Philadelphia Summer Shootout
(July 12-13, 2016)
Swinging to Victory
On Sunday, July 10 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the breathtaking Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host the Philadelphia Summer Shootout at the amazing Makefield Golf Club. Sunshine was abundant on Saturday, but on Sunday the weather took a turn for the worst with steady rain during the last part of the final round which would bring a challenge for the last group of players. The HJGT would like to thank Makefield 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. Also AJGA stars were up for grab. 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 double points towards year-end honors. On Tuesday morning the players were ready to take on the challenge of Heartland.
Ben Pochet from Royersford, Pennsylvania was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Pochet started the day trailing by three shots behind Patrick Sheehan and Matt Kristick. Pochet managed to shoot a one under 71 on the last round to win by one shot. Patrick Sheehan from Doylestown, Pennsylvania finished in second place with a two-day total of 144. Tommy Lewis finished in third place with a two-day total of 147. The longest bogey free streak goes to Ben Pochet with 18 holes. It was a fun weekend for the players and they enjoyed a competitive friendly competition in this challenging course.
For the boys 14-15 division the player that took home the first place trophy was Zander Kline from Jupiter, Florida. Kline started the final round with a six shot lead. Kline struggled a little on the final round shooting a final round of 81, but it was enough to edge Patrick Laushell by five strokes. Patrick Laushell from Morrisville, Pennsylvania took home second place trophy with a two-day total of 165. Luke Wittenborn from Pennington, New Jersey took home the third place trophy with a two-day score of 182 for the tournament. Patrick Laushell was the leader on the birdie category with 3 for the tournament. Zander Kline was the leader in the total pars category with a total of 18 pars. The players had an amazing experience competing in a very competitive field.
For the boys 11-13 division Robbie Herzig from New York, New York took home the first place. Herzig started the day five shots off the lead behind Cole Ekert, but Herzig managed to shoot a final round of 76 to edge Ekert by three strokes and take home the victory. Cole Ekert from Chatham, New Jersey finished tied in second place with Martin Cryan with a two-day total of 160. The streak for most birdies goes to Ekert with 6. The longest bogey free streak goes also to Ekert with 7 holes.
Kaitlyn Lees from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania was the champion for the girls 14-18 division. Lees started the day tied for the lead with Rylie Heflin. Lees managed to shoot a final round of 71 which was enough to edge Gabriella Kim who made a late charge shooting a final round of 70, but falling short by one stroke. Gabriella Kim from Wayne, Pennsylvania finished in second place with a two-day total of 145. Rylie Heflin from Avondale, Pennsylvania finished in third place with a two-day total of 147. Gabriella Kim and Kaitlyn Lees finished tied for the lead in the birdie category with 8. Lees was the leader in the bogey free streak category with 12 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 July 12-13, 2016
Round 1: Low 70, High 80. Sunny Skies, wind 10-15 mph.
Round 2: Low 72, High 75. Overcast with rain showers later in the day, wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,671 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,671 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,725 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,725 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