Augusta Junior Shootout – May 9-10, 2015
Chong and Guitierrez go low in Augusta
Evans, GA: (May 10, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Evans, GA on May 9-10 for the Augusta Junior Shootout. Saturday’s round began right on time at 8:30 AM with beautiful weather and eager junior golfers. The weather was even better Sunday, with clear and sunny skies, little to no wind, and temperatures climbing into the 80’s. Add this to the fact that Bartram Trial was beautiful and immaculate, setting the stage for an amazing two rounds of golf. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division was a tight battle both days at Bartram Trial. After Saturday’s opening round, two players were tied for the lead. Andrew Chong of Grovetown, GA and Javier Gonzalez of Veracruz, MX were both tied at the top after an opening round of 70. For a couple of players, the title was up for grabs entering Sunday’s final round. The biggest charge on Sunday came from John David Chambers who birdied holes 4, 9, 12 and 15. Andrew Chong was even through the front nine shooting a 36, while Javier Gonzalez was one over shooting a 37. Alex Wells of Evans, GA missed a six foot putt on 18 to force a playoff against Andrew Chong. Both players were neck and neck going into the final hole but Andrew Chong came away with the win by one stroke and a total of 142. Alex Wells would hold the par 3 leader board scoring average at 2.9. Alex Wells came in second place with a total of 143 and Javier Gonzalez received third place with a total of 145.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Christina Guitierrez of Veracruz Mexico would lead wire to wire to capture her third win of the season. Guitierrez is coming off wins at The College Prep Series at Duke and The Carolina Spring Challenge along with a runner up finish at The Upstate Junior Classic. Guitierrez would post an impressive final round 70 (-2) to go along with an opening round 73 for a 14 shot margin of victory. Guitierrez’s final round included four birdies made in a five hole stretch including three in a row on the back nine. Guitierrez was followed on the leader board by Christyn Carr of Johns Creek, GA (157) and Sarah Harrison of Martinez, Ga (159). Guitierrez would dominate in several statistical categories including most birdies made over the weekend with ten made, par 3 scoring (3.0), par 4 scoring (4.2), and par 5 scoring (4.6). Congratulations to Christina Guitierrez on her third win of the season!
Will Chambless would capitalize on a strong final round at Bartram Trail to capture the title in the Boys 13-14 Division. Trailing first round leader Jason Quinlan by 10 shots heading into Sunday Chambless would add birdies on the 9th, 12th, and 14th holes to secure the win by just one shot over Quinlan. The round of the day on Saturday belonged to Jason Quinlan who would post an impressive three under par 69 highlighted by birdies on the 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 15th holes. Owen Whitehead would tie Quinlan for 2nd place with a 36 hole total of 154. Quinlan would lead in most birdies made over the weekend with seven. Whit Larlee would lead in par 3 scoring averaging 3.0 strokes while Shyam Joshi and Jason Quinlan led in par 4 scoring (4.2), and Will Chambless led in par 5 scoring (4.8).
Patrick Herman would lead wire to wire to capture the Boys 11-12 Division at The Augusta Junior Shootout. The Martinez, GA native would post a two day total of 189 to win by nine shots over Christopher Simkins. The win was the first of Herman’s 2015 season. Simkins would challenge Herman’s lead on Sunday with five pars on the opening nine holes. Herman would lead in par 3 scoring (4.0), par 4 scoring (5.5), and par 5 scoring (6.1). Congratulations to Patrick Herman on his first win at The Augusta Junior Shootout!
Entering Sunday’s final round Charli York of Johns Creek, GA would hold a six shot lead over Woo Wade of Dunwoody, GA. Wade, however, would capitalize on a strong final round to secure the win in the Girls 11-14 Division. Wade would post rounds of 84-74 highlighted by three birdies on her closing nine holes on Sunday to close in 34 (-2). York would follow Wade on the leader board with a two day total of 169 and Eujin Pyon with a total of 171. Wade would lead in most birdies made over the weekend with four. Wade would also dominate in par 3 scoring (3.5), par 4 scoring (4.2), and par 5 scoring (5.5). The win marks the first of Wade’s 2015 season! Weather: Day 1- Low 65. High 85. Sunny skies. Wind 5-10mph Day 2- Low 63. High 88. Sunny skies. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,646 yards Boys 13-14-6,147 yards Boys 11-12-5,657 yards Girls 15-18-5,657 yards Girls 11-14-5,657 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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