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

Director of Marketing

Sara joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in June of 2019. She was born and raised in Westland, Michigan and accepted a position as the Director of Marketing for HJGT, shortly after relocating to sunny Florida. She grew up a multi-sport athlete which included basketball, soccer and her main passion, golf.

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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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Ryan Sorrow

Ryan Sorrow

Manager, Course Scheduling

Ryan first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as a course scheduling intern back in 2020.

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Tyler Walrath

Tyler Walrath

Senior 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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Cooper Henry

Cooper Henry

Tournament Director

Cooper first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an Operations Intern in the summer of 2018.

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Tyler Mgebroff

Tyler Mgebroff

Tournament Director

Tyler joined HJGT in the Fall of 2020 as an operations intern. After the completion of the internship he was officially hired as a Tournament Director for the 2021 season.

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Corey Burke

Corey Burke

Tournament Director

Corey first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an Operations Intern in the summer of 2020.

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Mike McCay

Mike McCay

Tournament Director

Mike first Joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in September 2021.

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Noah Purvis

Noah Purvis

Tournament Director

Noah Purvis is in his first season as the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Director. He came to the tour after earning his degree in Business Administration in Management from Saint Leo University.

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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

Wigman Fall Junior Open

November 20, 2021
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November 21, 2021
Winner : 

Huntsville Fall Junior Open

November 20, 2021
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November 21, 2021
Winner : 

Fall College Prep Series at NC State

November 20, 2021
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November 21, 2021
Winner : 

World Golf Village Fall Junior Open

November 20, 2021
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November 21, 2021
Winner : 

Southeast Florida Winter Junior Open

November 20, 2021
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November 21, 2021
Winner : 

Atlanta Fall Junior Open

November 13, 2021
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November 14, 2021
Winner : 

Myrtle Beach Fall Junior Open

November 13, 2021
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November 14, 2021
Winner : 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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