Barraza & Wang Become First-Time Winners
OCALA, Fla. – Two first-time Florida Junior Tour winners were crowned on Sunday in Ocala. Andres Barraza and Xinyi (Iris) Wang captured their first FJT wins on Sunday at Stone Creek Golf Club.
Barraza fired red numbers in Ocala to secure his first FJT win, finishing the weekend at 7-under 137. He fired a 6-under 66 to start off the weekend, posting eight birdies and ending the first round with birdies on three of his final four holes.
Beginning the final round with a one-shot lead, the Parkland native kept it going, posting a bogey-free front side with a birdie on the third. He finished the back with an even-par back nine to put together a 1-under final round and secure the two-shot victory. Barraza was the lone player in the field to post two under-par rounds for the weekend.
Kiko Francisco Coelho took home the runner-up finish at 5-under 139. The reigning FSGA Junior Player of the Year finished the weekend with rounds of 67-72. Ian David finished two shot back of Coelho in third place at 3-under 141.
Wang fought back in the final round to take home her first FJT win with a 1-over 145 for the tournament. She started the weekend with a 1-over 73 in the first round to sit three shots back of the leaders heading into Sunday.
The Lake Mary native got off to a quick start in the final round with back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th. She added two more birdies to make the turn at 1 under for the day. Wang ended the day with a 1 over back side to take home the one-shot victory. Her final-round 72 was the only under-par round of the day.
Three players finished the weekend in a tie for second place at 2-over 146L Ellen Dong, Rachel Carlson and Sabree Lefebvre.