FJT Okeeheelee Open (13-15)
September 23-24, 2023
West Palm Beach, Fla. – Andrew Tsar and Claire Liu seal the victory at the FJT Okeeheelee Open (13-15) on Sunday, September 24. After a rain delay to start the final round, Tsar and Liu prevailed to earn well-deserved trophies.
The leaderboard was tight after the first round of the Boys Division. Vasili Gianakas held the lead by one stroke over Andrew Tsar. Gianakas posted a four under 68 carding six birdies over the eighteen holes. Tsar posted a three under 69 with three birdies and one eagle over the first round. In addition, Shayaan Kim sat in third place not far behind at two under par.
Thirty-six holes of competition and one playoff hole later, Tsar walked away with his first Florida Junior Tour win. He posted a one under 71 during the final round to finished tied for first place with Vasili Gianakas. Consistency was key for Tsar as he carded two birdies and only one bogey on Sunday. Gianakas carded an even par 72 and secured a second place finish. Trevor Tingle secured third place shooting a two under 70 on Sunday.
Claire Liu captured a wire-to-wire victory of the Girls Division by two strokes over Elli Chon. Liu led by two strokes after the first round after carding a three over 75. Catherine Andino sat in second place with a five over 77. In addition, Jayden Loyacona and Leah Gram shared third place after the first round.
Liu held her two stroke lead in the final round and ultimately earned a trophy. She posted a seven over 79. However, Elli Chon jumped three place up the leaderboard to secure second place after carding one of the low rounds of the Girls Division with a one over par 73. Sofia Rivera also carded a 73 and moved up the leaderboard six places to secure a third place finish.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15)||6,636 yds. 72.8/132|
|Girls (13-15)||5,705 yds. 73.5/132|
|Overcast/Calm winds (5-10 MPH)||86 °F|
|Morning Rain Delay 2 Hours||88 °F|
Format: 36 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls (13-15) (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Field Determination: Random draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $35 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys (13-15) Age Division - 6,600 yards (gross only)
- Girls (13-15) Age Division - 5,600 yards (gross only)
How Entries are Accepted
- Players with an unused FJT exemption will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis (if submitted before the entry deadline).
- Players without an FJT exemption - all other entries are held until the entry closing date. Shortly after the closing date, a computer-generated random draw is performed to determine which entries are accepted, and the order of the alternates. All players are notified of their status after the random draw is conducted,
- An alternates list will be posted to the FSGA website under "Tee Times & Player Information".
- Entries submitted after the entry deadline will be added to the bottom of the alternates list or used to fill any openings in the field.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 23rd
10:45 AM - 1:50 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
12:00 PM - 1:57 PM - Round one tee times off the 10th tee
Sunday, September 24th
7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st tee
Approximately 2:30 PM - Awards presentation
How to Enter
Entries are submitted through the FSGA website. To enter, each player must create an FSGA account on this website (free to set-up), purchase a current Junior Membership ($40), and have an active Florida GHIN Handicap (included in membership if golfer does not already have one). To proceed, click the "Enter" button above once entries have opened.
Late Entry Fee: A late fee of $10 will be applied to entries submitted after the close of entries date. The entry fee and late fee will only be applied if the player gets accepted in to the tournament field.
Practice rounds are available one week prior to the tournament on a space-available basis. Tee times are only available after 12:00 noon the weekend prior. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call (561) 964-4653 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course, not filling divots, and not repairing ball marks are unacceptable and may cause removal from the tournament without a refund.
AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)
|Champion - 2 Stars||Champion - 2 Stars|
|Top 5 - 1 Star||Top 3 - 1 Star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
Hampton Inn West Palm Beach Florida Turnpike
Address: 2025 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL, 33411
Phone: (561) 682-9990
- Rates Available: 9/21/23 - 9/24/23
- Standard King bed: $129/night
- Double/Double Queen beds: $129/night
- Book here.
Booking Deadline: August 31st, 2023
Okeeheelee Golf Course
7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33413
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