Opelika, AL: (June 10, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Opelika, AL on June 9-10 for the Auburn Junior Classic. The mid-week event kicked off early Tuesday morning and continued smoothly, save a quick break for the imminent threat of lightning. The rain and storms held off, however, and yielded to beautiful weather for Wednesday’s final round. As a result, Grand National was in excellent condition, with soft greens that allowed players to attack the flagsticks. Trophy winners in all three divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Additionally, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were at stake for divisions with at least 5 competitors.
The Boy's 15-18 Division featured strong play at the top of the crowded division. Drew Smith of Decatur, GA entered the tournament seeking his first win of the season and came out firing. He would make two early birdies and par the final 10 holes on his way to opening round 72. He bookended his tournament with two late birdies to secure the victory and his second lowest round of the season – 151. Guin, AL native Cody Maddux would enter the second round with the best chance to catch Smith, but would not be able to close the four stroke deficit. His 6 birdies were tops in the division but he would finish in a tie for second place with 154. Ooltewah, TN’s Evan Spence made a nice charge in the final round, posting a 75 that allowed him to climb into a tie for second place. Congratulations to Drew Smith on his first win of the season!
The Girl's Division featured a pair of junior golfers playing in their second events of the season. Sophie Burks of Montgomery, AL and Emily Simpson of Birmingham, AL squared off for two days of excellent golf at Grand National. Burks would put in a strong showing and take the crown with a 36-hole total of 165. Simpson would shoot a 215 to take second place and claim an invitation to the Midseason Invitational. Burks would average 3.4 on par 3 scoring, 4.8 on par 4 scoring, and 5.1 on par 5 scoring on the way to her victory. Congratulations to Sophie Burks on her performance at Grand National!
The best round of the weekend came from the Boy's 13-14 Division. Dawson Garret of Fort Payne, AL went out playing fundamentally sound golf before opening up and ripping through the back 9. His three straight birdies on 15, 16, and 17 led him to a 2-under 70 through one day of play. However, he would put his lead in jeopardy by opening with bogey or worse on the first 6 holes of the final round. Athens, AL’s Justin Vincent would do his best to capitalize on that fact and would enter the final 9 holes only 4 strokes back. In the end, Garret’s lead would hold and the players would finish with 158 and 164, respectively. The finish was Garret’s first win of the season and Vincent’s best performance of the year. Congratulations to Dawson Garret on his win at Grand National! Weather: Day 1: Low 66. High 84. Cloudy with distant Thunderstorms. Wind 5-10mph Day 2: Low 67. High 82. Sunny Skies. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,870 yards Boys 13-14: 6,157 yards Girls 15-18: 5,665 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2015 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