A Close One In The Cold
Amelia National Junior Shootout (January 7-8)
On January 7th the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour opened its season with the Amelia National Junior Shoutout at the Amelia National Golf & Country Club. Winners within all four-age divisions received an invitation to the HJGT Tournament Championship set to occur later this year. In addition, the top ten finishers received HJGT points towards the end of year Hurricane Cup and HJGT teams series.
In the Boys 16-18 Division, Joey Ranieri from Zionsville, Indiana, took home first place. He captured the title with a two-day total of 144. His impressive rounds of 73 and 71 put him ahead of his competitors by a few shots. On Saturday, Ranieri had four birdies and eleven pars. On Sunday, Ranieri birdied 3 of his last 9 holes to shoot 33 on the back nine in the second round to take the lead and capture the win. He led the tournament in most birdies, par breakers, and most pars of better by five shots. Finishing in second place, was Marco Trstenjak from Winnepeg, MB. After the first round,Trstenjak trailed Ranieri by six shots but stayed strong to claim second. Trstenjak fired a 79 on Saturday and a 76 on Sunday for a total of 155. Trstenjak led the field with 23 pars and had an eleven hole bogey free streak. He was very impressive off the tee and was able to get up and down to save pars. Nick Frascello, from Jacksonville, Florida, finished in third place. Frascello was strong off the tee and fired a two day total of 157. After scoring and 81 for round one, he bounced back and shot 76. Frascello had a total of 19 pars and played 10 of his 18 holes bogey free. Overall, the Boys 16-18 Division was competitive this week and the top finishers played great golf.
In the Boys 14-15 Division, Will Spivey from Douglas,Georgia, finished in first place. He had a one shot lead after day one but claimed the title after firing an impressive 81. He led the field in most pars and also had a four hole bogey streak. Will kept the ball in the fairway and battled the cold weather well. Taylor SweatIn from Blackshear Georgia came in second place. He opened the round with a solid 84 and had a one stroke lead over the field. On Sunday he had a strong front nine shooting a 39.Trey Tesiero came in third place from Saint Johns, Florida. Trey fired a two day total of 173 to claim the third place finish. He had a four hole bogey streak and was able to string together a total of 15 pars.
In the Boys 11-13 Division Patrick McCann from Tallahassee, Florida took home first place this weekend. He battled the cold weather with a positive mindset and was able to put together a great round. Patrick fired a strong 74 to give himself a lead after day one. He had three birdies during his first round and had 2 birdies in the second round. McCann had a two day total of 154 (74,80) and a total of 18 pars during the course of the two rounds and 23 most pars of better. From Saint Augustine, Florida, Brody Stevenson came in second place. Stevenson shot an 84 and bounced back with an 82 on day two. Stevenson had 15 pars during the course of the two rounds and had two birdies in his final round. In third place from Dalton Georgia, was Wyatt Brackett. Brackett had a good first round firing an 84 on day one. On Day two, Brackettshot with 83 to take home third place. Brackettshot had a total of 13 pars during the course of the two days.
Coming in first with a two day total of 172 was Emma Bell from Braselton, Georgia for the Girls 14-18 Division. Bell fired an 88 and then on Sunday 84 to take home the victory. With her impressive ball flight off the tee, Bell has said that her strength this week was because of her consistency off the tee. Bell was able to keep the ball in play and was able to make up and downs. In second place, Emily Felix from Lake Mary, Florida, had a two day total of 176 after firing an 84-92. In third place, from Blackshear, Georgia was Sloan Lanier. Lanier's two day total was 192 as she battled the tough weather conditions.
The Girls 13 and Under Division was a true battle. Lizzie Anderson from Lockport, Illinois took home first place. Anderson fired a 93 and then a 92 on Sunday for a two day total of 185. Anderson said she was able to come down and get some practice in before the tournament started so she felt well prepared for the tournament. Anderson was very consistent off the tee and was able to make some great up and downs to save par. Coming in second place from Valdosta, Georgia, was Ebby Somers. Somers had a two day total of 193. Somers kept a very positive attitude throughout the cold weather and was able to finish strong.
Gavin Fleming from Jacksonville, Florida took home first place for the Boys 10 Under Division. After firing a low score of 78 on Sunday, Fleming was two back at the start of Sunday but was able to make up some ground and bring home the win. He had two birdies in both of his rounds. Gavin had a two day total of 164 after two impressive rounds (86,78). Coming in second was Connor McCann from Tallahassee, Florida. McCann started one back from the lead and fought till the end to remain in second place. Coming in third was Al Kaufman from Sarasota, Florida. Kaufman had a two day total of 175 after shooting 84-91.
Saturday: High 40’s with wind gusts reaching 30mph. Cloudy
Sunday: Mid to low 40’s with no wind. Sunny
Boys 14-15 & Boys 16-18 -- 6,600 Yards
Boys 13-14 & Girls 14-18 – 5,640 Yards
Girls 13 & Under – 5,170 Yards
Boys 10 & Under – 5,015
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