Pictured from Left to Right: Nic Pevny, Dongjin Park, and Kristine Yin
Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Sunshine State once again to continue its ongoing Spring campaign, as Eagle Creek Golf Club played host to the Central Florida Classic. Players from all over the state of Florida and beyond gathered for the weekend as they competed in phenomenal course conditions and early-Spring weather.
After a record-breaking performance only two weeks ago at The Club at Savannah Harbor, Dongjin Park headlined the superb field at Eagle Creek, with all eyes on his group hoping to see an encore. Park did just that, shooting an opening round of 68 (5-under Par) on the Par 73 course at Eagle Creek, creating enough breathing room to hold the lead Sunday afternoon with a final round 70 (3-under Par) earning his second IJGT victory of the season with a final total of 138 (8-under Par).
Park, a 2019 graduate and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, admitted to favorable conditions during the weekend following his win. “The course was in phenomenal shape” Park spoke after the event. “Greens were at a great speed, and the pins locations were tough!”
This is Park’s second consecutive victory at an IJGT event, with both opening rounds seeing scores in the 60’s.
Park’s victory did not come easy once again, as many players showed great skill during the final round making it a crowded leaderboard following the event. In second-place is Aryaman Mohan, of Lusaka, Zambia. Mohan, who is also a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, had an impressive weekend after scores of 71 and 72 earned himself his first Top-3 finish of the IJGT season. Rounding out the Top-3 is Richard Kruger, of Pretoria, South Africa. The graduate of 2020 and student at the International Junior Golf Academy surged his way into the winners’ circle Sunday after a final round of 70. Kruger opened the weekend with a score of 74, earning himself a total score of 144.
For the Girls division, the leaders group was one to follow if you are looking for clutch shots, and high-drama as all three players at one point held a share of the lead. Following a great weekend, it was Kristine Yin who was able to come out as the weekend winner. Kristine, a former resident of Zhejiang, China and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, began her day in second-place after an opening round 74. After a steady, and competitive 18-hole final round of 73, Yin walks away with her first weekend of the IJGT season.
Finishing in a tie for second-place are two Florida standouts in Briana Gabe and Mary Kate Smith. Both Gabe and Smith hail from nearby Melbourne, FL, and had stellar weekends in their IJGT debuts, each shooting 75 and 73 for total scores of 148 (2-over Par).
For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nic Pevny went 3-3 in his 2018 IJGT swing capturing another win at Eagle Creek. The Aspen, CO native had a great showing once again at the Central Florida Classic, earning a total score of 147, with scores of 72 and 75 respectively.
Muhamad Izwan Zaini earns his second-consecutive Top-3 finish by earning second-place for the weekend. The student by way of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia earned scores of 80 and 74 to finish at 154 for the weekend. Rounding out the Top-3 is Sumaer Dhalla of Princeton, NJ. Dhalla earned the low final-round of the Boys 14 & Under Division on Sunday after firing a 73 (even-par) to go with his opening round 82 from Saturday.
The IJGT will begin play once again in two weeks as the South Carolina Open will take place at Crescent Pointe GC. To sign-up for this event, or view the rest of the upcoming schedule be sure to visit the Schedules tab on IJGT.com.
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