Arizona Kickoff at The Wigwam Resort
On Thurs., Feb. 25, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Litchfield Park, Ariz., to host the Arizona Kickoff at The Wigwam Resort. With great weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s first tournament in Arizona. The weather for the tournament days could not have been better. Saturday was sunny with a breeze, which made for a great way to start out the tournament. The weather stayed the same on Sunday, making it beautiful for some golf. On both days, the field of players received near ideal conditions, minus some windy stints during the day, which allowed for great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank The Wigwam Resort staff for allowing us to host our Arizona Kickoff at a great venue.
Boys 16-18 Division
Tanner Van Newkirk of Phoenix, Ariz., took home the first place trophy for the Boys 16-18 division. Van Newkirk shot five-over-par for the tournament to win by four strokes with a total of 149 (73+76). The second-place finisher was Justin Fischer of Rio Rico, Ariz., who finished at nine-over-par for the tournament (77+76). Fischer had an impressive ace on Saturday during round one at the 174-yard fifth hole. There was a tie for third place that included Zach Burkholder (81+73) of Chandler, Ariz., and Tanner Grzegorczyk (77+77) of Glenshaw, Ariz at 10-over-par. Burkholder, Grzegorczyk, and Van Newkirk finished in a tie for most birdies in the division of 11 golfers with five.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Beau Reutter[/caption] Beau Reutter of Phoenix, Ariz., went home with the first place trophy for the Boys 14-15 division. Reutter shot six-over-par for the tournament, but was able to win by firing the round of the tournament, a four-under-par 68 in round two on Sunday. After the front nine gave Reutter fits in round one, he played it in one-under-par in round two and posted three birdies in a row on the back nine on holes 10 through 12. Hayden Schutte of Goodyear, Ariz., won the second place trophy after shooting 12-over-par for the tournament (81+75). Rounding out the top three out of seven golfers was Tanner Pixley of Phoenix, Ariz., who shot 14-over-par for the weekend (82-76). Pixley posted his second top-three in as many weeks after winning the Boys 14-15 division of the San Diego Junior Shootout on Feb. 21. The division’s birdie leader was Schutte with six.
Boys 10U Division
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Riley Wortman[/caption] Riley Wortman of Queen Creek, Ariz., took home the first place trophy. Wortman shot 18-over-par for the tournament, but finished strong. After an 85 in round one, Wortman rallied back to shoot a five-over-par 77 that featured two birdies. The second of the two competitors in the Boys 10U division was Alec Hilgers of Litchfield Park, who led by four strokes after his first-round 81. Hilgers finished with an 89 in round two, eight strokes behind Wortman for the event.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Stephanie Carras[/caption] The Girls 14-18 Division was one of the most competitive of the weekend. Just one stroke separated first place from second, and one stroke from second and third. Stephanie Carras traveled from Midland, Mich., for the event and returned to the Midwest with a trophy. Carras posted two rounds of 73 to finish at two-over-par, one stroke ahead of Scottsdale, Ariz., native Elizabeth Caldarelli (75+72), who fired the best second round score of the division. Marissa Singer of Noblesville, Ind., earned third place out of nine golfers. She co-led after one round with Carras and posted 75 in round two. Carras was the division’s birdie leader with nine.
Girls 13U Division
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Bailee Tayles[/caption] Bailee Tayles of Scottsdale, Ariz., took home the first place trophy after shooting 13-over-par (80+77), which included two birdies in round two. The second place finisher was Darlene Maitem (79+85) of Anthem, Ariz., at 20-over-par. Arizonans Katie Stinchcomb from Cave Creek (84+83) and Makenna Cabardo from Scottsdale (79+88) tied for third place out of seven golfers at 23-over-par. The division’s birdie leader was Maitem with three.
Weather for Feb. 27-28
Round 1: Low 53, High 88. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Round 2: Low 55, High 89. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,613 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,613 Yards
Boys U10: 5,083 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,636 Yards
Girls U13: 5,636 Yards