Athens Junior Classic in Athens, GA
(July 6- July 7, 2016)
Between the Hedges
On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Athens, GA to host the Athens Junior Classic. Our first round was beautiful until a storm rolled through and caused a two-hour rain delay. That didn’t stop the golfers from finishing strong and carrying that into round two. The HJGT would like to thank the Georgia Club staff for allowing us to host our tournament at their gorgeous venue. AJGA Performance Stars were up for grabs this weekend, the top three winners in each age division were awarded an exemption into the 2016 National Championship in Champions Gate, FL on December 3-4th, and the top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors. The hedges surrounding the first tee inspired these golfers in Georgia to play their best game!
Boys 16-18 Division
Bartley Forrester of Gainsville, GA was the first place finisher for the boys 16-18 division. Forrester had a strong first round shooting an awesome 65 to be 7 strokes under par. Forrester completed the second day of competition with a score of 71 for a total score of 136 strokes. He took a well-deserved win! Nick Paschetto took the second place finish with a total of 143. He improved his round one of 76 to a 67 for round two. Davis Weaver was in a close race for third with a score of 70 for the first round and 76 strokes for the second. Weaver’s total score was 146, which was only three stroke behind Paschetto. Overall, the competition in the boy 16-18 division was extremely competitive, which brought the best out of the golfers.
Boys 14-15 Division
Brandon Cho of Suwanee, GA shot an even total to take home first place in the boys 14-15 division. Cho finished with a score of 75 after day one. He came back on day two and improved his score by six strokes shooting a 69 for a total of 144 strokes. Second place finish was Trent Leggett. Leggett was leading after day one with a score of 72. Unfortunately some untimely bogies, but still plenty of pars, lead to a score of 76 for a total of 148 strokes. Finishing in third place was Tate Rackleff of Statesboro, GA who was in pretty good position with 77 strokes in the first round. To nail in the hammer to place, he shot a 75 in round two for a total of 152 strokes. It was really a battle of Georgia natives for these 14-15 boys.
Girls 14-18 Division
Louise Yu of Duluth, GA took home the first place trophy in the girls 14-18 division with a total score of 148 strokes. Ramsey shot the best score for her divisions in round one scoring a 72. Only two strokes behind her with a 150 was second place winner Amy Ng. Ng finished each day with a score of 75 strokes, which was good for a second place finish. Tess Davenport took home the third place trophy shooting a 74 on day one and a 77 on day two for a total score of 151 strokes. A chip on the very last green almost put Davenport in second place, but ended up one stroke too many. All three ladies did awesome job and their scores reflected it.
Boys 11-13 Division
Duluth, GA native Mason Dean was the victor in the boys 11-13 division. Dean finished round one shooting an 80. Even though Dean shot an 84 in round two, his 164 total put him in first. David Hughes was the second place finisher in the younger boys age division. Hughes finished the first day with a score of 88 and the second day with a 77 for a total score of 165. Unfortunately his awesome improvement was only one stroke short. The third place winner, Hagen Tyrone, was not far behind either with a total of 167. He was in second after the first round with a score of 82 and got pushed to third with an 85 for round two.
Girls 13 & Under Division
The first place finisher was Josie Arant of St. Simon’s Island, GA finishing the first round with an 82, but her 76 in round two bumped her to first place! Arant was extremely excited to take home her first Hurricane first place with a total of 158 strokes. Katie Scheck was the second place finisher who finished round one with a score of 74 putting her in the lead. Scheck finished with a total score of 159, which was only one stroke behind Arant. An enthusiastic Kelli Scheck took home third place with a total of 167. She shot an 83 the first round and 84 the second. With such great competition, the girls had to give it their all and they did just that.
Weather July 6-7, 2016:
Round 1: Low 70, High 92. Scattered Thunderstorms, Wind 15-25 mph
Round 2: Low 73, High 93. Mostly Sunny, Wind 10-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,836 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,836 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,817 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,817 Yards
Girls U13: 5,213 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 firstname.lastname@example.org