Golf Plus | Junior Florida Cup, Florida State Junior Amateur Match Play events coming to Manatee County

July 3, 2014 

NOTEWORTHY

• Teams for the Junior Florida Cup, a Ryder Cup-style tournament for the top junior golfers in the state, were announced for this year's event, scheduled for July 28-29 at Sara Bay Country Club.

Several local players are representing the South team against the North. They are led by Bradenton Christian's Philip Knowles, who is making his third appearance in the Junior Florida Cup.

Other locals include Spencer Schultz, David Gao and Virginia-bound Danny Walker, who capped his four-year career at Lakewood Ranch last fall.

• The Florida State Junior Amateur Match Play event is coming to the area with the boys 13-15 and girls 13-18 age divisions competing July 23-26 at IMG Academy Golf Club.

During the same time, the boys 16-18 age division is set for The Oaks Club in Osprey.

Both fields will be trimmed after 36 holes of stroke play to determine match-play brackets.

The 80-player field at IMG Academy will feature 16 boys and eight girls vying for the championship in match play, while the 84-player field at The Oaks will begin match play with 32 golfers.

• Bradenton's Caitlin Cotterill fired three straight 79s to tie for 19th place in the 13-15 age division of the Florida State Girls Junior Amateur Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach this past week.

Bradenton's Alyssa Mercado (81) and Bradenton's Rachel Carlson (81) tied for third place in the girls 12-and-younger age division.

• Bradenton's Hampton Ballard (tie for fifth) and Sean Jacklin (11th) were the lone under-par participants from the area in the latest West Florida Golf Tour Summer Series event held at Dade City's Lake Jovita Country Club's South Course.

Ballard posted a 69-70-68--207 to finish eight shots behind Canada's Sonny Michaud, who won the event in a playoff over Tampa's David Branshaw.

Jacklin fired a 7-under-par 65 to finish the three-day tournament with a 7-under 209 total.

Michaud's victory earned him $3,000 as the WFGT concluded the first quarter of its summer slate.

The top two players at the end of the summer series receive a $2,500 bonus check.

Chris Kennedy, who played high school golf at Cardinal Mooney and has lived in Sarasota and Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, tops the current standings with just less than $6,000 earned so far.

The next WFGT event is July 7 at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. All the summer series tourneys are three-day events.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• Recently at Greens of Manatee, Linda Wolfe aced the 112-yard 4th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Gene Wolfe, Lou Bargo and Mary Dunn.

• Recently at Greens of Manatee, Kirk Bermie aced the 105-yard 17th hole. Witnesses were Larry Omyer, Ken Woodman and George Cammert.

• Recently at Greens of Manatee, Glen Spruetz aced the 120-yard 5th hole. Witness was Stan Buyze.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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