54 Hole Mid Season Championship June 9-11, 2012

Stanger finishes in the red;

Yang uses flawless round to pull away

Kissimmee, F

L (June 11th)- The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ventured to Kissimmee, FL to host the 54 Hole Mid Season Championship at Falcons Fire Golf Club. Over 70 players competed in the three day event that featured fierce competition on a challenging golf course. Weather cooperated for most of the weekend except for storms in the afternoon on Saturday which suspended play for around an hour. The tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS), Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings and AJGA performance stars were up for grabs. Along with that, winners in each division earned bids to the Tour Championship in December. The Boys 15-18 Division was a close battle throughout the weekend and ended up with Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, FL taking home first place honors. Stanger remained consistent all weekend and finished with two straight rounds under par. Stanger had three day total of (214) (72+71+71) finishing two under par. Stanger led the field in birdies with 13, par 4 performance at 3.87 and par breakers at 25.9%. Stanger played his best golf on the front nine, playing those holes at 5 under par for the weekend. Finishing behind Stanger in second place was Pedro Romero of Howie in the Hills, FL. Romero finished one stroke behind Stanger at -1 after posting a three day total of 215 (71+72+72). Romero remained consistent all three days never shooting more than 1-over in a nine hole span and finished par or better all three days. There was a tie for third place between Parker Fox of Palm Harbor, FL and Jack Panagos of Orlando, FL. Fox and Harbor both posted 2-over 218’s. The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Jaixin Yang of Lake Mary, FL. Yang started day three two shots back but came out and played a flawless round with 5 birdies and no bogies to shoot an amazing 5-under 67. Yang finished the tournament at even par with a three day total of 216 (73+76+67). Yang led nearly every statistical category for the girls 15-18 Division including most birdies, most pars, and most pars or better. Yang also led in Par 5 performance (4.75), par 4 performance (4.10), and par 3 performances (3.00). Taking home second place was Minita Yin of Lake Mary, FL. Yin finished the tournament with a score of +8 (224) (74+77+73). Yin finished with a total of 5 birdies and was second in the field in total pars with 37. Finishing in third place was Amanda He of Windermere, FL. He finished with a three day total of +10 (226) (72+75+79). The Boys 11-14 Division was arguably the closest contest over the three days with the champion being decided by a one hole playoff. Chase Ibbotson of Sanford, FL was able to outlast Ryan Hicks of Clearwater, FL on the 18th hole at Falcons Fire. Ibbotson followed up a 69 on Sunday with a 71 on Monday. Ibbotson finished at even par with a three day total of 216 (76+69+71). Ibbotson was tied for the lead in his division with one eagle, which came on the par 5, 4th hole. Ibbotson also lead the field in par 4 performance (3.97) and par 5 performance (4.75). Ryan Hicks of Clearwater, FL finished in second place after the playoff finishing at even par. His three day total of 216 was comprised of rounds of 70, 77 and a 69 on Monday which forced a playoff. Hicks lead the field in pars or better at 83.3%.  Finishing in third place was Mattias Ruehle of Orlando, FL. Ruehle finished with a three day total of 224 (74+74+76) which left him at +8 for the tournament. The Girls 11-14 Division first place trophy was taken home by Paige Lee Garris of West Palm Beach, FL. Garris finished the tournament at +26 with a three day total of 242 (82+80+80). Garris swept the statistical categories in her division. Garris came in with two birdies on the three days and a total of 32 pars. Second place went to Amy Zhang of Lake Mary, FL. Zhang finished at +51 with a three day total of 267 (83+88+96). Zhang finished with 19 pars and 32.9% in pars or better. Third place honors went to Haley Danford of Longwood, FL. Danford finished +71 with a three day total of 287 (100+97+90). Danford also took home the Golf Pride Comeback Award for her division with a 7 stroke improvement from day 2 to day 3. For more information on the 54 Hole Mid Season Championship, please visit the HJGT fan page on Facebook. To get up to the minute tweets during tournaments and important HJGT news follow us on Twitter. Also, be sure to check out player quotes in our weekly video, which can be found on the HJGT website. For a direct link to the HJGT Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel and final round results please visit www.hjgt.org.   Weather: Saturday- Mostly Sunny in the morning with storms in the afternoon, highs in the 90’s Sunday- Clear skies and sunny, humid with the heat index around 100 Monday-Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80’s Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6732 Boys 11-14 Division: 6164 Girls 15-18 and 11-14 Division: 5736 Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division

EFX Birdie Challenge: Jimmy Stanger Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Jimmy Stanger Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Parker Fox Girls 15-18 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Jiaxin Yang Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Jiaxin Yang Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Jiaxin Yang Boys 11-14 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Austin Hitt Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Chase Ibbotson Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Chase Ibbotson Girls 11-14 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Paige Lee Garris Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Paige Lee Garris Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Paige Lee Garris Bridgestone Challenge: Boys 15-18 Division: Devin Kennedy, Zack Wood Girls 11-14 Division: Paige Lee Garris Golf Pride Comeback Award: Boys 15-18 Division: Devin Kennedy, Hayden Campbell Boys 11-14 Division: Ryan Hicks, Austin Hitt, Yale Kim, Chase Cutshall Girls 15-18 Division: Kelsey Jensen, Amber Harmon, Jiaxin Yang Girls 11-14 Division: Haley Danford

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