The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Tam O’Shanter Golf Course in Canton, OH to host the Canton Junior Classic. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest during the two days of the tournament's competition between all age divisions remained close throughout. Despite the damp conditions the course was able to be played thanks to the helping hands of the maintenance staff. All the winners of each division will get an invite to the 2015 HJGT National Championship.
The Boy’s 15-18 division saw some exciting action between all competitors with 15 strokes determining second through fifteenth. Brian Terlesky from Youngstown, OH was able to post the best second round score of an even par to put distance between himself and the remainder of the field. He was able to battle the wet conditions throughout the weekend to play the most consistent two rounds out all the competitors while making a division high seven birdies. Howie Peterson from Weirton, WV was able to birdie the final two holes of round two to stave off Ryan Mallette in order to claim second place. Things were going according to plan for Peterson, but some trouble on the first six holes on the back nine in round two made things most interesting than I’m sure he would have liked. Rounding out the top three in the division was Ryan Mallette from North Canton, OH with a two day total of 148. He was able to put together a solid first round that had him tied for first, but ran into a few problem holes in round two that made him fall a few positions down to third. Although the conditions weren’t ideal for players they were able to put together some great scores that made for a tight division from top to bottom.
The Girls 15-18 division gave us the tightest top three which was separated by just three strokes. Taking first place was Julia Alhemoud who was able to bounce back from a tough first round to post one of the lowest second round scores of a 73, +3. She was able to string together great tee shots with some solid putting which made the difference when facing these slow of greens. When facing trouble she was able to limit the damage to bogeys in the second round while in the first there were a few cases of double bogey which lead to the 79. Finishing in second was Reva Morris who held the lead through most of the day, but thanks to a double on the 17th in round two, and the excellent play of Alhemoud finished just one stroke behind. Reva had some of the best ball striking in the entire tournament with few errant shots which helped lead to the total score of 153. Bridget Merten was able to put together to rounds of 77, +7 which helped her secure the third position by one stroke over Trombetta. Both days Merten was able to get off to a great start on the front nine, but thanks to the worsening conditions and more difficult tees ran into some trouble on the back nine. With ten contenders battling for the top three positions it made for an interesting final stretch coming home.
The Boy’s 13-14 division was claimed by Sky Fox out of Beaver Falls, PA with the help of the lowest score in both rounds coming to a total of 152. Sky was able to stay out of too much trouble with a combination of pars, and bogeys allowing him to gain more momentum as the rounds went on. Max Watson who was able to claim second also used the same technique as Sky by limiting any troubling holes to a bogey at the worst which allowed him to post two complimentary rounds. The biggest determining factors between the first two places was that Sky was able to convert on birdie opportunities while Max had to settle for pars. Max was able to convert on some lengthy putts on some really challenging greens that gave him the momentum to close the gap after the first round. Christian Tomak was able to stave off the hard charging Mastros to hold onto third place despite posting a second round score of 87, +10. The slow greens seemed to be an issue for Tomak in the second round which lead too much more putting than I’m sure he would have liked. Although there was some more distance between the top three in this age division this was still some of the best golf being played throughout the day. The Girl's 11-14 division was one of the competitive divisions of the entire tournament with the top two separated by only four strokes after 36 holes. Despite not making a birdie through both rounds Secilia Ho was able to put back to back rounds in the mid 80’s that helped add the distance she needed to take the victory. Heading into 16 Sydney Leyerle out of nearby Helena, OH held the lead by three strokes, but three holes of bogey golf allowed Secilia to surpass her at the very end. While Leyerle was able to make three birdies during her two rounds unlike Secilia she was unable to limit the damage on a few key holes. Overall the competition was fierce to the very end between these two.
The mini tour which was made up of Girl's 11-12, which just happened to have two competitors which were the Zambruno twins. Ella was able to put together a 95 while sister Meghan put together a 101. With mom in attendance it made for a friendly competition between siblings. Both girls were able to battle out of bunkers and long grass in order to use their great short games to remain competitive. Weather: Day 1- Low of 70 to high of 75, Mostly cloudy with light rain, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Low of 60 to high of 70, Mostly cloudy with light rain, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6510 yards Boys 13-14-5928 yards Girls 15-18-5406 yards Girls 11-14-4985 yards Mini Tour Girls 11-12-4985 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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 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