The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Sharpsburg, Georgia from May 23- May 25, 2015 for the Canongate Series #3 presented by OGIO. Top three place winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and 1st place winners in each age division received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship. The Girl’s 15-18 champion received 4 AJGA stars while the top three finishers each received one. Our girl’s 11-14 division champion winner received 1 AJGA star. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, and the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division was a close race with the top three individuals finishing within four strokes of each other. Daniel Fienemann from Peachtree City, Georgia proved victorious after posting a one under 71 in the final round to separate him from the field. Three strokes back after the second round, Fienemann’s three birdies on the back nine to come in at 34 proved to be the difference and propelled him to victory. He finished the tournament with a five over three-day total of 221. Connor Coffee, another resident from Peachtree City, finished in second after an even par 72 and a three-day total of 224. Meanwhile, Luka Karaulic, from Dacula, GA, finished in third after a final round two under par 70 for a three-day total of 225. This is Fienemann’s first win this season with the Hurricane Junior Tour and with it, is now in the top 30 in the player of the year race.
The Boys 13-14 division quickly turned into the Gavin Noble show after the second day. After posting a tournament low, three under 69 on day 2, Noble coasted to an eight-stroke victory with a final round 71. Overall, he finished with a tournament low three day, two under total of 214. This is the Ringgold, Georgia native’s third win this year on the tour and is now in the number one position for the Boys 13-14 division player of the year race. Finishing in second was Birmingham, AL native Drew Smith with a three day total of 222 and in third was Liam Shinn from Norcross, Georgia with a three day total of 223.
National Drive, Chip & Putt champion Jake Peacock of Alpharetta, Georgia took the Boys 11-12 division by one stroke over fellow competitor Bruce Murphy, shooting a final round 72 to take the crown. Trailing Murphy by two strokes after the second round, Peacock used a front nine two under par 34 to gain traction and with a back nine 38, gained the trophy. Finishing in third, from Sharpsburg, GA, was Andrew Garger who shot a three day total of 245. Peacock finished the three days with an eleven over 227, while Murphy was one stroke back with a 228 three-day total. This is Peacock’s first win this season.
Consistency was key for Suwanee, Georgia native Christine McDonnell as she posted three rounds in the seventies to take the Girls 15-18 division crown. Rounds of 79, 79 and 76 for an eighteen over par three-day total of 234 beat the rest of the field and separated her from second place finisher, Lizzie Reedy, by two. Reedy, from Marietta, Georgia, finished with a three-day total of 236 after an impressive final round 73. Finishing in third, also from Marietta, was Alexis Brindley who shot a final round 79 en route to a three day total of 245. McDonnell is one for one in Hurricane Events this year and earns a bid to the HJGT National Championship with the win.
Duluth, Georgia native Michelle Cao shot a final round 78 to partition herself from Liza Eubanks and take the Girls 11-14 division by seven strokes. Only up by one stroke after the second round, Cao shot a division low final round to separate herself from the field. She finished the three days with a twenty-four over par score of 240. Eubanks finished the three days at 247 while Ashley Shim of Newnan, Georgia finished in third with a thirty-two over par score of 248. This is Cao’s first win in three tries this year and helps push her into the top twenty in the player of the year race. Weather: Day 1- Low of 82, high of 93, sunny Day 2- Low of 88 to high of 96, overcast, no rain, sunny in afternoon Day 3- Low of 80, high of 91. Isolated rain Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,750 yards Boys 13-14-6,180 yards Boys 11-12-5,705 yards Girls 15-18-5,705 yards Girls 11-14-5,132 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 email@example.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference