Junior's Tame Old Corkscrew

For the past two days Old Corkscrew Golf Club was this regions host qualifying site for the United States Junior Amateur Championship. During the event, the young and very talented field were treated to perfect weather conditions and superb course conditions.

With the field competing for just one qualifying spot, Michael Colgate (17) from Bradenton, FL was the low medalist. Colgate shot rounds of 71 and 73 for a total score of 144 which moves him on to the championship which will be played at Gold Mountain Golf Club, Bremerton, Washington. In the final round, Colgate carded birdies on holes 4, 11, 13, 14 and 15. His up-and-down nail biting final round also included bogeys on 6, 12 and 16, and a triple bogey on 10. It was the Sarasota High Senior's first attempt at trying to qualify for the US Junior Amateur Championship.

"Old Corkscrew Golf Club is a great test of golf that demands both patience and strategic planning. Throughout the event I tried to take advantage of the short par four's and reachable par five's", stated Colgate.

Hoping to also advance into the championship is first alternate Edwards Figueroa, who resides in Naples, FL. Figueroa who opened with a first round of 75, closed with a spectacular final round of 71 which left him with a final total score of 246. Throughout the day Figueroa pressured Colgate for the lead, and at one point the two players were tied after 10. However, the consecutive birdie string by Colgate in the middle portion of the closing holes resulted in the difference. Also hoping to advance is Sawyer Shaw who plays out of the Bears Club in West Palm Beach, FL. Shaw shot two consecutive rounds of 76 for a total score of 152.    


In other junior golf news, Domenico Geminiani who is the current course record holder at Old Corkscrew Golf Club, competed last week in the Italian Open on the European PGA Tour. Despite playing in less than ideal weather conditions - an abundance of rain that had soaked the course, in the first round the young phenom fired a sizzling 69. However in the second round, Geminiani shot 76 and unfortunately missed the cut.  

This week, our attention was once again focused on the young supertar where he was competing in the British Amateur. The event is being played at the Hillside and Hesketh Golf Clubs. With a goal to qualify and advance to the elite field of 64 who will then compete in the match play championship, yesterday Domenico's opening round of 80 on the Hillside Golf Club was certainly not what he had in mind or desired. In today's round, competing at the Hesketh Golf Club, Geminiani rebounded and fired a stellar 69. Unfortunately for the young Italian who now resides in Bradenton, FL, the two round score of 6 over par 149 did not qualify him for match play championship.      


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