ATLANTIS, Florida – The recently concluded SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour was a resounding success as it took center stage 84 premier golfers of South Florida in a sold out field. The first event for 2014 was presented by The Honda Classic just this weekend, held at Sandpiper Golf Club, Club Med Academies in Port St. Lucie.
The 84 player field featured some of the top aspiring juniors in the South Florida district. Taylor Caradonna of Boca Raton was one of the most anticipated players to stand out in the 13-15 Girls division. Way back last year, Caradonna brought home two Challenge Tour titles and 2 runners up finishes. Meanwhile, Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach was among the boys who positioned himself as a front runner in the 11-12 Boys division. Youngster Trey Meadows from Vero Beach projected himself as a top player in the greatly talented Boys division 13-15 age bracket.
The 36-hole, stroke play event happened on February 16-17. The event kicked off with single tee at 9 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Then, the players were re-paired the next day by virtue of low score. The awards were given on Sunday to the first through third place winners in each age bracket as well as to the overall winners of boy/girl divisions of the event, after the play. All SFPGA Junior Tour events were ranked and evaluated by the national Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking standard.
This year’s SFPGA Tour was an extension of the previous year’s Junior Tour with yardages and divisions remaining consistent with the 2012 Junior Tour. This year’s first ever Junior Tour showcased a tough returning field including some of the popular names from Port St. Lucie: Amadeo Figus, Johnathan Powers-Gray, Hiroyuki Ukigaya, Yavus Ackman, and Kevin Seits.
The SFPGA Tour made possible by The Honda Classic is a tournament based on memberships open to all talented junior golfers of South Florida, boys and girls with ages 11 to 18. The Junior Tour offers 28 two-day championship plays for South Florida junior golfers. The 25 events are divided into two: Championship Tour (invitational tour showcasing extended yardages) and the Challenge Tour.