17th Junior Florida Cup
August 7-8, 2023
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - It was the South Team that defended the title and raised the cup on Tuesday to conclude the 17th Junior Florida Cup matches. The South Team earned 21 points while the North Team earned 11 points.
The Four-Ball matches took place Monday morning at PGA National, Match Course. The South Team took a commanding lead of 6.5 to 1.5 halfway through the rounds. However, the North Team made a comeback coming in with two wins on late matches to hold the lead of 4.5 to 3.5 heading into the afternoon Foursome matches.
Some highlights of the Four-Ball Matches included, James Earle and Tristan Wieland of the South Team took down Emmet Kuhlenkamp and Arth Sinha from the North Team 4 & 3. In addition, Miranda Lu and Kayla Bryant from the South team beat Sophia Hong and Braydn Smith 6 & 4.
Lorenzo Rodriguez and Parker Severs from the South Team tied Mingbo Jiang and Nicholas Pisarski. Rodriguez and Severs went back and forth with Jiang and Pisarski, each team holding the lead at various points in the round. Finally, the teams ended in a tie and were forced to halve a point.
Youyang Li and Ana Boone from the North Team defeated Brianna Castaldi and Gabriella Albert from the South Team on the last hole to earn a late point for the North.
In addition, Clark Mason and Vlad Alexander Bercea from the North team defeated Jessy Huebner and Xin Wang from the South Team on the last hole to go one up for the match and earn a late point for their team to take the lead.
The afternoon matches were interrupted by some weather delays, but ultimately the South Team earned 5.5 points against the North Team’s 2.5 points. The South Team headed into the final day of Singles Matches with a two-point lead of 9 to 7.
However, the matches started out tight with each team holding leads to keep the score at only a one-point difference. Mingbo Jiang and Emmet Kuhlenkamp of the North Team tied with Elijah Zamarron and Ryan Miller of the South Team to halve a point. On the other hand, several of the close matches from the beginning of the round ended in a South victory.
Team Moman and Earle from the South Team faced Hall and Robards from the North Team. That match lasted until the final hole in which Moman and Earle capture the win one up.
In addition, Donaldson and Clark from the North Team faced Pedrique and Zhou from the South Team. Another match that was decided on the final hole and ended in a win and a point for the North Team.
The final day brought the Singles Matches. Thirty-two players teed off on Tuesday morning in sixteen separate matches that ultimately decided the winning team.
The South Team extended their lead early with two matches finishing quickly. Ryan Miller of the South Team defeated Ronav Benak 6 & 5. Tristan Wieland of the South Team defeated Emmet Kuhlenkamp 7 & 6. In addition, Marley Pedrique earned another early point for the South Team after defeating Bradyn Smith 5 & 4.
The South Team won eleven matches and tied one which earned them twelve points for the day and 21.5 total points to capture the win and defend the cup for the second consecutive year.
Other notable matches included Henry Robards on Team North defeated Darren Zhou 3 & 1, Sophia Hong defeated Miranda Lu 4 & 2, and Hannah Hall defeated Madison Moman 2 & 1.
The overall record for the Junior Florida Cup matches are 11-5-1 with the South Team winning four of the last six.
Junior Florida Cup Summary
Format: North Florida vs. South Florida Ryder Cup style Match Play, 1 point per match - First team to 16.5 points wins
|Eligibility: Each team consists of 10 boys and 6 girls based on points list ranking|
|Entry Fee: $100|
|Practice Round: Included in entry fee, and takes place on Sunday, August 6th, after team meetings|
|Past Results: North Team leads 11-4-1|
The Junior Florida Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event that pits the best junior golfers in Florida against each other. It is a fun-filled three days that starts off with team meetings and practice rounds, followed by an optional team dinner. The first day of matches includes mixed-foursomes (boy/girl alternate shot) as well as four-ball matches (two person best ball) which are followed by the pairings dinner at the club. During dinner, players select who they would like to play against in the following day's singles matches - something that always provides for some entertaining moments! Just like the Ryder Cup, the final day concludes with singles matches followed by the trophy presentation. For those who are invited, it is a can't miss opportunity!
This event is invitation only. Boys and girls are invited by their standing on the Junior Florida Cup points list on Wednesday, May 31st. All FJT events held in August 2022 through May 2023 are included in the points list.
Click here for more information on the Junior Florida Cup.
$100 includes practice round, two team shirts, team hat, towel, one lunch and one dinner (pairings dinner).
The $100 entry fee must be paid through the website. After receiving an invitation, the player must submit an entry through the website by clicking on "Enter" above on this page.
Ryder Cup style format between the North Team and the South Team. Each match is worth one point to the team total. First team to 16 1/2 points wins the Cup for one year. A 16-16 tie results in the defending champions retaining the Cup for an additional year.
Sunday, August 6th
- 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Team meetings and practice rounds
Monday, August 7th
- 7:30 AM - 9:10 AM - Four-ball matches (better-ball) followed by lunch
- 12:40 PM - 1:50 PM - Foursomes matches (alternate shot)
- Evening - Pairings Dinner at club
Tuesday, August 8th
- 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM - Singles matches and trophy presentation
Each team consists of 10 boys and 6 girls selected primarily based on their position on the Junior Florida Cup points list.
Coming down to the final match, the South is back on top at the Junior Florida Cup. South Florida staged an epic comeback during the two-day championship, raising the cup with a 16.5-15.5 victory on Tuesday at Sara Bay Country Club.
Practice rounds are "team practice rounds" and are held after the team meeting on Sunday, August 6th. Team meetings will be held shortly after noon and players will play their practice round immediately after the meeting. More information will be provided to participants from their team captain.
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Host Hotel and Accommodations
Courtyard Palm Beach Jupiter
4800 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458
- 1 King / 2 Queen - $145/night + tax
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Method of Payments
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