4th Annual Hurricane Cup
(November 26-27, 2016)
Creating a Tradition
On Friday, November 25, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Saint Simons Island, GA to host the 4th Annual Hurricane Cup at the beautiful Sea Island Golf Club. The HJGT would like the thank the staff at Sea Island Golf Club for allowing us to host our tournament at such an amazing venue. After having incredible success over the past 3 years, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour returned to Sea Island on Thanksgiving weekend. There were 96 golfers who came out to represent 25 different states across the country and each of them were chasing after the ultimate prize, the Hurricane Cup.
On Friday evening, the HJGT hosted a dinner at the Sea Palms Resort for all the players and guests to kick off the weekend. The players would decide amongst themselves who their team captain would be and then the captain would assign the pairing within their team of 8 players regardless of age or gender. The dinner was started off by having the tour make a few announcements about some upcoming additions being made in 2017 including where the 2017 tournaments are being held, the use of caddies for Girls 13 & under and for Boys 10 & under and some additions to the Refer a Player program. These announcements were getting the players and parents very excited for the upcoming 2017 season. Following these announcements the HJGT dropped the biggest surprise of them all: the winning team of the hurricane cup will be provided a complimentary exemption entry fee for the February tournament in Albany, The Bahamas. Not only would the winning team receive an exemption entry fee but they would also receive free accommodations provided by host families in Albany. The claps and cheers could be heard across the entire state of Georgia and these boys and girls couldn’t wait to go out there on Saturday to compete for the prize of a lifetime.
Saturday's tee times started off at 8:00 AM with a double tee start. On the front 9 holes the players would play 2-man best ball where each player would play from their respective tees, and then take the best score between the partners for each hole. When they get to the back 9 holes the format changes. The partners will still play together, but instead of a 2-man best ball, one player tees off from all odd numbered holes and one tees off from all even numbered holes. After a fun day of competition, the players would return to the scoring table to send in their scores for the state team to have them all tallied up. The scores were calculated by adding up 3 of the 4 scores from the pairings of each states. The leaderboard was tight after day one with Team Georgia being on top with a score of 218, Team Florida trailed them for second place on the day with a score of 222 and in third place was Team Kentucky with 227. Players from every team were really stepping up their game with their partners, but the final test would come on Sunday.
Sunday would be an 18-hole single play for each competitor where they would each play their own ball. Each state team would count the best 6 of the 8 scores from their players. The team with the lowest total score from Saturday and Sunday would go on to win the cup. If a playoff were necessary at the end, the states elected captains would compete in a sudden death playoff until a winner was crowned. Parents would update their phones every minute to check the leaderboard and see how the states were competing. Players and family members surrounded the scoring table and scoreboard after Sunday's round to see where each state finished up and find out who would be taking home the cup and the complimentary exemption entry fee for the tournament in The Bahamas. After all the hype and talk, the scores finally came in and the winner of the 4th Annual Hurricane Cup was Team Florida shooting a total of 682. Coming in second place with a score of 691 was Team Georgia and grabbing the third and final spot on the podium was the 1st Wild Card Team with a score of 696. Taking charge of the Florida team on Sunday was Ben Pirro shooting a 72 for his team. Following Pirro's footsteps was Gavin Fleming of Jacksonville, FL who really stepped up for his team by shooting a 73. Sarut Vong of Saint Simons Island, GA was taking control of the Georgia team by shooting a 74 and right behind him was Connery Meyer of Marietta, Ga with a 75 on the day. Even though his team did not win the cup, Nick Hance of Irving, TX had the lowest score of the day by shooting a 71.
After the scores on Saturday were posted, the players knew it was still anybody’s match. Everybody was shooting well on Sunday, sinking putts & making chips, but in the end, it was Florida’s team that ended up clinching the cup. Leading the Florida team was Callum Brown and he was accompanied by Ben Pirro, Jacob Soucinek, Matthew Soucinek, Chloe Shiavone, Gavin Fleming, Will McGriff and Sarah Scott. These boys and girls really worked hard on Sunday to have a total score of 682. The Soucinek brothers both shot a 77 which were big contributions to their team’s victory. Chloe Shiavone’s 78 was the third best score among all girls in the 14-18 age division. Callum Brown would go on to shoot an 83 and Will Mcgriff finished Sunday with an 89. These players all received the complimentary exemption entry fee for the Albany tournament and we can’t wait to see them all in The Bahamas.
Weather November 26-27, 2016 Round 1: Low 51, High 70. Sunny, Wind 10-15 Mph Round 2: Low 56, High 66. Sunny, Wind 10-15 Mph Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,663 Boys 14-15: 6,663 Girls 14-18: 5,651 Boys 11-13: 5,651 Girls U13: 5,092 Boys U10: 5,005 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 email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference