Northern Virginia Jr Challenge
(June 22-23, 2016)
Conquering the Challenge at Old Hickory
On Tuesday, June 21 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Woodbridge, Virginia to host the Northern Virginia Jr Challenge at the daunting Old Hickory Golf Club. Sunshine was abundant on Wednesday but on Thursday the weather took a bad turn including an hour and a half rain delay. The HJGT would like to thank Old Hickory golf club for allowing us to host our tournament at this magnificent facility. The top performers and champions of the Boys and Girls divisions received valuable point for Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking. Top three winners in each age division will be awarded an exemption into the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 11-13, 2016, and the top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors. On Wednesday morning the players were ready to take on the challenge of Old Hickory.
Cole Berger from Malvern, Pennsylvania was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Berger started the day with tied for lead with Tommy Bowie, at +2. On the final round Berger finished tied for the lead again with Bowie but he managed to edge him in a one-hole playoff to claim the victory. Tommy Bowie from Haymarket, Virginia took home second place after shooting a total of 146 and losing in the playoff. Sebastien Bonte from Arlington, Virginia took home third place. Sebastien Bonte was the leader in the birdie category with 8 for the tournament. The longest bogey free streak goes to Cole Berger with 16 holes. We predict a big future golf career for this talented young boy.
On the boys 14-15 division the player who took home the first place trophy was Benjamin Kruper from Woodbridge, Virginia. Kruper started the last round with a five stroke lead but had a shaky start bogeying 4 holes on the front nine, double bogeying hole 10 and triple bogeying hole 11, but he managed to grind the rest of the rest shooting a round of 80 on the last day and winning by two strokes. Ryan Moylan from Vero Beach, Florida took home the second place trophy after shooting a total of 157 for the tournament. Colin Nugent from Ashburn, Virginia took home the third place trophy with a total score of 176 for the tournament. Kruper lead the birdie category with 5 for the tournament. Kruper and Moylan tied for the total pars for the tournament category with a total of 20 pars. The players had an amazing experience competing in a very competitive field.
Matthew Monastero from Leesburg, Virginia took home the first place trophy for the boys 11-13 division. Monastero started the round with a five stroke lead and managed to shoot a solid round of 77 to seal the deal and take home the victory. Sam Carollo from Ashburn, Virginia took home second place shooting a two-day total of 153. The third place trophy went to Mehrbaan Singh from Ashburn, Virginia who carded a two-day total of 156. Carollo was the leader in birdies for the division with 8. Monastero and Vuradi were tied for the lead in the bogey free streak category with 8 holes. Each and every player enjoyed the experience of playing competitive golf with other competitive players from all over the country.
Holly Davenport from Palm City, Florida was the champion for the girls 14-18 division. Davenport had a four stoke lead at the beginning of the last round and manage to grind a round of 81 on the last day to take home the victory. Ananya Barthakur from Burlington, New Jersey took home the second place trophy shooting a two-day total of 162. Lexi Clark from Fairfax Station, Virginia took home third place with a two-day total of 165. Barthakur had the most birdies in the division with 4. Lexi Clark had the highest Bogey free streak for the division with a total of 5 holes. The girls had a lot of fun this weekend and enjoyed being surrounded by a lot of great players who made this tournament a competitive one.
Weather June 22-23, 2016
Round 1: Low 62, High 80. Sunny Skies, wind 5-10 mph.
Round 2: Low 61, High 75. Thunderstorms and overcast, wind 10-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,750 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,750 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,750 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,750 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org