Arizona Winter Classic, November 26-27, 2016


Arizona Winter Classic

(November 26-27, 2016)

                On Thursday November 24th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Buckeye, AZ while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. The beautiful Verrado Country Club hosted the tour, which featured 30 players competing across 4 separate divisions. Verrado’s course featured narrow fairways with sprawling deserts and mountains, which had players eager to go out and compete. Low scores and exciting finishes came as a result of these conditions. Boys and Girls in the 14-18 year old divisions were competing to earn Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings.   Boys 16-18 Division  


The Boys 16-18 division was made up of ten competitors from all over North America. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Keaton Veillette of Toronto, Ontario and Sam Diamond of Winnipeg, Manitoba, both traveled over country lines to compete in this competition. The trip was well worth it as both players went home with a new trophy. Sam Diamond, the 3rd place finisher, shot very consistently with a day one 76 and a day two 77. Keaton Veillette finished day one in 3rd place with a 78. Veillette had the round of the day on Sunday with a 74 to hop over Sam and claim a 2nd place finish. Vincent Cortese of Flagstaff, AZ had the leading score after a day one 75. However, his day two 76 proved to be enough to stay in the lead. His par streak over the last three holes sealed his victory over the very talented player field.  Girls 14-18 Division



The Girls 14-18 division, much like the Boys 16-18, featured players from all over the Nation. Adithi Anand of Redmond, WA, posted 77’s on both days to earn a hard fought 3rd place trophy. Lauren Garcia of Gilbert, AZ, showed how strong of a competitor she was this weekend. Lauren finished day one with a 73 to start day two in 2nd place. Her day two 78 was enough to keep her in 2nd in a tough division. Tiegan Taylor of Kelowna, British Columbia recorded the best score in the tournament with a day one 70. In the end, Tiegan’s day two 78 was enough to stay above the rest of the competition to earn her another Hurricane 1st place trophy.     Boys 14-15 


The Boys 14-15 division this weekend was made up of five competitors. There was a 3rd place tie between Camden Katz of Scottsdale, AZ and Tommy Sorensen of Scottsdale, AZ. Both players shot a two-day total of 183 in a tight division. Coming in 2nd place was Ryan Berry of Scottsdale, AZ. Ryan earned his 2nd place finish with a two-day total of 169. Akshay Anand of Redmond, WA did more than enough to rise above fellow competitors in his division. Akshay shot an impressive two-day total of 157 to take home a 1st place trophy.     Boys 11-13 


The competitors in the Boys 11-13 division brought their A-game in a tight field. Jordan Campbell of Scottsdale, AZ finished second this weekend with a day-two total of 171. Steven Lee, of Scarsdale, NY traveled across the country to compete in this tournament. Steven did not leave empty handed after finishing in 1st place with a two-day total of 162. We look forward to future competitions between these two athletes.       Weather: November 26-27, 2016:   Round 1: Low 60, High 75. Clear and Sunny Skies, Wind 5-7 mph Round 2: Low 64, High 70. Cloudy Skies, Wind 7-10 mph     Tournament Division Yardages   Boys 16-18: 6,733 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,733 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,556 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,556 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, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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