Capan goes wire-to-wire for the Boys 11-13 Championship
David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach, FL (2017) fired a final round of 3 under par 69 to finish at 221. It wasn’t enough to catch overnight leader, Frankie Capan of Saint Paul, MN (2018), but it was enough to earn Low Round Honors and a share of 2nd place with local player
Andrew Kozan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL (2017). Kozan posted the second best round on Monday – an even par 72. Miles Castoro’s round of 73 was the third best score of the day. Miles finished T5 at 231. The Boys 11-13 title was claimed by
Frankie Capan of Saint Paul, MN (2018) who led wire-to-wire. Capan began playing the Future Collegians World Tour in February of 2009 and earned his first FCWT win in the second tournament that he played. Last season Frankie won four tournaments and was named to the Players of Promise team. In December of 2011, Frankie won the Boys 11-13 division at TPC Sawgrass, earning him a spot on this season’s Faces of the Future team. Twelve-year-old Frankie had the best par 3 performance for the tournament (2.75) as well as the best par 5 performance (4.75). Manuel Girona of Windermere, FL (2017) finished in 4th place at 227, while Andrew Fernandes of Cerritos, CA (2016) and Teddy Tetak of Slovakia (2018) shared 5th place with Miles Castoro of Fort Lauderdale, FL (2017).
Lee goes low, but not quite enough to make the Boys 13-15 playoff
Tiger Lee‘s subpar round of 71 (-1) was not enough to give him the FCWT Boys 13-15 division Champion’s title, but it did earn him Low Round honors as well as third place. The battle for the Champion’s title required extra holes as
Luis Garza of Mexico (2016) and Leonardo Coll of Venezuela (2015) both finished 54-holes at 226 (+10). Garza, a 14-year-old student at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, entered the FCWT Tour Championship having won the FCWT Saddlebrook tournament in March. On Friday night, Luis was named to the FCWT Boys 13-15 division 2nd Team All-Americans for his accomplishments this season. In addition to his win, Luis had three other Top 3 finishes, a 5th place at Eagle Creek and two additional Top 10 finishes for the season. Leonardo Coll, 15, from Venezuela had his own impressive season. Coll won three times: Inverrary, Feather Sound and World Woods. He also finished in 3rd place at Plantation. For his performance this year, Leonardo was named to the FCWT Boys 13-15 division 1st Team All-Americans and also received the Boys 13-15 division East Region Player of the Year award.
Leonardo and Luis headed to the 17th hole for the start of the playoff. With ominous clouds overhead, each young man made a par on the 17th. They moved on to the 18th hole where they again halved the hole with pars. For playoff hole # 3, they teed off on hole # 1. This time Luis Garza’spar was enough to give him the Champion’s title for the Boys 13-15 division of the FCWT 2012 Tour Championship. Tiger Lee finished in third place at 228 followed by six players who tied for 4th place at 232:
Blake Vogdes of Wildwood Crest, NJ (2015), who won at Duke, Alex Wrenn of Lake Oswego, OR (2015), who won at Bayonet, Vicente Benitez of Mexico (2015), who won at Innisbrook and Eagle Creek, Parker Sexton of TN (2016), who was playing in his first FCWT tournament, Alejandro Lopez of Veracruz, MEXICO (2016), and Hamilton Long of West Palm Beach, FL (2016).
Lee and Wang fire -2, but Corey captures Champions Title in Boys 16-19 division
Won Jun Lee’s final round of 2 under par didn’t earn him the FCWT Boys 16-19 Champion’s title, but the 13-year-old from Seoul, Korea (2017) had quite a year. Lee , a student at Saddlebrook, won the very first tournament of the 2011-2012 season (TPC Tampa Bay) and won again in December at the University of Florida. Lee’s final round of 70 did allow him to tie for Low Round honors with Robin Wang of Lake Mary, FL (2017). Wang finished tied for ninth. Lee’s final round of 70 also allowed him to finish tied for 2nd place with three other players.
Finally, Won Jun Lee edged out Sam Horsfield for the East Region Player of the Year award by virtue of his Monday finish. Not a bad day’s work for a thirteen year old.
When all was said and done though the day belonged to Corey Pereira of Cameron Park, CA (2013). Seventeen year old Pereira, a first year player with the FCWT, entered the Championship with a win at Classic Club and finished no worse than tied for 6th place in 5 FCWT tournaments during the regular season. On Friday night, Corey was awarded the West Region Player of the Year award for his outstanding play during the season. On Saturday, Pereira set right to work on winning the Championship.
Corey’s opening round of 69 gave him the lead on Saturday and he worked hard to keep that lead from then on. On Sunday, residual thunderstorms from sub-tropical system Beryl delayed play for two hours. Several groups of players were unable to finish Round Two and had to resume play on Monday morning at 7:30 am. Corey was one of those players. His round of 74 put him in a four-way tie for the lead when the players headed back out to the golf course for a 10:30 shotgun for the Final Round. Corey came on strong on Monday shooting a one under par 71 to finish at 2 under for the tournament – five strokes ahead of 2nd place.
Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, FL (2015) finished in second place with rounds of 75-68-76.
Maxime Blandin of Martinique (2012) finished with a solid round of even par 72 to also tie for 2nd place. Also finishing tied for 2nd was
David Snyder of McAllen,TX (2016) who earned the Boys 13-15 division Central Region Player of the Year award on Friday night.
Joshua Seiple of Castle Rock, CO (2014) finished with a 72 and sole possession of 6th place. Jose Hernandez of the Dominican Republic (2013) finished 7th at 222. Robin Wang who tied Won Jun Lee for Low Round honors finished tied for 8th with Max Donohue of Sioux Falls, SD (2014) and Sam Horsfield, a first team FCWT All-American finished in 10th place with a final round of 72, even par. Congratulations also to Clancy Waugh of North Palm Beach, FL (2013) on his final round of one under par (71). Clancy finished T17, while Andrew Lewis of Canada posted a final round of even par 72 to finish T29.
Yang holds off Bohmer in Girls division
In the Girls division,
Anna Sophia Bohmer fired a 71, one under par on Monday to close the gap between her and overnight leader JiaXin Yang of Beijing, CHINA (2013), but it wasn’t enough.
Miss Yang finished at 214 after firing a 4 under par, 69, on Sunday, two strokes ahead of Miss Bohmer for the win. Miss Yang was playing in her first FCWT tournament. She led this division in birdies with 11. She learned of the FCWT through her coach Dan Saylor. Miss Bohmerwas also playing in her first FCWT tournament. She is currently attending the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. FCWT Girls Player of the Year,
Karen Arimoto of Japan (2015) finished tied for 3rd with
Yuka Kajiki of Japan (2014).
Both attend Gilchrist’s academy. Ailin Li a third year player on the FCWT from China finished in 5th place at 224, 10 strokes back of the winner.
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