Local Junior Golf Program Hands Out Awards To Participants

On Friday, May 6, the Junior Golf Foundation of America hosted an awards banquet recognizing excellent performers in junior golf, ages 4 to 17.

Awards were given to the winners of a series of tournaments in 2015, as well as outstanding volunteers and Birdies for Children fundraising participants. The ceremony concluded another successful year of junior golf tournaments in Palm Beach County.

The annual event included a banquet dinner, awards and presentations given by JGFA Director Kristin White, JGFA President Mary-Lee Cobick and PBC Golf Operations Supervisor Bethany King.

Tournament Series Awards went to: Girls Lowest Stroke Average, Haylie Turnquest; Boys Lowest Stroke Average, Tristan Wieland; Girls Most Improved Player, Madisyn Bloom; Boys Most Improved Player, Kristian Urbaitis; Honorable Mention, Madison Moman for a hole-in-one; Volunteer of the Year, Madisyn Bloom; and Special Thank You, Ira Lee.

Players of the Year were: Little Linkers (ages 4-6), Makayla Gai; Girls 7-9, Christiana Lee; Girls 10-11, Lauren Tacher; Girls 12-13, Vanessa Berrios; Girls 14+ Futures Tour, Haylie Turnquest; Girls 14+ LPGA Tour, Hanna Rizzolo and Sydney Jones; Boys 7-8, Tristan Wieland; Boys 9-10, Emmanuel Lim; Boys 11-12, Cameron James; Boys 13-14, Cameron Owens; Boys 15+ First Flight, Jason Nelms; Boys 15+ Championship Flight, Justin Nelms; JGFA Senior Girls, Pam Kitsuwan; JGFA Junior Girls, Madison Gai; JGFA Senior Boys, Tristan Legaspi; and JGFA Junior Boys, Pat Kitsuwan.

The JGFA spans Palm Beach County, based at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, the Park Ridge Golf Course and the John Prince Golf Learning Center.

For more information on the golf programs, call Mary-Lee Cobick at (561) 964-4653 or visit www.jgfa.org.

ABOVE: Mary-Lee Cobick and Ashley Turnquest with the recipient of the Girls 12-13 Division Award, Vanessa Berrios.