FJT LPGA Open (16-18)
February 11-12, 2023
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It was Miles Russell who prevailed under difficult conditions to capture the victory on Sunday. Russell overcame a one-shot deficit to take the win. Braydn Smith took home the Girls Division victory by three strokes. Both players brought home well-deserved trophies after persevering through tough playing conditions on Sunday.
The Saturday forecast looked bleak; however, the playing conditions proved to be quite favorable. The wind was very calm and the rain moved through early morning before play started. As a result, five boys carded under par rounds. Reggie Zhu held the lead through the first round posting a bogey-free 68. Zhu carded two birdies on each nine to take the lead heading into the final round. Miles Russell trailed Zhu by only one shot, posting a 3-under par 69 on Saturday. Russell made the turn at even par and finished strong on his second nine carding four birdies for a back nine score of 33. William Jun, Douglas Gugel, and Theo Koulianos also carded under par rounds on Saturday.
Sunday brought strong winds and on and off rain. The conditions were very challenging, but Russell persevered to shoot a two-over par 74. He took the lead early with only one bogey on his first nine to make the turn at one-over. Russell posted the only under-par tournament total and captured yet another win. Taneesh Sirivolu posted a two-over par 74. Sirivolu carded the most birdies of the day with four over 18 holes and moved up six places to secure a solo second finish. Reggie Zhu and Anthony Monteleone shared third place with a tournament total of three-over par.
Braydn Smith fired the only under par round with a three-under 69 and held the lead by three strokes after the first round. Her round highlights included six birdies, which was the most over 18 holes for both divisions. Siuue Wu and Staci Pla headed into the final round only two strokes behind Smith both carding even par rounds of 72 on Saturday. Despite the tough conditions, Smith held the lead and ultimately captured the win on Sunday after carding a five-over par 77. Lisa Copeland made a charge carding a four-over par, 76 and securing a solo second place finish. Mi Li and Siuue Wu shared third place both posting tournament totals of six-over par.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (16-18)||6,835 yards, 74.6/148|
|Girls (16-18)||5,978 yards, 77.6/141|
|Overcast/Calm Winds||70 °F|
Format: 36 holes, individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 16-18 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Field Determination: FJT exemptions, random draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $40 + tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys (16-18) - 7,000 yards (gross only)
- Girls (16-18) - 6,000 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, February 11th
6:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
7:30 AM - 9:27 AM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, February 12th
8:00 AM - Final round shotgun
Approximately 1:30 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 $40.00 + tax. Please call (386) 274-5742 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- 8 Stars||Champion- 8 Stars|
|Top Five - 4 Stars||Top Three - 4 Stars|
|Top Ten - 1 Star||Top Five - 1 Star|
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