FJT Santa Lucia Open (13-15)
March 25-26, 2023
Port Saint Lucie, Fla. – Darren Zhou and Aphrodite Deng captured victories on Sunday at Santa Lucia River Club in Port Saint Lucie. Zhou collected his fourth Florida Junior Tour win, but this was a first for Deng as she was able to close out a wire-to-wire win on Sunday.
The sun was shining bright which brought warm temperatures for the first round on Saturday. It was a breezy day but that did not stop the low scores from coming in. The leaderboard was tight with Junzhe Wang and Wylie Inman sharing the lead firing a two-under par, 70. Wang and Inman both carded three birdies and only one bogey to hold the lead by one stroke over Darren Zhou. Zhou carded a round of 71 with six birdies hoping to make a move into first place on Sunday. In addition, Zachary Phan headed into the final round at only two strokes off of the lead after a first round of even-par, 72.
The final round once again brought warm sunshine with gusty winds. The leaderboard remained tight all the way until the finish, but it was Darren Zhou who ultimately captured the win. Zhou carded a final round of 74 and played his last nine holes at two-under par to grab the win by three strokes. Zhou carded eight birdies over 36 holes. Yuma Nemoto also carded a final round of 74 and secured a second place finish. Sol Richmond and Lawson Ford tied for third place with a tournament total of five-over par.
Aphrodite Deng fired the low round of the day in both divisions carding a three-under par, 69 to hold the Girls Division lead by two strokes through the first round. Krishny Elwin followed close behind firing a one-under par 71 to hold a solo second place heading into the final round.
Deng proved to be consistent over the two days by posting yet another 69 on Sunday to win by nine strokes. She carded the lowest tournament total in both divisions with eight birdies and only two bogeys over 36 holes. Angela Nip and Krishny Elwin tied for second place carding tournament totals of three-over par.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15)||6,540 yards, 73.1/140|
|Girls (13-15)||5,689 yards, 74.6/138|
|Sunny, Winds 5-10 mph||88 °F|
|Sunny, Winds 5-10 mph||87 °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: FJT exemptions, random draw, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $35 + tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys (13-15) - 6,700 yards (gross only)
- Girls (13-15) - 5,700 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, March 25th
7:15 AM - 9:30 AM - Tournament Registration (near practice area)
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, March 26th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
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. Reservations can be made up to three days before you would like to play. The price for a practice round is $35.00 + tax. Please call (772) 337-5315 to arrange your practice round. Note that carts are limited and a valid driver's license is required to operate a golf cart. 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 Five - 1 star||Top Three - 1 star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
Hampton Inn Stuart - North
1150 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
Booking Deadline: March 3, 2023
Santa Lucia River Club
3325 SE Ballantrae Blvd.
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952
Click here for directions.