Amelia Island Jr. Challenge Nov. 14-15

On November 14th and 15th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled north of Jacksonville to the beautiful Amelia Island, Florida to host the Amelia Island Junior Challenge. Amelia River Golf Club, neighboring Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, was in excellent condition. The course was challenging but many of the players were able to overcome. On Saturday play started early with a chill from a wind that never gave way, but the chill was washed away when the Sun started to shine. Sunday round two was the equal of round one, with wind testing players again. Winners in all three age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unforgettable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end of year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.  

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In the boys 15-18 division, Martin Jensen, from Rome, GA, took home the first place trophy as he took control on Sunday shooting a 76. Then improving for a consistent par round of 72 on Sunday to take the victory. Martins round one 76 and round two 72 gave him a strong total of 148. Martins’ first round was very up and down with five bogeys or double bogeys, and three birdies. Martin even out on the second day making par on every hole, except for a birdie and bogey back to back on 14 and 15.  Finishing in second place was Jacob Soucinek from nearby Lake City, Florida. Jacob finished with the best round Sunday of one under par, but fell just short for the tournament lead at a total of 150. Jacob made his strongest push on the front nine Sunday with three birdies. Jacob was eight strokes better on Sunday compared to Saturday. Gordan Brixi of Potomac, Maryland rounds out our top three with a total 153. Gordan is another one of the players to improve from round one to round two, first shooting 79 then five better for 74.  Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week as the difference between third and first place was only five strokes.    

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In the girl’s 15-18 age division, Auston Kim from St. Augustine, Florida, south of Jacksonville, finished top of her competition. Auston had our second best total overall at 149. Auston ended the first round with the lead and took it home at the finish of the tournament. Round one saw Auston exchanging birdies and bogeys throughout the round. Then on day two she found her center and made par on all but four holes. Overall her first round was the better by a stroke, shooting 74 then 75. In a close second, only one stroke back with a total of 150, was Hannah Kiefer. Hannah was the definition of consistent with a 75 for both rounds, and only a stoke difference on both nines from round one to round two. Starting the Sunday tied for second and only a stroke back of the lead, Hannah finished even with our winner for round two, and stayed one stroke back. Completing our top three was Kiira Rihijarvi from Rome, GA. Kiira was one our best turn arounds for the tournament, as she finished round one with a score of 80 before moving up the leaderboard with a division round low of 74. Kiira finished with a total of 154, only five strokes back of lead. This division showed the spirit of competition.    

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In the boy’s 13-14 age division, Will Spivey from Douglas, Georgia finished the tournament in first place. Will had a strong tournament at Amelia, with a two round total of 152. He finished Saturday with a 78, good for one stroke back of the lead. Then on Sunday he bettered himself for a 74 to take our top spot. His 74 second day came with one birdie and only three bogeys, with a 37 on both nines. Finishing in second place was local James Ballato from Fernandina Beach, Florida. James had a very strong round to start the tournament with a 77, good for lead going into round two. James second round was behind the level of his first as he shot an 85, giving him a total of 162. Just behind second in third was Jay Spivey. Jay had a two day total of 164, only two back of second place. With consistent rounds, both at 82. These boys showed that despite being younger, they have every bit of desire to winner.      

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In the girl’s 11-14 age division, Nicole Adams of Pinehurst, North Carolina was our tournament champion. With one of the best totals overall at 151, Nicole had an extremely well-played tournament. Nicole’s round to round scores were close to even with a 76 followed by a 75. She had both started and finished on form with 5 combined birdies on her first and last nine of the weekend. Local Chloe Schiavone from Jacksonville, Florida came in second place. Chloe had her best round on Saturday with a 78, and finished that round with three birdies on her last six holes. Chloe had a second round just behind her first at a score of 81, for a total of 159. Rounding out our top three was Josie Arant from St. Simons Island, Georgia. Josie had a slow start to the weekend with an 84 on Saturday, but Sunday was a different story going six strokes better for a 78. With this turn around Josie finished with a total of 162, only three strokes out of second place. These young ladies remind us why we love the game.    

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In the boys age 11-12, Cason Cavalier from St Simons Island, Georgia took home first place. Cason had total two day score of 162. But the most impressive part of his tournament was the improvement from round one, 85, to round two, 77. That’s an 8 stroke difference showing he clearly learned from the course on Saturday. Andrew Propes of Charleston, South Carolina came away in second place. Andrew was another one of our players to show better play from round one to round two. He shot 94 followed by 91 for a total of 185. Close behind in third place was Alex Stephens from Daniel Island, South Carolina. Alex best play came on Saturday with a score of 90. Following that with a 96 for round two gave Alex a total of 186, just one stroke back of second place. We can’t wait to see how these players grow in their games.       Weather: Saturday: Low 60’s to mid 70’s, clear, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Low 70’s, Clear, Wind 10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,673 Yards Boys 13-14: 6,145 Yards Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,869 Yards Girls 11-14: 5253 Yards   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 info@hjgt.org   Caleb Metz Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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