Canongate Series #1 – February 28-March 1, 2015
Park plucks victory away from Zediker with seven birdies
Lim leaps into win column despite Pyon’s prodigious performance
(March 1, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) once again resided in the Peach State this past weekend, as the Canongate Series kicked off at Mirror Lake Golf Club in Villa Rica, Georgia. The competitors were forced to brave harsh conditions on both Saturday and Sunday. With cold temperatures, wind and rain tackling the course on both days, the weather was the biggest challenge of the event. The winners of each division received invites to the 2015 HJGT National Championship in Orlando, Florida this coming December, while the top-3 finishers in each division received invites to the Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan. Both the winners of the Boys 15-18 and Girls 15-18 Divisions qualified for The Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship this August.
Despite these treacherous conditions, one golfer soared above the field in the Boys 15-18 Division. Cumming, Georgia native Kenny Park used a six birdie outing on Saturday to power himself to a one-stroke victory. Park’s 147 two-day total, which saw the Georgia native shoot an impressive 71 on Saturday, edged out Macon, Georgia’s Zach Zediker who shot a 148 over the course of the first event in the Canongate Series. Park had seven birdies overall, netting one on the seventh hole on Sunday, in his second event on the HJGT this season. His final total was +3, shooting a 76 in the final round, with his aforementioned 71 (-1), coming in the first round.
The clean sweep across the board for Georgia continued in the Girls 15-18 Division. Diane Lim of Peachtree Corners hopped into the winner’s circle with her 148 (+4), total for the event. Much like Park, Lim had an adversary on her coattails for a majority of the event. Despite shooting better than the champion in the second round, Carol Pyon of Macon could not best Lim by the stroke difference that came between them. Pyon’s unfortunate 76 on the first day of the event provided the big difference maker, despite carding two birdies and seven for the entire tournament. Lim had three birdies of her own on the back nine on Sunday afternoon, and finished with five overall.
The Boys 13-14 Division was relatively close, but Marietta, Georgia native Mac Thompson pulled away thanks in part to his Saturday outing. Thompson shot a 77 (+5), with four birdies, three coming on the front nine. His final round 78, which included three birdies, were enough to win with a three-stroke differential over the two competitors who tied for second place. Those who were tied for second were Andy Mao of Johns Creek and Noah Zediker of Macon. This is Thompson’s first win of the 2015 HJGT season, while Zediker had placed third at the 54 Hole Challenge at Brickyard on February 14-16.
The Girls 11-14 Division may have been slim, but competition was fierce amongst the competitors. Ashley Shim of Newnan, Georgia pulled away from the pack with a nine-stroke victory over Charli York. Shim shot a 165 (+21), over the two-day event, while York amassed a 174 (+30). Shim compiled three birdies over the course of Canongate Series #1 at Mirror Lake, with two coming on the tournament’s first day. York, also, racked three birdies up, all on Saturday, but struggled mightily on Sunday in the dreary conditions. Shim, 11 years old, has now placed first in two events this season, winning the 54-Hole Challenge at Brickyard in February.
Lastly, Renato Gerena Jr. won the Boys 11-12 Division, competing in a field that included just himself after Atlanta’s Matthew Giesler withdrew from the event. Gerena Jr. shot a 229 (+85), with one birdie in his first round of action on Saturday on Hole 4. Gerena Jr. was all smiles after the event’s conclusion at the awards ceremony, and expressed delight, after winning his first event of the season. Day 1- Low of 36 to high of 45, Partly Cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 40 to high of 45, Cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6744 yards Boys 13-14 - 6021 yards Girls 11-14 – 5600 Yards Girls 15-18, Boys 11-12- 5600 Yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, 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