State?s Best Boys and Girls Ages 13-15 to Compete on Tournament-Tested Course
(DELAND, Fla.) – Victoria Hills Golf Club – the award-winning Ron Garl design at the heart of Victoria Park, a St. Joe community in historic DeLand – will host some of the state’s top young golfers when the Florida Junior Tour visits February 9-10.
Boys and girls in the 13-15 age group will compete over two days at Victoria Hills, where they’ll test their games on the challenging Ron Garl-designed layout. The boys will play from tees set at approximately 6,700 yards, with the girls’ tees in the 5,800-yard range. Top finishers receive Florida Junior Tour rankings points as well as points toward exemptions into American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments. The event is sponsored by theDavid Leadbetter Golf Academy.
The home course of the Stetson University men’s and women’s golf teams, Victoria Hills has hosted many high-level events since opening in 2001. The course held a U.S. Open Qualifier in 2007 and has staged a U.S. Senior Open qualifier and NCAA collegiate events over the past three years. Victoria Hills has also emerged as one of the most highly decorated courses in the state, garnering “best of” recognition from GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest,Travel + Leisure Golf, Golfweek, the Orlando Sentinel and Golf Life Orlando.
“We’re proud to serve as a host site for the Florida Junior Tour and look forward to 36 holes of great competition among the boys and girls,” says Matt Payne, Victoria Hills Head Professional. “We believe Victoria Hills will present a fun, fair challenge for the talented juniors playing in this event.”
For more information about the Florida Junior Tour, visit www.floridajuniortour.org or call 813.632.3742. For more information about Victoria Hills or to book tee times, visit www.stjoegolf.com or call 386.738.6000.
About Victoria Hills Golf Club
Victoria Hills was named one of Florida’s “Hidden Gems” by Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine, and has become one of the most sought-after rounds of golf in central Florida. Tucked away in the historic college town of DeLand, the course is conveniently located between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Designed by Ron Garl, the stunning layout boasts more than 50-feet of elevation change, taking advantage of the area’s natural rolling hills, foliage and wetlands. Tall pines and majestic oaks frame the course while sandy waste areas and pristine lakes make for inspiring sight lines.
Other accolades for Victoria Hills include:
* “Top 10 You Can Play” – GOLF Magazine
* “4-1/2 Stars” – Golf Digest
* “America’s Best Residential Golf Course” – Golfweek
* “America’s Top 40 Best New Courses” – Golfweek
* “No. 8 Course in the State” – Golfweek
* “No. 2 Florida Public Course of the New Millennium” – Travel + Leisure Golf
* “Florida’s Best New Golf Course” – Florida Golf News
* “One of the region’s Top 10 courses” – Orlando Sentinel
* “Best 18 holes in Orlando” – Golf Life Orlando
About Victoria Park
Victoria Park features housing options for families of all sizes with new homes priced from the high $100,000s to more than $1 million. In addition to the award-winning Victoria Hills Golf Club, the community boasts other impressive amenities including: a 22-acre lake park, fitness center; swimming pool; lighted tennis courts; walking trails; bike lanes; playground and picnic facilities. An amphitheater serves as the focal point for community events facilitated by on-site Art of Living staff. Proximity to vibrant metro areas like Orlando and Daytona Beach and a number of cultural centers make Victoria Park an attractive option for those interested in city life conveniences and the personal familiarity of a smaller community. Several educational opportunities are available to residents including Stetson University, Florida’s first private university, and a number of excellent public schools. FreedomElementary School, an A-rated DeLand public school, is located adjacent to the community. DeLand Middle and High Schools are just minutes away. For more information, visit JOE.com | Keyword: Victoria Park
The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a publicly held company based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida’s largest real estate development companies. We are primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber. JOE’s mission is to create places that inspire people and make the region an even better place to live, work and play. We’re no ordinary JOE.
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