Mike Ellison leads the way with big points lead in championship flight
| Florida Times-Union
Ellison won eight tournaments and finished second twice in 11 starts, earning 5,238.33 points in the flight for players from scratch to a -3.9 handicap. He finished 350 points clear of runner-up Brian King.
Also earning spots in the national tournament are John Brendel (A flight, 4-8.9 handicap), Jimmy Schoeing (B flight, 9-13.9 handicap) and Steve Taylor (14 and above handicap). Brendel, who won four tournaments and had eight top-four finishes, had the closest finish of any of the flight winners, nosing out Josh Caputo by 72.5 points.
Schoeing won four times and had three seconds. Taylor had eight top-three finishes and one victory.
The national championship will be 36 holes spread out over four Hilton Head courses, Palmetto Hall, Palmetto Dunes, Dolphin Head and Oyster Reef.
NFJG begins season
The North Florida Junior Foundation Premier Tour begins on Oct. 18 with the Harbor Open, at the Eagle Harbor Golf Club.
The area’s biggest junior tour will have 27 events at 22 courses. Seventeen of the courses are on the First Coast, with the Tour offering events at the Trident Lakes Golf Course on Sub Base King’s Bay, Ga., the University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course, the Palatka Golf Club, Plantation Bay in Ormond Beach and the Mission Inn Resort at Howey-in-the-Hills.
Among the courses on the schedule are the World Golf Hall of Fame Slammer & Squire and King & Bear, Amelia National, Hidden Hills, Queen’s Harbour and the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. The season-ending Tour Championship Aug. 2-3, 2021, will have one round each at Marsh Landing and Glen Kernan.
Other schedule highlights are the Greater Jacksonville Junior Championship July 12-13, 2021 at Eagle Harbor, the Dr. Gordon Ira Invitational June 16-17 at Hyde Park and the Palatka Junior Azalea March 6-7 at the Palatka Golf Club.
There is also the NFJG Par-3 Championship Dec. 19-20 at Palm Valley.
The North Florida Junior Foundation is open to junior players between 7-19 years old, with five age divisions and a collegiate division. It also runs the middle school golf programs in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties and manages a scholarship fund for junior golfers who have participated as members. Since 2008, the Foundation has provided more than $168,000 in financial assistance.
Visit nfjg.org for additional information.
U.S. Amateur Tour launched
The Jacksonville section of the U.S. Amateur Tour will begin its fall season on Oct. 18 with the Conquistador Classic at the St. Johns Golf Club. Additional events will be held at Eagle Harbor, Palencia, Hidden Hills and Amelia River, with entry fees ranging from $105-$145.
The U.S. Amateur Tour has more than 4,000 members nationwide and holds a season-ending national championship. The tournaments are flighted, with handicaps ranging from scratch to 20 and above.
For information, visit usamtour.com or call (904) 318-0038.
DeCenzo wins qualifier
Kyle DeCenzo shot 72 at the St. Johns Golf Club to win a St. Augustine Amateur qualifier by one shot over Tanner Waite.
Jye Pickin got the third and final qualifying berth with a 75, defeating Maxence de Craecker in a playoff. de Craecker is the first alternation, followed by Chris Henderson (76) and William Shrewsbury (76).
The St. Augustine Amateur will be Oct. 9-11.
Burr Foundation date set
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children Champions for Child Safety Pro-Am will be Dec. 8 at The Palencia Club. PGA Tour players Fred Funk, Jim Furyk and Mark McCumber are the honorary co-chairmen.
Tournament officials will take precautions for the health and safety of participants and will ask all golfers and guests to follow CDC guidelines.
Proceeds from the tournament will support MBF Prevention Education Programs, a series of comprehensive, evidence-based/evidence-informed prevention programs that educate and empower children and teens with strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, online dangers, child abuse, exploitation, and child trafficking.
To date, MBF has trained more than 5,000 facilitators who have delivered safety lessons to more than 4.5 million students in 26 states, Washington D.C. and three countries.
For information, visit ChampionsForChildSafety.org, contact Meg Slay at Meg@mbfpreventioneducation.org or call (904) 562-1849.
PGA officers elected
The Northern Chapter PGA elected its officers for 2021, with TPC Sawgrass director of golf Matt Borocz elected president to succeed Tim Cooper of Deerwood.
Wes Tucker (St. Johns Golf Club) is the vice-president, Matt O’Brien (Tallahassee Seminole Legacy Golf Club) is the secretary-treasurer and Mike Broderick (Sawgrass Country Club) is the tournament director.
Jax Amateur venues selected
The Jacksonville Area Golf Association Amateur Championship has set the rotation for the Jacksonville Amateur through 2027.
Next year’s tournament will be at Marsh Landing, followed by Deerwood in 2022, San Jose in 2023, Timuquana in 2024, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club in 2025, the Sawgrass Country Club in 2026 and the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in 2027.