FJT Tour Championship (13-15 & 16-18)

The Country Club of Winter Haven - Winter Haven
November 6-7, 2021

Chloe Chang  |  Ryleigh Knaub  |  Nicholas Prieto  |  Clipper Salmon

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – After battling windy conditions this weekend, four players were crowned champions at the Florida Junior Tour Championship on Sunday at The Country Club of Winter Haven. Nicholas Prieto captured the Boys (16-18) division, while Clipper Salmon took home the Boys (13-15) title. On the girls’ side, Ryleigh Knaub won the Girls (16-18) trophy, and Chloe Chang secured the Girls (13-15) title.

Boys (16-18)

Prieto secured the one-shot victory in the Boys (16-18) division, carding a 4-under 212 for the two-day championship. This is the second FJT victory of the season for Prieto and his first Tour Championship win, after finishing runner-up at the last year's championship.

"It means a lot to win this tournament," Prieto said. "It's great to finish up the last tournament of the year on a strong note against a really good field. It's nice to pull it off."

In Saturday’s first round, the Miami native posted a 1-under 71 to sit two shots back of the leaders heading into the second round. He carded second-round 69 to finish two shots back of the leader, Wyatt Plattner, heading into the final round. Plattner took the 36-hole lead after rounds of 69-69, finishing the second round with five birdies and an eagle.

In the final round, Prieto birdied the fourth hole to take the solo lead at 5 under. Plattner, who got off to a slow start in the final round, carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7-8 to take back the leader at 4 under.

Prieto, the 2021 Boys' Junior champion, added a birdie on the 14th to pull back within one shot of Plattner. A bogey for Plattner on the 17th gave Prieto the lead heading to the final hole. He rolled in a short par putt on the 18th to secure the victory. 

Plattner took home second place at 3-under 213, finishing with rounds of 69-69-75. Camden Smith used rounds of 71-75-71 to earn third place at 1-over 217.

Girls (16-18)

Knaub used a final-round 71 to capture the win in the Girls (16-18) division, finishing the championship at 5-under 211. This is the second win of the year for Knaub, who took home an FJT at Palm Aire in March.

"This win means a lot to me, getting it in tough conditions and against a really strong field," Knaub said.  

After a first-round 71, Knaub fired a 2-under 68 in the second round to take the 36-hole lead heading into the final round. She birdied the final hole of the day to take a one-shot lead over the field. Her second-round 68 was the low round of the championship.

The Debary native got off to a strong start in the final round, birdieing two of her first four holes, before making the turn at 1-under for the day. She played her second nine at even-par to finish the championship with a final-round 71 and earn the five-shot victory.

Karoline Tuttle took home a second place with an even-par 216, with rounds of 70-71-75. Caiyi (Flora) Zhang used a final-round 72 to take third place at 6-over 222.

Boys (13-15)

Salmon earned the victory in the Boys (13-15) division in wire-to-wire fashion, carding a 3-under 213 for the championship. After a number of top finish this season, Salmon takes home his first FJT victory of the year and his first FJT win since 2018. 

"It means a lot to win because it's been about four years since I have, so to do it against such an amazing field and at this tournament feels really great," Salmon said.

He began the weekend with a 1-under 71 in the first round, following it up with a second-round 71 to take the 36-hole lead.

Beginning the final round with a four-shot lead, Salmon eagled the par-5 fourth hole and made the turn at even par. The Tampa native finished the day with a 1-under back nine, birdieing the 18th, to post a final-round 71 and secure the four-shot win.

Phillip Dunham fired a final-round 69 to earn a runner-up finish at 1-over 217, while Jaxon Brown took third place at 5-over 221.

Girls (13-15)

Chang picked up the win the Girls (13-15) division, posting a 9-over 225 for the championship. This is the second FJT win of the year for Chang, who picked up a win at Heritage Oaks in May.

The Sarasota native opened the weekend with a pair of 76s to sit five shots back of the leader after 36 holes.

She got the final round started with a 3-over first nine, finishing the back side with a birdie on the 18th. Chang kept it rolling on her second nine, birdieing two of her first four holes. She rolled in 10-foot putt for par on the ninth to secure the victory with a final-round 73.

"I just kept making more putts and I realized that I was in a tie for the lead, and it really gave me a different perspective," Chang said. "It means so much to win because it's my first Tour Championship."

Layla Pedrique finished second, one shot back of Chang at 10-over 226. Katelyn Huber took home third place at 11-over 227

Tee Information

Tee Yardage / Info
Boys (16-18) 6,901 yds. 74.4/135
Boys (13-15) 6,635 yds. 72.8/133
Girls (13-18) 6,012 yds. 75.1/129

Par: 72

Weather Information

Description Temp
Windy 20 mph sustained winds 63 °F
Tournament Results
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Nicholas Prieto 71 69 72 212 2000
2 Wyatt Plattner 69 69 75 213 1400
3 Camden Smith 71 75 71 217 1000
4 Beni Long 69 73 76 218 800
5 Ian Lentz 76 74 71 221 700
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Clipper Salmon 71 71 71 213 1500
2 Phillip Dunham 75 73 69 217 1050
3 Jaxon Brown 75 73 73 221 750
T4 Shawn Coultoff 71 78 73 222 525
T4 Nicolas Bencomo 74 72 76 222 525
T4 Carson Yonge 75 73 74 222 525
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Ryleigh Knaub 72 68 71 211 2000
2 Karoline Tuttle 70 71 75 216 1400
3 Caiyi(Flora) Zhang 76 74 72 222 1000
4 Analiese Raath 74 76 76 226 800
T5 Jordan Fischer 79 77 71 227 650
T5 Mi Li 76 76 75 227 650
Position Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Total Score Points
1 Chloe Chang 76 76 73 225 1500
2 Layla Pedrique 73 74 79 226 1050
3 Katelyn Huber 73 76 78 227 750
4 Kayla Bryant 74 79 75 228 600
5 Sofia Cherif Essakali 77 78 76 231 525
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Tournament Summary 

Format: 54 holes individual gross stroke play
36 holes on Saturday, November 6th
18 holes on Sunday, November 7th

Eligibility: Boys and Girls 13-18 (age calculated from the last day of the event)
- FJT Membership
- Florida GHIN required (18.0 or less)

Entry Fee: $250

Field Determination: 2021 FJT Winners, FJT Points List

Practice Round Information: $35 + tax




Divisions, Approximate Yardages

  • Boys (16-18) Age Division - 7,000 yards
  • Boys (13-15) Age Division - 6,700 yards
  • Girls (13-15) & (16-18) Age Division - 5,900 yards

The Girls (16-18) and (13-15) age divisions will play the same set of tees (approximately 5,700 yards). Results that are sent to Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and for AJGA PBE will have the two age divisions combined; however, the two age divisions will remain separate for FJT purposes (awards, points, exemptions, etc.).

Field Size

  • 72 players
  • Division sizes determined by weight of entries received in each flight 

Field Determination

  • FJT winners from the current season in the 16-18 & 13-15 age division. A spot will be reserved for the boy & girl winners of the events that are held after the entry deadline. If the winners decline the spot or are already entered in to the field, the alternates list will be used to fill the open spot.
    • Winners from the *Non-Exempt* FJT's do NOT gain automatic entry in the the Tour Championship.
  • Winners of the current years Next 100 Junior Invitational, Boys' & Girls' Junior Championships & Junior Match Play Championships are exempt.
  • A spot will be held for the junior who is in first place on the 11-12 Boys & Girls FJT Points List (points list ending with the current years Futures Championship). The junior golfer MUST have already turned 13 or be eligible to play up.
  • All other entries are held until the close of entries date. Players are then accepted based off of their standing on the 16-18 & 13-15 FJT points lists.
    • For 2021, a spot will be held for the winners from the two events that are after the close of entries.

Playing Up

A 13-15 year old can only "play up" in to the 16-18 age division if they have met the following criteria.

  • Win a 16-18 FJT in the current year

or

  • Earn enough points in the 16-18 age division to qualify

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 6th (36-holes played)

7:30 AM - 9:50 AM - Tournament Registration (near pro shop) 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM - Round one tee times off the 1st and 10th tees
Upon completion of Round 1, players will score at the starting tee and immediately begin Round 2

Sunday, November 7th

8:15 AM - 9:45 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

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 863-324-6666 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.

National Rankings

    AJGA Performance Based Entry (PBE

    Boys 16-18

    Boys 13-15 

    Girls

    Champion- 12 stars

     Champion - 4 stars

    Champion- 12 stars

     Top Five- 8 stars

    Top 10% - 1 star 

    Top Three- 8 stars

     Top Ten- 4 stars

     

    Top Five- 4 stars

    Top Fifteen - 1 star

     

    Top 10 - 1 star

Florida Junior Tour Policies


Host Hotel

Hampton Inn Winter Haven
202 Cypress Gardens Boulvard
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
863-229-9251

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Directions

The Country Club of Winter Haven
4200 Country Club Rd S
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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