Augusta Junior Challenge , November 5-6, 2016

Augusta Junior Challenge at James Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia

(November 5-6, 2016)

 Playing Like Champions

  On Thursday, November 3rd, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Evans, Georgia to host the Augusta Junior Challenge at James Creek Golf Club. The weather was beautiful both days, with temperatures in the 70’s and sunny. The HJGT would like to thank James Creek Golf Club for allowing us to host our tournament at such a great venue. The staff all weekend was very friendly and accommodating. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were up for grabs this weekend as 35 players were battling for their respective age division titles. Players congregated from all over the as far as Genova, Maine, Massachusetts, and the south for a chance at an HJGT title.     Boys 16-18 Division  

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Preston Wagaman of Martinez, Georgia was the Boys 16-18 Division Champion. Preston credited his impressive score of 155 this weekend to his tee shots. He may have putted not the way he wanted, but his tee shots helped him clinch his victory on Sunday. Preston’s scores this weekend were 76, 79 (+11). Second place was a tie between Clay Grantham of New Albany, Ohio, and Nat Simpkins of North Augusta, South Carolina. Clay shot consistent this weekend keeping his scores both days in the high 70’s low 80’s. His scores this weekend were 79, 82 (+17). Nat drove the ball very well all weekend, and used the fairways to his advantage. Keeping his score in the low 80’s really helped his chances of clinching a second tie with Clay. Nat’s scores this weekend were 81, 80 (+17).     Boys 14-15 Division    

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Walter Kelley of Augusta, GA won the Boys 14-15 Division. This division may have been the toughest one all weekend with scores very close to the very end. Walter was a stroke behind the three leaders. Walter stayed relaxed all day played his game, and drove the ball conceptually well. His scores this weekend were 80, 81 (+17). There was a tie for second place between Jason Cruise Jr of Bonaire, Georgia, and Gage Weeks of Evans, Georgia. Jason drove the ball very well this weekend which helped him keep his scores in the low 80’s. His scores this weekend were 80, 82 (+18). Gage felt at home not living too far from the course. He definitely felt the home cooking by shooting very well which helped him clinch a tie for second place. His scores this weekend were 79, 83 (+18).  Boys 11-13 Division

 

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Barrett Trotter of Augusta, Georgia won the Boys 11-13 Division. This was Barrett’s first Hurricane Tournament, and what a way to complete it with a victory. Barrett drove the ball very well which helped him clinch the win. His scores this weekend were 84, 83 (+23). Coming in second was Christopher Simpkins of North Augusta, South Carolina. Christopher kept Barrett on his toes all day even being paired with him. Christopher shot the ball consistently which helped him stay in the running to finish top two. His scores this weekend were 86, 84 (+26). Taking third place was Tejas Reddy of McDonough, Georgia. Tejas putted well which kept him in the running to finish top three. His scores this weekend were 90, 91 (+37).     Girls 14-18 Division  

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Lexi Clark of Fairfax Station, Virginia was the Girls 14-18 Division Champion. Lexi was dominating all weekend thanks to her putting. She was saying after the match that her ability to putt well made up for some of the bad shots she made this weekend. This weekend she shot 88, 86 (+30). Coming in second place was Deanna Confessore of Greenlawn, New York. Deanna is a teammate of Lexi from the JPGA. There was friendly competition amongst the two. Deanna’s scores this weekend were 90, 91 (+37). Coming in third place was Claire Wickes of Evans, Georgia. Claire shot consistent this weekend, and her redemption on Sunday helped her improve her score by six strokes to clinch third place. Her scores this weekend were 107, 101 (+64).  Girls U13

 

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Michelle Pi of Augusta, Georgia was the Girls U13 champion. Michelle may been the lone player in the division, but she gained great experience playing with the older girls. Michelle did not fear playing with the older girls. She did shine on holes where she drove the ball well. Sky is the limit for this young golfer. Her scores this weekend were 106, 88 (+50).             Weather November 5-6, 2016:   Round 1: Low 47, High 71. Sunny Round 2: Low 49, High 73. Sunny     Tournament Division Yardages   Boys 16-18: 6,667 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,667 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,762 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,762 Yards Girls U13: 5,317 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 info@hjgt.org   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference          

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