On February 6-7, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Calera, Ala., to host the Birmingham Junior Challenge at Timberline Golf Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf. Both Saturday and Sunday we had beautiful weather. Winners in all five age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 3-4, 2016. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which includes state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Thomas Luther[/caption] In the boys 16-18 division, Thomas Luther from Hoover, Ala., took home the first place trophy. Luther finished the weekend off at an impressive two-under-par. On Saturday, Luther had a first round score of 71 with one eagle and two bogeys. Luther came in to day two with a remarkable four-stroke lead. Luther posted a second round score of one under par, including four birdies and two bogeys, which was good enough to win by ten strokes. Sangso Kim from Duluth, Ga., received second place. Kim started the tournament off with a score of 77 on round one and quickly turned it around on Sunday during round two with a score of 73 for a total of 150. Our third-place finisher this weekend was Austin Amburgy from Cumming, Ga. Smith had a very consistent weekend with a score of 77 in round one on Saturday and a 74 in round two. Smith finished the weekend off with a two-day total of 151, only one stroke off the lead. Overall, the boys 16-18 age division was very competitive this weekend, and all of our top finishers played solid golf.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Ethan Ray[/caption] In the boys 14-15 division, Ethan Ray, from Collierville, Tenn., took home the first place trophy. Ray finished the weekend off with a two-day total of 152. On Saturday, Ray posted a 75 that included two birdies and six bogeys. Ray came into day two with a comfortable lead of five strokes and posted a 77 with two birdies and eight bogeys, which was good enough for a six-stroke victory. Landon Miles from Madison, Ala., took home second place. Miles started the tournament off with an 80 in round one and followed it up with a 78 in round two for a 158 total. Our third-place finisher this weekend was Justin Vincent from Athens, Ala. Vincent had a very consistent weekend with an 80 in round one on Saturday and an 81 on Sunday. Smith finished the weekend off with a 161 total, only three strokes off the lead.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Renato Gerena Jr[/caption] In the boys 11-13 division, Renato Gerena Jr from Peachtree City, Ga., finished the tournament in the top spot. Gerena came out on Saturday dropping ten bogeys on his way to a solid round of 91 which put him in the lead by thirty strokes. On Sunday, Gerena posted a 96, which included ten bogeys. In second place was Luke Beadles from Nolensville, Tenn. Beadles scored a 119 on Saturday, which consisted of three bogeys. Beadles improved significantly on Sunday with a 105, which included one birdie on the card.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Carson McKie[/caption] In the girls 14-18 age division, Carson McKie of Hoover, Ala., took home the first place trophy with a pair of stellar rounds. On Saturday, McKie got the ball rolling with an 83, which saw her roll in one birdie against five bogeys. Playing with the lead entering round two, McKie notched an 81, which included four bogeys. McKie finished the tournament with a two-day total of 164. Finishing in second was Emily Lankford from Huntsville, Ala. Lankford played very well all weekend, posting 89 on day one. She then improved on Sunday with an 84 that included one birdie and seven bogeys to finish the weekend with a 173 two-day total. Finishing seven behind Lankford was Allison Avery with a two-day total of 180. Avery posted a 91 with twelve bogeys on day one and an 89 on day two with twelve bogeys.
Girls 13U Division
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Gentry Scott[/caption] Our Girls 13U division featured just two golfers, but the competition was tight. Finishing regulation at two-day totals of 189, Gentry Scott from Jemison, Ala., prevailed in a sudden-death playoff over Robyn Blakely. Scott came out on Saturday dropping ten bogeys on her way to a solid round of 94 and on Sunday, she scored a 95 with eight bogeys. Blakey, a Vandiver, Ala., native mounted a furious rally to reach the playoff. Entering the day six strokes off the pace, Blakey posted an 89, the best 18-hole score of the duo. Both of these girls have been friends for awhile, which allowed them to have lots of fun and to cheer for each other throughout the competition.
Saturday: Mid 50s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Sunday: Mid 50s, Sunny and Clear Skies, Wind 5-10 MPH
Boys 14-15/Boys 16-18: 6,546 yards
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,712 yards
Girls U13: 4,962 yards