Meet the HJGT Staff

Mario Conte

Mario Conte

FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mario Conte serves as the Executive Director and founder of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Mario started the HJGT back in 2007 due to his passion for junior golf and turned it into the largest junior tour in the country. In 2017 Mario announced one of the biggest partnerships in the history of junior golf bringing the Nexus group on board as a new partner of the HJGT. Lead partners in Nexus include Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake, and the Tavistock Group.

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Mike Barbato

Mike Barbato

Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as the Chief Operating Officer in March of 2018 based out of Orlando FL. In this role Mike is responsible for designing and implementing the day to day business operations of the tour, including establishing policies that promote company culture and vision, as well as drive performance and growth.

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Sara Even

Sara Even

Manager, Recruitment & Marketing

Sara joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in June of 2019 as a Manager of Marketing. Born and raised in Westland, MI, Sara was a multi-sport athlete which included basketball, golf, and soccer.

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Casey Katz

Casey Katz

Manager, Corporate Sponsorship

Casey joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in February of 2019 as a Manager of Corporate Sponsorship. Casey grew up in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and attended Prep School at Cushing Academy in New England.

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Steve Harrison

Steve Harrison

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Steve grew up in Central Florida and joined International Speedway Corporation, a global leader in the hosting and promoting motorsports as well as a variety of family entertainment and lifestyle events. 

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Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Manager, Hospitality

Nick joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as of September 2019 as the Manager of Hospitality.

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Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett

Director of Operations

Nick first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an operations intern in August of 2018. He was able to excel in that role and was brought on as a Tournament Director in April of 2019.

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Jake Stronach

Jake Stronach

Tournament Director

Jake joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in May of 2019 as a Tournament Director based out of Orlando, FL. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jake grew up playing ice hockey in the winter and golf in the summer time.

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Brett Ammons

Brett Ammons

Tournament Director

Brett joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in January of 2020 as a Tournament Director based out of Orlando, FL.

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Tyler Walrath

Tyler Walrath

Tournament Director

Tyler first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an operations intern in the fall of 2019. He was able to excel in that role and was brought on as a Tournament Director in January of 2020.

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Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Tournament Director

Steve Jones retired from Nationwide Insurance Companies in 2006 after 26 years and joined the HJGT in 2008.

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Brian Chafin

Brian Chafin

Kentucky Director

After forty years in college athletics Brian Chafin retired from Centre College as the Director of Athletics and Director of Golf. Brian joined the HJGT in 2011.

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RECENT RESULTS

Richmond Junior Open

March 7, 2020
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March 8, 2020
Winner : 

Tampa Bay Junior Open

March 7, 2020
 - 
March 8, 2020
Winner : 

Elite Series at Palmetto Hall

March 7, 2020
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March 8, 2020
Winner : 

Fort Lauderdale Junior Open

March 7, 2020
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March 8, 2020
Winner : 

Orlando Junior Open

February 29, 2020
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March 1, 2020
Winner : 

Coastal Carolina Junior Open

February 29, 2020
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March 1, 2020
Winner : 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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