Maria Jose Marin and Nicholas Prieto win the 58th annual Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship at the Biltmore Hotel

1/10, 8:30 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Coral Gables, Florida, Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark and luxury hotel in the heart of Coral Gables, congratulates the winners of the 58th annual Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship of 2022 – Maria Jose Marin of Colombia and Florida’s own Nicholas Prieto. As with previous championships, from January 2–6th of this year the best junior golfers in the world competed for the prestigious 2022 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship title. A full list of scores for this championship can be found at

 Marin and Prieto join a roster of Junior Orange Bowl International champions with prestigious golf names such as Tiger Woods (1991), Hall of Famer Inbee Park (2002), and LPGA major winners Cristie Kerr (1994), Lexi Thompson (2009), Ariya Jutanugarn (2010), and Brooke Henderson (2013). And this year’s field brought together entrants from such diverse locales as Ukraine, Jamaica, Serbia, Slovenia, Thailand, Guatemala, Bulgaria, India, Zimbabwe, Peru, Turkey, Iceland and Barbados.

Prieto became the first Miami golfer to put his name on the Junior Orange Bowl trophy since James Vargas blitzed the Biltmore field in 2001. Additionally, no Florida entrant had won since Thompson’s 2009 triumph. “That’s pretty cool to be on that list,” said Prieto, a homeschool student who lives 20 minutes from the Biltmore. Colombia’s Marin captured the girls’ division, whose third-round 63 stroke broke Paula Creamer’s 20-year girls’ scoring record. “It is an honor that my name will be alongside all those great players,” said Marin.

“It is always exciting to see these talented players get their first title at the Biltmore and then see their professional golf careers take-off from here,” said Tom Prescott, Executive Vice President at the Biltmore of Prieto and Marin’s wins. The Biltmore Golf Course has hosted the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship since 1964.

“We are excited to have Prieto and Marin as part of our history of winners list.  We look forward to following their success. They are certainly very deserving of this accomplishment,” said, J.R. Steinbauer, Tournament Director, Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship. “We are also very proud of the continued partnership we have with The Biltmore that continues to make this championship event a huge success.”

The Biltmore Golf Course is also the headquarters of the University of Miami women’s golf team as well as the home to the Jim McLean Golf School, the latter of which has consistently been rated as the #1 Golf School in America.

To learn more about Biltmore Hotel golf visit or call (305) 460-5364. For more information on the tournament, visit And for more information on the Biltmore Hotel, visit or call (800) 727-1926.


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Veronica Villegas Baldwin
The Biltmore Hotel - Miami
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