July 13, 2012
Hank Lebioda, who will be a freshman member of the nationally ranked Florida State men’s golf team in the fall, won the individual championship at the 58th Florida Boy’s Junior Championship at the Sawgrass Country Club and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on July 12. Lebioda won the championship of the 16-18 age group for the second time in his career as he carded a three round total of 210 to outdistance the second place golfer by four strokes to win the title.
“I’m really pleased that I could end my junior golf career with a win,” said Lebioda shortly after claiming the win. “I am happy with how I played and I hope that this win will give me some momentum heading into my freshman season at Florida State.”
Lebioda (Winter Springs, Fla.) carded scores of 69-71-70 for his 210 total in winning the championship. He was the only golfer in the 115-player field who finished with three consecutive sores under par on the historic pair of par 72 courses played over the three days and 54 holes of the event. Lebioda was one of only two players to finish the event under par the second placed golfer finished with a 2 under par score of 214) and was the only golfer to finish with all three of his scores below par.
Lebioda is only the fourth golfer in the history of the tournament to win the championship twice during his career. During his victory in this tournament in 2010, Lebioda shot a 64 in the first round to tie the course record at Grand Cypress in Orlando.
Lebioda was in a tie for third place after a first round score of 69 left him two shots behind the leader who finished with a 67 over the first 18 holes. He moved into second place after carding a second round score of 71 for a two day total of 140. Entering the third and final round he was one stroke behind the lead but carded the lowest score of the final round — a 2 under par 70 – to win the event.
Lebioda graduated from Trinity Prep in Winter Park in May and was named the Orange County Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior. He was named an American Junior Golf Association Rolex All-American as a senior and graduated from high school with a 4.06 grade point average for his academic career.
Florida State finished in ninth place at the 2012 NCAA Division I Championship Finals in June and has finished in the top 10 of the national standings in two of the last three seasons.