Golf Plus

April 18, 2013 


n The 2013 Guardian Retirement Championship is coming to Sara Bay Country Club for a second straight year next week, but the LPGA Symetra Tour event will crown a new champion. Esther Choe, who won the inaugural tournament in 2012, earned her 2013 LPGA Tour card for her strong season last year and isn't in next week's field. The festivities begin this Saturday with a free junior golf clinic sponsored by Capstan Financial Consultants Group in partnership with the First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee Counties and the USGA Girls Golf Program. It's scheduled for April 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Suncoast Golf Center. Half-price tickets costing $5 are available at all Walgreens locations in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

n Bradenton Christian senior Jordan Miller logged a 10th place finish at the Florida Junior Tour event held this past weekend at Lake Wales Country Club. Miller fired a 75-68--143 to finish five shots behind the winning total in the boys 16-18 year old division. Bradenton's David Gao tied for ninth place in the boys 13-15 FJT tourney conducted at Viera East Golf Club in Viera. Gao shot 79-71--150 and finished five shots behind the winner.

n The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is holding an event at IMG Academies Golf & Country Club on April 27-28. Winners among the three age divisions (boys 15-18s, boys 11-14s and girls 15-18s) receive an automatic bid into the 2013 Tour Championship. The event is also handing out performance stars to each division (four to the 15-18s and one to the 11-14s), while one exemption into a FJT tournament is at stake for all players.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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