ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held event #4 at Vineyards Country Club in Naples on the South Course. With a full field of 84 juniors, each division featured exciting finishes.
Miami native Jake Beber-Frankel and Coral Springs native Brett Roberts had their fair share of battles in 2014 in the 11-12 age division. This year both boys are featured in the 13-18 age division, yet the battles haven’t diminished. The youngsters each started off round one with a 1-under par 71 to find themselves tied for the lead entering Sunday. The two would go on to match each others every shot during final round to shoot a 1-over par 73 and tie for the lead after 36 holes to send the division to a sudden death playoff. On the first playoff hole, Beber-Frankel was able to roll in a 25 foot birdie putt as Roberts just barely missed his birdie attempt and capture his first overall boys title.
The girls 13-18 age division didn’t feature any sudden death playoffs but it did showcase a youngsters outstanding play. Boca Raton native Elle Nachmann opened up round one with a three-over par 75 to take a four stroke lead heading into the final round. Nachmann’s consistent play continued on Sunday as she fired a final round two-over par 74 and cruised to win the overall girls title.
The boys 11-12 year old division featured two players who managed to dissect the course like seasoned veterans. Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton opened up round one with a two-under par 70 to take a one stroke lead over Plantation native Jude Kim. Both players entered the final round knowing they would need a low score to take the top spot. Clanton fired a final round four-under par 68 but it wasn’t enough to protect his one stroke lead. Kim fired an impressive five-under par 67 to tie Clanton and send the division to a sudden death playoff. During the second hole of the playoff, Kim was able to convert a birdie on the par 5 second and take home the boys 11-12 division.
Pembroke Pines native Casey Weidenfeld open up round one with one-over par 73 to find herself holding a eight stroke leading heading into the final round. Weidenfeld was able to shoot a final round 81 to capture the girls 11-12 age division. Doral native Skylee Shin went on to capture second place.
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The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls ages 11-18 in South Florida with the aspirations and skill levels to compete at the High School and Collegiate level and features some of South Florida’s most talented junior golfers. The Junior Tour offers twenty-five two day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 25 events are divided between the Championship Tour, an invitational tour featuring extended yardages, and the Challenge Tour.
The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Antigua, Club Chef, Club Med Golf Academies, Don Law Golf Academy, Johnson & Wales University, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, Titleist and Skimp.
The South Florida PGA Junior Tour, run under the South Florida PGA Foundation, is committed to its mission of keeping membership and tournament-related costs low while providing first-class quality golf at twenty-five championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season.
For more information on the Junior Tour and its respective Championship and Challenge tours, please visit the new South Florida PGA Junior Tour website at www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.
The South Florida PGA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded to support the South Florida community, with a focus on junior golf, education and scholarships, and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised