SSM COE Golfers Dominate at TPC Sawgrass
SSM Golfers finished strong on the final day of the Plantations Junior Tour event at TPC Sawgrass. The final round was played on the Stadium Course which plays host to the PGA Tour’s Players Championship. Nathan Zhao fired a final round 80 which allowed him to win the tournament by 2 shots in the Boys 14-19 age group. Nathan’s round started out rough with a front nine score of 43 and trailed David Baker of North Carolina by 3 shots going into the final 9 holes. Zhao buckled down and finished strong with a 1 over par 37 on the final nine holes to take the crown by 2 shots over Baker. This is Nathan’s first win in a national junior tour event. Phillip Baumberger finished just as strong as Zhao with a back nine score of 38 to follow up his 48 on the front nine and was able to edge out fellow SSM golfer, Jake Curwin, by one shot who tool sole 4th place. Sydney Brickey was able to move up a few spots by shooting her best competitive round with a final round of 87.
For all of you wondering about the famous #17 island green at Sawgrass, SSM golfers tamed it pretty well. Every one of the golfers hit the green on their first shot, which is a great accomplishment. #18 did jump up and get the best of Sydney and Jake but Phillip was able to birdie the 18th with 3 great shots. The golfers will have a break in competition until February 17th when they head west to California.