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CLANTON, GILES AND KOVELESKY WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #3

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #3 at Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, FL.  The 36 hole event had to be shortened to 18 holes due to the heavy storms that took over South Florida late Saturday and Sunday.      Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton already captured Challenge Event #1 and #2 this year and was looking to continue his hot streak on the Players Course at Weston Hills Country Club.  Clanton carded 4 birdies and just two bogies to fire a 2-under-par 70.  Palm City native Garret Giles has been climbing the ranks on the Challenge Tour over the past few months.  After two top ten finishes already this season, Giles put together another great round on Saturday after firing a 2-under-par 70 to match Clanton.  Due to the event being washed out on Sunday, Clanton and Giles have been crowned Co-champions in the overall boys division.   Frankie Harris of Boca Raton would go on to capture the boys 13-15 age division, while Loxahatchee native Zachary Mize would take home the boys 16-18 age division.   Chloe Kovelesky of Boca Raton is coming off a win at Challenge Event #2 looking to keep her momentum going at Weston Hills.  Kovelesky managed to put together the low round of the day with a 1-over-par 73 that featured 4 birdies.  Kovelesky managed to grind out a one stroke victory over Jupiter native Lily Rinker and Estero native Kelli Kragh.  Miami native Rachel DeAngulo would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division while Kragh would take home the girls 16-18 age division.    Boynton Beach native Max Jelinek [...]

By | 2017-04-23T16:42:56+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Herrera and Shin Capture Palm Beach County Sports Commission Junior Championship

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Junior Championship at Lost City Golf Club in Atlantis, FL.    The boys division this weekend featured some of Florida’s biggest names in junior golf, and they did not disappoint.  Fred Biondi of Port St. Lucie, Justin Burkhamer of Palm City, and Ryan Adams of Boca Raton each fired 2-under-par 70s during Saturday’s opening round to find themselves tied for the lead.  Leo Herrera of Doral, DJ Francey of Weston, Chris Lee of Port St. Lucie, and Troy Stribling of Jupiter each fired 1-under-par 71s to all find themselves one stroke off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Kumar made a strong run on Sunday, finding himself 5-under-par through 16 holes before giving back four strokes on the final two holes.  Herrera struggled on his opening 9 after going out in 39.  The youngster managed to pull it together on the back 9 birding holes 12, 14, 16,17 and 18 to give himself a one stroke victory over Kumar.   Kumar would go on to take home the boys 16-18 age division title while Pembroke Pines native Justin Lilly would take home the boys 13-15 age division.    Weston native Andrea Presilla opened up round one with a 1-over-par 73 to take the early lead in the girls division.  Doral native Skylee Shin fired a 3-over-par 75 to find herself two strokes off Presilla’s lead, while Boca Raton native Taylor Caradonna fired an opening round 76.  Caradonna made a Sunday charge after shooting 2-under-par on her opening 9.  Coming down the back 9 on Sunday, Caradonna and Shin found themselves in [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:54:14+00:00 April 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Pano Wins Back-to-Back Drive, Chip and Putt Finals

On April 2, five South Florida PGA juniors competed in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National on the eve of the 2017 Masters. Braden Miller of Naples competed in the Boys 10-11 Age Division and finished T8. His best skill was the chipping competition where he took fourth place. Braden’s dad, Jason Miller is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Copperleaf Golf Club in Naples. Sam Kodak of Naples competed in the Boys 12-13 Age Division. He finished T7 and took second place in the Drive skill. This was Sam’s  second appearance in the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals as he also competed in 2014. Kayla Bryant of Boca Raton competed in the Girls 7-9 Age Division. Her best skill was in putting where she finished third place. Chloe Kovelesky, also of Boca Raton, competed in the Girls 10-11 Age Division. Chloe was tied for the lead after the Drive and Chip skill but ended up taking second place overall. Alexa Pano of Lake Worth competed in the Girls 12-13 Age Division and  took home her second consecutive Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. This was her third time competing in the finals as she qualified in 2013 and 2015. Her consistency in all three skills was a recipe for success as she placed third in Driving and Putting and fourth in Chipping which gave her the overall title. All five qualifiers are active on the South Florida PGA Junior Tours. Alexa Pano competes on the Championship Tour; Chloe Kovelesky and Sam Kodak compete on the Challenge Tour; Kayla Bryant competes on the Prep Tour and Braden Miller competes in Team Golf. Congratulations to all five for representing south Florida. We look forward [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:54:14+00:00 April 4th, 2017|0 Comments
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