Senoia, GA: (June 7, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Senoia, GA on June 6-7 for the Canongate Series #4. The double tee starts began right on time, with a Saturday noon tee-off and Sunday tee times beginning at 8:00am. The field of 71 was treated to warm, but lovely, weather for the weekend, as temperatures reached 87 and were accompanied by clear, sunny skies, and little to no wind. The Canongate Seminole Course played excellent host to two very competitive rounds of junior golf. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. 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. AJGA PBE stars, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, and SCJGA Points were also at stake.
The Boy's 15-18 Division crown was closely contest throughout the weekend at Canongate Series #4. After Saturday’s opening round, two players were tied for the lead after finishing in the red. Joshua Grenville-Wood of Peachtree City, GA and Carson Whitton of Newnan, GA led the pack at 1-under par on Saturday, but eight other players would be within 5 strokes of the lead. Grenville-Wood would continue his stellar play and take home first place with a 143 overall (-1). The biggest Sunday push would come from Peachtree City, GA’s David Bartels. He would limit himself to just two bogeys on his way to a 2-under 70. That would be the lowest round of the weekend across all divisions and would launch Bartels (144) into second place overall. Grenville-Wood and Bartels would lead the field in birdies with 10 and 8, respectively. Joshua Sokoloff (146) of Germantown, TN would finish third. Congratulations to Joshua for his performance at the Canongate Seminole Course!
In the Girl's 15-18 division, Cameron Daniel of Sharpsburg, GA would lead wire to wire to capture her first win of the season. Daniel (154) would open a 6 shot lead over her closest competition after the first round of play. Ashley Shim would bounce back from a Saturday 82 to shoot 74 and finish in second place. Daniel would lead scoring on par 4s (4.2) and par 5s (4.8). Shin would lead par 3 scoring with a 3.0 average. Third place was awarded to Angela Deng (Marietta, GA) and Diana Liu (Johns Creek, GA), who both shot 171. Congratulations to Cameron on her Canongate Series win!
Barndon Cho would capitalize on a strong final round at Canongate – Seminole to capture the title in the Boy's 13-14 Division. Trailing first round leader Will Chambless by 3 shots heading into Sunday. Cho (151) would keep his bogey total low, while Chambliss would post a pair of double bogeys that would allow the eventual winner to pass him on the leaderboard. Gavin Noble would tie Chambless for 2nd place with a 36-hole total of 153. Noble’s second place finish is a continuation of the strong season that he has had so far, with three wins, another second place tie, and a third place trophy. Congratulations to Brandon Cho on his first victory of the HJGT season!
In a storyline that we have become quite used to seeing in southeast regional events, Shelbyville, TN’s Evan Reed put on a commanding performance in his victory in the Boy’s 11-12 Division. The win was his fourth straight and ninth overall on the year. Reed started strong with an opening round 73, but fell short of his own standards with a final round 79. However, that would be more than enough to lead him to first place. Second place finisher Anthony Ford of Atlanta, GA would follow Reed with a 173 and Renato Gerena Jr. of Peachtree City, GA would win third with a 203. Reed averaged 3.0, 4.3, and 5.2 on par 3, 4, and 5 scoring, respectively. Congratulations to Evan Reed on his continued success!
The Girl’s 11-14 Division provided the closest contest of the weekend. Elise Schultz (Pace, FL) and Liza Eubanks (Peachtree City, GA) shot matching 81s on both days of the tournament, leading to a playoff that lasted two holes. The players matched bogeys on the first playoff hole, after Liza saved herself with a nice up-and-down out of the woods. The following hole found Liza in trouble again, but this time Elise was able to capitalize and two-putt for par and the win. Kimberly Shen (163 – Johns Creek, GA) held an early lead with a Saturday 78, but faltered in the middle of her second round to fall into a tie for third place with Tess Davenport (163 – Bufford, GA). Congratulations to Elise Schultz on her playoff win at the Seminole Course! Weather: Day 1: Low 66. High 85. Sunny Skies. Wind 5-10mph Day 2: Low 68. High 87. Sunny Skies. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,596 yards Boys 13-14: 6,180 yards Boys 11-12: 5,718 yards Girls 15-18: 5,718 yards Girls 11-14: 5,166 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, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. 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.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference