1st Coast Junior Open, Video July 23-24, 2012

Theam’s consistency helps take first; Suzuki finishes strong in the clutch   Jacksonville, FL (July 24)- The HJGT stayed home this weekend for the 1st Coast Jr. Open from beautiful Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. Over 65 players from all over the states as well as internationally came out to play in this tough test of golf skill. Florida Junior Tour exemptions were up for grabs as well as Junior Golf Scoreboard points. The weather stayed away this week as each day was sunny and hot.   The Boys 15-18 Division was won by Osborn Theam of Jacksonville, FL with a 2-day total of 1 over par (73+72). His consistent play helped him claim first. Theam lead the field in birdies (6), par 4 (4.05) and par 5 average (4.50). Taking second was U Minn Woon of Jacksonville, FL with a 2-day total of 150 (78+72). Woon’s 6 shot improvement moved him up the leaderboard. Woon also tied for most birdies (6) and finished second in par 4 average (4.25). Claiming third was Davis Roche of Jacksonville, FL with a 2-day total of 151(76+75). Roche lead the field in par 3 average (3.00) and boasted 23 pars in two rounds.   Our Girls 15-18 Champion was Ayaka Suzuki of Japan with a 2-day total of +2 (74+72). Suzuki came into the second round tied and went low on day two to claim first. Suzuki head in par 4 average (4.05) and most pars (28) for the tournament. Mia Zanghetti of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, also a round one co-leader, took second with a total of 149 (74+75). Zanghetti turned in an impressive 26 pars and an under par performance on par 3’s (2.88). Ansley Bowman of St. Augustine, FL hung on to take third behind a total of 154 (76+78). Bowman played the par 5’s under par (4.88) and recorded a par or better on 72.2% of her holes.   The Boys 11-14 Division was tightly contested and eventually won by Michael Saccente of New Smyrna Beach, FL with a total of 3 over par (76+71). His second round 71 was the best round recorded in the tournament and helped separate him from the field. Saccente was the divisions’ leader in par 4 average (4.20) and most pars (27) for the event. Just one shot off was Chase Cutshall of Melbourne, FL taking second with a 2-day total of 148 (72+76). Cutshall lead the field with 6 birdies and played the par 5’s under par for the event (4.50). Anthony Hunter of Palm Coast, FL took third with a 2-day total of 158 (79+79). Hunter was second in birdies (5) and most par breakers (13.9%) for the tournament.   Abby Burditt of St. Augustine, FL, for the second consecutive week took home first in the Girls 11-14 Division with a 2-day total of 165 (78+87). This marks Burditt’s third win of the 2012 season on the HJGT. Burditt lead the field in multiple categories including par 3 (3.25) and par 5 average (5.62) and pars (15) in her age division. Harlie Valinho of Jacksonville, F0L was second with a 2-day total of 170(87+83). Valinho had the most birdies in the age division (3) and had the best par 4 average (4.35). Claiming third behind a 10-shot improvement was Shu Han of China with a 2-day total of 182 (96+86). Along with claiming the Golf Pride Comeback Award, Han recorded 11 pars and finished second in par 5 average (5.88).     Weather: Monday/Tuesday: Sunny and Warm   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6809 Boys 11-14: 6194 Girls 15-18: 5715 Girls 11-14: 5189   Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division

EFX Birdie Challenge: Osborn Theam, U Minn Woon Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Osborn Theam Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Osborn Theam   Boys 11-14 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Chase Cutshall Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Michael Saccente Coolheads Par 5 Performace: Chase Cutshall   Girls 15-18 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Lily Bartell Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Ayaka Suzuki Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Ansley Bowman   Girls 11-14 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Harlie Valinho Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Harlie Valinho Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Abby Burditt   Golf Pride Comeback Award Winners Boys 15-18 Division: U Minn Woon Girls 15-18 Division: Elise Lobb Boys 11-14 Division: Alexander Forsbrand, Bobby Dale Girls 11-14 Division: Shu Han      

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