Junior Amateur Match Play (Boys 16-18)

River Hills Country Club - Valrico
July 18-21, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. –  Three players were crowned Junior Match Play champions on Thursday. Palmer Haynes raised the Boys (16-18) trophy at River Hills Country Club, while Kayla Bryant and Pavel Tsar took home the Girls (13-18) and Boys (13-15) wins, respectively, at Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club.

This is the first FSGA championship victory for Haynes and Tsar, while Bryant takes home her second FSGA championship victory.

Boys (16-18)

Haynes defeated Joshua Pritchett, 3 and 1, in the Finals to earn the victory in the Boys (16-18) Division. Pritchett took an early lead, winning the third hole to go 1 up. Haynes won two-straight holes on Nos. 7-8 to take his first lead of the day at 2 up, but Pritchett closed the gap to 1 up on the ninth.

Haynes started the back nine by winning two of the first four holes to extend his lead to 2 up. He closed out the match on the 17th hole, winning 3 and 1.

Haynes earned the No. 5 seed after two rounds of stroke-play seeding. He won his first two matches 4 and 2, and 1 up, before defeating Jason Shwartz in 21 holes to secure a spot in the Semifinals. The Orlando native defeated the No. 1 seed, James Earle, to advance to the finals.

Pritchett, who began the championship as the No. 14 seed, ended the week with a runner-up finish.

Girls (13-18)

Bryant took home the win in the Girls (13-18) division, defeating Sabree Lefebvre, 3 and 2, in the Finals. Lefebvre took the first lead of the day on the first, but Bryant tied the match back up on the fifth. Bryant won two of her next three hole to take her first lead of the day.

Lefebvre won back a hole on the ninth to head to the back nine 1 down. Bryant, a Boca Raton native, won back-to-back holes on the 12th and 13th to take a 3-up lead. She secured the championship win on the 16th hole, winning 3 and 2.

Bryant earned the No. 2 seed with a 2-over 146 in the stroke-play seeding rounds. She began match play with a big 8-and-6 win over Vanessa Perry, adding a 3-and-2 win and 1-up victory to advance to the Finals. This is the second FSGA championship for Bryant, who captured the Futures Championship in 2018. Her Junior Match Play victory at Buckhorn comes at the site of her first Florida Junior Tour win in 2018.

Lefebvre, who earned the No. 1 seed with a 1-under 143, finished the championship with a runner-up finish

Boys (13-15)

Tsar raised the trophy in the Boys (13-15) Division, defeating Ronav Benak, 4 and 3, in the Finals. Tsar took the lead on the third hole and never let it go. The Palm Beach Gardens native took a 3-up lead, winning Nos. 5-6 to extend his lead

Benak won the ninth hole to head to the back side 2 down. Tsar won back-to-back holes on Nos. 10-11 to extend his lead to 4 up. Beank won the 12th hole, but Tsar took the 15th with a birdie to capture the 4-and-3 win and the championship.

Tsar earned the No. 2 seed heading into the week, posting a 1-over 145 for the stroke-play seeding. Tsar earned a 1-up win and a 5-and-3 win in the Round of the 16 and Quarterfinals, respectively, to advance. He picked up a commanding 8-and-7 win against Vlad Alexander Bercea to punch his ticket to the finals, winning seven holes on the front side to post a 28.

Benak, who ended the week with a runner-up finish, defeated the No. 1 seed, Mykhailo Golod, in the Semifinals.

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Boys (16-18) 6,925 yds., 73.9/140

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Sunny Sunny 87 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Total Score Points
1 James Earle 69 71 140 0
2 Zachary Loninger 74 67 141 0
T3 Alex Heard 69 73 142 0
T3 Andrew Morgan 70 72 142 0
T3 Palmer Haynes 71 71 142 0
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Tournament Summary

Format:  36 holes of individual gross stroke play; low 32 scores qualify for match play 

Eligibility:  Male Florida resident - junior golfer

Handicap:  Florida GHIN required (18.0 or less)

Entry Fee:  $135

Field Determination

Schedule of Events

Past Results

Championship Format

  • Boys (16-18)
    • 36 holes of individual stroke play
    • After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 32 players 
    • Players will compete in 18-hole matches and the winner will advance.

Championship Field Size

  • Maximum of 84 players

Championship Course

  • River Hills Country Club

Eligibility

  • Male amateur golfer
  • Florida Resident
  • GHIN Handicap is required
  • Male must be between 16-18 years of age as of the last day of the tournament. No players are allowed to play outside of their age division.
  • Entrant is not required to be a member of the FSGA

Entry Fee

$135 - Entry fee includes all competitive rounds of golf and tee gift. Late entries will be accepted subject to a $10 late fee should the entrant gain acceptance in to the field.

Field Determination

  • First come, first served
  • The FSGA may hold an undisclosed number of spots for exceptional circumstances.

Course Set-Up

The golf course will be set-up at approximately 6,800-7,000 yards.

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 18th

  • 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration - located near the clubhouse
  • 7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Round one tee times off #1 & #10 

Tuesday, July 19th

  • 8:00 AM shotgun - Second round of the stroke play seeding portion
  • After the completion of play the field will be cut to the low 32 players 
  • If necessary, a playoff will be held immediately following the seeding round to determine the last qualifiers in to match play
  • Round of 32 matches will begin approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the morning shotgun off of tees #1 & #10

Wednesday, July 20th

  • Round of 16  - 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM off of tee #1
  • Quarterfinals - Approx. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM off of tee #1

Thursday, July 21st

  • Semifinal matches - 7:30 AM & 7:45 AM

  • 18-hole final match to determine the Champion - 12:00 PM off #1 tee

TrackMan Sessions Available

We are pleased to offer tournament participants the opportunity to utilize our TrackMan launch moniter, and to have his/her swing recorded on Sunday July 17th at Buckhorn Springs Golf & Country Club.  Specifics will be included in the pre-event email. There is no charge for this service.  All information will be posted to the junior's FSGA profile for college coaches to view.  Click here for more information.

Path to College Golf - Recruiting Consultations

The FSGA is excited to offer in-person recruiting consultations at Buckhorn Springs with our staff member, Erin O'Neil during the Girls' Junior Championship.  As a former Division I Women's Golf Coach for over twenty years, she has the knowledge and experience to help guide you on journey of finding the right fit in a college and golf program. Click here to view more information and how to sign up.

World & National Rankings

The event is ranked by the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 36-hole stroke play portion of the Championship is ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard

AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE)

Boys (16-18)

  • Champion - 8 performance stars
  • Semifinalists - 4 performance stars
  • Quarterfinalists - 1 performance star

Defending Champion

Boys (16-18)Aaron Leach

Click here for the previous year's results.

Practice Round and Practice Facility  Information

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship and after 12:00 PM on the weekend prior on a space available basis. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax and includes cart and range balls prior to the round. Please call (813) 653-1554 to arrange your practice round. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

You may not make your practice round tee time before Championship groupings are made.

Exemptions Earned from this Tournament

Winner

  • Next year's Amateur Match Play Championship

Semifinalists

  • Next year's Boys' Junior Championship

Other Policies

  • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy -  Click here.
  • Caddies - Caddies are not allowed.
  • Transportation - Players will ride.
  • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
  • Local Rules and Terms of Competition - Click here.
  • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
  • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
  • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules. The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final. 

Host Hotel

Hampon Inn & Suites Tampa Riverview Brandon
10240 Causewat Blvd
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 497-4590

Click here to book.

Payment

River Hills Country Club accepts check, cash, and all major credit cards as methods of payment.

Directions

River Hills Country Club
3943 New River Hills Pkwy
Valrico, FL 33596
(813) 653-1554

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