Callaway Gardens Junior Challenge, January 21-22, 2017

Callaway Gardens Junior Challenge

Callaway Gardens – Mountain View – Pine Mountain, Georgia

(January 21-22, 2017)


Weathering the Storm

  On, January 21st and 22nd 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its spring season at the renowned Callaway Gardens – Mountain View. Despite rough, wet conditions, the course held up well. On Saturday, a storm caused a five-hour delay, forcing a shotgun start once conditions improved. The weather proved slightly more favorable on Sunday, allowing players to complete their rounds before another storm hit later that afternoon. Winners in all six age divisions received invitations to this year's Tour Championship and the top ten finishers also received points towards the end of the year Hurricane Cup and HJGT teams.     Boys 16-18 Division

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In the Boys 16-18 Division, Cody Argade from Deatsville, Alabama, took home first place and entertained spectators with a hole-in-one in the second round. He captured the title with a two-day total of 144. His impressive rounds of 73 and 71 put him ahead of his competitors by a few shots. On Saturday Cody had 17 pars, and on Sunday he clinched the victory with an eagle and two birdies on the back nine. He was the only player who finished the tournament even par. Finishing second place was Jack Vajda from Canton, Georgia. After the first round Jack trailed Cody by three shots, posting five birdies and seven pars. He shot a 76 on Saturday and a 75 on Sunday for a total score of 151. Jack ran into some problems on the tenth hole in the second round but he managed to secure second place by finishing strong on the rest of the back nine. Also earning a trophy and finishing in third place from Warner Robins, Georgia, was Brent Hamm. Brent showcased his talent by shooting a two-day total of 153. After firing a 75 in the first round, he shot a 78 in the second round, slipping from second to third place. Overall, the Boys 16-18 Division was competitive this weekend and the top finishers played great golf.   Boys 14-15 Division

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In the Boys 14-15 Division, Brett Reid from Willmar, Minnesota, finished in first place. After being tied for second through the first round, Brett claimed the title with his consistent play throughout the weekend. He dominated the back nine, shooting under par in both rounds. Tied for second place was Luke Phillips from Peachtree City, Georgia, and Brendan Farrell from Dunwoody, Georgia, who both shot a two-day total of 152. Luke opened the tournament with a solid 78, but he elevated his play on Sunday, firing a 74 which included an eight-hole bogey-free streak. Brendan had a strong tournament as well, claiming five birdies and a six-hole bogey-free streak. The Boys 14-15 Division had an exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high-quality rounds of golf.       Boys 11-13 Division  

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The Boys 11-13 Division has some promising talent. Josh Ledford from Canton, Georgia, took home first place this weekend. He battled the elements with a determined mindset and was able to put together a great tournament, scoring a total of 160. Shooting a 81 on Saturday and a 79 on Sunday, Josh finished the weekend with six birdies and twelve pars. Coming in second place was David Hughes from Dawsonville, Georgia. David also was able to have a good first round despite the wet weather. He shot an 81 on both days finishing with a score of 162 for the tournament. In third place from Peachtree City, Georgia, was Renato Gerena Jr. Renato posted an 89 in the first round and an 88 in the second round, finishing with a total score of 177. Overall, the Boys 11-13 Division brought their talent to the tournament and we were pleased to see great rounds of golf.     Boys Under 10 Division The Boys Under 10 Division was a two-horse race. Rogelio Gerena claimed first place with a two-day total of 179. He shot an impressive 84 in the first round and a 95 in the second round to take home the victory. In second place coming from Dallas, Georgia, was Jackson Hope. Jackson scored a total of 210, including four pars throughout the weekend. Even though the weather was challenging for the players, both did a great job and earned their trophies.   Girls 14-18 Division

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The Girls 14-18 Division was competitive this weekend. Coming in first with a two-day total of 165 was Alejandra Ayala from Alpharetta, Georgia. She posted an 86 in her first round and a strong 79 in the second round to clinch the title. Alejandra had three birdies and seven pars in the second round. Coming in second place from St. Charles, Illinois, was Sarah Arnold. She had a two-day total of 170. Her great attitude and determination helped her succeed in harsh playing conditions. In third place from Peachtree City, Georgia, was Liza Eubanks. Her two-day total was a solid 177 in difficult weather. The Girls 14-18 Division once again proved to be one of the tightest groups this weekend.       Girls 13 Under Division

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The Girls 13 Under Division was a close race. Hailey Hann from Duluth, Georgia, took home first place. She fired an 80 and 84 for a two-day total of 164. Hailey was very consistent off the tee and was able to make some great ups and downs to save three birdies and 16 pars. Coming in second place from Atlanta, Georgia, was Reagan Southerland. She had a two-day total of 166. Reagan kept a very positive attitude throughout the challenging conditions and was able to finish strong. In third place from Pennsylvania was Lydia Swan. Lydia scored an 87 on Saturday and bounced back on Sunday with a score of 80, including three birdies and nine pars.  She secured the third-place trophy by playing consistent golf and staying focused throughout the tournament. The Girls 13 and Under Division has a lot of potential and we are excited to see them again this spring.  

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