IMG Academy's Mika Liu posted a final-round 67 to win the 90th South Atlantic Amateur at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach. Liu fired back-to-back 67s to accrue a 280 total, which was two shots better than Kaitlyn Papp. The prestigious tournament, more commonly known as the "Sally," was contested over 72 holes and wrapped up last Saturday.
IMG's Jaravee Boonchant tied for fourth place with a 291.
Sarasota's Erik Barnes, who plays on the Web.com Tour, captured the West Florida Golf Tour's Under the Lights Par-3 Series at the Suncoast Golf Center last Saturday. Barnes earned $400 for his 3-under par 24, which was one better than four players, including Lakewood Ranch alum Seath Lauer.
On Monday, the WFGT ventured to Sara Bay Country Club. Nicholas Grubnich won the event when he holed a chip shot on the first sudden-death playoff hole following a 3-under par 69. Grubnich, who is a Sara Bay member, collected $1,000 for the playoff victory over Brian Bullington, who is another Sara Bay member.
Bradenton's Tony Jiang tied for fourth place at the recent American Junior Golf Assocation's EaglesDream Golf Academy Junior Championship. Playing at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary, Jiang fired rounds of 72-75--147 to finish three shots behind Louisiana's Hayden White, who won the boys division with a 71 in the final round. On the girls side, Bradenton's SiQin Yu carded a 154 to tie for ninth place. She finished eight shots behind the winning total from Auburndale's Shelby Brauckmuller.
Lakewood Ranch's Billy Herten posted a 4-over par 76 to secure a victory in the boys 16-18 year old division of the Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association's Winter Tour Series event for January. The monthly tournament series began at Bent Tree Country Club, and shifts to Englewood's Boca Royale on Feb. 14 for next month's tournament.
Lakewood Ranch's Dylan Gabbart (81, boys 13-15s), Lakewood Ranch's Natalie Robson (88, girls 13-15s) and Lakewood Ranch's Theresa Morrissey (80, girls 16-18s) also picked up victories.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, at Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club, Ray Jensen aced the 124-yard 18th hole with a 9-iron. Witnesses were Linda Parrish, Joanne Betti and Myke Swanson.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Peridia Golf and Country Club, Bob O'Donnell aced the 113-yard fourth hole with an 8-iron. Witnesses were Bev MacDonald, Beth Dillion and Walt Kellar.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Peridia Golf and Country Club, Donald Robinson aced the 128-yard 13th hole with a 4-hybrid. Witnesses were Karlton Lake and Bill Barnhardt.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports reporter