ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held event #2 at The Country Club of Coral Springs. With a field packed with many new names on the Challenge Tour, two new stars emerged victorious. Round one featured a steady rain for most of the round giving many golfers a tough day for scoring.
Palmetto Bay native David Burnham opened up round one with a 4-over-par 75 to enter round two tied for the lead with Boca Raton native Christian Hance. Despite round one’s tough conditions, round two was a clear Florida day perfect for scoring. Burnham was able to capitalize on the day and fire a 2-under-par 69 to win the overall boys title by four strokes. Hance would go on to claim the boys 16-18 age division while Naples native Harrison Ornstein would take home the boys 13-15 title.
Eleven year old, Boca Raton native Elle Nachman opened up round one with a 2-over-par 73 which gave her a ten stroke lead after round one. Nachman never looked back on Sunday and fired a final round 1-over-par 72 on her way to a sixteen stroke victory in the overall girls division. Parkland native Briel Hay went on to claim the girls 16-18 age division while Boca Raton native Taylor Roberts claimed the 13-15 age division.
The boys 11-12 age division did not disappoint once again. Boca Raton native Alec Nachman opened up round one with an even-par 71 to take a one stroke lead into the final round over Palm Beach native Allan Kournikova. Jude Kim of Plantation, found himself two stroke behind Nachman heading into Sunday’s final round. Despite Nachman’s great effort of a final round 2-over-par 73, Kim was able to fire a final round 1-under-par 70 and take the boys 11-12 age division. Palm Beach native Sarah Beqaj opened up round one with a 7-over-par 78 to take a two stroke lead into the final round. Beqaj kept her confidence going on Sunday and was able to take the girls 11-12 age division title for her first South Florida PGA Junior Tour win.
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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, 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 of over 1,750 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.