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GILES, SMITH WIN SOUTH FLORIDA JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL JUNIOR PGA
Author: Craig Dolch
June 14th 2019 - BOCA RATON, Fl. (June 13, 2019) Garrett Giles of Palm City is glad he waited out a three-hour rain delay. Giles almost left the South Florida Junior PGA Championship to play in a recreational basketball game because he didn't think the golf tournament would get finished Thursday and the scores would revert to 18 holes. When play finally resumed, Giles made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to rally from a two-shot deficit and win the Boys 16-18 division. Giles shot a 3-under 68 on the Fazio 2 Course at Boca West to finish at 5-under 137 “I had no idea what the greens were going to be like after the delay, but when I saw one of my partners hit it 8 feet past the hole, I played a lot more break and didn't hit it as hard,” said Giles, a senior at Martin County High. “It’s by far the biggest tournament I've won. That partner, Jude Kim of Plantation, three-putted the last hole for a double bogey to finish at 4-under after a 69. Kim had birdied the last three holes before the delay. Andie Smith of Hobe Sound shot 73 to win the Girls 16-18 division by two shots at even par. Gloria Nip of Port St. Lucie had a 71 and finished second at 2-over 144. The winners and runners-up each qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship in July at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Ct. “The delay gave me time to think about what I had to do on the last hole,” said Smith, a sophomore at The Pine School who has committed to Duke. “At the same time, you could also get ahead of yourself. I’m happy to qualify for the tournament in Connecticut.” Nip is no stranger to the national stage, having won the National Drive Chip & Putt and finished runner-up at Augusta National. Considering she just turned 13, this was another impressive performance for the home-schooled Nip. “Winning the Drive Chip & Putt is still my best accomplishment, but this means a lot,” Nip said.