ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Championship Tour Event #1 at Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, FL. This event was the first Championship Tour Event of 2018.
The boy’s division featured some heavy hitters this weekend. Jeffery Liss of Port St. Lucie, FL won this event in 2017 and was looking to repeat on his home course. Alberto Martinez of Weston, FL signed with Florida State this year and has been a big name in Junior Golf over the last three years. Brendan Hughes of Port St. Lucie, FL opened up round one with a 3-under-par 67 to take the early lead in the boy’s division. Royce Howley of Stuart, FL posted an opening round 1-under-par 69 to put himself in great position heading into Sunday’s final round. Liss opened up round one with an even-par 70 to give himself a great chance to repeat in 2018. Sunday’s final round was filled with great golf, especially by Howley who posted a final round 2-under-par 68 to capture the overall boy’s title. This is Howley’s first Championship Tour victory. Liss went on to win the boy’s 16-18 age division, while Chris Lee of Port St. Lucie, FL took home the boy’s 13-15 age division.
Hina Matsui of Port St. Lucie, FL finished strong in 2017 with her first win on the Challenge Tour. Entering the 2018 season, Matsui set out to prove her skills on the Championship Tour. Matsui opened up round one with a 75 to put herself two strokes off the lead set by Pembroke Pines, FL native Jennifer Lilly. 2017 Challenge Tour Player of the Year Skylee Shin fired an opening round 74 to put herself in prime position for Sunday’s final round. Shin and Matsui battled back and forth on Sunday with the tournament coming down to the final hole. Shin hit her approach shot on the par-5 9th
, her final hole of the day, to 8 feet. Shin would need that putt to fall to force a playoff with Matsui. Despite Shin’s great attempt, the birdie putt would not fall and Matsui claimed her first Championship Tour victory of her young career. Shin took home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Lauren Davenport of Delray Beach took home the girl’s 16-18 age division.
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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-nine two day championship events for junior golfers in South Florida. The 29 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 Don Law Golf Academy, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Pukka, The Men’s Fun Group at Mirasol, and Titleist.
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-nine championship courses throughout South Florida over the course of the entire Junior Tour season.