Arizona Kickoff at The Legend at Arrowhead (February 4th & 5th, 2017)

Arizona Kickoff at The Legend at Arrowhead

(February 4th & 5th, 2017)

  On Thursday, February 2nd, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Glendale, AZ to host the Arizona Kickoff, which took place at The Legend at Arrowhead.  Twenty-one junior golfers arrived early on Saturday morning ready to take on the difficult and dangerous course that was designed by the legend himself, Arnold Palmer.  The tournament consisted of four divisions: Boys 16-18, Girls 14-18, Boys 14-15 and Boys 11-13.  The exceptional play by the entire field of golfers was complimented with the fantastic weather that we experienced, with both sunny days reaching 75 degrees.  Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were on the line for Boys ages 16-18 and Boys 14-15.       Boys 16-18 Division

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The Boys 16-18 Division consisted of nine competitors this weekend. This division was highlighted by Sam Diamond from Winnipeg, MB.  Sam carded a 77 in the first round, which ended up giving him a four shot buffer into the final day.  Sam was closely followed by Tanner Van Newkirk, (Phoenix, AZ) and Jacob Pedersen, (Shorewood, MN) who both shot an 81 each time they stepped on the course.  This resulted in a tie for second between the two competitors and Sam finished the final round with an 83.  This secured Sam both a win in this tournament and an invitation to the HJGT National Championship that takes place in Orlando in December.  We would like to thank all the participants who were with us this weekend and we wish them all luck in their upcoming tournaments.       Girls 14-18 Division

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The winner of the Girls 14-18 Division was Emily Cons from Phoenix, AZ.  Emily attacked this course from the start and it paid off with how she scored.  The first day, Emily battled the tough greens and numerous water hazards to shoot an 85.  She used her long and accurate drives to put herself in great positions to score well.  Emily came back on Sunday and played even better.  She shot a solid 83 and even though she was the only competitor in the division, she showed great mental toughness to stay focused and challenge herself to shoot low.  We would like to thank Emily for playing in this tournament and we look                                          forward to seeing her in future events!     Boys 14-15

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The Boys 11-13 Division had a field of seven golfers.  At the top of this field was Sean Minor from Colombia, Missouri.  Sean had a fantastic tournament with scores of 80 and 79, and this was Sean’s first tournament in four months! Sean was able to utilize his exceptional distance off the tee to get his approach shots close to the hole, which was necessary when playing a course with such difficult greens.  Following up Sean was Abhinav Ramesh from Scottsdale, AZ.  Abhinav shot an 86 the first day and followed that up with an 82 on the final round.  This final score of 168 was one of the best for the tournament and a well deserved second place!  Rounding up the Boys 14-15 Division was Blake Hammarstrom, who was consistent both days and shot an 86 each time he stepped on the course. This was a very exciting division and a lot of talent was present! We look forward to seeing these players again in future tournaments.       Boys 11-13   

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The Boys 11-13 Division contained four golfers, two from Arizona and two from Kentucky.  Rylan Wotherspoon from Florence, KY had an outstanding tournament.  On the first day, he shot a 79 and followed that up with a 1 under, 71 on the final day.  This 71 was the tournament low and Rylan used his precision driving to stay out of trouble off the tee, which let him hit close approach shots to set up some birdie putts.  With this win, Rylan is invited to the HJGT National Championship this December.  His other Kentucky competitor, Luke Herbst, had a consistent weekend, posting scores of 85 and 84.  These scores were enough to get him a trophy and a 3rd place finish.  Alex Herkamp, from Cave Creek, AZ, had a challenging first day, but came back strong on the final round and shaved 10 strokes off his previous round, to post a final round of 80.  Our last competitor was from Scottsdale AZ and his name was Jordan Campbell.  Jordan shot a 79 on the first day and this put him in the final pairing on Sunday.  Jordan played well again on Sunday to finish with an 85 and give him an overall second place finish.  All four of these boys are very talented golfers and we look forward to watching them compete in future HJGT events!      

Weather: January 28-29, 2017:

Round 1: Low 48, High 78. Clear skies and sunny, Wind 5-10 mph.

Round 2: Low 54, High 77.  Clear skies and sunny, Wind 5-10 mph.

Tournament Division Yardages

Boys 16-18: 6,631 Yards

Girls 14-18: 5,683Yards

Boys 14-15: 6,631 Yards

Boys 11-13: 5,610 Yards

 

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