FJT Palm Aire (13-18) *Exempt Only*
March 20-21, 2021
Coelho and Knaub Fire Red Numbers to Win
SARASOTA, Fla. – Kiko Francisco Coelho and Ryleigh Knaub fired red numbers at Palm Aire County Club to take home the Florida Junior Tour wins on Sunday at the Exempt Only event. This is the third FJT win for Coelho and the first this season, while Kanub collected her fourth FJT victory and her first in 2021.
Coelho used a final-round 68 to take home the win in the Boys’ Division, finishing the weekend at 6-under 138. He began the weekend with a 2-under 70 in Saturday’s first round to sit two shots back of the first-round leader, Beni Long (68).
Starting the final round in a tie for fourth, Coelho got off to a quick start with a birdie on the first. His only hiccup of the day came on the third with a bogey, he played the rest of the day bogey free. Coelho added a birdied on the ninth to make turn at 1 under for the day.
The Lake Mary native birdied three more on the back side, including a birdie on 18th to secure the win. Coelho posted a final-round 68 to capture the one-shot victory.
Nicholas Prieto and Shawn Coultoff finished in a tie for second at 5-under 139, both finishing the weekend with rounds of 69-70. Three players took a share of fourth place at 4-under 140: Joshua Stewart, Matthew Yamin and Boyi (Barry) Zhang.
Long, who held the first-round lead, finished in a tie for 15th at 1-under 143, after a final-round 75.
Knaub went wire-to-wire to earn the victory at Palm Aire, carding a 5-under 139 for the weekend. She took a share of the first-round lead with Jordan Fischer and Katelyn Huber at 2-under 70 on Saturday. She carded a bogey-free first round with a birdie on the first and the 18th.
The Winter Springs native posted a 1-under front side in the final round. Knaub finished the day with a bogey-free back nine, adding two birdies. He secured the two-shot win with a final-round 69.
Kelly Shanahan picked up a runner-up finish at 3-under 141. She finished the weekend with rounds of 72-69. Knaub and Shanahan’s final round 69 was the low round of the weekend for the Girls’ Division.
Fischer and Huber, who held a share of the first-round lead, both finished in a tie for third at 2-under 140.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-18)||6,899 yds., 73.3/131|
|Girls (13-18)||5,964 yds., 75.1/129|
|Overcast, Slight Breeze||70 °F|
Format: 36 holes individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 13-18 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Entry Fee: $110
Field Determination: Fully exempt players entered on a first-come-first-serve basis, rest of entries ranked by number of exemptions, 84 player field
Practice Round Information: $30 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 13-18 Age Division - 6,800 yards (gross only)
- Girls 13-18 Age Division - 5,800 yards (gross only)
How Entries are Accepted
- Players with full exemptions will be given priority and entered into the field on a first-come-first serve basis
- After that, if there is still space available in the field, entries will be accepted based on how many active exemptions a player has (most to least).
- If necessary, a random draw will be used to break exemption ties for the last available spots in the field.
- STEP exemptions only count towards the number of active exemptions if there is still space available to fill the field.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 20th
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
12:30 PM - 2:27 PM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Sunday, March 21st
8:00 AM - 9:57 AM - Final round tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Awards presentation immediately following 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 (941) 355-9738 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
Home2 Suites Sarasota-Bradenton Airport
8260 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243
$139 (1 Queen) / $159 (2 Queens) call hotel asking for FJT Palm Aire rate or use booking link below by March 5th.
Palm Aire Country Club
5601 Country Club Way
Sarasota, FL 34243