3rd Annual Hurricane Cup Nov. 28-29

  Sea Island, Georgia: (November 29th, 2015). The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted its 3rd Annual Hurricane Cup this week at the picture perfect Retreat Course at Sea Island. The course was in phenomenal condition and the weather could not have been better for this time of year. The tournament format used this weekend was unlike any other on the Hurricane Tour. Twelve teams representing 20 states and multiple countries battled it out to claim the Hurricane Cup. Players were invited to play golf, not only to represent themselves, but to represent their team and their state as well. The youngsters brought their families to a formal dinner Friday night in order to meet their teams, select captains, and set up their pairings for Saturday’s rounds. Saturday morning the teams sent off four pairings that would play best ball on the front nine and alternate shot on the back. The stroke score of each pairing was kept and added to the team’s total. Then, Sunday they went off with no teammate by their side keeping their own score, and hoping it would be low enough to represent their state. The top six of eight scores were used to add to the four alternate shot/ best ball scores from the day before and the lowest team score of the ten tallied rounds would go on to win the Hurricane Cup, but this time it did not end there. Two time defending champ Florida entered the final day with a six shot lead only to be caught by Team International Wild Card #2. Wild Card #2 came back from six shots on the individual day to force a sudden death playoff between the two respected captains. Arden Brake, the captain of Team Wild Card #2 represented the team in the playoff. The extra hole was played on the par 5 first hole of the Retreat Course at Sea Island and Brake blasted his tee shot right down the middle, giving him the option to reach the green in two. Brake hit a wood just right of the green, hit a perfect chip to roll the ball up to three feet, tapped in for birdie and won the playoff on the first hole. His teammates all stormed the green and celebrated with Brake. The two international wild card teams were put together of players from all over the country and the world. Brake is actually from Florida and beat his home state’s team in the playoff. Now, Brake knows he would not have been in the playoff if it was not for the fantastic play of his teammates that elected him captain. Those teammates were Chloe Schiavone of Jacksonville, Florida, who was teamed up with Brake Saturday for an under par round of 71, shot 77 on day 2. Andrew Marrs of Kentucky, and hometown player Edward Stephens of Sea Island, Georgia. As well as Faith Scott from Columbus, Georgia who posted 79 on Sunday and two cousins all the way from France, Carl Bertrand and Charles Larcelet, who carded scores of 82 and 74. Their final player was Erikah Neger of Oviedo, Florida who shot 73, which was right behind Brake’s even par round of 72 for best individual score. These players barely knew one another Friday night and two days later they were celebrating the Hurricane Cup together. Second place went to two time defending champion Florida. They led after team play on day one by six shots, yet again making it look to everyone like Florida was going to run away with another Hurricane Cup Trophy. Unfortunately, for Florida they could not hold on this year despite a valiant effort in the playoff by team captain Amanda Gartrell. Amanda parred the first playoff hole only to watch Brake birdie the par five and steal the Cup. Florida looked poised for victory after posting  four rounds in the 70’s Saturday during team play and still put together some strong rounds on the final day. The team which was all from Florida consisted of Michael Hauer, Katherine Jakeway, William Levinson, Connery Meyer, Carson Moran, Sarah Scott, Dragon Theam, Elliot Wright, and Gartrell. Meyer, Moran, Theam, Gartrell, Hauer, and Levinson all posted rounds in the 70’s on Sunday. Congratulations to all of team Florida for another incredible run at the Hurricane Cup. Special Thanks to The Retreat Course at Sea Island, The Inn at Sea Island, Precision Pro Golf, and The Jim Mclean Golf School for their endorsement of the 3rd Annual Hurricane Cup. Weather: Day 1 -   Low 56 Degrees, High 72 Degrees, Wind from 5-10 mph Day 2 -   Low 53 Degrees, High 71 Degrees, Wind from 5-15 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6707 yards Boys 13-14 – 6234 yards Girls 15-18, Boys 11-12 – 5781 yards Girls 11-14 – 5100 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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