Space Coast Jr. Open March 1-2

Daoust wins playoff to claim victory Fonseca outdistances the field

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Port St. Lucie, Florida on March 1-2 for the Space Coast Junior Open at Sandpiper Golf Course at Club Med. A total of 36 holes were played by all four divisions over two days to determine the champions. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and 2014 Tour Championship. Florida Junior Tour exemptions for Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18, as well as National Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were at stake. The top ten finishers also received points towards year end honors including state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the Girls 15-18 division champion received four AJGA performance stars.

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Gary Daoust won the Boys 15-18 division, defeating Zachary Bariso, of Boca Raton, Florida, on a three hole playoff after both golfers finished at 144. Daoust fired a 36 on the front nine Sunday, followed by a 37 on the back nine to advance to the playoff that he eventually won. He posted two impressive rounds of 71 and 73 in the event. Bariso fired a 73 on the first day, but scored a 71on Sunday to tie Daoust and force the playoff. Bariso finished with six birdies over the weekend, the most of anyone at the tournament. Daoust recorded five birdies, tied for second most. James McHugh of Port St. Lucie, Florida finished in third at five over for the tournament. McHugh recorded an eagle on the ninth hole on Saturday, after notching birdies on the sixth and seventh, helping to propel him to a 72 during round one.

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Ariadna Fonseca of Apopka, Florida won the Girls 15-18 division with a 144 total for the tournament. Fonseca finished five strokes ahead of second place finisher Michelle Hawkins. Hawkins, of Rockledge, Florida, posted a 149, and Julia Durkin of Miramar, Florida finished in third with a 151. Fonseca fired a 71 on the first day to hold the lead going into the second round, where she continued to play well and stay atop the leaderboard. After firing a 40 on the front nine on Sunday, Fonseca birdied two of her last four holes and recorded 24 pars to secure the victory. Hawkins made a strong challenge at the lead on the front nine Sunday, recording four birdies and posting a 34. She scored a 40 on the back nine to finish in second. Durkin recorded two straight birdies to finish the front nine Sunday, and added two more birdies on the back nine for third place. Durkin led the field with five birdies.

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Juan Carlos Garcia of Apopka, Florida won the Boys 11-14 division with a score of 149. Just like the Boys 15-18 division, the younger group also had to be decided by a playoff. Garcia and Miguel Maisterra both finished the first two rounds at 149, and Garcia emerged victorious with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Maisterra, of Apopka, Florida led the field after the first round with an even 70. Garcia played well during round two to tie Maisterra and force the playoff. Garcia also recorded four birdies during the two rounds tied for most in the division. Although finishing in second, Maisterra recorded 25 pars to lead the division. Finishing in third was Ryan Goldfarb of Palm Beach, Florida posting a score of 150. Goldfarb came into the second round needing to make up ground, and did just that with three birdies on the front nine. Goldfarb finished the second round at 73 to claim third place. Goldfarb recorded three birdies on the tournament.

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Delia Timpy of Cocoa Beach, Florida claimed the Girls 11-14 division title with a 171 for the tournament. Timpy fired an 88 in the first round, but charged back in the second round with an 83. Timpy recorded 14 pars over the weekend, as well as a birdie to earn the victory. Zoey Iglesias of Port St. Lucie, Florida finished in second with a 200. She showed great determination during the first nine of round two, posting a 45, her lowest nine of the event.   Weather: Day 1 - 75, sunny, slight breeze. Day 2 - 80 and sunny Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,510 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 15-18: 5,415 yards Girls 11-14: 4.980 yards About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the Space Coast Junior Open, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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