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GILES AND FITZPATRICK WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #5

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #5 at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.  The tournament featured warm weather combined with a golf course in pristine condition.  Palm City native Garret Giles is off to a great year after winning Challenge Event #3 and finishing in the top 10 at each of the events this season.  Giles put on another impressive display this week in Port St. Lucie.  Giles fired an opening round 2-over-par 74 on a narrow golf course with quick greens.  Plantation native Jackson Kustin fired an opening round 4-over-par 76 to stay within striking distance of the lead.  Giles remained steady during Thursday’s final round, firing a 4-over-par 76 to capture the overall boy’s title.  Homestead native Anthony Amoroso took home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Wellington native Louis Serrone took home the boy’s 16-18 age division.  Port St. Lucie native Brianna Fitzpatrick took the opening round lead in the girls division and never looked back.  Fitzpatrick fired an opening round 79 and followed it up with a final round 76 to capture the overall girl’s title.  Port St. Lucie native Nicole Cee would take home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Jupiter native Brianna Farrell took home the girl’s 16-18 age division.  Nashawn Tyson is still riding his confidence after winning the South Florida Junior PGA Championship 9-12 age division.  The North Palm Beach youngster fired rounds of 71-75 to take home the boy’s 11-12 age division.  Weston native Gabriela Sierra took home the girl’s 11-12 age division after rounds of 83-80. Click HERE for Digital Results The SFPGA Junior Tour presented [...]

By | 2017-06-22T18:30:01+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

CLANTON (65), HILTUNEN WIN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

By CRAIG DOLCH Special to South Florida PGA     BOCA RATON (June 15, 2017) – At 13, Luke Clanton was one of the youngest players in the South Florida PGA Junior Championship.     He also was one of the best.     The Miami Lakes resident shot a 7-under 65 Wednesday – tying the course record at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club – despite playing the wet course from the back tees (6,800 yards). The about-to-be eighth grader who is home-schooled missed just two greens and fairways while beating players who were 4 and 5 years older.      “My putter was on, even though I lipped out three times,” said Clanton, who was five shots ahead of runner-up Amadeo Figus of Port St. Lucie. “Everything was working, but I can play better. I shot a 63 last year at Pinehurst No. 2.”     Kerttu Hiltunen of West Palm Beach won the Girls 13-18 division with a 1-under 71, three ahead of Taylor Caradonna (74) of Boca Raton.     The top two finishers in each division earned spots in the PGA Junior Championship, which the girls play July 18-21 and the boys July 31-Aug. 3 at the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Miss. Previously, just the winner qualified but the field at the PGA Junior Championship has been increased from 78 to 144.      This week’s tournament at Boca Grove was slated to be 36 holes, but reduced to 18 after storms canceled play Tuesday.      NaShawn Tyson of North Palm Beach won the 9-12 boys division with a 73, two shots ahead of Alex Heard of Boca Raton. Brianna Castaldi (79) of Port St. Lucie won the girls 9-12, with Gabriela Sierra [...]

By | 2017-06-15T19:28:01+00:00 June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

BIONDI AND SHIN WIN ANTIGUA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Antigua Junior Championship at Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL.    Daisuke Nakano of Port St. Lucie, FL opened up round one with a 2-under-par 70 on the 6,900 yard course.  Nakano’s round featured 3 birdies to just one bogey on the day.  Nakano’s friend and fellow classmate at the Club Med Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fred Biondi kept within striking distance of Nakano on Saturday after firing an even-par 72.  Biondi’s round featured 6 birides, but some unfortunate mistakes put him back to even on the day.  Biondi and Nakano would face off in a great final round pairing on Sunday.  Biondi managed to cut Nakano’s lead to one through 13 holes on Sunday.  Both players birdied the 14th and 15th holes.  Nakano made a critical mistake on 17 to find himself one back of Biondi heading into the 18th.  Biondi and Nakano each rolled in long birdie putts on 18 which gave Biondi the win by one stroke with a final round 4-under-par 68.  Port St. Lucie native Jeffery Liss would take home the boys 13-15 age division, while Nakano would take home the boys 16-18 age division.  Biondi and Nakano will pair up next week and head to Pinehurst on Wednesday as the two qualified as a team a few months ago for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball tournament.    The girls division turned into a shootout this weekend.  Gabriela Powel of Palm Beach, Makenna Rodriguez of Delray Beach, and Casey Sommer of Davie each fired 76’s during Saturday’s opening round to find themselves in a 3 way tie for first [...]

By | 2017-05-21T16:38:57+00:00 May 21st, 2017|0 Comments
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