FJT Florida State University (16-18) *54-Hole Major*
January 14-16, 2023
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the first Florida Junior Tour event of the season, Maxmilian Jelinek and Nancy Cox came out on top at Seminole Legacy Golf Club. It was the first FJT victoy for both Jelinek and Cox, as they capture the wins at the FJT Major on Monday.
The winds were high to start the 54-hole Major at Florida State University and provided a tough test on Saturday. With a scoring average north of 84, Nicolas Bencomo’s 1-over 73 was certainly very impressive. Four birdies were the key to Bencomo’s success as every player in the field made plenty of bogeys with the high winds
With relatively benign conditions Sunday, scoring opportunities were out there for players willing to take on the risk. Jelinek certainly took advantage with six birdies on the day on the way to a 3-under 69 to take a three-shot lead ahead of overnight leader, Nicolas Bencomo.
Drew Jones joined Bencomo and Jelinek in the final group on Monday. The trio got off to an unexpected start as overnight leader, Jelinek, made a triple bogey on the first while Bencomo and Jones made bogey. The lead was cut to one shot for Jelinek. Undeterred, the senior from Port St. Lucie birdied four of the next five to take a commanding lead in the event. Jelinek led by seven shots with nine holes to play.
As the group made their way to the final nine, Bencomo and Jelinek both continued their solid play and separated from the rest of the field. Each hole that went by Jelinek’s lead was more and more insurmountable, as he was five shots clear with five holes to play.
Jelinek finished with a 1-over 73 in the final round and an even-par total for the event, eight shots ahead of the field. This is Jelinek’s first Florida Junior Tour win of his career. Nicolas Bencomo’s 8-over total was good enough for a second-place finish and Reggie Zhu finished one stroke behind Bencomo for a solo third-place finish.
For the 18 girls in the field, Saturday’s opening round proved to be a true test of golf through their whole bag. After the first round, a trio of three girls held the lead at 6-over 78. Gabriella Albert, Sophia Hong, and Tatiana Ang were four shots clear of the rest of the field through one round.
In the second round, the lead group started to struggle and make their way back towards the rest of the field. Nancy Cox saw the opportunity and took advantage. The 2024 graduate from Ponte Vedra Beach shot a 1-under 71 to take a six shot lead into the final round.
Cox got off to a great start on Monday as she followed up a bogey on her first hole of the day with a birdie on the par-5 11th hole to steady her. An opening nine 2-over 38 left her five shots ahead of her closest competitors with nine holes to play.
However, Bradyn Smith had different ideas on the final nine of the event. The Gainesville native, who finished runner-up at last year’s Major at the University of Florida, made three birdies on the back nine to cut Cox’s lead to three with three holes remaining.
Nancy Cox held on to the lead and claim victory with a three-day total of 16-over 232. The win was also Cox’s first FJT win of her career. Braydn Smith finished second in a Major for the second year in a row, after last year’s tie-for-second finsih at the University of Florida. Lauryn Finley was alone in third place at 20 over for the weekend.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (16-18)||7,150 yds. 75.2/138|
|Girls (16-18)||5,850 yds. 74.2/130|
|Winds 10-15mph, Gusts up to 25mph||43 °F|
|Sunny, Winds 5-10 mph||44 °F|
|Sunny, Winds 5-10 mph||52 °F|
Format: 54 holes, individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls (16-18) (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: $35 + tax (players walk)
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys (16-18) - 7,000 yards (gross only)
- Girls (16-18) - 6,000 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
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
11:00 AM - 12:57 PM - Round one tee times off of the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, January 15th
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - 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 presentation 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 $35.00 + tax. Please call (850) 645-4653 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 - 8 stars||Champion - 8 stars|
|Top Five - 4 stars||Top Three - 4 stars|
|Top Ten - 1 star||Top Five - 1 star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
Courtyard Tallahassee Downtown/Capitol
1018 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Seminole Legacy Golf Club
2550 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Click here for directions.