Park Leads The Pack for New Group of Winners at Florida Junior
Dongjin Park returns to the Winners Cirlce at Falcon’ Fire, along with First-Time Winners in first Southeast event in 2018-2019
Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Southeast part of the United States as it continued the stretch of Fall events with the playing of the Florida Junior at Falon’s Fire. Over 80 juniors from Central Florida and beyond gathered at the very popular Rees Jones design layout for the 36-hole, nationally ranked competition.
Players would be competing in four separate age divisions, Boys Under 19 and Boys Under 16, while Girls competed in divisions of Girls Under 19 and Under 16 as well. This new alignment was designed to more reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and players looking to qualify for the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year.
In the Boys Under 19 Division, a familiar face returned to the winner’s circle, as Dongjin Park (Seoul, South Korea) claimed his first victory of the 2018-2019 season. Park, a member of the 2019 graduation class and student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy had a very successful weekend at Falcon’s Fire, with rounds of 69 and 70 for his 139 total finish (5-under Par).
Finishing in second-place for the weekend is Alex Liu (France) after a weekend with scores of 74 and an impressive 68 during Sunday’s Final Round. Liu finished with a total of 142 (2-Under Par) for the weekend. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys Under 19 division is Brad Riley (Olney, MD), who put together scores of 69 and 74 over the weekend for a finish of 143 (2-Over Par).
For the Boys Under 16 category, a lot of eyes were on the leaderboard on Sunday as five players saw themselves within 2-shots of the lead. After some great competition and scores, only one player could leave Falcon’s Fire as champion.
Alex Song(Windermere,FL) was able to make an impressive comeback over Sunday’s round and come away as champion of the first Southeast event of the season. Song ended the weekend with scores of 73 and 70 for a 143 total finish (2-Under Par).
Four different players found themselves in a tie for second after the two rounds of competition. Benjamin Cai (Shanghai, China) tied for second after scores of 74 and 72 at Falcon’s Fire. Merlin Dohm (Berlin, Germany) had quite the impressive Sunday as well, with a 71 during the final round to pair with his opening 75 for a 146 total finish. Brian Park also shared honors for second-place, earning scores of 72 and 74 for the weekend. The final player to tie for second-place is Gautam Potdukhe (India) who shot consecutive rounds of 73 to round out to a 146 total score.
In the Girls Under 19 competition, it was another impressive display from a group of talented junior golfers, led by eventual champion Sae Saito. Saito (Tokyo, Japan) earns her first career victory along with her first of the 2018-2019 season after scores of 79 and 71 for a score of 150. Saito, a member of the 2020 graduation class is a student at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC.
Earning a second-place finish in the Girls Under 19 Division is Emily Luu (Mullicahill, NJ). Luu had a solid weekend with scores of 77 an 76 for a 153 total to claim second-place honors. Rounding out the top-three is Miriam Ayora (Barcelona, Spain). Ayora had an impressive weekend as well, and ends it with scores of 83 and 78 for a 161 total.
In the final competition of the weekend, Yoko Tai was able to take home the top honors in the Girls Under 16 division after an impressive opening weekend. Tai (Singapore, Singapore) put together a weekend with scores of 77 and 73 for a 150 total score (6-Over Par). Tai, the student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, earns herself the first victory of the 2018-2019 season at Falcons’ Fire.
In second-place is Emma Kim (Uslan, South Korea) after finishing the weekend with scores of 76 and 79. Vsundhara Thiara (Freeport, Bahamas) earns third-place after a weekend shooting scores of 78 and 79 for a 157 total finish.
The IJGT will resume play once again in two weeks, with the playing of the Lowcountry Shootout at Parris Island. This event begins a string of consecutive events for the IJGT, so be sure to view the rest of the upcoming schedule by following the link here.
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