Thursday, June 01, 2017

Clay Today Golf Article - Orange Park Open 06/01/17

We received a message from Clay Today Sports writer, Randy Leftko,  about AA's first place finish at the NFJG "Orange Park Open". He asked to use a photo we posted on Facebook and I responded with a yes and info about our Clay County friend, Tyler, since he won the Foundation Boys group.
Randy wrote a lengthy article about the Foundation Boys and Girls results - Thank you Randy! 

Morgan, Mawhinney win Orange Park Open golf crowns

Ties for top round 37 by Randy Lefko

FLEMING ISLAND – With second round 37 scores on the Golf Club of Fleming Island course, Orange Park junior golf titan Alyzabeth Morgan and Fleming Island wonder kid Tyler Mawhinney both won the Foundation players division of the Orange Park Open staged May 27-28 by the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation.
The Foundation Tour is a 9-hole competitive playing division consisting of players ages 7 – 12. Players on the Foundation Tour are mentored throughout the season to prepare them for the Rising or Elite Tours.
Morgan, 10, with two recent first place finishes; at the Lake City Open on May 7 and at the Titleist Invitational at St. Johns Golf Club in St. Augustine on April 23, now has eight first place titles since January with a second place on April 15 at the University of Florida Invitational in Gainesville. Morgan leads the Foundation Girls spring series points race with 4,400 points off her eight wins with second place at 2,050 points.
At the Orange Park Open, Morgan shot the first round, a nine hole match, to a 45 score at nine stroke over par as she struggled with eight bogies and just one par.
In the second round, Morgan settled in and improved on the back nine at Fleming Island with three opening birdies to end with a 37 score. Morgan had just three bogies; one over par, and a birdie on the treacherous 17th hole before scoring par on the 18th to tie the best round of the day; boys or girls. Morgan finished with an 82 total score; 11 over par.
Grayson Kindig, 12, of St. Augustine, finished second to Morgan at 113 for both rounds.
In the Foundation Boys matches, Fleming Island’s Tyler Mawhinney, 9, edged out by one stroke, 79-80, to win his division with a 79 total score. Mawhinney also scored a tournament low 37 on the second round after a 42 in the first round.
Matthew French, 12, of Orange Park, was second to Mawhinney with his 80 off rounds of 41 and 39.
In round one, Mawhinney scored four pars with four bogies and one double bogie to finish at 42 with French holding a one stroke lead at 41 with four pars and five bogies.
In the second round, Mawhinney bogied his first two holes; 10 and 11, before hitting a birdie on 12 and parring 13. Mawhinney also birdied 15.
French birdied 10, but double bogied 11 to tie the score before a triple bogie on 13 proved disastrous. French fought back with three pars to Mawhinney’s bogies on 14 and 16 and a birdie on 15 to set up a game-winning 17th and 18th hole finish.
On 17, Mawhinney parred with French going bogie while French birdied 18 to Mawhinney’s par to finish one stroke behind Mawhinney. French, with seven tournament finishes, leads the Foundation points series with 3,712.50 points ahead of Richard Ruth of Jacksonville who has 3,525 points in nine events. French finished second at Lake City and won the Titleist Invitational. The Orange Park Open was Mawhinney’s first match.
Next on the NFJG schedule are matches at Hyde Park June 7-8 (Dr. Gordon Ira Classic), St. Johns Golf and Country Club June 12 (North Florida PGA) and the GolfPlex in Jax June 13-16 (TEEITUP Junior Camp #1). NFJG will host camps throughout the summer through July 28.

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