On September 19th and 20th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Newnan, Georgia to host the Canongate Series #8 at Canongate on White Oak (Old 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 Peachtree City, Georgia Joshua Grenville-Wood claimed the title of champion after playing two fantastic rounds of golf. Joshua was able start the weekend off to a great start by scoring an eagle on his second hole of the tournament! He continued his great start by snagging 3 more birdies to finish the round at Par. On Sunday, Joshua had his eye on the prize and continued playing fantastic golf by adding 6 more birdies to his total, finishing with 9 total and an eagle. Joshua posted the tournament’s best two-day score of 140 and was a true champion out there. Finishing in second place and right on the tail of Joshua was a Hurricane regular, Alex Ross from Atlanta, Georgia. Ross started off the tournament in great shape on Saturday shooting a 72 and was in contention all the way down to the end. He was paired with Joshua on Sunday where they battled all day long and Ross finished the day shooting an incredible round of 70. As always he played strong and consistent golf finishing both days with a trio of birdies making his total 6. His charisma and enthusiasm for the game of golf is always a pleasure to have around and this won’t be the last time we are talking about him. Last, but certainly not least, we have Jake Maples from McDonough, Georgia who really made a push on Sunday to make sure he took some hardware home in a division of some really good golfers. Maples got off to a strong start Saturday with a round of 73 and continued to shoot really good golf on Sunday. After finishing the weekend with 5 birdies Maples really proved himself a threat for the future. 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 Liam Shinn from Norcross, Georgia finished the tournament with all eyes on him after the first day. Shinn came out ready to play scorching the front nine holes with 4 birdies to for a 9-hole round of 32. He set the tone for the entire tournament with a round of 68 on Saturday. Knowing his field was full of competitors he didn’t hold back on Sunday either, shooting another solid round of 73. Liam is a bright star here on the Hurricane Tour and we always look forward to watching him succeed. Finishing in second place was Jason Quinlin from Cumming, Georgia. Jason a fairly newcomer to the Hurricane Tour really showcased his talents this weekend coming out on white hot on Saturday. He shot a 72 in his first round and followed it up with an impressive round of 75 on Sunday. Finishing with a total of 7 birdies it’s no surprise why we’re talking about Jason and I’m sure it won’t be the last time. Jason has a great approach to the game and we certainly look forward to watching him grow as a golfer and more importantly as a young man. Rounding up the boys 13-14 division is Tucker Windham from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Tucker shot a strong round of 78 on Saturday where I think he was really able to take and learn from leading into Sunday. He really came out to make a push to compete on Sunday birdieing two holes on both the front and back nines. Tucker owned the back nine holes this weekend shooting 2 under out of 18 holes between both days. 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, a Hurricane regular Houston Lawson from Peachtree City, Georgia was our champion this weekend and scored a personal best on Sunday! He came out confidant and got off to a solid start with a round of 83 but really turned it up on Sunday shooting a 74. Houston who’s never shot in the 70’s set the bar high with 4 birdies on the day, and boy was he excited about it. Houston is improving in each tournament he plays in, he’ll be a scratch golfer in no time. Watch out Jordan Speith, Mr. Lawson is on the rise! Coming in second place was Renato Gerena Jr. from Peachtree City, Georgia. Renato, another Hurricane regular always comes out with a great attitude and is ready to compete with the best. He played consistent golf this weekend and is always looking forward to the next tournament. Renato is a young player who is getting better every time we have him, we look forward to watching him grow over the years. 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 Abigail Bolt from Canton, Georgia who shot a two-day total of 141 in our 15-18 year-old girls division. She shot an impressive 71 in her first round only to follow that up with an incredible round of 70! Abigail brings a relaxed and focused approach to the course where she was able to start hot and continue her sharp shooting all weekend. She finished the weekend with an outstanding 11 birdies total and really showed hot to play good, consistent golf. Finishing right behind Bolt, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Skylar Thompson from Buford, Georgia. Thompson played great golf this weekend coming out on Saturday with an impressive round of 73 where she grabbed a birdie on hole 9. Thompson is a strong competitor that we’re use to seeing around the Hurricane tournaments and it’s no surprise that we’re talking about her. She really showcased her ability to play consistent golf and make some really clutch shots on some tough holes. We’ll see her again in three weeks at the Cacnongate Invitational and it wont be a surprise if we’re once again talking about her play. Rounding up the girls 15-18 group in third place was a tie between Jordyn Sims from Berkeley Lake, Georgia and Kelsey Kurnett from Alpharetta, Georgia. These girls were competing all weekend and ended up flip flopping scores on the days with 78 and 76’s. Sims was able to grab two birdies on Saturday but really found her groove on Sunday where she grabbed another. Kurnett played really consistent golf the entire weekend and really showed her ability to make some clutch shots. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this week as their scores almost matched the boys, which is always great to see.
In our girls 11-14 division we had probably the most competitive group of them all. Liza Eubanks, another one from Peachtree City, Georgia took home first place after a hard fought weekend. Eubanks fought her way back on Sunday after starting behind a few of her competitors. She finished Saturday with a round of 87 and went right to the range and putting greens after and put in some serious extra time of practice. It paid off, turning things around with a 10-stroke difference and two birdies, Liza finished with a score of 77. We then had a two-way town for second place with Faith Scott from Columbus, Georgia and Sara Im from Duluth, Georgia. Both girls played competitive golf this weekend with Faith scoring an impressive round of 77 on Sunday. Sara the youngest competitor we had in the entire tournament always comes out and holds her own in a very impressive fashion amongst her other competitors. With a one stroke difference from second place was a three way tie for third place. Alyson Francis from Decatur, Georgia, Michelle Cao from Duluth, Georgia and Josie Arant from Tifton, Georgia. 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- 6,772 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,190 YDS Boys 11-12- 5,775 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,775 YDS Girls 11-14- 5,214 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