PRESEASON JUNIOR AT OCALA
HOSTED BY OCALA-MARION SPORTS COMMISSION

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

Media Score OCALA, Fla. -- Final 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
T1 Alex Slaton
2010
Gainesville, Fla. 76-71--147
1 Jeffrey Meltzer
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 75-72--147
3 Harley Abrams
2012
Boca Raton, Fla. 68-80--148
T4 John Jonas
2012
Jacksonville, Fla. 75-74--149
4 Collin Engelhardt
2012
Orlando, Fla. 76-73--149
4 Tolver Dozier
2011
Dothan, Ala. 76-73--149
T7 Will Davenport
2011
Palm City, Fla. 75-75--150
7 Jeffrey Pearce
2011
Jacksonville, Fla. 75-75--150
T9 Maxime Blandin
2012
(Martinique (French)) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 78-73--151
9 Byoung Jun Chung
2011
(South Korea) Rosario, Argentina 73-78--151
11 Chandler Vilcheck
2011
Bluffton, S.C. 73-79--152
T12 Bryan Odaiyar
2010
Ocala, Fla. 77-77--154
12 Gary Buffington,III
2011
Tampa, Fla. 78-76--154
T14 Jimmy Stanger
2013
Tampa, Fla. 78-77--155
14 Charlie Bull
2010
Orlando, Fla. 79-76--155
14 Kentaro Toyota
2011
Tampa, Fla. 77-78--155
14 Oliver Vaidis
2012
(Czech Republic) Bradenton, Fla. 81-74--155
14 Ethan Wagner
2013
Port Orange, Fla. 77-78--155
T19 Michael Visacki
2012
Sarasota, Fla. 81-75--156
19 Evan Byrd
2013
Ocala, Fla. 81-75--156
19 Simon Proverbs
2010
Howey in the Hills, Fla. 75-81--156
19 Connor Lynch
2013
Bradenton, Fla. 79-77--156
19 Davis Hall
2011
Windermere, Fla. 80-76--156
T24 Anthony Phipps II
2011
Winter Garden, Fla. 83-74--157
24 Matthew Taylor
2011
Naples, Fla. 82-75--157
T26 Halley Lewis
2012
Tallahassee, Fla. 84-74--158
26 Parker Jones
2011
Gainesville, Fla. 84-74--158
26 Osten Waite
2012
Ocala, Fla. 80-78--158
T29 David Gonsoulin
2011
Pensacola, Fla. 79-80--159
29 Nick Quintessenza
2011
St. Petersburg, Fla. 82-77--159
T31 Thomas McLaughlin
2010
Fargo, N.D. 81-79--160
31 Keith Greene
2011
DeBary, Fla. 78-82--160
33 Ryan Benevides
2011
Hamilton, Bermuda 81-80--161
T34 Spencer Ciesla
2012
Naples, Fla. 84-78--162
34 Billy Toupin
2011
Jupiter, Fla. 81-81--162
34 Austin Collins
2010
Winter Garden, Fla. 88-74--162
34 Edward McQuiston
2011
Amherst, Mass. 80-82--162
34 Harrison Winger
2012
Orlando, Fla. 86-76--162
34 Matt DeGiorgio
2011
Mansfield, Mass. 81-81--162
34 Jimmy Pitenis
2015
Daytona Beach, Fla. 77-85--162
T41 Hayden Jones
2010
Orlando, Fla. 84-79--163
41 Bradley Andersen
2011
Weston, Fla. 83-80--163
41 Christian Tepley
2011
Palm City, Fla. 83-80--163
41 Cory Howard
2011
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 78-85--163
41 Michael Manceri
2011
Boca Raton, Fla. 80-83--163
41 Baldonick Fernandez Jr.
2011
Pembroke Pines, Fla. 84-79--163
41 Ian Shapiro
2013
Milton, Ga. 83-80--163
T48 Gustavo Chuang
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 82-82--164
48 Patrick Harris
2010
Birmingham, Ala. 82-82--164
48 Russell Rigg
2011
Maysville, Ky. 79-85--164
48 Danny Walker
2014
Bradenton, Fla. 79-85--164
48 Jeffrey Heinicka
2011
Pinellas Park, Fla. 82-82--164
T53 Erick Alonso
2014
Haworth, N.J. 79-86--165
53 Leonardo Kitahara
2013
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 86-79--165
T55 Joe Duncan
2011
Vero Beach, Fla. 88-78--166
55 John Coughlin
2012
Hunting Valley, Ohio 81-85--166
55 Michael Boss
2011
Lewiston, N.Y. 83-83--166
55 Skylar Estes
2011
Tampa, Fla. 85-81--166
T59 Walter Kerr
2011
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 88-80--168
59 Ryan Lamer
2010
Stuart, Fla. 86-82--168
T61 Anibal Kim
2011
(Paraguay) Bradenton, Fla. 86-83--169
61 John Bacic
2011
Tecumseh, Ontario 88-81--169
61 Alex Purdom
2011
London, Canada 83-86--169
T64 John Edwards
2014
Paducah, Ky. 90-80--170
64 Chris Thurman
2011
Altamonte Springs, Fla. 83-87--170
64 Connor Burfeind
2011
Falmouth, Maine 86-84--170
T67 Johann Gabler
2012
Jacksonville, Fla. 87-84--171
67 Tyler Calderone
2011
Longwood, Fla. 84-87--171
69 Clayton Spilman
2014
Belleair, Fla. 87-85--172
T70 Kelly Sun
2016
Bradenton, Fla. 85-89--174
70 Page Smith
2011
Satellite Beach, Fla. 87-87--174
72 Victor Jewell
2011
Hazard, Ky. 87-89--176
73 Samuel Murphy
2012
Fort Myers, Fla. 87-90--177
74 William Reitan
2011
Chagrin Falls , Ohio 93-86--179
75 Anthony Quintessenza
2014
Saint Petersburg, Fla. 86-96--182
76 Charles Sun
2015
Bradenton, Fla. 96-95--191
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Kristine Odaiyar
2013
Ocala, Fla. 74-70--144
2 Mary Fran Hillow
2012
Orlando, Fla. 78-73--151
T3 Shannon Pak
2011
Kenner, La. 77-75--152
3 Kristin Swindell
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 75-77--152
5 Gemma Dryburgh
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 79-74--153
6 Viktoria Lager
2011
Longboat Key, Fla. 78-76--154
7 Clara Teixeira
2011
Bradenton, Fla. 79-76--155
8 Madison Lellyo
2014
Windermere, Fla. 80-78--158
9 Alexandria Ramirez
2013
Naples, Fla. 81-78--159
10 Lucy Robson
2013
(Great Britain) Stuart, Fla. 78-82--160
11 Anna Newell
2014
Tampa, Fla. 81-81--162
12 Lisa Combs
2011
Amissville, Va. 85-82--167
13 Mariana Nule Galofre
2014
Bradenton, Fla. 83-85--168
14 Yvonne Zheng
2013
(China) Bradenton, Fla. 82-89--171
15 Ann Buersmeyer
2014
Naples, Fla. 88-93--181
16 Samantha Krage
2012
St. Augustine, Fla. 89-94--183
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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
 

Slaton and Meltzer Come From Behind to Earn Top Honors at Preseason Junior at Ocala
Odaiyar leads wire-to-wire to finish atop Girls Division at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club

OCALA, Fla. — Alex Slaton of Gainesville, Fla., and Jeffrey Meltzer of Bradenton, Fla., overcame first round deficits of seven and eight strokes, respectively, to earn co-medalist honors at 3-over-par 147. Kristine Odaiyar of Ocala, Fla., used a final-round 2-under-par 70 to leave no doubt on her way to an even-par 144 and the victory in the Girls Division.

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

The Preseason Junior at Ocala hosted By Ocala-Marion County Sports Commission 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.

Slaton and Meltzer both won their first AJGA event in dramatic fashion. The two had only played in a Junior All-Star before coming to Ocala. Slaton made a 15-foot birdie putt on his last hole to earn the victory.

“It feels good to win,” Slaton said. “My goal is to play in an Invitational this summer, so a win early on is huge.”

On the other hand, Meltzer started the day just thinking about a possible top-5 finish, but two chip-ins, one of which was for eagle, turned things around quickly.

“It was definitely unexpected,” Meltzer said on the win. “The chip-in on No.4 was huge. It started out like a regular round and then all of sudden I was 2-under-par.”

Harley Abrams of Boca Raton, Fla., finished third with a 4-over-par 148. In a three way tie for fourth at 5-over-par 149 were John Jonas of Jacksonville, Fla., Tolver Dozier of Dothan, Ala., and Collin Engelhardt of Orlando, Fla.

Odaiyar used a low final round to leave the rest of the field behind in her first AJGA win. Playing on her home course took some pressure off and she was excited to get her first victory in front of friends and family.

“It feels great to play well in this tournament,” Odaiyar said. “It definitely means a lot to win here, especially with my family being around.”

In second was Mary Fran Hillow of Orlando, Fla., with a 7-over-par 151. Kristin Swindell of Bradenton, Fla., and Shannon Pak of Kenner, La., tied for third at 8-over-par 152.

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1
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213
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1
Norman Xiong
203
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Aaron Whalen
205
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Janet Zhang
218
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Sarah Rhee
220
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1
Joseph Chun
201
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John Sand
207
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