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19th PARS Florida International Junior
Winter Garden, Florida
December 26-31, 2014
Deadline: Dec 19, 2014
With both the overall trophy and 15-18 winner's cup along
with Rafael Geissler from Germany and fellow countrymen players Nina Lang
and Yannick Schuetz.
LUCK IS WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself
that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really
becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I
can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have
it at the beginning.”
The 18th PARS Florida International Junior Championship took place Dec. 28-30.
2013 at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Florida.
Weather conditions were very tough with gusts up to 20 mph and
with rain. Play was suspended on the second round due to
rain flooding the course. All the girls and 12 and under
boys played Panther Lake course and boys played Crooked
Cat. Both were in great shape. Over 30 different country's were
represented with over 90 International players within the field
of 135 players.
Morgan Rodriguez (Delray Beach, FL) won with a
36-37–73 also on the Red Tiger course with a commanding
13-stroke lead. Her older sister finished 9th.
Morgan 6 and Makenna Rodriquez, 10 from Florida tuning up for
the event. Morgan on the left in picture above won her division
and Makenna took fourth place.
The girls 7/8 division was won by
Katie Li of New Jersey. Emma Walsh from Massachusetts took
Yoko Tai from Singapore won the 9-10 division over Lily Walsh older
sister of Emma. Ariel Gonzalez from Mexico took third by losing on a match
of cards to Lily.
In the girls 11-12 age group veteran Michaela
Morard from Alabama beat local star Mimi Chen by 7 shots. Mimi
took runner-up by winning on a match of cards over Nina Lang of
Local favorite Annie Kim from the CORE Golf
Academy at Orange County National captured the 13-14 division.
Runner-up went to past PARS participate Carolina Caminoli of
Italy. Third place was to Andrea Gomez of Mexico another player
Twelve of the seventeen girl players in the
15-18 group were International. However Mary Janiga class
of 2015 from Florida played steady and held on while five girls
were in reach going to the back nine of the final day. Mary had
rounds of 71-73-70-214, 2 under PAR. Runner-up went to Adriana
Fonseca who lives locally and was born in Venezuela. Anna
Buchanan from Georgia shot 2-under 70 the third round which was
good enough to move her into third place. Sure was great
to see Mary win as she was a very late entry and past PARS
participant. Buchanan has been playing PARS for several
years and her game has turned the corner and I am sure college
coaches will zoom in on her as well as Mary. I remember one of
the high lights of my life was a few years ago when the
Buchanan's invited me to the third round of The Masters! We
walked the back nine with their families friend, Golf Channel's
Charlie Rymer. Charlie's three boys walked around as well or
should I say ran all around. Such a nice family. That was
a very special day in my life.
Jake Valentine 6 from the UK won his 6 year old division.
Be sure to keep your eye on this lad in years to come!
Charlie Ward 7, also from the UK beat Alexander Douard 7,
In the nine-ten age division from Northern Ireland,Tom
McGibben 10, won the champion trophy over runner-up Niccolas
Sabogal of Colombia. Tom was only 3 over PAR for the 54-hole
championship. Third place was won by Ayushmaan Jaiswal from
At 6 under PAR 11-12 champ Quentin Debov from France
triumphed in his division over fellow countrymen Hugo Riboud.
Quentin shot three rounds of 70 each day. Rounding out third
place from California is Alexander Yang a very strong player.
Juan Victoria from Colombia was the winner of the 13-14 division with rounds
of 77-69-76. In runner-up position from Arkansas is Braxton Watkins, class of
2018. Fletcher Wunderlich from Ohio finished in third place. Eleven of the
sixteen players in this division were all International
Raphael Geissler from Germany beat fellow countrymen Yannick Schuetz by only
one shot. He took runner-up by a match of cards over Grayson Huff from Idaho.
Keep a good attitude, and you persevere, get some breaks and
make some putts, you can still find a way to POST A GOOD SCORE. Never give up or
let your emotions get the best of your ability. You never know when you are
going to hole a fairway shot or chip shot. If you can reach the green you can
make that shot go into the hole. It happens when you least expect it. But it
PARS is a Parental Assistance Referral Service. We have helped
students who wish to attend college and compete in collegiate golf the past 17 years. Athletic scholarships and financial aid are available for
students that meet the minimum mandatory requirements of the NCAA, NAIA, and
Junior College levels. We have been assisting student athletes since 1995
through the journey of junior golf on to the college level and into Professional
golf. Players from PARS
have been on every NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and junior college
The Florida International Junior Golf Championships help the
junior golfer develop through nationally ranked events. Our professional service
will help the athlete develop into a recognized player who will be known by
We can assist you in setting up a junior schedule and guide
you to Colleges where the level of competition will be equal to your ability. We
will help to make it affordable. PARS will provide you with professional
assistance in selecting recognized junior tournaments to compete. The many
requirements of the various universities can confuse even the most worldly
person. We have the knowledge and the contacts to make it an easier transition.
We will open a direct line to the coach.
Alexa Pano, 8, Florida. I
am coming! Actually Alexa is one of the best in the World of her age!
Altogether two World Championships, twenty two National Championships. Very
special talent that is made possible by a single dad that has been a
head football coach. Talk about tough! She is a gem. Work and practice
ethics second to none. Doral/Publix
Junior 2011 Champ, Starburst Int’l 2011 Champ, nine straight US Kids
Regional Championships. Winner of the San
Diego Jr Masters 2011, two Honda Junior Championships, 2012 Atlanta Junior
Masters Champion, 2012 Florida State Champion. 2012 South Florida Junior
Champion,2011-PARS Florida International Champion.
of my absolute favorite kids in the World. He gave up his bed for me when I was
a guest at his home. I was particularly impressed when his parents told he keeps
his room tidy by himself. His closet was so perfectly organized I could
not believe he did it. All the shoes were together and everything was hung up on
this miniature clothes rack. Than on the side of his home was a soccer field!
Here is this little kid playing soccer with teenagers and adults. He looked like
Magic Johnson with a basketball. He ran rings around around everyone and scored
several times. I could not believe my eyes. Can you agree this kid has a smile
that gleams. Mauricio Figueroa, Mexico 2006 Champion Florida Int'l.
2007, Champion. We all have heard of him and will definitely see him after
college on the PGA Tour. Headed for Texas.
China 2007 PARS Florida Int'l Champion. Looks like he is holding the trophy in
one hand. Not possible. I could hardly HOLD that trophy up. Dad is cropped out
in picture but he is holding trophy from underneath!
Sammantha Fuller, UK. 2006,7, 8, 9, 10,
11 and 12 Florida Int'l Champion!! 7 years in a row! 4x European Champ,
4x British Champ,
4x British Masters Champ,
English Girls Champ
Scottish Girls Champ,
2x Honda Junior Classic,
4x State Champion
Lebioda, Florida 2007-8-9 PARS Florida Int'l Junior Champion. Headed for Florida
State with scholarship. Great student! Has a better swing than Mickleson.
Annabell Fuller, Chiswick, UK Over 20 tournaments PARS Florida International Junior Champion
British U10 Champion
British Masters Champion
Doral/Publix Junior Classic Champion