This week, 23 South Florida PGA professionals alongside 69 amateurs from 17 facilities traveled to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina to compete in the 2021 Travel Pro-Am. The event was set to feature three rounds along with three formats, but bad weather canceled the second round and the event was split into two tournaments.
Weston’s Valentina Hurtado and Palm Beach Gardens’ Alexander Weinberg took top honors in the SFPGA Junior Tour event at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach over the weekend.
Plantation’s Steve Sponder (second from left) and partner David Anthony took first in the Senior Flight in the FSGA’s Two-Man Scramble on Aug. 28-29 at Black Diamond Ranch, north of Tampa.
Jack Shoenfelt played his first 10 holes in 4-under to get the lead Tuesday, Aug. 24 and won the South Florida PGA Senior Section Championship Presented by Cadillac at Banyan Cay Resort & Club in West Palm Beach. Shoenfelt, the owner of Oriole Golf and Tennis Center in Margate, led a group of eight who earned spots in the 33rd Senior PGA Professional Championship.
Evan Bowser shot an 8-under 64 Tuesday to win the National Car Rental SFPGA Assistant Professional Championship at Wyndemere Country Club in Naples on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Jason Robinson of the Country Club at Mirasol (Palm Beach Gardens) was the top finisher from our area, T2 at 7-under 137.
The South Florida PGA Doral Junior Open at Trump National Doral Miami produced a second consecutive major champion in the overall girls’ division, Vilda Westh Blanc of Palm Beach Gardens (and Tennessee).
The best junior golfers in the United States trekked to Kentucky for the 45th Junior PGA Championships and South Florida was well represented, with nine golfers in the two divisions.
South Florida was well-represented at the 62nd Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship. In Girls 16-18, Jupiter’s Caroline Patterson (T3) and Coral Springs’ Kelly Shanahan (T6) were in the top 10. In Girls’ 13-15, Delray Beach’s Gabriella Albert (T3), Pembroke Pines’ Rachel Gomez (T6), Jupiter’s Gabriella DeGasperis (T6) and Boca Raton’s Kayla Bryant (T10) accomplished the feat.
Coral Springs’ TJ Thompson and Miami’s Gabriella Gomez won the top titles at the Nicklaus Junior Championship – an event won previously by four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and other top golfers.
Boca Raton’s Elle Nachmann reached the final before falling 2&1 to Kendall Griffin in the 92nd Women’s Amateur.
Miami’s Nataliya Guseva and Boca Raton’s Elle Nachmann are leading the South Florida charges after stroke play in the 92nd Women’s Amateur Championship