1st Annual Academy Cup Celebration, FL Oct. 11-12

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Celebration, FL on October 11-12, 2014 for the 1st Annual Academy Cup. Players enjoyed beautiful sunny weather for both days of the competition with temperatures reaching into the mid 80’s. Winners of both the Boys 15-18 division and the Girls 15-18 division received invitations to the HJGT Tour Championship and both divisions were ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top 10 finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. The top boy and girl finisher earned four AJGA performance stars and the top five finishers in the boys 15-18 division also earned one AJGA performance star. Unique to this tournament was the Academy Cup competition. This entailed taking the top 6 out of 7 scores for the boys and top 2 out 3 scores for the girls from the participating academies. Players from four of the best junior golf academies battled for two days at Celebration Golf Club to win their academy’s name on the front of the HJGT Academy Cup. Four elite junior golf academies descended on Celebration Golf Club this weekend to prove who is the best academy on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy, the Junior Players Golf Academy, the Core Golf Academy, and the Don Law Golf Academy all brought their best to compete and they did not disappoint. Over the weekend the field at the academy cup racked up 187 total birdies and saw 6 players shoot at least one round under par. When the competition came to a close it was the Mike Bender’s Elite Golf Academy that proved to be most worthy of the Academy Cup with an outstanding score of 1214. Leading the charge for the Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy on the boys side was Thomas Alkins who shot an impressive 151 total that included 6 birdies and 21 pars over the two days. On the girls side for the Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy was Claire Fitzgerlad. Fitzgerald had an great first round shooting even par with 16 pars and 1 birdie and finishing with a two round total of 146 enough for 2nd place in our individual competition. Other impressive rounds from the Mike Bender Golf Academy came from Jenifer Zhou (74, 76) who finished in 3rd place individually and Alex Hu (79, 73) to finish in 13th place individually. Coming in second place  with a  total team score of 1232 was the Don Law Golf Academy out of  Port St. Lucie, FL. The top performer this weekend from the Don Law Golf Academy was Krit Oukosavanna who posted a fantastic 148 to finish in 4th place individually. Krit finished the weekend with 4 birdies and 25 pars. Other notables from the Don Law Academy were Ryder Sutcliffe who shot 71 the first round (T10) and Valeria Pacheco who posted a 153 good enough for 5th individually. Finishing in third place for the Academy Cup was the Core Golf Academy with a team total of 1233. The Core Golf Academy was down by 22 strokes to the Don Law Golf Academy after the first round and had a very impressive comeback in round two to pull within one stroke of 2nd place. Two boys 15-18 players from the Core Golf Academy finished in the top 5 individually. Those two players were Anthony Truong and Alex Lee. Truong (73, 71) and Lee (75, 74) played very consistent golf this weekend with both players shot in the low to mid 70’s both rounds. Lucy Hou improved by 12 strokes from round 1 to round 2 during Core Golf’s mighty comeback. Rounding out the Academy Cup was the JPGA who due to injuries was unable to post a final total. They did however have some very inspired play from one member of their team though. Daniel Oh finished in first place individually in the boys 15-18 division with a scorching 6 under par total, giving him a 5 shot victory.  

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The boys 15-18 winner was Daniel Oh, from Hilton Head Island, SC. Oh finished with a two day total of 138, 6 under par. Daniel fired a solid 71 on the first round to get himself in the top ten of the individual scorers. Fifteen players were within 7 strokes of each other, leaving little room for error in day two of the tournament. Clearly Oh felt no pressure with a bogey free round on day two, finishing with a 5 under par, 67.  This was Oh’s second consecutive victory on the HJGT and he is looking to continue that streak a few weeks from now at the Low Country Junior Shootout.Coming in 2nd place was Jan Schneider of Hilton Head, SC  who led after first round after posting a blistering 4-under par, 68. Schneider finished with 6 birdies on the weekend including 2 birdies on our Breast Cancer Awareness donation holes raised $2 towards the HJGT’s $1000 goal to drive out Breast Cancer. Finishing 3rd was Anthony Truong from Winter Garden, FL who recorded two consistent rounds of 73 and 71 for an even par total of 144. Truong’s 71 on Sunday brought him within 1 shot of 2nd place. The highlight of Truong’s impressive weekend came on the difficult par-5 fourth hole where he made an eagle on the difficult par 5 during his second round.  

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The girls 15-18 winner was Athena Yang from Winter Haven, Florida. Yang came into round two tied for fourth place with a first round 74. Knowing that another 74 would not get her the victory Yang got it going in the second round sinking 5 birdies and finishing with a 2-under 70. Yang finished her weekend with a total of 6 birdies and was all smiles after her impressive come from behind victory. In second place for the Girls 15-18 division was Claire Fitzgerald of Parkland, FL. Fitzgerald had a great weekend that was highlighted by an even par 72 in the first round where she par 16 of the 18 holes played. She finished with a 2-over par 146 total for the tournament. Rounding out the Girls 15-18 division was Jennifer Zhou who finished just 6 shots behind the leader Yang. Zhou had a 74 in the first round paring 14 of the 18 holes played. The second round for Zhou was a little more eventful as she traded birdies and bogeys throughout the round to finish with a 76 and a total of 150.   Weather: Day 1- Mid 80’s, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Day 2- Mid 80’s, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,653 yards Girls 15-18-5,704 yards   

About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email infor@hjgt.org.   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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