Trim goes below par to capture first Uwadia wins her fourth tournament of the year
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Amelia Island, FL on March 15-16 for the Amelia Island Jr. Challenge. A very difficult Amelia Island Plantation Oak Marsh course tested the skills of every competitor. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The winner of the Boys 15-18 and Girls 15-18 divisions each received four AJGA performance stars. The top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 division each received one performance star and the winner of the Boys 11-14 and Girls 11-14 divisions each earned one AJGA performance star. Additionally, the top ten finishers received points towards end of the year honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Florida Junior Tour Exemptions were awarded to the field as well.
Taking first place in the Boys 15-18 division was Joseph Trim of Tampa, FL. On an extremely tough course, Trim thrived. On Saturday, he knocked in three birdies that lead him to post a 71, the only below par round of the tournament. These birdies came on the long and narrow 11th hole and the windy 18th hole that were a challenge to most of the field. On Sunday, the blustery weather conditions caused Trim to score a bit higher but he was able to hold onto the win. His round two score of 78 was highlighted by a birdie on the 13th hole. Trim finished the weekend with a total tally of 149. Hot on Trim’s heels was Toks Pedro of Bowie, MD. Pedro was in a tie for seventh place coming into round two on Sunday. During round one he posted a 79 with two birdies but two double bogeys as well. Round two, he came out with determination and focus that lead to a six stroke drop in score that was highlighted by three birdies on the second, 11th and 18th holes. The 73 he posted on Sunday earned him second place in the division. Finishing in third place was Kyle West of Lithia, FL. West was consistent throughout the event. He posted rounds of 77 and 76, including two birdies during Saturday’s round. Additionally, West had 24 pars over the course of the weekend, the most in the division.
In the Girls 15-18 division, winning her fourth HJGT tournament of the year was Anita Uwadia of Hilton Head Island, SC. She battled very gusty conditions but still managed to post consistent rounds of 77 and 76. Uwadia had five birdies over the course of the tournament including posting birdies on hole nine during both rounds. She also had the most pars in the division at 21, which proved to be the difference maker. Uwadia finished the weekend with a total score of 153. Improving drastically to capture second place was Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile. She made many smart adjustments to better her first round score of 83 by ten strokes during round two. Quevedo was able to turn her tournament around on the front nine on Sunday. During round one, her front nine included six bogies and during the round two front nine she fired five birdies, including three in a row at one stretch. Quevedo finished the weekend with a total score of 156. Amy Ding of Lexington, MA posted rounds of 78 and 83. The tough wind conditions on Sunday took a toll on Ding but she was able to hang on for third place. Throughout the weekend Ding knocked in three birdies and 16 pars for a total score of 161.
Leading throughout the event in the Boys 11-14 division was Cody Carroll of Jacksonville, FL. He had a three stroke lead headed into round two after firing a 75 on Saturday. During round two the wind took its toll on the whole division, raising most scores. However, Carroll was able to hang on for first place during round two by posting par at ten of the 18 holes. He finished the weekend with a total score of 157. Coming in four strokes behind Carroll was Drew Weary of Bluffton, SC. Weary captured second place without posting a birdie. The key to his game this weekend was pars, Weary led the field in them with 22. He posted scores of 78 during round one and 83 during round two to finish with a 161. Morgan Tournemire finished the weekend with a 163 to earn third place. He posted rounds of 78 and 85 respectively. Tournemire had 20 pars over the course of the tournament to push him ahead of many of his competitors.
Coming from behind to take the victory in the Girls 11-14 division was Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, NJ. After round one she trailed by two strokes, firing an 88. During round two, Gianchandani improved by ten strokes after posting a 78, the lowest round in the division. Her improvement came by posting four birdies during round two including two on par three holes. Gianchandani finished the weekend with a total score of 166. Ending the tournament in second place was Tiara Carter of Lake City, FL. She played two great rounds but could not stop Gianchandani’s vast improvement. Carter fired rounds of 86 and 83 with three birdies. Two of the three birdies she had were on the windy tenth hole. Carter had a weekend total of 169. Rounding out the top three was Sarah May of Fleming Island, FL. She finished one stroke behind Carter at 170. May was able to secure third place by bettering her first round score by six strokes. The Sunday round was highlighted by three birdies including one on the challenging second hole. Weather: Day 1- High 50’s in the morning, Low 70’s in the afternoon. Sunny with slight breeze. Day 2- Low 60’s in the morning, Low 70’s in the afternoon. Sunny with wind gusts of 20-25mph. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,581 yards Boys 11-14: 6,135 yards Girls 15-18: 5,808 yards Girls 11-14: 5,150 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 15-18, 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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.