Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Florida, ran away from the competition in the Boy’s Division (Ages 13-15) at the FJT at Fairwinds Golf Course shooting 14-under-par 130 for the tournament. The closest score behind Valdes was nine strokes behind. Shooting 11-under-par 61 in the second round, Valdes totaled twelve birdies. The rising sophomore finished T7 at the 2018 Callaway Golf / Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic in April.
Abigail Whittington of Evansville, Indiana, captured the Girl’s Division (Ages 15-19) title at the Golfweek Junior Tour at Yankee Trace in Centerville, Ohio. Whittington was the only player in the tournament to finish a round under par. Shooting 2-under-par 70 in the final round, Whittington provided herself enough cushion for the three-stroke victory. The rising Junior finished T17 at the 2017 AJGA Junior All-Star at Owensboro in June.
Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, won the IJGT - Low Country Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Course in South Carolina due to a second round that included five birdies and one eagle. Shooting 5-under-par 139 for the tournament, Griz won by four strokes. Griz is a rising freshman and verbal commit to Clemson University. In his last AJGA tournament, Griz finished T15 in the Rome Junior Classic presented by State Mutual Insurance Company this May.
Karoline Tuttle of Lake Mary, Florida, withstood a final-round charge from fellow AJGA junior Juliana Camargo of Winter Garden, Florida, to win the Girl’s Division (Ages 13-15) by two strokes at the 2018 FJT at CC of Winter Haven. Shooting 1-under-par 143 for the tournament, Tuttle made an impressive recovery after two early bogeys in the second round. Tuttle only carded one birdie in the first round but did not let that stop her from totaling three in the second. In 2017, Tuttle won two AJGA tournaments: the AJGA Preview at Fair Oaks Ranch and the Foley Performance Academy @ EagleDream Junior All-Star. Tuttle is No. 179 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.