Birmingham Junior Challenge (February 4th- 5th 2017)

Birmingham Junior Challenge

Timberline Golf Club- Calera, Alabama

(February 4th- 5th)

   On February 4th and 5th, 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Calera, Alabama 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 well-challenged tournament for the long weekend of golf. Saturday started out as a cloudy day but soon as the sun came out and so did the low scores. Sunday began with heavy rainfall, unfortunately forcing a rain delay and eventually a shotgun start to resume play once the sun came out. Winners in all four-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Boys 16-18 Division

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In the Boys 16-18 Division, the local pin hunter from Alabaster, Alabama Jackson Singletary took home the first place trophy as he out drove the competition. Singletary ended the tournament with a wire to wire 5 under par finish. Saturday was a great day of golf for Singletary as he ended the round in the lead by three stroke, and with a very impressive score of 71, even for the day. On Sunday, Singletary took his strong lead into the final round which saw him take a commanding lead over his fellow competitors. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, Singletary featured three birdies and an eagle in which he drove the par 4 5th to leave himself with a one-foot putt, which really helped him finish in the top spot. Finishing in second place was Connor Reid from Opelika, Alabama. Reid was six strokes over par and tied for fourth place after Saturday, as he played great golf all throughout the round. Finishing the tournament strong to move up to 2nd place Reid finished the first round with a great score of 77. Reid then ended the second round shooting a 74, a very impressive score, to move him in to a top three position for the weekend. Displaying a very impressive five birdied holes this tournament, Reid was also impressive off of the tee. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place was Rece Moore. Moore really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Moore shot his best score on the tournament, a 74 on Saturday which added to his good work on Sunday, as he shot a 79. Overall, the Boys 16-18 Division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.     Boys 14-15 Division

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In the Boys 14-15 Division Landon Wockenfuss, another home town hero from Alabaster, Alabama finished the tournament in the top spot. Wockenfuss took the lead in the second round. Wockenfuss played very competitive golf this tournament as he shot a great score of a 79 on the first round, and a final round score of 75, to put himself in the lead. To add to his impressive finish, Wockenfuss featured six birdies this tournament, three in each round. Finishing right behind Wockenfuss, and in second place was Ben Seay from Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Seay brought a lot of confidence with him on the long journey from home. Seay finished round one with a very impressive score of a 77, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with a 84. Seay also featured two birdies on the tournament. Going home with the third place trophy was Woodson Weathersby from Nashville, Tenessee. Weathersby played great golf this weekend as he was great off of the tee box and had two birdies. Weathersby shot a 83 in the first round, and then brought his strong iron play with him to Sunday as well. The Boys 14-15 Division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.       Girls 14-18 Division

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Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole tournament was Robyn Blakey from Vandiver, Alabama. Blakey finished the tournament in first place in the Girls 14-18 Division. Blakey led by a strong 87 for the first round of play on Saturday. Blakey had a great round of golf on Sunday to take control of the division and had a total of 172 this tournament, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Blakey, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Mikayla Dubnik from Hartselle, Alabama. Dubnik played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting a 96 on Saturday, and then a division low of 80 on Sunday. Dubnik really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout the tournament. Leaving the course in third place, was Avery Pool from Steens, Mississippi. Pool finished the weekend just 36 strokes over par, displaying a 92 on the first round, and an 86 in the second round. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors.       Boys 11-13

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The Boys 11-13 Division also brought lots of talent to our tournament this week. Jackson Hill the from Madisonville, Kentucky took home the first place trophy as his drives were powerful and accurate all weekend long. As Hill is another familiar face on our tour, he featured one birdie this tournament as he shot a 79 on the first day, and an even par round of 71 to Bring home the hardware. We will be excited to welcome Hill back onto our tour in the near future, as he never fails to bring great talent to our tournament play. Finishing behind Hill in a tie for second place with an overall score of 151 were Alabama native Charles Warren and Jack Dumas who made the trip from Le Claire, Iowa.  

Weather:

Saturday: Mid 50’s, Scattered, Wind 5-10 MPH

Sunday: Mid 50’s, Rain and Cloudy, Wind 5-10 MPH

Tournament Yardages:

Boys 15-18/ Boys 14-15- 6,487 YDS

Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13- 5,647 YDS

 

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