On September 5th and 6th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Sharpsburg, Georgia to host the Canongate Series #7 at Canongate 1 Golf Club- Lee Course. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long two days of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was an abundant of sunshine and a nice breeze to make the first day even more enjoyable. On Sunday, we were blessed to have another great day of playing conditions again, which was a great cap to the tournament. Winners in all five-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 divisions, from Atlanta, Georgia Alex Ross took home the first place trophy as he really took advantage of the back nine on both days to build his confidence. Ross was able to birdie holes 10 and 11 on both days as well as turn around a follow up 12 with a birdie on Sunday to create some distance from his competition. Saturday Ross was able to come out swinging great and got a good feel for this tricky course. On Sunday, Ross was confident and it showed with his sharp shooting by finishing the second round with a strong score of 72 closing out the last 4 holes one under par. Ross had a total of six birdies in the tournament to help him take home first place. Finishing in second place were two players Takafumi Shimoji from Suwanee, GA. and Preston Wagaman from Martinez, GA. who tied with final scores of 150. Both players finished with some really strong rounds of 74 and 76. Taka took home 4 birdies overall with Preston claiming 3 of his own. Both players played consistent and well paced golf, and we can’t wait to see them at another one of our tournaments. Last, but certainly not least, we have Drew Smith from Decatur, Georgia who really made a push on Sunday to make sure he took some hardware home. Smith got off to a good start Saturday with a round of 77 but really turned the heat up on Sunday shooting a 75 with 3 birdies on the day. Smith was really zoned in on the green today and was able to make some clutch putts to end his last 9 holes one under par. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the boys 13-14 age division Gavin Noble from Ringgold, Georgia finished the tournament in the top spot. Noble ended strong by shooting par on Sunday after making some tremendous approach shots. Noble played very competitive and professional golf this tournament as he made smart shots to set himself up consistently from easy putts hole after hole. His solid first round put him tied for fourth place so Noble knew he had to come out with his A game on Sunday which is exactly what he did. He finished the tournament with 3 birdies total. Finishing right behind Noble, and in second place was Luigi Phillips from Peachtree City, Georgia. Luigi came off the tees hot birdieing his first hole of the tournament and played consistent golf the rest of the day finishing Saturday in first place with a excellent round of 74. Luigi finished round two with a strong score of a 78 and tied for second place but had some of the smoothest drives we saw all tournament. We then had a tie at third place Mark Brown from Johns Creek, GA and Hardin Chambless from Dalton, GA. Mark struggled a bit on Saturday figuring out the tricky greens on the front nine but was able to grab two birdies on the back nine. Hardin was able to snag two birdies as well on the back 9 during round 1 and continued his prominent play through Sunday grabbing another 2. Hardin’s ability to focus and not let this heat affect his play was key to his strong shooting through the weekend. Mark came back on Sunday resilient and determined to do better and boy did he turn it around with a stellar round of 73. The boys 13-14 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
In our boys 11-12 division, the hometown hero, Andrew Garger from Sharpsburg, Ga. was in zone and took home first place with ease. He came out confident and ready to showcase his talents here at his home course. He did what few else could do on this course and shot an even par of 72 to start off his weekend. Not only did he score such an amazing round but he did it in fashion rounding up three birdies through 10 holes on Saturday. Knowing he had a strong lead he went into Sunday relaxed and ready to have fun, only to follow up with the second best round in his entire division. In second place we have Houston Lawson from Peachtree City, Ga. who also started out very strong on Saturday with a round of 82. Lawson’s ability to make some tough shots in crucial positions was outstanding to watch and really showed the kinds of talent we have coming through this tour. Lawson ended the weekend with an impressive 4 birdies, snagging two each day. Another rising star coming from Atlanta, Ga. is Anthony Ford II with shot consistent rounds of 85 who really was able to fine tune and improve his game throughout this weekend. Ford was able to grab a birdie on both days, one being on the front nine and the other on the back nine. The boys 11-12 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole tournament was another resident from Peachtree City, Ga. Ivy Shepherd in our 15-18 year-old girls division. She shot an impressive 76 in her first round only to follow with a clutch under par round of 71! Shooting the lowest total scores in the entire tournament Shepherd was able to start hot on Sunday finishing one under par on her first nine holes and making some crucial putts down the line at the end to take home the first place trophy. Shepherd showed her maturity, a positive attitude, and her composure under pressure over the weekend that helped her make shot after shot. Shepherd finished the tournament with a total of 4 birdies throughout and fought her way to the top. Finishing right behind Shepherd, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Sarah Pabst, from Niceville, Florida. Pabst played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, tying Shepherd with a round of 76 on Saturday only to improve an already impressive round with an even better one of 72 on Sunday. Pabst really has a future in golf ahead showcasing her awesome attitude on the course and of her ability as a competitor as she also scored 4 birdies throughout her rounds in Georgia. Leaving the course in third place was Abigail Bolt, from Canton, Georgia. Bolt like the other ladies, started the tournament strong with a round of 77 on Saturday and was able to bring it even lower on Sunday with one of 73. Bolt was very impressive off the tee box all tournament, as her drives were powerful, and really turned some heads. Bolt really took a very competitive edge to the course this week and she didn’t fail to impress. Abigail was able to finish strong on Sunday where she claimed a birdie on a tough par 4 at hole 5.
In our girls 11-14 division we have Kyndall Shamblin all the way from Cleveland, TN who took home first place. Shamblin started out strong in this very competitive division on Saturday taking a lead with a round of 82 only to come back on Sunday even hungrier. Sunday was her day to shine where she proved her sharp shooting was no flake and shot an incredible round of 74 and walked out with the hardware. Coming in second place we had Sara Im from Duluth, Ga. Sara started out strong on Saturday claiming two birdies in her first nine holes of golf. Being one of the youngest players in the tournament she battled against the long course and showed a lot of perseverance and young talent that will definitely only get better with time. Annabelle Pancake from Zionsville, Indiana was our third place winner this weekend. Annabelle’s awesome attitude and beaming smile never stopped from the moment she got here and it sure wasn’t absent when she left. She showcased her ability to drive the ball very well and finish strong when it counted on Sunday. I’m sure this wont be the last time we talk about her. All around, the girls 11-14 division was very competitive and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf. Weather: Saturday: Low-Mid 90’s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low-Mid 90’s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,696 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,393 YDS Boys 11-12- 5,671 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,671 YDS Girls 11-14- 5,103 YDS 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.com Kyle Bellows Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference 9/6/15