ATLANTIS, Fla. — The South Florida PGA Junior Tour presented by the Honda Classic visited Atlantis Country Club this weekend to host the fourth Challenge Tour Event of the 2013 season. 84 players from across South Florida came to compete in the SFPGA home-game tournament, held next door to the South Florida Section and Junior Tour offices.
Luke Llaneras, of Miami Springs, won the Boys Overall title by posting a two-day total of 140. Llaneras fired two consecutive rounds under par by maintaining his focus during weather delays on Saturday. The delays, which halted play for approximately 90 minutes, forced some groups to complete their rounds on Sunday morning. Luke’s unfazed rounds of 70-69 were good enough to clear the chasing Overall Boys competition by six strokes.
Patrick Perez, also of Miami Springs, claimed the Boys 16-18 victory by firing a 146. Second place in the division was decided by scorecard playoff, with Alex Spencer, of Port St. Lucie, edging out Ryan Stenmark, of Pembroke Pines. Both Spencer and Stenmark recorded a two-day total of 152.
In the Boys 14-15 division, James Petrokus, of Royal Palm Beach, claimed the division title by carding a two-day total of 156. Petrokus bested second place finisher Tim Graham, of Port St. Lucie, by 6 strokes. Graham’s 162 was good enough to claim second place honors over Justin Friedman, of Boca Raton, who secured third by recording a 165 over the course of the 36-hole competition.
In the Girls Overall division, first-time SFPGA Jr. Tour competitor, Katherine Williamson, of Boca Raton, claimed the title of Champion by carding a two-day 169. Williamson’s debut performance got off to a rocky start as her round 1, hole 1 tee ball sailed out-of-bounds. However, Katie’s resiliency won out as she earned a Mother’s Day victory with her mom watching from the sidelines.
Megan Turnquest, of Loxahatchee, bested Tracy Peyton, of Boynton Beach, for the Girls 16-18 division title. Their two-day scores of 177 and 178, respectively, barely outpaced third place finisher Arianna Presilla of Weston. Presilla carded a 181 over the course of the two-day competition.
In the Girls 14-15 Division, Jaci Cruz shot a two-day 177 to claim the title. Cruz did not cruise to victory, however, as second-place finisher Katya Barahona of Pembroke Pines finished one-stroke behind with a 178 total. Rounding out the top-3 was Andrea Presilla, also of Weston, recording a 182.
The 12-13 Boys and Girls Divisions were the most affected by the weather delay on Saturday. Numerous groups were forced to return Sunday at 8AM and resume their first rounds. Upon finishing their respective rounds, players the teed off later in the morning to complete the 36-hole event. The delay, however, did not seem to affect the magnificent play from the division competitors.
In the Boys 12-13 division, Anthony Muttillo carded a two-day, even-par total of 144 for the event. Muttillo, of Boca Raton, drained a 100+ ft. putt for eagle just moments before the rounds were halted on Saturday. Mutillo ultimately carded a 74-70 to best second place finisher and fellow Boca native, Michael Checo, by six strokes. Checo’s 150 total was followed by a 155 from third-place finisher Justin Shiao of Coral Springs.
Gabrielle Soarez, of Weston, and Tamsyn Butler, of Lake Worth, both shot a two-day total of 167 to vie for the Girls 12-13 divisional title. Ultimately Soarez came out on top via a scorecard playoff, while Butler took home the second-place honors. Hannah Foster, of Hobe Sound, earned herself a third-place finish with a 170 two-day total.
The next South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour event will be held at Bear’s Paw Country Club in Naples on May 18-19.
The South Florida PGA Junior Tour is proudly presented by The Honda Classic and supported by Allianz Championship, Chiquita, Club Med Golf Academy, Don Law Golf Academy, John Webster Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.