54 Hole Challenge at Celebration
(June 3-5, 2017)
On Thursday, May 31, 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Celebration, FL to host the 54 Hole Challenge at the stunning Celebration Country Club. We would like to thank the Celebration Country Club for allowing us to put on such a wonderful event. The players were threatened by storms all weekend but the weather held through and resulted in impressive low scoring across each age division. The course and weather were a testament to the player’s attitude and desire leading to a great weekend for all! There was a lot at stake this weekend with the top 3 in each division receiving an exemption into the 2017 National Championship December 2-3, 2017 and the top 10 finishers receiving points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Bo Peng of Lake Mary is the Boys 16-18 champion. Peng started the weekend off slow firing his worst round of 76. However, this was only a sign of what was to come, he finished on Sunday was a 73 giving him a two-day total of 149. This had him T2nd going into the final round. Peng came out the gates hot and quickly got to -4 with birdies on 3,4,5 and 6. He added another on 10 then carded an impressive 68 for a three-day total of 217 and a 3 shot victory. YuXuan Song of Howey-in-the-hills, FL finished in 2nd with a three-day total of 220 (71-75-74). Alex Whitehead the first round leader claimed 3rd place. Whitehead finished with a three-day total of 221 (68-78-75). The players had a great time competing against some of the best junior golfers in the country.
Austin Cherichella of Orlando, FL is the champion of the Boys 14-15 division. Austin felt right at home here in Celebration where he was very consistent over the weekend. Making a clutch par on his final hole to claim a one shot victory. He finished with a three-day total of 231 (76-79-76) to claim the title. Cooper Jordan of Saint Johns, FL came in a close 2nd after finishing with a three-day total of 232 (80-75-77). Jed Durda of Tampa, FL turned in a three-day total of 239 (83-79-77) to secure a 3rd place finish. This division was extremely close with a great level of competition and each player can walk away proud of their effort. Boys 11-13
Leo Xu of Windermere, FL is the Boys 11-13 champion. Xu had an extremely impressive final two rounds, which allowed him to recover after his slow start on Saturday. After carding 5 birdies on Sunday and another 3 on Monday Xu finished with a three-day total of 226 (79-73-74) for a solid 2 shot victory. Sam Hord of Orlando, FL finished in 2nd with three-day total of 228 (74-80-74). Carson Brewer of Jacksonville, FL finished in 3rd place with a three-day total of 229 (79-76-74). The boys had a fun time navigating through the course and showed maturity beyond their years in dominating its many challenges. Girls 14-18
Baining Wang of Bradenton, FL is the Girls 14-18 champion. Wang opened with a 76 Saturday and followed that with solid rounds of 79 and 78 to finish with a three-day total of 233 and a 2 stroke lead. Finishing in 2nd from Celebration, FL was Katya King who posted rounds of 77, 81 and 77 to finish with a total of 235. Margaret Liu of Howey-in-the-hills, FL finished in 3rd place with a three-day total of 238 (80-77-81). The ladies each enjoyed their experience, with some intense competition down the stretch; many of the best round was featured on the final day. Girls 13U
Staci Pla is the Girls 13 and under champion. Pla of West Palm Beach, FL emerged victorious after posting a three-day total of 254 (86-80-88). Pla posted her best round on Sunday with an impressive 80, helping her to an overall 17-stroke victory. Finishing 2nd was Sydney Young of New Canaan, CT posting a three-day total of 271 (89-89-93). Weather June 3-5, 2017 Round 1: Low 70, High 90. Sunny, Wind 5-10 Mph Round 2: Low 65, High 85. Party Cloudy, Wind 10-20 Mph Round 3: Low 70, High 80. Cloudy/Rainy, Wind 20-25 Mph Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,570 Boys 14-15: 6,570 Girls 14-18: 5,733 Boys 11-13: 5,733 Girls 13U: 5,169
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