Canongate Series #2 – April 25-26, 2015
Battle to the finish at Traditions of Braselton
Jefferson, GA: (April 26, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Jefferson, Ga on April 25-26 for Canongate Series #2 held at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club. Saturday’s round was altered to a shotgun start on Friday with inclement weather expected to hit the area. Start time on Saturday was delayed until 11am and the afternoon produced ideal scoring conditions after rainfall in the morning. Sunday brought sunny skies offset by a challenging 10-15mph wind gusts. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winners received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. AJGA Performance Stars were also up for grab in several divisions at Canongate Series #2. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Saturday’s opening round brought soft and favorable scoring conditions and a number of players took advantage of the ideal conditions. Chris Whitney would claim the only under par score for the day posting a 71 (1 under) which included three birdies and an eagle. Whitney would be followed close on the leaderboard setting up for an exciting finish on Sunday. Logan Perkins of Locust Grove, GA who posted an opening round 72 on Saturday would play steady golf the entire day to eventually edge Alex Rogers by one stroke for the victory. Perkins would post a two day total of 147 after rounds of 72-75. Hunter Hester and Austin Rains would both tie for third place one shot behind Rogers on the leaderboard. Alex Rogers and Aaron Sweatman would tie for an impressive 2.9 scoring average in par 3 scoring over the weekend. Perkins would lead in par 4 scoring averaging 4.1 strokes over the weekend.
Jenny Bae of Lawrenceville, GA would lead wire to wire to repeat as the champion in the Girls 15-18 Division. Bae would grab the lead after her round of 75 on Saturday. Bae, a four time winner in 2014, would lead by two strokes over Savanah Satterfield of Chatsworth, GA after Saturday. Satterfield would make a Sunday charge after starting with three consecutive pars before adding a birdie on the 4th hole. Bae would regain her lead and maintain her steady play on Sunday before winning by two shots over Satterfield. Lizzie Reedy was close behind Satterfield on the leaderboard with a two day total of 158. Bethany Burns would post an impressive 2.9 scoring average on the par 3s and Lizzie Reedy would also post an under par scoring average on the par 5s averaging 4.9 strokes. Jenny Bae would lead in most pars made over the weekend with 26 total. Congratulations to Jenny Bae on repeating as the champion of Canongate #2!
Blake Parkman of Cumming, GA would also win wire to wire to take the title in the Boys 13-14 Division. On Saturday, Parkman would post an even par 72 which included 3 birdies and an eagle on the par 5 4th hole. On Sunday, Parkman would continue the red numbers posting 4 birdies in his first 10 holes. Two of those birdies came on the 2nd and 3rd hole giving Parkman a comfortable cushion. Parkman would close with 36 hole total of 145 (72-73) followed by Myles Jones (79-71) and Gavin Noble (72-78) both with a 150 total. Jones would post the lowest score on Sunday after opening with a double bogey, but bouncing back with birdies on the 8th, 10th, 13th, and 17th holes. Thomas Eubanks, Myles Jones, and Jason Quinlan posted an impressive par 3 scoring average at 2.8 strokes. Jones would also lead in par 4 scoring averaging 4.2 strokes over the weekend. Gavin Noble would lead the way in par 5 scoring averaging 4.6 strokes. Noble would also lead in the most birdies made over the weekend with 8 total.
Tess Davenport would grab the early lead on Saturday in the Girls 11-14 Division posting 79 and taking a slim one shot lead into Sunday over Ayanna Habeel. Davenport, coming off a runner up finish last weekend in Greenville, SC was motivated to not let another title slip away this weekend. Davenport would come out Sunday and pick up an early birdie on the 2nd hole and add another birdie on the 11th hole to finish with another 79 and capture a six shot win over Habeel. Habeel would post a final round 84 to combine for a 36 hole total of 164 followed by Ashely Shim (169). Shim would lead in most birdies made over the weekend with four followed by Davenport and Eujin Pyon who made a total of three birdies. Davenport would lead statistically in several catergoreis including par 3 scoring (3.3), par 4 scoring (4.4), while sharing par 5 scoring with Ayanna Habeel (5.5) strokes over the weekend. Davenport would also lead in most pars made totaling 19 followed closely by Ashely Shim with 18 and Charli York with 17 total.
Playing in his first ever HJGT event Blake Thompson of Jefferson, GA claimed the title in the Boys 11-12 Division over Canongate 1 champion Renato Gerena Jr. Thompson. Thompson would post a 36 hole total of 188 while Gerena combined for a 220 two day total. Thompson would lead statistically in par 3 scoring (4.0), par 4 scoring (5.5), and par 5 scoring (6.0). We look forward to the continued success of both Thompson and Gerena over the rest of the season! Weather: Day 1- Low 58. Rainfall in morning delayed start until 11am. Partly cloudy skies in afternoon. Day 2- Low 65. High 85. Sunny skies. Wind 10-15mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,680 yards Boys 13-14-6,102 yards Boys 11-12-5,682yards Girls 15-18-5,682 yards Girls 11-14-5,219 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com