The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Newnan, Georgia on Saturday July 19th – Sunday July 20th to host the Canongate Series #5 at White Oak - Old Course, Presented by HJ Glove. Bad weather threatened all weekend, and held off for the most part on Saturday. On Sunday, there was about an hour stretch where it rained heavily, but the sun came out for the last few hours of the tournament. At Canongate Series #5, winners in each division received an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship on December 6th – 7th. Players also competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings (JGS). Furthermore, the top 10 finishers received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 15-18: The Boys 15-18 division was a tight race until the finish. On Day 1, Jordan Walker shot a 35 (-1) on the front nine to take an early tournament lead. Leo Rich, who made par on his first twelve holes, showed consistency to stay near the top of the leaderboard. However, Connor Coffee ended Round 1 as the leader after he shot a 33 (-3) on his second nine to card a 71 (-1) for the round. The highlight of the day was his eagle on the par 5 5th. Through the first nine holes of the Final Round, the leader group was in a heated competition. Jordan Walker led Connor Coffee by one stroke and Leo Rich by two stokes. However, Coffee put together an impressive final nine holes as he birdied twice to secure a two shot victory, and he finished with a two day total of 144 (E). Daniel Fienenmann, who carded a Final Round low score of 71 (-1), tied Rich for second place with a two day total of 146 (+2). Walker placed third and finished with a final score of 148 (+4).
Boys 11-14: The two lowest scores after Round 1 at Canongate Series #5 in the Boys 11-14 division were 75s (+3) from Connor Asarch and Gage Smith. Asarch finished his second nine strong by carding a 36 (E), and Smith was the birdie co-leader for the day in the division with two birdies. The Final Round featured one of the most impressive comeback victories that the HJGT has seen this year. Luka Karaulic, who has three victories on tour this season, started the Final Round four shots off the lead with five players ahead of him. Karaulic birdied two of his first three holes in the Final Round and never looked back. He blazed his way to a 70 (-2) and won the tournament by a comfortable four strokes. Smith finished in second place with a two day total of 153 (+9), and Asarch finished third with a two day total of 155 (+11).
Girls 15-18: Skylar Thompson and Alissa Yang came ready to play for Round 1 and shot division best 72s (E) to share the clubhouse lead going into the Final Round. Yang birdied four holes, and Thompson birdied three holes. Just off the pace were Hannah Solesbee and Gracie Henderson, who both shot 76 (+4). In the Final Round, Yang stayed the most mistake free as she only bogeyed four holes. She shot a 37 (+1) on the final nine and edged out Thompson by three strokes. Yang finished with a two day total of 146 (+2), and Thompson finished with a two day total of 149 (+5). Ivy Shepherd carded a Final Round 73 (+1) and tournament total 150 (+6) to finish in third place.
Girls 11-14: Cameron Daniel was dominant in her division throughout the entire tournament to claim her third victory on tour this season. She opened with a brilliant round of 74 (+2), including three birdies. She finished with a two day total of 153 (+9). Adrian Hopkins finished in second place, and Miranda Rich took third. Most Birdies: Boys 15-18 – Jordan Walker (7) Boys 11-14 – Luka Karaulic (7) Girls 15-18 – Alissa Yang (6) Girls 11-14 – Cameron Daniel (5) Weather: Day 1 – Overcast/partly cloudy, small intervals of light rain, high 70’s - low 80’s Day 2 – Overcast, intervals of heavy rain, mid 70’s Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18 – 6,856 Boys 11-14 – 6,157 Girls 15-18 – 5,809 Girls 11-14 – 5,198