BOCA RATON, Fla., June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club was proud to be the host course for the 37th South Florida Junior PGA Championship that took place on June 15th and 16th, 2016 where 96 juniors battled the heat and unpredictable weather to dominate their age brackets and win the illustrious spot to Nationals.
The first round on Wednesday brought close finishes for both the boys and girls divisions. Brett Roberts, from Coral Springs, shot a 3-under par round of 69 giving him a two-stroke lead over Lake Worth Native Jordan Reeves, who shot a 1-under par round of 71. Valerie Pacheco, of Hallandale Beach, and Yurika Tanida, of Port St. Lucie, both shot 2-under par 70's, while Jillian Bourdage, of Tamarac, shot a 1-under round of 71.
Mother Nature added to the struggle of Thursday's round with three lightning/rain delays causing the day to be called and titles noted by diverting to Wednesday's scores giving Roberts the boy's title and forcing Pacheco and Tanida to a sudden death match on Friday morning. Pacheco had a birdie on the first hole clenching the South Florida Junior PGA Championship title. Pacheco and Roberts will represent South Florida at the 41st National Junior PGA Championship at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island on August 9-12, 2016.
Wednesday's round also titled the 12 and under boys and girls age division champions. Alex Dalmau, from Coral Gables, won the boys 12 and under division by eight strokes with a 2-under par 70 while Chloe Kovelesky, of Boca Raton, won the 12 and under girl's division with a 6-over par 78.
Boca Grove General Manager David Gourlay stated that, "Having hosted many junior golf tournaments over the past 20 years, I do not recall a more gracious and professional group of athletes! I am certain we will witness many of these talented players on several of the professional tours in the near future."
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