Junior Golf Participants Are National Champions

Participants in the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department’s junior golf program were among the champions crowned at the second annual LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Team Championship on June 12 at the Kiawah Island Club in Charleston, S.C.

Mary Janiga of Wellington and Megan Turnquest of Loxahatchee, both 16, won the Bell-McIntyre division. The duo scored a 69 and a 71 for a two-day total of 140, 10 strokes better than their nearest competitors on the challenging River Course.

Hannah Foster, 12, of Hobe Sound and Haylie Turnquest, 10, of Loxahatchee, won the Sandy LaBauve division with a two-day total of 145.

Megan Turnquest, her sister Haylie, and Mary Janiga are longtime participants in the county’s junior golf program at the Okeeheelee Golf Course. The course offers 27 holes of championship golf and is an official LPGA-USGA site.

Golf Professional Services Inc. and the Junior Golf Foundation of America, under the direction of Mary-Lee Cobick, provide junior golf programs in partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department at the Okeeheelee and Park Ridge golf courses, and the John Prince Golf Learning Center. Independent junior programs are also available at the Osprey Point and Southwinds golf courses.

The mission of the junior golf program is to provide all youth the opportunity to learn and play golf. Palm Beach County is committed to growing the game and removing the barriers to junior golf by offering reduced greens fees, use of junior clubs and the junior golf card program, which provides substantial benefits at discounted prices. For more info., visit www.pbcgolf.com.

 ABOVE: Palm Beach County’s Junior Golf national champions.