 5,800 yards
This event is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek/Titleist.
Click here to view a comparison of the two rankings.
AJGA (Performance Based Entrance)
- Boys 16-18 Champion - 2 Exemptions
- Boys 16-18 Top 5 - 1 Exemption
- Boys 16-18 Top 10 - 1 Performance Star
- Girls 16-18 Champion - 2 Exemptions
- Girls 16-18 Top 3 - 1 Exemption
- Girls 16-18 Top 5 - 1 Performance Star
Registration will be available in front of the golf shop prior to the first round. ALL players are expected to register. First round pairings, pace of play policy, local rules, hole locations and general tournament information will be distributed at registration.
Tee Times & Pairings
First and second round pairings and starting times will be available on the FJT website, www.floridajuniortour.org, three days after the closing date. After the completion of the second round all competitors will be regrouped by score within age group for the final round. Final round pairings will be available approximately one hour after the final score has been posted. They will be posted to the FJT website, on the scoreboard, and in the golf shop. 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 along with the FSGA Hard Card. Local rules will be distributed at registration on the day of 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 section.
Spectators will be authorized to rent carts for $20 plus tax per day, but must follow the published policy (available on site). More information is available on the FJT website under the Parents section.