SURI OVERCOMES DEFICIT TO CAPTURE MEDALIST HONORS AT BLACK BEAR GOLF CLUB
Improved weather conditions lead to six sub-par final rounds
EUSTIS, Fla. Julian Suri of St. Augustine, Fla., put together a solid 3-under-par final-round 69 to medal in the Medicus Preseason Junior at Black Bear. Suri was tied for third place after a first-round 74 and carded five final-round birdies. By overcoming a two-stroke deficit, Suri was able to medal in his first American Junior Golf Association tournament.
Conducted by the AJGA, the Medicus Preseason Junior at Black Bear was held at Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis, Fla. Part of the Medicus Preseason/Postseason Junior Series, the tournament was a 36-hole stroke play event and consisted of 72 boys, ages 12-18, from 19 states and Canada. The par-72 golf course played to 6,867 yards.
This was Suri's first AJGA tournament and he was very pleased with his performance.
I played well with an exception of my misfired approach shot on the final hole, Suri said. I hit a lot of greens and gave myself plenty of birdie opportunities.
Suri was very consistent shooting 34 on the front nine and 35 on the back nine with only two bogeys in the final round. He began the round with a birdie on No. 1 and was able to finish the front nine strong with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9. He hit 14 greens in regulation which led to only 29 putts.
The win means a lot to me. I have always wanted to play in AJGA events, Suri said. I plan on entering more qualifying events so I can play in many AJGA tournaments in the near future.
Logan Blondell of Lakeland, Fla., and Major Forbess of Jacksonville, Fla., finished tied for second place. Blondell and Forbes each carded four final-round birdies to finish the tournament with 36-hole totals of 146. Graham rounded out the tie for second-place with a final-round 74.
Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., and George Letson of Tampa, Fla., tied for fifth place with tournament totals of 147. David Jeh of Bradenton, Fla., and Bradley Freed of Weston, Fla., tied for seventh place with matching 148s. Robby Carl of Valrico, Fla., and Kenny Leech of Deerfield Beach, Fla., rounded out the top ten with tournament totals of 149.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA, the largest Association of its kind, has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
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