FJT Bay Point Open (13-15 & 16-18)
September 16-17, 2023
Panama City Beach, Fla. – After a windy round one and a rain-delayed round two, Jaylen Abbas (Boys 16-18), Emma Rynn (Girls 16-18), Chase Fleischer (Boys 13-15) and Ava Zhang (Girls 13-15) were able to battle through the weather to be crowned FJT Bay Point Open champions.
Bay Point Golf Club proved to be a difficult test for the players, as most of Jack Nicklaus designs do. The undulating greens combined with multiple blind approach shots caused players to think in ways that they are not used to at normal Florida Golf Courses.
It was Dallas Torres who grabbed the lead in round one shooting one of two under par scores on the day. After his opening round of two-under, he had multiple players on his tail wanting a share of the lead.
Jaylen Abbas was one of them, firing a first round 71 (-1) that included four birdies and three bogeys. On day two, Abbas came out swinging, even with the one hour and 15-minute delay due to lightning in the area. Abbas played his first six holes in three under and proceeded to play his next 12 holes in one-over par.
With a par on the last from both Abbas and Torres, they went to the first playoff hole. All it took was a par from Abbas to grab his first FJT victory.
Emma Rynn proved to golfers all over the world that it is not about how you start; it is about how you finish. Both days, Rynn shot four-over on the front nine both days, but persevered on the back nine by shooting one-under and three-under to finish at a two day total of four-over 148. This is also Rynn’s first FJT victory.
Finishing in second with scores of 80-74 was Ava Kight. Rounding out the podium was Junyuan Zhang with scores of 83-78.
Jordan Paulshock grabbed the lead after round one, but faltered during the final round. After an opening round of 80, Chase Fleischer finally was able to make it click on day two. His even par round on the final day, which included three birdies and three bogeys, was also the low round in his division. Joining Rynn and Abbas, this was also Fleischer’s first FJT victory.
Finishing in a tie for second place was Dawson Wooley and Alexander Parker, coming in with a two-day total of 154 (+10).
Rounding out the group of first time winners was Ava Zhang. Zhang’s consistent play proved to be enough over two charging competitors. She was able to hold off Abby Vernier and Lily Martin who shot 72 (even) and 67 (-5) respectively.
Martin’s 67 was the round of the tournament over all other 45 players. A whopping eight birdies over the course of the day skyrocketed her up the leaderboard into a tie for second with Vernier.
|Tee||Yardage / Info|
|Boys (13-15 & 16-18)||6,783 yds. 73.3/134|
|Girls (13-15 & 16-18)||5,876 yds. 74.5/137|
|Winds 10-15mph||90 °F|
|Morning Lightning Delay||90 °F|
Format: 36 holes,individual gross stroke play
Eligibility: Boys and Girls 13-18 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
Field Determination: Random Draw, 72 player field
Practice Round Information: $35 +tax
Divisions and Approximate Yardages
- Boys 13-15 & 16-18 Age Divisions - 6,800 yards (gross only)
- Girls 13-15 & 16-18 Age Divisions - 5,800 yards (gross only)
Note to Boys & Girls
The 16-18 and 13-15 divisions will play the same set of tees (approximately 6,800 for the boys and 5,800 yards for the girls). Results that are sent to Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, and for AJGA PBE will have the two divisions combined. The divisions will remain separate for FJT purposes (awards, points, exemptions, etc.).
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, September 16
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop)
10:30 AM - 1:57 PM - Round one tee times off the 1st tee
Sunday, September 17
7:30 AM - Final round shotgun
Approximately 3:30 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 $35.00 + tax. Please call (850) 235-6950 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 - 4 Stars||Champion - 4 Stars|
|Top 10% - 1 Star||Top 10% - 1 Star|
Florida Junior Tour Policies
There is currently no host hotel for this event.