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By PGA of America, 11/07/15, 11:15PM EST

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Saturday was an action-packed day at the 2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship. 

Play kicked off early at 8am due to the threat of afternoon thunderstorms. The storms, which failed to materialize, meant that the fourth session was completed by early afternoon and the standings - which dictate which teams play for which spot during Sunday's Championship session - were set.

Amazingly, for the fifth year in a row teams from the states of Georgia and California are competing for the title. Since 2011, teams from Georgia and California have alternated championship titles, with Georgia winning the first title and California winning last year's 2014 title. Neither of the teams competing in tomorrow's Championship match have participated in the Championship previously.

For a full review of today's action, check out the photos above and the daily recap below. Be sure to tune in tomorrow, both on PGAJLG.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope to follow the action as it unfolds.


TEAMS FROM CALIFORNIA AND GEORGIA TO COMPETE FOR PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2015) – For the fifth straight year, teams that have qualified from the states of California and Georgia will compete for the PGA Junior League Golf Championship title, at Disney's Palm Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Both teams feature a 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Champion in Jake Peacock of Team Georgia; and Jay Leng Jr., of Team California. Peacock is from Alpharetta, Georgia, and Leng Jr. resides in Rancho Santa Fe, California. In addition, Team California's Shane Ffrench (also of Rancho Santa Fe) placed third in his age division at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship earlier this year at Augusta National Golf Club.

Team California (San Diego) finished with a perfect 3-0 record, amassing 22.5 points in the West Division. They defeated Team Oklahoma (Tulsa) in the morning session 9-3.

"This team has really stepped it up and risen to the challenge, while smiling and having fun at the same time," said PGA Professional John Mason, Captain of Team California. "The kids have really gelled as a team and became close friends through this experience."

In the East Division, Team Georgia (Alpharetta) also secured a perfect 3-0 record with 24 points, defeating both Team South Carolina (Columbia) 6.5-5.5 in today's morning session and Team New Jersey (Hillsborough) 8-4 in the afternoon session.

"The team fought hard to get here," said PGA Professional Tom Joyce Jr., Captain of Team Georgia. "We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day, and the kids have had a great time both on and off the course."

Teams representating the state of Georgia have won the PGA Junior League Golf Championship in 2011 and 2013, and teams from California have captured the title in 2012 and 2014.

Team Ohio and Team New Jersey will compete for third and fourth place; Team Illinois and Team South Carolina will compete for fifth and sixth place; and Team Connecticut and Team Oklahoma will compete for seventh and eighth place. The matches begin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Following the competition, Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer will host the awards ceremony.

The PGA Junior League Golf Championship features nine-hole matches played in a popular two-person scramble format, with points awarded based on number of holes won. Final scoring is based on the record of matches won, tied and lost. Each team played three matches between Friday and Saturday to determine a winner in the East and West Division, who compete for the Championship title.

Team Georgia (Alpharetta):

  • Team Captain: PGA Professional Tom Joyce Jr.
  • Assistant Coach: Terry Peacock
  • Jake Peacock
  • Peyton Balent
  • Bruce Murphy
  • Deven Patel
  • Will Morlan
  • Michael Dotson
  • Owen Doherty
  • Will Stakel
  • Blake Parkman
  • Myles Jones
  • Alternates: McCord Grice, Joe Carter

Team California (San Diego):

  • Team Captain: PGA Professional John Mason
  • Assistant Coach: Jackie DeWald-Mason
  • Nicholas Chang
  • Shane Ffrench
  • Jay Leng Jr.
  • Jackson Moss
  • Krando Nishiba
  • Dylan Oyama
  • Ryan Smith
  • Jared Tran
  • Jaycie Stewart
  • Daina Tsuru
  • Alternate: Ryan Mellick

East Division - Saturday Record:

  1. Georgia (Alpharetta): 3-0, 24 points
  2. New Jersey (Hillsborough): 1-2, 17.5 points
  3. South Carolina (Columbia): 1-2, 16.5 points
  4. Connecticut (Hartford): 1-2, 14 points

West Division - Saturday Record:

  1. California (San Diego): 3-0, 22.5 points
  2. Ohio (Cleveland): 2-1, 20 points
  3. Illinois (Chicago): 1-2, 17 points
  4. Oklahoma (Tulsa): 0-3, 12.5 points