ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour presented by The Honda Classic held event #3 at Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth on the North Course. With temperatures in the reaching the low 90’s, many of South Florida’s rising stars were forced to grind through the weekend.
Fort Lauderdale native Tim Simpson opened up round one with a 2-over-par 73 which featured 3 birdies. Palm Beach Gardens native Sam Thomas also managed to fire a 2-over-par 73 in Saturday’s opening round to tie Simpson for the first round lead. Coral Springs native Alex Martell found himself 2 strokes back heading into Sunday’s round. Martell made a strong run in Sunday’s final round by firing a 3-over par 74 but it wasn’t enough to overcome Thomas’s strong performance. Thomas fired a final round 76 to capture the Overall Boys Title by 1 stroke. This was Thomas’s first SFPGA Junior Tour victory.
Aventura native Natalia Jimenez opened up round one with a 79 to take a three stroke lead into the final round in the girls 13-18 division. West Palm Beach native Hannah Rizzolo needed a low round to catch Jimenez. Rizzolo would go on to fire a final round 76 to capture the Overall Girls Title by one stroke over Miami native Phoebe Beber-Frankel. Beber-Frankel would go on to take home the girls 13-15 age division while Lake Worth native Serina Combs would take home the 16-18 age division.
The 11-12 age division once again provided great excitement. Boynton Beach native Nick Staub opened up round one with an even par 71 to take the first round lead in the boys division. Luke Clanton of Miami Lakes, found himself one stroke off the lead during the final round. Despite Clanton’s great effort, he was unable to overcome Staub’s one stroke lead. Staub would go on to capture the win. Hobe Sound native Andie Smith and Doral native Skylee Shin found themselves tied for the lead in the girls 11-12 division after the opening round. Despite Shin’s great attempts, Smith was able to capture the girls 11-12 age division title.
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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 of over 1,750 men and women PGA Professionals dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.