On Memorial Day weekend, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Franklin, New Jersey to host the 54 Hole Challenge at Crystal Springs Resort. The junior tournament was held at Black Bear Golf Club, one of seven golf courses that Crystal Springs Resort owns. The course was in great shape, and also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf. Marvelous weather was definitely a factor adding to the great weekend, as all three days were perfect for golf. Winners in all four-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The top three finishers in each age division will also receive an automatic bid to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, while the top ten finishers received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 division, Blake DiPaola took the first place trophy. DiPaola expressed his talents on all three major aspects of the game. DiPaola’s game was consistently great all throughout all three days of the tournament. In the first round, Dipaola shot a final score of an impressive 78. During the first round, DiPaola had four birdies, which really helped him come out of the round in first place. In the second round, DiPaola only ended with one birdied hole, but he shot his best score of the entire tournament, finishing with a score of 77, only five strokes over par. The last round of the tournament was the toughest for DiPoala as he ended shooting a 79, but it was enough to keep him on top, and finish the weekend on top of the podium in first place. However, DiPaola wasn't the only competitor showing off his talents this weekend, both players behind DiPaola played impressive golf throughout the tournament. Tying for second place, Brant Wolff, and Matthew Carlson were very competitive this weekend as they were battling until the end. Wolff, the Perth Amboy, New Jersey resident traveled to Black Bear Golf Club to put on a great display of talent. Wolff had an impressive seven birdies throughout all three days of the tournament. On the first day of the event, Wolff shot his best score, a 79. Though Wolff’s scores were not as low throughout the next two days of the event, his competitiveness, and short game helped him to shoot two more great scores, an 83, and an 80. Joining Wolff for a tied second place finish was the Southborough, Massachusetts native, Andrew Warfield. Warfield was tied for first place after the first day, and kept his positive momentum throughout the entire tournament to finish in second place. Warfield shot three excellent scores for the weekend. Shooting a 79 on both of the first rounds had him in first place after day two, but an 84 just barely dropped him out of the top spot after the last round. After displaying talent on both the mental, and physical levels of the game, all three winners really turned some heads this weekend, as they ran from their competition to end up with hardware.
The ladies were very impressive this weekend as well, as it took a three person multi-hole playoff to declare the winner of the 15-18 age division. Yoona Kim, the seventh grader from Oradell, New Jersey won the tournament on the second playoff hole. After three very impressive rounds, Kim ended 29 shots over par to put her in a tie for first place. Kim was the leader after day one and day two of the tournament here at Black Bear Golf Club. Kim displayed three very impressive scores of 78, 80, and 87. Throughout her three rounds, she kept a dominating attitude as the spectators could tell that she truly had the drive to come out on top. The second competitor in the playoff was Jessie Kweon, from Little Neck, New York. Kweon made a comeback after the first two days to pull into a first place tie. Kweon was two strokes behind Kim heading into the final round on Memorial Day Monday. Her impressive score of an 85 on the final day was just enough to finish tied for first place after the 54 hole weekend. Also finishing tied for first after the holiday weekend was the Larchmont, New York resident, Caroline Hodge. Hodge finished all three rounds with three birdies to help her tie for the top spot. The first day, Hodge finished with her lowest score of the weekend, a 78, she then shot her highest score, an 86, on the second day, and finished strong the final round of the tournament to shoot an impressive 81. After the grueling 54 hole medal play tournament, it turns out three rounds were not enough, and the top three girls had to play two more holes of playoff golf to declare the outright winner. On the first playoff hole, Hodge made double bogey, which put her out of first place. Both Kim and Kweon made par on the first playoff hole to extend their weekend another hole of golf. Hodge bowed out after hitting her approach shot out of bounds on the first playoff hole. After a total of 56 holes of golf, Kim took the first place trophy, as she birdied the second playoff hole, while Kweon had some water trouble that caused her to finish second. Overall, the girls battled and pushed through the long weekend to display plenty of hard work, determination, and skill.
Possibly the best display of talent, and the most impressive competitor this weekend, was 14 year old, William Mirams. Not only did Mirams win the 13-14 division, but he shot the overall best score out of all competitors, including all age divisions, for the weekend. Mirams finished the weekend 17 shots over par, one stroke better than the boys 15-18 winner, DiPaola, and topping all of the 63 participants in the field this weekend. Mirams was equally impressive all three rounds of the weekend finishing the first day with an 85. The second day was the most impressive day out of Mirams, and the best final score that was shot in a round for the completed weekend. Mirams finished the second round one stroke under par, displaying a very impressive six birdied holes. In the third round, Mirams shot a 77, a great score, and plenty enough to top the second and third place finishers. Stephen Sul, the Old Bridge, New Jersey native grinded his way through the weekend to finish 30 strokes over par, which was very impressive giving the difficulty of the course. Sul shot an 86 on the first round, and two consecutive scores of 80 strokes for the last two rounds, which was good enough to top third place finisher, Tommy Dallahan by five strokes. Dallahan was out of the top three going into the tenth hole on the final round, but after two birdies on the back nine holes, he worked his way to finish in third place. The comeback was impressive, and showed a lot of character from the Ellington, Connecticut resident. Dallahan shot his best round, the last day finishing with an 81, putting his hands on the third place trophy.
Christopher Lee, from New Market, Maryland was the champion of the boys 11-12 age division. Lee, a common participant in HJGT events, and a familiar face within our organization, never fails to compete, and play quality golf. Throughout all three rounds, Lee utilized all of his strengths on the course which helped him finish in the top spot. Lee finished all three rounds with great scores, including an 86 on the first round of play. Throughout the next two days, Lee was consistent with his game as he kept playing very good golf. He proceeded to shoot an 85 on Sunday, and then an 86 on Monday to finish his play. The second place winner, and Lee’s only competitor, kept it interesting as he also turned some heads. Alex Mulrooney, from Wilmington, Delaware is a young talent that has great potential for future success. Mulrooney battled to compete with Lee, and kept it close throughout the whole tournament at Black Bear Golf Club. Mulrooney shot an impressive 89 on the first day, 96 on the second day, and a 91 on the third day of the event. Mulrooney featured a birdie in his second round, and a great chip from 80 yards out that landed 12 inches from the hole during his third round. Both gentlemen played great golf throughout the weekend, and now both have some hardware to display, and prove their success. Weather: Saturday: Low 70’s, Sunny. Wind N-NW 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low 80’s Partly Cloudy Wind N-NW 5-10 MPH Monday: Mid 80’s Sunny, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18/ Boys 13-14: 6,301 Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,533 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, FL, 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, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference