By: AL-NW FL PGA
HOOVER, AL (August 1, 2019) – The 2019 Alabama NW – Florida PGA Junior Tour concluded on Thursday ending with a bang at the 2019 Tour Championship! Fifty juniors from every corner of the Section convened at Hoover Country Club to decide who would take the Tour Championship Title.
The day started under sunny skies and warm temperatures as the older age divisions teed off first followed by the 10-12 age divisions who were set to play nine holes. Being it Alabama in the summer time, spotty storms began to roll in and halted play for about two hours. Luckily, play was able to resume, and all divisions were able to finish their rounds.
In the Girls 10-12 age division, it would be Julie Waldo of Prattville, AL who took the title with a nine-hole total of five-over par 41. Rounding out the top three would be Frances Brown of Mobile with a nine-hole score of 42 and Savannah Goodman of Bonifay, FL who shot 49.
The Girls 13-15 age division was won by Ella Howard of Gadsden, AL who shot a six-over par 78 and had two birdies on her back nine. Causey Thompson of Daphne would defeat Tori Waters of Mobile in a scorecard playoff with a back nine of 44 – both tied for an 18-hole total of 89.
Finally, in the Girls 16-18 age division, it was Aubrie Cagle of Meridianville who took home the title with an 18-hole score of 81 followed by Lane Gottlieb of Mobile with an 83 and finally, Abbygayle Stacey from Trussville, who filed in closely behind with a score of 85.
On the boys’ side of the competition, in the 10-12 division, Landon DeVaughn of Wetumpka, AL fired an even-par 36 on his nine holes – lipping out his par putt on the last hole to go under-par for the first time in a competitive round! Michael Heaton of Fairhope shot 39 to take second place followed by Reid Larson of Spanish Fort who posted a six-over par round of 42.
In the Boys 13-15 division, Thomas Norris of Birmingham and Cole Komyati of Spanish Fort were tied after 18 holes with a pair of 79’s. It would be Komyati who ended the sudden-death playoff after three holes with a 25-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 12th to take the title. Jackson Hill of Florence would round out the top three with an 81.
Finally, the Boys 16-18 were able to provide a few sparks to the day – Griffin McCrary of Troy, AL fired a three-under par 69 to take the title and low round of the day! Rounding out the top 3 was Kenneth Okins of Anniston with an equally impressive even-par 72, and Ronan Brackin from Geneva who shot 76.
The Alabama – NW Florida PGA would like to extend its praises to Jake Spott, PGA Head Golf Professional, and the rest of the Hoover Country Club staff for helping put on a great event and supporting the Section’s Junior Tour! Congratulations again to all participants for another great season!
ABOUT THE ALABAMA – NW FLORIDA PGA JUNIOR TOUR
The AL – NW FL PGA Junior Tour crosses competition with development opportunities for junior golfers of all backgrounds and abilities. Ultimately, it aspires to be the most valuable competitive golf experience for juniors in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Alabama – NW Florida PGA Junior Tour is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 10 through 18 that reside in the state of Alabama or the Florida Panhandle (west of Apalachicola).