The Junior Golf Foundation of America recently hosted an awards banquet recognizing leading performers in junior golf, ages 4 to 17.
Awards were given to the winners of a series of tournaments, as well as outstanding volunteers and Birdies for Children fundraising participants. The ceremony was a great conclusion to another year of junior golf tournaments in Palm Beach County.
The annual event included a banquet and dinner, awards, and presentations given by JGFA Director Kristin White, JGFA President Mary-Lee Cobick and Palm Beach County Golf Operations Supervisor Bethany King. Winners included:
Tournament Series Awards — Girls Lowest Stroke Average: Madison Moman; Boys Lowest Stroke Average: Tyler Stachkunas; Girls Most Improved Player: Vanessa Berrios; Boys Most Improved Player: Tyler Febles; Volunteer of the Year: Robin Lasell/Danni Rocco; and Special Thank You: Ira Lee.
Players of the Year — Little Linkers (ages 4 to 6): Tyler Lavoie; Girls 7-9: Shanique Smith; Girls 10-11: Lauren Tacher and Christiana Lee; Girls 12-13: Vanessa Berrios; Girls 14 & Older Futures Tour: Margie Lee; Girls 14 & Older LPGA Tour: Stephanie Lee; Boys 7-8: Namo Sae-Chiw; Boys 9-10: Kai Francis; Boys 11-12: Emmanuel Lim; Boys 13-14: Natthawat Sakchawanpob; Boys 15 & Older First Flight: Christopher Lee; Boys 15 & Older Championship Flight: Cameron Owens; JGFA Senior Girls: Skye Demordo; JGFA Junior Girls: Emily Tabora; JGFA Senior Boys: Brandon Board; and JGFA Junior Boys: Mitchell Bernstein.
The 2016-17 awards banquet marked another successful year at the Junior Golf Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization designed to instill valuable lessons such as pride, sportsmanship, honor and etiquette in aspiring junior golfers. The JGFA was co-founded by LPGA professional Donna White in 1995. The JGFA spans across Palm Beach County, based at Okeeheelee Golf Course and Park Ridge Golf Course.
For more information on Junior Golf Foundation of America, or any golf programs offered at Okeeheelee or Park Ridge, call Mary-Lee Cobick at (561) 964-4653 or visit www.jgfa.org.