Coming off a fourth place finish at the 3A state tournament at Mission Inn & Resort last week as part of the Niceville High golf team, Destin’s Madison Tenore took first place honors in the Florida Junior Tour event at Rocky Bayou Country Club on Sunday.
As a result of the win, Tenore has a spot in the FJT Tour Championship on Dec. 8-9 at The Conservatory at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast.
Tenore was the champion in the 16-18 division on Sunday at Rocky Bayou. She posted a 7-over 151 to capture the first FJT win of her career. Tenore’s best finish prior to this was a second-place finish earlier this year at Capital City.
This past weekend she was in a three-way tie for first at five-over 77 following the first round. Tenore, a sophomore at Niceville High, got the victory with a final round two-over 74 to finish one-stroke ahead of runner-up Lisa Colee of DeLand.
“I’ve been working hard to win one of those tournaments,” said Tenore, who’s been playing in the tour for the past three years. “It was rough.
“It was super windy that first day … I wasn’t in my zone … plus it was cold,” she added. “But I managed to pull it out.”
Tenore shot a birdie in the first round on hole No. 3 and then two birdies on round two, holes No. 7 and 8.
At the state tournament last week, Tenore hit back-to-back birdies to close the books on an even-par 72 for a 1 under par and tie for fourth after a two-day 143 at Mission Inn & Resort.
Tenore's scorecards at state were filled with birdies. Nine of them to be exact, tops in the field of 94 golfers.
On Tuesday, Tenore closed out the final 13 holes 3-under. Then on Wednesday she rebounded from bogeys on the opening holes, birdying Nos. 3 and 9 to cap an even-par 35 on the front nine.
Tenore rolled in birdies on 17 and 18 to become the first Niceville High golfer ever to shoot under par at state.
While Tenore shined on prep golf’s biggest stage, her teammates faltered for an Eagles crew with state title aspirations. Niceville finished fourth at state.
Seth Stringer of the Northwest Florida Daily News contributed to this article.