Boys and girls are preparing for the 2012 South Florida Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E.Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21 at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fl. The event will be a 9:15am shotgun both days.
The Overall winners of the boys’ and girls’ division of the South Florida Junior PGA Championship will qualify to join approximately 150 of the nation’s top junior golfers in The PGA of America’s flagship junior event, the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., July 31-Aug. 3, 2012, at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The South Florida PGA conducted three qualifiers throughout the Section to narrow down the field of the prestigeous championship.
This year’s field features Tim Cahill of Royal Palm Beach won his first Overall title last week at Raptor Bay, as well as Charlie Kennerly of Jupiter who, also at Raptor Bay, won his first 14-15 Boys title. Other players to watch who qualified with under par rounds include: Anthony Gabriele of Wellington, Cole Thompson of Sebastian, and Landon Weber of Bonita Springs.
In the Overall girls’ division, defending champion Valentina Herrera of Plantation, will compete against top girls including: Annie Dulman of Palm Beach Gardens looks to add a title to her resume before joining the Rollins team in August, and Carolina Garrett of Miami would like to add a second title to her season. With the newly renovated Boca Grove playing host, the Championship will be a true test for our top juniors.
The 37th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage F.S.E., is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, winners of the nine PGA Junior Series events and a few other national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays and who have not started college.
The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping-stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. Past Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Stewart Cink, In-Bee Park, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Scott Verplank, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.
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