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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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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Tanner Marzullo

Tanner Marzullo

Manager, Partnership Sales

Tanner joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as the Manager, Partnership Sales in September of 2020.

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Jake Stronach

Jake Stronach

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Jake has moved into this role after running tournaments for over a year joining the HJGT in April of 2019. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jake grew up playing hockey in the winter and golf in the summer time.

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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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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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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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Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis

Tournament Director

Greg Lewis joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as a Tournament Director in June of 2020.

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Nick Wright

Nick Wright

Tournament Director

Nick first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in May of 2020 as a marketing intern. From there, he progressed through the summer doing both marketing and operations and was then brought on by HJGT to become a Tournament Director in July of 2020.

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Campbell Wentworth-Ping

Campbell Wentworth-Ping

Tournament Director

Campbell first joined the Hurricane Junior Tour as an Operations Intern in the summer of 2017.

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Tom Moretti

Tom Moretti

Tournament Director

Tom Moretti first joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour back in the summer of 2019.

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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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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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