ATLANTIS, Fla. – This weekend, the South Florida PGA Junior Championship Tour presented by The Honda Classic held Championship Tour Event #2 at the Country Club of Coral Springs in Coral Springs, FL. The sold out field featured many of South Florida’s top junior golfers.
The boy’s division featured a thriller this weekend at the Country Club of Coral Springs. Weston native Alberto Martinez opened up round one with a 3-under-par 68 to take a one stroke lead in the boy’s division. Pembroke Pines native Justin Lilly posted a 2-under-par 69 to keep within striking distance of Martinez. Lilly and Martinez would go on to have an exciting battle during Sunday’s final round. Martinez fired a 1-under 35 to take a two stroke lead over Lilly. Martinez and Lilly entered the daunting par-3 18th
hole with Martinez holding a two stroke lead. Lilly managed to make birdie, while Martinez made bogey to force a sudden death playoff. The first playoff hole featured a drivable par-4. Martinez had the honor and managed to drive the green and put the pressure on Lilly. Lilly managed to drive the green as well, but ultimately ended up making par to leave Martinez with a chance to make birdie. Martinez drained the birdie putt to capture the Overall Boys Title. Lilly took home the boy’s 16-18 age division, while Lake Worth native Nicolas Estrada took home the boy’s 13-15 age division.
The girl’s division featured some outstanding play this weekend. Loxahatchee native Haylie Turnquest opened up round one with a 4-over-par 75 to put herself one off the lead held by Port St. Lucie resident Valentine Savioz. Turnquest put together a strong final round 1-over-par 72 to capture the Overall Girls Title by six strokes. Plantation resident Amelie Alcantara took home the girl’s 13-15 age division, while Miramar native Madyson Gold 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, Junior.Golf, The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship, 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.