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    The Junior NFPGA Championship Is In The Books!

The 2020 Junior NFPGA Championship is in the Books! Congratulations to Our Overall Winners and Thank You to Everyone Who Participated!

A WORD FROM MIKE KECK

"I want to thank each of you for participating in this year's Junior North Florida PGA Championship. This was an exciting week of golf with two playoff wins. The great display of golf I witnessed this week was outstanding, but that doesn't compare to the level of sportsmanship I saw this week. Every single one you showed so much respect for each other and as a Tournament Director, I couldn't ask for much more. The future of golf in the North Florida Section looks bright and promising. As for the seniors that played this week, I want to congratulate you on a great junior golf career and wish you the best of luck in college. As for the rest of you, I want to see you back next year and show the same competitiveness and sportsmanship you displayed this year. Thank you all for making this tournament great and I look forward to next year!"

-Mike Keck, NFPGA Player Development Manager

THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Boys & Girls Junior North Florida PGA Championship, held at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, was a major success! Participants, families, and friends alike enjoyed four great days of golf, friendly competition, and perfect weather on the beautiful Blue and White courses at Royal St. Cloud. The Boys Championship division (ages 13-18) competed on June 15th-16th, and the Girls Championship division (ages 13-18) and 12U (girls and boys) competed on June 17th-18th. Both the boys and girls ages 13-18 played a total of 36-holes while the girls and boys 12U played a total of 18-holes over their two days of competition. All players received branded NFPGA player gifts including a Championship branded valuables bag, a PGA branding water bottle, prepackaged refreshments, and one lucky player won a Clic Gear pushcart! Congratulations to our winners in all four divisions and thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, and to the staff at Royal St. Cloud for your hard work and commitment!

Boys Junior NFPGA Championship

On June 16th, the North Florida PGA awarded their Boys Junior NFPGA Champion, Runner Up, and Third Place winner in Royal St. Cloud, Florida, concluding the two-day Championship. Boys Junior NFPGA Champion, Brendan Valdes, claimed his victory after resolving a tie for first place against Boys Junior NFPGA Runner Up, Thomas Salanito, in a playoff where Valdes came out ahead by one stroke. Shooting a 69 in Round One and a 67 in Round Two, Valdes carded a 136 two day total. Also carding a total of 136, Thomas Salanito shot a 70 in Round One and a 66 in Round Two. Rounding out the top three was Boys Junior NFPGA Third Place winner, Mohit Balaji, with a score of 69 in Round One and a 68 in Round Two, following close behind the top two with a two day total of 137. 

We would like to congratulate all of our players on their Boys Junior North Florida PGA Championship finish and we would like to thank our staff, volunteers, and Royal St. Cloud Golf Links for their hard work and commitment to the NFPGA!

Girls Junior NFPGA Championship

On June 18th, the North Florida PGA awarded their Girls Junior NFPGA Champion, Runner Up, and Third Place winner in Royal St. Cloud, Florida, concluding the two-day Championship. Lauren Clark, from Orlando, Florida, shot a two day total of 140 with a score of 69 in Round One and a 71 in Round Two to claim her Junior North Florida PGA Championship title. After determining second place on the basis of the best score for the last nine holes due to a three way tie, Ryleigh Knaub, from Winter Springs, Florida, claimed her Runner Up honors with a two day total of 142 and a Round One score of 72 and a Round Two score of 70. Rounding out the top three was Third Place Winner, Bridget Ma, from Windermere, Florida, with a two day score of 142 and a score of 71 for both rounds. 

We would like to congratulate all of our players on their Girls Junior North Florida PGA Championship finish and we would like to thank our staff, volunteers, and Royal St. Cloud Golf Links for their hard work and commitment to the NFPGA!

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12U Junior NFPGA Championship

On June 18th, the North Florida PGA awarded their Boys 12U Junior NFPGA Champion, Runner Up, and Third Place winner in Royal St. Cloud, Florida, concluding the two-day Championship. It was Arnold Pouncy IV, from St. Cloud, Florida, who captured the Boys 12U Division title after sinking a 21 foot birdie putt during a playoff against Boys 12U Junior NFPGA Runner Up, Zi Ang (Josiah) Wang. With a Round One score of 37 and a Round Two score of 34, Pouncy finished with a two day total of 71. Also carding a 71 two day total, Wang, from Windermere, Florida, had a Round One score of 35 and a Round Two score of 36. Claiming the Boys 12U Third Place title, Jeremy Castellanos, from Windermere, Florida, carded a two day total of 73 with a score of 35 in Round One and a 38 in Round Two.

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On June 18th, the North Florida PGA awarded their Girls 12U Junior NFPGA Champion, Runner Up, and Third Place winner in Royal St. Cloud, Florida, concluding the two-day Championship. With a two day total of 70, Sophia Dyer, from St. Petersburg, Florida, claimed her victory as the Girls 12U Junior NFPGA Champion. In Round One, Dyer shot a score of 31 and a score of 39 in Round Two. With a two day score of 73, Krishny Elwin, from Orlando, Florida, was named Girls 12U Junior NFPGA Runner Up with a Round One score of 35 and a Round Two score of 38. Rounding out the top three was Third Place winner, Angelina Pacheco, from Orlando, Florida, carding a two day score of 79 with a Round One score of 38 and a Round Two score of 41. 

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ABOUT ROYAL ST. CLOUD GOLF LINKS

Everyone dreams of playing legendary places like St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Turnberry in the British Isles.  Players in this year’s Championship will love Royal St. Cloud’s magnificent links course. Royal St. Cloud Golf Links has a rolling layout of wide-terraced fairways, punctuated by classic links bunkers that feature names like Spectacles, Feather, Devil’s Pocket, Hoofprint and Hell’s Bunker. Royal St. Cloud Golf Links has a great combination of Scottish-styled links features with a notable American flair for flawless fairways and silky-smooth Tifeagle greens.

On behalf of the North Florida PGA, THANK YOU to Royal St. Cloud Golf Links for hosting and to all of our participants, family members, and friends for making the Junior NFPGA Championship a success!

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"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” 
-Arnold Palmer

 

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