Teens dominate area golf news

Teenage golfers Katie McKenney, Michael Visacki, Lauren Lamm, Connor Baldwin, Danny Walker and many others dominated area golf news in recent weeks.  Kudos to their following accomplishments:

     
      --- Katie McKenney of The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee has been selected to attend the fifth annual Future Leaders Forum sponsored by The Toro Company and Disney World at Walt Disney World Resort, Oct. 20-23.
          McKenney, 17, is one of 50 participants from The First Tee network who will take part in a weekend designed to help students broaden leadership skills, prepare for college, and explore career disciplines within the golf industry. 
         World Golf Hall of Famer and spokesperson for The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits, Annika Sorenstam, will lead participants in an interactive session highlighting the importance of incorporating healthy choices into all areas of their lives. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits is a comprehensive framework for educating young people on physical, emotional and social well being.
        Katie will also participate in "Disney's Leadership Excellence: The Inside Track" that teaches the leadership strategies, techniques and behaviors of successful Walt Disney World executives.  Additionally, the Forum connects students with industry leaders to learn about careers in tournament operations, golf course management, broadcast media, marketing and hospitality. The program includes presentations from Disney Institute, Toro, PGA of America, The Golf Channel, Marriott Golf and The Children's Miracle Network, along with a behind-the-scenes look at a PGA TOUR tournament.
    Participants underwent a competitive application process which included an essay on goals, career aspirations and post-high school plans. They also provided details on their involvement in school and community activities, and a letter of recommendation from a leader at their chapter of The First Tee.


   --- Connor Baldwin won the Florida Junior Tour's (FJT) 16-18 age division event at North Palm Beach Country Club, in North Palm Beach, Oct. 15-16.  Baldwin, of Lakewood Ranch, fired a final round two-under par 69, to capture his first career FJT title. In the first round, Baldwin posted a one-over par  round of 72, to share the lead with three others heading into the final round of play. Baldwin's final round 69 was the low round of the tournament and good enough for a three stroke victory.
 
    Florida Junior Tour - North Palm Beach CC (16-18)
    10/15/2011 - 10/16/2011
    North Palm Beach Country Club, North Palm Beach, FL
     Boys 16-18    Par: 71    Yardage: 6,715 yards

     Connor Baldwin, Lakewood Ranch, FL 72-69--141
     Hunter O'Mahony, Tequesta, FL 72-72--144
     Tyler Gentilella, Parkland, FL 72-72--144
     Edward Figueroa, Naples, FL 74-71--145
     Frank Perilli, Venice, FL 75-71--146
     Sean Smothers, Coconut Creek, FL 73-74--147
     Jack Comstock, Jacksonville, FL 76-72--148
     James Leadbetter, Bradenton, FL 72-76--148
     Stefano Diaz, Miami, FL 73-75--148
     Wade Chen, Orlando, FL 74-74--148
     Bryan Drill, Jacksonville, FL 74-75--149
     Michael Boylan, Wellington, FL 74-76--150
     Andrew Ettinger, Boca Raton, FL 77-74--151
     Austin Schultz, Bonita Springs, FL 76-75--151
     Jonathan Lowrey, Fort Myers, FL 79-72--151
     Oscar Cabanas, Miami, FL 75-76--151
     Jesper Kasanen, Espoo, Finland 73-79--152
     Kevin Reilly, Oviedo, FL 71-81--152
     Dominick Vennari, Stuart, FL 79-74--153
     Ryan Henry, Weston, FL 82-72--154
     Caulen Coe, Gulf Stream, FL 80-75--155
     Derron Peyton, Boynton Beach, FL 73-82--155
     Jake Sherwin, Cape Coral, FL 81-74--155
     Trevin Harrison, Lighthouse Point, FL 80-75--155
     Jordan Miller, Bradenton, FL 79-77--156
     Joseph Arazi, Key West, FL 77-79--156
     Michael Lee, Sanford, FL 77-79--156
     Michael Wilhelm, Eagle, CO 82-74--156
     Raymond Boone, Miami, FL 78-78--156
     Harley Abrams, Boca Raton, FL 78-79--157
     Ryan Fitzgerald, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 78-79--157
     William Williams, Kissimmee, FL 78-79--157
     Brandon Smith, Parkland, FL 76-82--158
     Brock Drogosch, Windermere, FL 80-79--159
     Michael Primavera, Naples, FL 79-80--159
     Alex Lutz, Lighthouse Point, FL 78-82--160
     Evan Grills, Hobe Sound, FL 79-81--160
     Max Menkes, Melbourne, FL 78-82--160
     Ryan Allison, Melbourne, FL 81-79--160
     Ryan Nicoll, Spring Hill, FL 81-80--161
     Beau Clavijo, Fort Lauderdale, FL 81-81--162
     Conner Dolan, Orlando, FL 81-81--162
     Austin Davenport, Loxahatchee, FL 80-83--163
     Drew Cooke, Homosassa, FL 82-81--163
     Matthew Glass, Jensen Beach, FL 82-81--163
     Daniel Allen, Weston, FL 86-79--165
     Elliot Arazi, Key West, FL 86-80--166
     Evan Byrd, Ocala, FL 82-84--166
     Joseph Simpson, Jupiter, FL 85-81--166
     Luke Malanchuk, Arlington, VA 86-80--166
     Ben Hellmuth, Melbourne, FL 83-84--167
     Stephen Handley, St. Johns, FL 82-85--167
     Josh Lieberman, Boca Raton, FL 88-83--171
     Christian Zimm, Naples, FL 85-87--172
     Justin Aursland, Jensen Beach, FL 89-86--175
     Jordan Gumberg, Fort Lauderdale, FL 93-87--180
     Marcos Montesano, Doral, FL 88-96--184
     Austin Petty, Vero Beach, FL 88-98--186
     Cameron Holley, New Smyrna Beach, FL 82-NS--NS
     Evan DeRoche, Key West, FL 76-NC--NC
     Logan Lanier, Saint Augustine, FL 79-NC--NC


    Girls 16-18    Par: 71    Yardage: 5,780 yds.
     Madison Opfer, Plant City, FL 75-73-148 ****Won on 4th playoff hole
     Yueer Feng, Orlando, FL 77-71--148
     Ashley Holder, Orlando, FL 72-82--154
     Kailey Walsh, Boca Raton, FL 72-84--156
     Lucy Robson, Stuart, FL 78-80--158
     Julia McQuilken, Riverview, FL 80-84--164
     Mary Dawson, Melbourne, FL 79-85--164
     Kelsey Eisch, Tampa, FL 82-84--166
     Ashley Malinchak, Parkland, FL 83-84--167
     Taylor Moody, Plantation, FL 84-83--167
     Alice Barbieri, Windermere, FL 84-84--168
     Dree Fausnaugh, Winter Park, FL 86-83--169
     Amber Harman, Oviedo, FL 91-96--187
     Annie Dulman, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 79-NS--NS

   --- Michael Visacki of Riverview High School won the City of Sarasota Junior Championship by four strokes, shooting a pair of 72's at Bobby Jones Golf Club.  A day after the City tournament, Visacki fired a course-record 31 in a high school match at IMG Academies. Also, he drained a 5-foot putt on the first playoff hole this past Monday to help his team to a third-place finish in the district high school tournament. It advanced the Rams to next week's regional tournament at Bent Tree.  Visacki has committed to the University of Central Florida on a golf scholarship.


   --- Lauren Lamm of Charlotte High School won the City of Sarasota Girls Championship, firing a final-round 70 and rolling to a five-stroke victory.  One day later, she won the Charlotte County High School Championship at Deep Creek Country Club with a 71.  A sudden illness forced her to miss last Monday's district tournament in Fort Myers. She was the defending district champ, but her Charlotte High team advanced to the regional at Capri Isles, and she plans to compete.

CITY OF SARASOTA 2011 City Junior Championship
At Bobby Jones Golf Club
British Course --- Blue 6,647 Yards, White 6,263, Gold 5,502, Red 5,352
Final Standings


Boy's Championship Flight

Michael Visacki  72  -  72  -  144

Jake Sherwin  78  -  70  -  148

Nick Celestino  77  -  76  -  153

Connor Lynch  75  -  78  -  153

Joey DeStefano  80  -  74  -  154

Alden Davis  79  -  76  -  155

Drew Kosko  82  -  74  -  156

Mason Fox  81  -  78  -  159

Kyle Benson  81  -  79  -  160

Dylan Hogan  83  -  77  -  160

Austin Acklin  82  -  81  -  163

Bailey Pecor  88  -  77  -  165

Gary Deng  86  -  83  -  169



Boy's 15 - 16 Flight

Luke Kosko  79  -  77  -  156

Garrett Lee  78  -  79  -  157

Ben Boulch  82  -  76  -  158

Addison Gunthrie  80  -  80  -  160

Matt Seat  84  -  79  -  163

Sai Prabhu Gadam  88  -  83  -  171

Cole Barrett  89  -  84  -  173

Tucker Fuiks  85  -  94  -  179

Austin Drechsler  95  -  86  -  181

David Spreen  94  -  97  -  191


Boy's 11 - 14 Flight

Philip Knowles  68  -  75  -  143

Spencer Schultz  79  -  68  -  147

Yuki Fujii  72  -  78  -  150

Jacques Celestino  74  -  78  -  152

Barry McDonnell  76  -  76  -  152

Charles Sun  79  -  74  -  153

Benjamin Miller  77  -  79  -  156

Kelly Sun  73  -  83  -  156

Jeremy Perna  81  -  76  -  157

Nick Kaufman  79  -  80  -  159

Jake LaMore  83  -  91  -  174

William Goddard  89  -  87  -  176

Erik Souchak  90  -  86  -  176

Yui Fujii  88  -  92  -  180

Logan Finlay  95  -  87  -  182

Brandon Pozzie  92  -  96  -  188

Jimmy Messina  101  -  99  -  200

Jonathan Bozer  105  -  98  -  203

Harry Schultz  103  -  113  -  216

Jacob T Treece  106  -  114  -  220

Kyle Reinke  111  -  136  -  247



Girl's Championship Flight

Lauren Lamm  82  -  70  -  152

Katie McKenney  81  -  76  -  157

Betsy Hasty  92  -  99  -  191

Nicole Ducheney  97  -  95  -  192



Girl's 15 - 16 Flight

Lexie Flerlage  83  -  81  -  164

Kadi Pallastrone  86  -  80  -  166

Julianna Veloz  93  -  79  -  172

Yumi Fujii  95  -  88  -  183

Grace Gildner  94  -  99  -  193

Madeline Chavez  100  -  98  -  198



Girl's 11 - 14 Flight

Nichole Polivchak  95  -  84  -  179

Allyson Guthrie  89  -  99  -  188

Marissa Lee  97  -  94  -  191

Jordan Allen  110  -  142  -  252



   --- Danny Walker was a one-teen wrecking crew for Lakewood Ranch in Monday's district tournament at The Founders Club. The defending Class 2A state champ shot a 65 to help the Mustangs cruise to their second-straight district title. Walker is only a sophomore.


  --- Connor Lynch made an eagle 2 en route to shooting a 70 to claim medalist honors in the Class 1A-District 16 boys tournament at Waterford Golf Club. The Saint Stephen's junior holed out from 155 yards with an 8-iron.  His team finished second to Sarasota Christian for the team title.


  --- Kudos to Cardinal Mooney and Venice girls for winning their respective district championships.

 

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