Slayden, Duff among top five at state junior boys

CHRISTINA.KELSO@STAUGUSTINE.COM Ponte Vedra Beach’s Spenser Slayden is fifth after two rounds in the 16-18 division of the Florida State Junior Boys Championship.

Spenser Slayden of Ponte Vedra Beach played his last seven holes at the Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach at 2-under with no bogeys on Saturday to finish in solo fifth place after two rounds of the 16-18 division of the Florida State Junior Boys Championship.


Slayden, a recent Ponte Vedra High graduate and The Record’s 2016 Golfer of the Year, shot 70 and at 2-under-par 142, enters the final round on Sunday six shots behind leader Fred Biondi of Port St. Lucie, who had a bogey-free 64 at Bent Pine to take a three-shot lead at 8-under 136. Biondi won the 13-15 division last year at the King & Bear.

Manuel Girona of Orlando (66 at Bent Pine), a University of Florida commitment for next season, and Alexander Vogelsong of Palm City (72 at Bent Pine) are tied for second at 5-under.

Arden Brake of Green Cove Springs (73 at Bent Pine), is tied for 10th at 1-over 145. He had two early bogeys but also finished strong, playing his last 11 holes at 1-under, with no bogeys.

Samuel King of Ponte Vedra (69 at Bent Pine) shaved eight strokes off his first-round score at Orchid Island and is tied for 13th at 2-over.

In the 13-15 division, Jason Duff of Elkton, a rising sophomore at Menendez High School, birdied three of his first four holes at the Orchid Island Club and finished with a 71 to tie for fourth at 4-under 140, three shots behind leader Tyler Wilkes of Tampa, another Florida commitment. Will Davis of Jacksonville (71 at Orchid Island) made only one bogey and is alone in eighth at 2-under.

Those who made the cut will play the final round at Bent Pine.