FJT University of Florida (13-15) *54-Hole Major*
January 14-16, 2023
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Many of the best junior golfers in the state of Florida made the trip to the par-70 Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida in Gainesville this weekend for the first FJT event of 2023. Players competing in the 54-hole tournament were met with adversity early on as cold air and significant winds impacted play during the first round on Saturday. While frost would delay play on Sunday and Monday the weather eventually improved, as did the scores of the golfers. Monday also presented new challenges as competitors played in foursomes and began the round in a shotgun format. Ultimately, after three rounds of play, Bryson Hughes and Jolie Pastorick emerged victorious.
After 18 holes of play, it was clear that the cold weather and difficult conditions had an effect on the golfers scores as just one player finished under-par. Hughes, of St. Johns, turned in a score of 35-34—69, which included a stretch of three birdies in seven holes during the middle of his round. This was good enough to propel Hughes to a one-shot lead over St. Augustine native Joey Hage (36-34—70), who was followed on the leaderboard by two-time FJT winner and Jupiter native, Tristan Wieland (37-34—71).
Following a brief frost delay, players returned to Mark Bostick Golf Course on Sunday and were welcomed with a positive change in the weather. Less intense winds and warmer air paved the way for better scores as six players completed round two under-par. Headlining this group was Hughes, the round-one leader, who fired off a tournament-low score of 33-32—65. The Creekside High School attendee played bogey-free golf until the par-3 15th, ultimately rattling off six birdies on the day. After the round, when asked why he had been able to separate himself from the field, Hughes gave a lot of credit to his spectacular iron play and ability to leave the ball below the hole on the notoriously quick greens at Mark Bostick Golf Course. Hage (38-30—68) kept his spot behind Hughes on the leaderboard thanks to a spectacular back nine, highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 10th. Defending champion Miles Russell (35-33—68), of Jacksonville Beach, moved up to third place after 36 holes.
Then on Monday, despite beginning the final round with a four-shot lead, Hughes’ advantage quickly dwindled to just two strokes after he bogeyed the par-4 1st and Hage birdied the par-3 2nd. The pair would trade birdies and bogies for the remainder of the front nine as the St. John’s native’s lead was able to build his lead back to three strokes after nine holes. Hughes (36-36—72) would go on to play the back nine at 1-over to capture his first FJT victory by two strokes. Wieland (34-32—66) used a spectacular final round to finish in second place, while Russell (34-35—69) finished in third.
At the end of the first round, two golfers shared the 18-hole lead with scores of 5-over 75. Hannah Hall (40-35—75), of Rockledge, got off to a rocky start as she double-bogeyed the par-4 4th and 9th holes. Another bogey on the par-4 10th would set the Rockledge native back even further. However, Hall was able to regain complete control of her round, finishing the last eight holes with a score of 1-under par. Sahana Chockshi (37-38—75), of Jacksonville, ended round one as the other co-leader. The Jacksonville native utilized a more balanced round (3 bogeys on the front and back nine) to share a two-shot lead over four golfers tied for third.
In round two, Hall (36-36—72), a one-time FJT winner and Viera High School attendee, continued to impress. Her steady play throughout the day, highlighted by birdies on the 12th and 15th holes, allowined her to build a four-shot lead heading into the final round. Pastorick (39-35—74), of Sarasota, jumped into second place thanks to a stretch of three straight birdies on holes two, three and four. This brought the Sarasota native to within one shot of the leader, but a bogey on the par-4 5th and double bogey on the par-5 7th would increase her deficit back to four strokes. Krishny Elwin (39-36—75), of Orlando, finished Sunday in third.
The leaders began their final round on Monday on the par-4 10th, with Hall keeping her four-shot lead through the first two holes. However, this lead would not last long as Pastorick (37-35—72) would birdie the par-5 12th and take advantage of consistent play for the remainder of the front nine to share the lead with Hall through nine holes. Despite experiencing some struggles on the back nine, the Sarasota native was able to hold off her competition to claim her first FJT win by four strokes. Ana Boone (38-35—73), Hall (41-39—80), Elwin (37-38—75), and Miranda Lu (36-38—74) would all finish in a tie for second.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15)||6,222 yards (71.5 / 128)|
|Girls (13-15)||5,462 yards (72.5 / 125)|
|Sunny & Gusty Winds||45 °F|
|Sunny & Slightly Breezy||55 °F|
|Sunny & No Breeze||65 °F|
Format: 54 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 13-15 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
- Includes three tournament rounds of golf, and tee gift for players
Field Determination: FJT exemptions, JGS Ranking, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $30 +tax (players walk)
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 13-15 Age Division - 6,700 yards (gross only)
- Girls 13-15 Age Division - 5,700 yards (gross only)
How Entries are Accepted (Different than 36-hole events)
- Players with an unused FJT exemption will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis (if submitted before the entry deadline).
- After the close of entries, all non-exempt players will be ranked by their standing on Junior Golf Scoreboard. The better ranked players will be placed in the tournament field until the limit is reached.
- 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, January 14th
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
10:30 AM - 12:27 PM - Round one tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, January 15th
10:30 AM - 12:27 PM - Round two tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees
Monday, January 16th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees
Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of play
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 $30.00 + tax. Please call (352) 375-4866 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 - 4 stars||Champion - 4 stars|
|Top 10% - 1 star||Top 10% - 1 star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
There is no host hotel.
Mark Bostick Golf Course at The University of Florida
2800 SW 2nd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32607
Click here for directions.