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.
Peter Horrobin of Miami made a birdie he didn’t know he needed on the last hole and won the 26th annual South Florida Senior Open presented by the Seminole Casino Immokalee.
“I was playing for par…that’s all I thought I needed,” Horrobin said. “I knew I was ahead of Gene Fieger,” the first round leader with 66, who was in the final threesome with him. “We didn’t know about Chris Campbell,” who finished one group ahead with 68-137.
Horrobin, 52, who plays out of the CC of Miami in Hialeah, said he was between clubs in the 18th fairway, decided on a soft 9-iron, hit it to 12 feet and birdied for his second straight 68 for 136 on the Fazio course at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club at Old Trail. He received $1,000 from the total purse of $15,250 in cash and merchandise.
Campbell, head professional at Vista Plantation GC in Vero Beach, was second, followed by Fieger, who holds the same title at Hideout GC in Naples, third on 72-138. Campbell said he lipped out on a five foot birdie putt at the 18th Friday.
Herb Smith, the 2003 Senior Open champion from Hialeah, and PGA Master Professional Bill Davis of the Jupiter Hills Club, tied atop the 60-69 age group at 148. Amateur age group winners were Steve Sponder, Cooper City, low gross, 150, and Stan Zabytko, Port St. Lucie, low net, 140, 50-59; and Vic Gerard, Palm Beach Gardens, low gross, 152, and Leonard Carothers, Boca Raton, low net, 137, 60-69.
The two oldest age groups played the adjacent, par 71 Hills course. The winners were Roger Kennedy, Stuart, 70-72—142, and Earl Puckett, Palm Beach Gardens, 75-older, 73-70—143. There were no amateurs in the two oldest flights.
“I want to try and qualify for the Champions Tour later this year,” Horrobin said. “I am just trying to see how well I can play, especially how well I can putt, under the gun. I tried qualifying last year and was doing okay until I shot 76 the last day. There are a lot of good players in these tournaments.” He made five birdies and a bogey in each round here.
The tournament presented by the Seminole Casino Immokalee drew 103 entries.
South Florida PGA Section
26th annual South Florida Senior Open
Jonathan’s Landing GC @ Old Trail, Jupiter, Fla.
50-59, Fazio, 6,597 yards, par 72
Peter Horrobin, Miami, $1,000 68-68—136
Christopher Campbell, Vero Beach, $700 69-68—137
Gene Fieger, Naples, $600 66-72—138
John Nelson, Coral Springs, $480 71-70—141
Douglas Reed, Naples, $480 69-72—141
John Lee, Naples, $356.66 74-69—143
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, $356.66 73-70—143
Rick Gomes, Tequesta, $356.66 71-72—143
Peter DuPriest, Sebring, $322.50 74-70—144
Jerry Impellittiere, Palm City, $322.50 73-71—144
Victor Tortorici, Stuart, $322.50 73-71—144
Peter Oakley, Palm City, $322.50 68-76—144
Michael Jonges, Palm Beach Gardens, $291.66 74-71—145
Adam Adams, Coconut Creek, $291.66 72-73—145
Ed Sabo, Tequesta, $291.66 72-73—145
John Bungert, Pembroke Pines, $280 71-75—146
David Ragan, Coral Gables, $272.50 75-72—147
Marty Stanovich, Tamarac, $272.50 69-78—147
Dennis Meyer, Estero, $250 76-72—148
Varick Harris, Hobe Sound, $250 76-72—148
John Calabria, Naples, $250 74-74—148
Greg Cerulli, Port St. Lucie, $250 70-78—148
Steve Sponder, Cooper City, $310 76-74—150
Stan Zabytko, Port St. Lucie, $340 67-73—140
60-69, Fazio, 6,257 yards, par 72
Herbert Smith, Hialeah, $445 76-72—148
Bill Davis, Jupiter, $445 75-73—148
Bryan Abbott, Stuart, $365 75-74—149
Steve Benson, Palm City, $350 79-71—150
Billy Ziobro, Palm Beach Gardens, $350 72-78—150
John Traub, Stuart, $335 79-72—151
Fred Harkness, Jupiter, $330 78-74—152
Vic Gerard, Palm Beach Gardens, $250 75-77—152
Leonard Carothers, Boca Raton, $275 68-69—137
Mark Rubin, Coconut Creek, $235 78-71—149
70-74, Hills, 5.692 yards, par 71
Roger Kennedy, Stuart, $355 70-72—142
Thomas Caddell, Palm Beach Gardens, $130 88-76—164
Dick LaGrasse, Port St. Lucie, $130 82-82—164
75-older, Hills, 5,023 yards, par 71
Earl Puckett, Palm Beach Gardens, $435 73-70—143
Bob Joyce, Palm Beach Gardens, $405 74-73—147
Jim King, West Palm Beach, $370 76-73—149
Paul Kelly, Jupiter, $370 73-76—149
Nunzio Ciampi, Palm City, $355 79-71—150
Paul Stieglitz, Pembroke Pines, $175 76-75—151
Willie Felker, Deerfield Beach, $175 72-79—151
Money listed for amateurs awarded in merchandise certificates
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