PRESEASON JUNIOR AT OCALA
HOSTED BY OCALA-MARION SPORTS COMMISSION

Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club
Ocala, Fla. • April 16 - 18

Media Score OCALA, Fla. -- First Round results from the Preseason Junior at Ocala hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6949. Rating: 73.8. Slope: 133
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 5929. Rating: 75.5. Slope: 136

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Harley Abrams
2012
Boca Raton, Fla. 34-34--68
T2 Chandler Vilcheck
2011
Bluffton, S.C. 38-35--73
2 Byoung Jun Chung
2011
(South Korea) Rosario, Argentina 36-37--73
T4 Simon Proverbs
2010
Howey in the Hills, Fla. 36-39--75
4 Will Davenport
2011
Palm City, Fla. 39-36--75
4 Jeffrey Pearce
2011
Jacksonville, Fla. 39-36--75
4 John Jonas
2012
Jacksonville, Fla. 37-38--75
4 Jeffrey Meltzer
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 35-40--75
T9 Alex Slaton
2010
Gainesville, Fla. 40-36--76
9 Collin Engelhardt
2012
Orlando, Fla. 38-38--76
9 Tolver Dozier
2011
Dothan, Ala. 40-36--76
T12 Ethan Wagner
2013
Port Orange, Fla. 39-38--77
12 Bryan Odaiyar
2010
Ocala, Fla. 38-39--77
12 Kentaro Toyota
2011
Tampa, Fla. 40-37--77
12 Jimmy Pitenis
2015
Daytona Beach, Fla. 40-37--77
T16 Cory Howard
2011
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 38-40--78
16 Jimmy Stanger
2013
Tampa, Fla. 41-37--78
16 Keith Greene
2011
DeBary, Fla. 39-39--78
16 Maxime Blandin
2012
(Martinique (French)) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 39-39--78
16 Gary Buffington,III
2011
Tampa, Fla. 39-39--78
T21 Connor Lynch
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 38-41--79
21 Danny Walker
2014
Bradenton, Fla. 40-39--79
21 Erick Alonso
2014
Haworth, N.J. 39-40--79
21 Russell Rigg
2011
Maysville, Ky. 40-39--79
21 Charlie Bull
2010
Orlando, Fla. 41-38--79
21 David Gonsoulin
2011
Pensacola, Fla. 39-40--79
T27 Michael Manceri
2011
Boca Raton, Fla. 40-40--80
27 Edward McQuiston
2011
Amherst, Mass. 41-39--80
27 Osten Waite
2012
Ocala, Fla. 41-39--80
27 Davis Hall
2011
Windermere, Fla. 37-43--80
T31 John Coughlin
2012
Hunting Valley, Ohio 39-42--81
31 Thomas McLaughlin
2010
Fargo, N.D. 39-42--81
31 Evan Byrd
2013
Ocala, Fla. 43-38--81
31 Billy Toupin
2011
Jupiter, Fla. 38-43--81
31 Ryan Benevides
2011
Hamilton, Bermuda 39-42--81
31 Matt DeGiorgio
2011
Mansfield, Mass. 39-42--81
31 Michael Visacki
2012
Sarasota, Fla. 38-43--81
31 Oliver Vaidis
2012
(Czech Republic) Bradenton, Fla. 42-39--81
T39 Jeffrey Heinicka
2011
Pinellas Park, Fla. 40-42--82
39 Gustavo Chuang
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 42-40--82
39 Nick Quintessenza
2011
St. Petersburg, Fla. 41-41--82
39 Matthew Taylor
2011
Naples, Fla. 43-39--82
39 Patrick Harris
2010
Birmingham, Ala. 39-43--82
T44 Christian Tepley
2011
Palm City, Fla. 42-41--83
44 Bradley Andersen
2011
Weston, Fla. 42-41--83
44 Ian Shapiro
2013
Milton, Ga. 43-40--83
44 Chris Thurman
2011
Altamonte Springs, Fla. 37-46--83
44 Michael Boss
2011
Lewiston, N.Y. 40-43--83
44 Anthony Phipps II
2011
Winter Garden, Fla. 42-41--83
44 Alex Purdom
2011
London, Canada 41-42--83
T51 Baldonick Fernandez Jr.
2011
Pembroke Pines, Fla. 44-40--84
51 Tyler Calderone
2011
Longwood, Fla. 40-44--84
51 Halley Lewis
2012
Tallahassee, Fla. 45-39--84
51 Hayden Jones
2010
Orlando, Fla. 45-39--84
51 Parker Jones
2011
Gainesville, Fla. 45-39--84
51 Spencer Ciesla
2012
Naples, Fla. 42-42--84
T57 Kelly Sun
2016
Bradenton, Fla. 43-42--85
57 Skylar Estes
2011
Tampa, Fla. 42-43--85
T59 Harrison Winger
2012
Orlando, Fla. 40-46--86
59 Connor Burfeind
2011
Falmouth, Maine 42-44--86
59 Ryan Lamer
2010
Stuart, Fla. 42-44--86
59 Anibal Kim
2011
(Paraguay) Bradenton, Fla. 42-44--86
59 Leonardo Kitahara
2013
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 44-42--86
59 Anthony Quintessenza
2014
Saint Petersburg, Fla. 43-43--86
T65 Victor Jewell
2011
Hazard, Ky. 46-41--87
65 Samuel Murphy
2012
Fort Myers, Fla. 45-42--87
65 Johann Gabler
2012
Jacksonville, Fla. 44-43--87
65 Page Smith
2011
Satellite Beach, Fla. 44-43--87
65 Clayton Spilman
2014
Belleair, Fla. 47-40--87
T70 John Bacic
2011
Tecumseh, Ontario 48-40--88
70 Austin Collins
2010
Winter Garden, Fla. 47-41--88
70 Joe Duncan
2011
Vero Beach, Fla. 45-43--88
70 Walter Kerr
2011
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 43-45--88
74 John Edwards
2014
Paducah, Ky. 46-44--90
75 William Reitan
2011
Chagrin Falls , Ohio 46-47--93
76 Charles Sun
2015
Bradenton, Fla. 51-45--96
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Kristine Odaiyar
2013
Ocala, Fla. 37-37--74
2 Kristin Swindell
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 36-39--75
3 Shannon Pak
2011
Kenner, La. 38-39--77
T4 Viktoria Lager
2011
Longboat Key, Fla. 41-37--78
4 Mary Fran Hillow
2012
Orlando, Fla. 39-39--78
4 Lucy Robson
2013
(Great Britain) Stuart, Fla. 41-37--78
T7 Gemma Dryburgh
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 40-39--79
7 Clara Teixeira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 39-40--79
9 Madison Lellyo
2014
Windermere, Fla. 37-43--80
T10 Anna Newell
2014
Tampa, Fla. 42-39--81
10 Alexandria Ramirez
2013
Naples, Fla. 40-41--81
12 Yvonne Zheng
2013
(China) Bradenton, Fla. 44-38--82
13 Mariana Nule Galofre
2014
Bradenton, Fla. 43-40--83
14 Lisa Combs
2011
Amissville, Va. 43-42--85
15 Ann Buersmeyer
2014
Naples, Fla. 44-44--88
16 Samantha Krage
2012
St. Augustine, Fla. 46-43--89
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Alice Barbieri
2012
(Italy) Windermere, Fla.
80-DQ 20-7
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Marianna Mia Zanghetti
2013
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
96-JWD
 

ABRAMS LEADS THE GANG IN PRESEASON JUNIOR AT OCALA
Odaiyar Paces Girls Division on Familiar Course at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club

OCALA, Fla. — Harley Abrams of Boca Raton, Fla., cruised to a 5-shot lead at the Preseason Junior at Ocala Hosted By Ocala-Marion County Sports Commission with a 4-under-par 68. Kristine Odaiyar of Ocala, Fla., shot 2-over-par 74 at her home course, Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club, to take the lead in the Girls Division by one stroke.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, The Preseason Junior at Ocala hosted By Ocala-Marion County Sports Commission is a 36-hole stroke play event being held at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club. The 94-player field features players from 13 states, and five foreign countries. The Boys Division is playing Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club at 6,979 yards, while the Girls Division is playing at 5,842 yards.

The Preseason Junior at Ocala is one of eight events held as part of the Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series. The Golf Academy of America Preseason Junior Series is a series designed specifically for first-time AJGA members or those members who have not yet been accepted to or participated in an AJGA event in the current calendar year and/or the previous calendar year.

After Abrams went 2-under-par on the front nine, he used a streak of three birdies on the back nine to separate himself from the field. He dropped a 25-foot putt for birdie on No. 11 that also got him going for the next two holes. On No. 12 he knocked a 4-iron from 185 yards to within a foot and followed that up by sticking a wedge from 85 yards also within a foot on No. 13. He made both birdie putts.

“It would be amazing,” Abrams said, when asked about what it would mean to finish on top in his first AJGA event. “It's exactly what I came here to do. It would be the best possible feeling.”

Byoung Jun Chung of Rosario, Argentina, and Chandler Vilcheck of Bluffton, S.C., share second place in the Boys Division after shooting 1-over-par 73. Jeffrey Pearce and John Jonas, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeffrey Meltzer of Bradenton, Fla., Will Davenport of Palm City, Fla., and Simon Proverbs of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., are knotted in fourth place at 3-over-par 75.

It was a family affair for Odaiyar—with her parents in attendance, her shot of the day was a long drive on No. 10 that landed near her brother, Bryan, and his group who were playing in front of her. She went on to birdie the hole.

“It is an advantage, because you know parts of the course that other people don't know about,” Kristine Odaiyar said of playing on her home course. “Tomorrow I want to have fun and hit good shots. I haven't been playing as well as I would like here lately so there is definitely room for improvement.”

Kristin Swindell of Brandenton, Fla., shot a 3-over-par 75 and sits in second place in the Girls Division. Shannon Pak of Kenner, La., is in third place after carding a 5-over-par 77.

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The final round of the Preseason Junior at Ocala hosted By Ocala-Marion County Sports Commission begins Sunday at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information about the Preseason Junior at Ocala hosted By Ocala-Marion County Sports Commission, call Tournament Headquarters at (352) 629-7981 — ask for the Saratoga Room.

 
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