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STACHKUNAS AND ALESSON WIN CHALLENGE EVENT #9

ATLANTIS, Fla. – This week, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Challenge Event #9 on the East Course at Hunters Run Golf & Racquet Club in Boynton Beach, FL.  The event was shortened to 18 holes due to weather.   Lake Worth native Tyler Stachkunas had a career day on the East Course of Hunters Run.  Stachkunas fired a round of 5-under-par 66, which featured 8 birdies on his card.  Stachkunas captured the overall boy’s title by three strokes.  Lighthouse Point native Jon Mourin, Miami Lakes native Luke Clanton, and Wellington native Fernando Castillo each fired rounds of 2-under-par 69’s.  Clanton would take home the boy’s 13-15 age division, while Loxahatchee native Zach Mize would take home the boy’s 16-18 age division.    Doral native Agatha Alesson is making a name for herself on the Challenge Tour.  Alesson, who won Challenge Tour event #8, managed to capture her second straight victory this week after a round of 1-over-par 72.  Alesson edged our Boca Raton native Chloe Kovelesky by one stroke to capture the girl’s title.  Kovelesky would take home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Palm Beach Gardens native Anna Rippert took home the girl’s 16-18 age division.    Boca Raton native Alex Heard captured his 3rd Challenge Tour victory of the season in the boy’s 11-12 age division this week.  Heard fired a round of 1-under-par 70 to capture the title.  Weston native Gabriela Sierra captured her 3rd victory of the season in the girl’s 11-12 age division.  Sierra fired a 5-over-par 76.  Click HERE for Digital Results   The SFPGA Junior Tour presented by The Honda Classic is a membership-based tour open to boys and girls [...]

By | 2017-08-11T17:03:51+00:00 August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

AADIRAJ “WIZARD OF WONDER” BHATNAGAR SHOWS US WHAT RESILIENCE REALLY MEANS

Team Golf serves as a fun, social, less stressful approach to tournament play but if you ask Aadiraj Bhatnagar’s parents, they would also say, a life saver. Aadiraj, better known as Aadi, was born on August 23rd, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His parents describe Aadi as a “normal kid” who danced, jumped, and played around all the time. On November 10th 2014, he went very close to a lit candle and his clothes were engulfed in flames. Aadi was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Ryder Trauma Center is a world-renowned adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center. The nurses and staff at Ryder can be recognized for saving lives and accelerating patient recoveries at every stage of the process. On that fateful night, Aadi was no exception. He would spend the next three months undergoing 14 surgeries with countless blood transfusions. His body had suffered 3rd degree burns with 60% of his body being impacted. Aadi’s right side was the most severely impacted. Burns had covered from his right thigh all the way to his armpit. During the beginning stages of recovery, doctors were unsure if Aadi would ever be able to effectively use his right arm again.  Aadi was supported by the best team of doctors and staff at Ryder Trauma Center, he had a miraculous recovery. To ensure Aadi’s continued recuperation his parents needed to make sure his right arm would frequently move in a circular motion. Initially swimming was an option, but Aadi did not enjoy it. By mere chance, Aadi’s mom Radhika took him to a golf course and that one trip has been the highlight of their lives. Aadi held a golf club for the first time [...]

By | 2017-08-08T12:14:02+00:00 August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Michael O’Brien Scholarship Recipient!

Jedidiah Jhu has been names the 2017 Michael O’Brien Scholarship recipient. The Michael O’Brien Scholarship is a $1,000 grant annually given to a high school senior or college student entering into his/her freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies whose parents or grandparents either work in or are retired from the golf industry. The scholarship is named after PGA Professional Michael O’Brien, who has been a PGA member since 1989 and has volunteered countless hours to service the south Florida community, giving back to countless local charities. A recent graduate of Cooper City High School, Jedidiah received a Student Athlete Award while maintaining a 3.6 GPA. He participated in a number of extra-curricular activities. While being a member of the Golf Team for all four years, he volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, ACE Grant, Leadership Links, Christian Club, and actively participated in his church. Jedidiah also was a participant in 18 South Florida PGA Junior Tour Events. Josiah Singletary, Assistant Golf Professional at Trump National Doral describes Jedidiah as having “tremendous work ethic and practices diligence in any given task. He is a young man of great character and exceptional talent at the game of golf.” Jedidiah will attend St. Thomas University studying Sports Management in the fall. We wish him luck on all his future endeavors.     About the SFPGA Foundation 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, scholarships and charitable gifting. The South Florida PGA Foundation falls under the direction of the South Florida PGA, a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 1,850 men and women PGA Professionals serving as the experts in business and the [...]

By | 2017-08-04T09:58:10+00:00 August 4th, 2017|0 Comments
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