Guillot wins Match Play Championship
Chase Guillot (Cornerstone '23) fired the low qualifying round (71) on Friday and continued his strong play throughout the weekend to win the Woods Flight of the 2020 MFJGT Match Play Championship at Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala. Guillot won his semi-final match on Saturday by defeating PK Yonge's Ian Lentz ('23) 2&1 to make it to Sunday's Championship Match. In the Championship, Guillot squared off with recent Lake Weir graduate and St Mary-in-the-Woods signee, Erol Eldem. Eldem also fired 71 in qualifying to secure the 2nd seed and went on to defeat First Academy-Leesburg rising-junior Michael Woodley in the other semi-final. In the Championship Match Guillot used steady play to get out to an early lead over Eldem. Guillot said, "My iron play was really strong and I felt like I was able to put pressure on my opponents by hitting a ton of greens." He went on to say "the flat stick was also working too. I made everything inside 6 feet." This combination of great play had Guillot 5 up with 5 holes to play. Eldem managed to hang in there with a couple of great birdies including a long chip in on the 15th hole, but Guillot managed to close things out 3&1 on the 17th hole.
The field was divided into three flights after Friday's qualifying round. In the Nicklaus Flight, Trey Galbraith ('24) epitomized steady play to take the Championship home to Madison, Florida with a 4&3 win over Gainesville St Francis' Zach Baldwin ('21). Galbraith had to win a great match on Saturday against Ocala Trinity Catholic's Nathan Hillan ('23) in extra holes to make his way to the final. Finally, in the Palmer Flight, Ocala Trinity Catholic's Rosario Briercheck ('22) defeated Gainesville Sante Fe Junior Trace Spires 2&1. The win was Briercheck's first ever on the MFJGT.
The Tour takes next weekend off to celebrate the 4th of July but resumes play on Saturday July 11th at Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala.
July 11 One Day Event: Stone Creek Golf Club, Ocala 1pm
July 18/19 2nd Annual MFJGT Mission Inn Jr Championship
Mission Inn Golf and Resort, Howie-in-the-Hills
July 25 One Day Event: Ironwood Golf Club, 1230pm, Gainesville
August 1 One Day Event: Harbor Hills Country Club, 1230pm, Lady Lake
August 22 One Day Event: Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 1230pm, Summerfield
August 29/30 1st Annual Quail Heights Junior Open
Quail Heights Country Club, Lake City
September 12 One Day Event: Juliette Falls Country Club 1230pm, Dunnellon
September 20 One Day Event: Candler Hills Golf Club 1230pm, Ocala
September 26 One Day Event: Eagle Ridge Golf Club 1230pm, Summerfield
October 3/4 MFJGT Lake County Jr Open
Mission Inn Golf and Resort, Howie in the Hills
October 18 One Day Event: The Country Club of Ocala, 1pm, Ocala
November 7 One Day Event: Stone Creek Golf Club 1230pm, Ocala
November 21 One Day Event: Harbor Hills Country Club, 1230pm, Lady Lake
December 5 One Day Event: Ironwood Golf Club, 1230pm, Gainesville
December 19/20 6th Annual Tour Championship
Stone Creek Golf Club 1230pm