One of the highlights of the golf season for the Jacksonville Area Golf Association has nothing to do with birdies and bogeys.
JAGA held its annual scholarship banquet at Deerwood Country Club on Thursday, with 15 recent high school graduates recognized for winning $1,000 grants for each semester of the 2022-23 school year.
The scholarships are renewable each year for up to eight semesters, based on criteria such as cumulative grade point average. The latest scholarship recipients brought the number of students currently receiving financial aid from JAGA to 42, the highest number on record.
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The money is raised through JAGA events and donations from member clubs.
The recipients are children or grandchildren of members or employees of a JAGA member club on the First Coast. Each was sponsored by their club’s JAGA manager.
“This is the result of the excellent work that the JAGA Trustees have done over the year to fundraise and identify so many excellent college candidates to their respective clubs,” said Ken Hicks, the scholarship trustee. “The caliber of students we interviewed was very impressive. They will undoubtedly become leaders in Jacksonville or wherever their lives and careers take them.”
Since the JAGA Scholarship Trust was established in 1974, approximately $1.8 million has been awarded to 375 students. Some have had careers in golf, as club managers or superintendents, and others have toured professionally or embarked on careers outside of the golf industry.
The 2022-23 recipients, with their JAGA club, high school and intended college destination.
• Brooklyn Cameron, Marsh Creek Country Club, Creekside High, Tallahassee Community College.
• Samantha Clark, Palatka Golf Club, Palatka High, Eastern Florida State College.
• Andrew Davis, Moore-Meyers Children’s Fund, Fleming Island High, Florida State College in Jacksonville.
• Jayden Diaz, Atlantic Beach Country Club, Fletcher High, Florida Gulf Coast.
• Jake Felman, Deerwood Country Club, Christ Church Academy, Florida State College in Jacksonville.
• Nicholas Flowers, Brentwood Golf Club, Paxon High, Maryland-Eastern Shore.
• Sarah Harper, Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, Fletcher High, Palm Beach Atlantic.
• Katey Kroog, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, Ponte Vedra High, State of Florida.
• Tori Mouton, South Hampton, Bolles School, North Carolina A&T.
• Annabelle Mozingo, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, Providence School, UNC-Asheville.
• Manyi Ngu, Brentwood Golf Club, Stanton Prep, Florida Atlantic.
• Wesley Pacheco, Hyde Park Golf Club, Bishop Kenny High, Tallahassee Community College.
• Jenna Roach, Eagle Harbor Golf Club, Fleming Island High, Barton College.
• Bailey Studt, Hyde Park Golf Club, West Nassau High, Florida State College in Jacksonville.
• Davis White, Deerwood Country Club, Creekside High, North Florida.
Information about donating to the JAGA Scholarship Trust can be found by visiting jaxareagolf.org.
Pierce wins in Europe
Chloe Pierce from Ponte Vedra Beach won her age group at the US Kids European Championship on June 2, and she did it in spectacular fashion.
Pierce shot three consecutive nine-hole scores of 37, then birdied 15ft on the playoff opening hole at Longniddry Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland, to beat Claudia Bananjarska Offenbach from Denmark and won the 9-year-old girls division. Both players shot 3 of 111 for 27 holes.
Pierce, who has been golfing for two years, led or shared the wire-to-wire lead. She birdied the ninth hole in each of the first two rounds, then birdied the numbers 5 and 6 in the third round and closed with three straight pars.
Same rating, different destinations
First Coast Products Moses Compan of Jacksonville and Andrew Riley of St. Johns both shot 5-under 67 to earn qualifying for two of the biggest tournaments in the state.
Compaan was bogey-free at Palencia Club and won a Florida Open qualifier by four strokes over Sam Ohno from Ponte Vedra beach. Compaan birdied his first hole and then his last two to secure his spot at Bradenton Country Club and the Lakewood National July 15-17.
Peer-to-peer 72 qualifications have also been Brandon Mancheno of Jacksonville, Mitchell Gregson of Saint Augustine and Cory Howard of Jacksonville. Howard birdied his last hole to avoid the playoffs.
Riley, who became the first player in Palm Beach Atlantic history to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament in the spring, had just one bogey at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee and won an amateur qualifier from Florida. by three strokes. He will play Bear’s Club and the Lost Tree from June 23-26.
UNF signs Peru native
The University of North Florida has signed Alexander Ramos of Lima, Peru, who recorded nine wins and 14 top-three finishes in his native country.
Ramos is the first international player the UNF has signed since Nease graduate Kevin Phelan (Ireland) in 2012-13. He is a former winner of the South American Junior Championship and the Doral Junior Open.
Ramos had a 4.0 grade point average in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.