Arizona Fall Challenge at Longbow Golf Club
(September 24-25, 2016)
On Thursday, September 22, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Mesa, AZ to host the Arizona Fall Challenge at Longbow Golf Club. Sixteen junior golfers made the trip in order to compete for the top spot in their respective divisions. At stake for the Boys 14-15 division, 16-18 division, and Girls 14-18 division were National Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings. The Arizona sun was shining through a cloudless sky providing two days of gorgeous weather for players and spectators alike.
Boys 16-18 Division
The 16-18 year old boys controlled the pace of the tournament, as they were the first group to tee off this weekend. The first day served as an adjustment period for a lot of the players competing in this tournament. Many players commented on the intimidating tee shots and difficult desert terrain offered by Longbow Golf Club. After feeling out the course in round one, Mitchell Abbott came into round two ready to go to work. His day two 69 was extremely impressive and the best score posted in the tournament. Justin Fischer and Brennan White both improved on their first day scores to finish with a 163 and 173 two-day totals respectively. Multiple players mentioned that they would be back when the tour returns to Sun City West, AZ. We wish them well in the meantime and look forward to seeing them there.
Boys 14-15 Division
The Boys 14-15 division showed some impressive length off of the tee this weekend playing the tips of a difficult golf course. The story of the first day was William Koepke, who asserted dominance in all aspects of the game on his way to an even par 71. As Abhinav Ramesh and Jackson Stugart adjusted to the speedy greens, they were able to shave some strokes off of their cards. However, it was not quite enough to catch William who’s day two 79 landed him 1st place in the division. Abhinav was able to outlast Jackson down the stretch to edge him out for the 2nd place trophy. We hope to see these players again, as their sportsmanship displayed throughout the round was extremely contagious to everyone around them. Girls 14-18 Division
Thirty six holes of golf was not quite enough to find a proven winner in the Girls 14-18 divison this weekend. Katie Stinchcomb and Madeleine Laux were on the same page all weekend as they matched each other on day one with 79, and then again on day two with scores of 75. Madeleine’s birdie on 17 put the match at all square heading into the 18th hole. Par’s from each player forced a playoff which took place on the 1st hole par five at Longbow Golf Club. The excitement came to end after only one hole as Madeleine prevailed by one stroke to take home the 1st place prize. Valentina Serna Londono made sure that she did not have to make the long trip back to Columbia empty handed. She took home the third place trophy after capturing a two day total of 164. We wish all of our competitors from this divison the best of luck with the remainder of their fall seasons.
Boys 11-13 Division
The three competitors in the Boys 11-13 division went to head to head this weekend to see who could take home the biggest trophy. Cameron Kaiser got off to a good start, with a first round 77 to take a commanding lead into the final day. Kevin Chor and Reed Wright tried their best to make a late push, but Cameron’s five Sunday Birdies proved to be too much for the competition. His two-day total of 156 earned him first place and an invite to the December National Championships. Kevin and Reed put together some quality shots of their own as they took home 2nd and 3rd respectively. We look forward to the future of golf as these players develop their games over the next couple of years.
Weather September 17-18 2016:
Round 1: Low 68, High 97. Clear Skies and Sunny, Wind 5-15 mph Round 2: Low 68, High 99. Clear Skies and Sunny, Wind 5-20 mph Tournament Division Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,602 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,602 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,606 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,606 Yards About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference