On July 5th and 6th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina to host the Carolina Summer Classic at Highland Creek Golf Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a well challenged tournament for the long weekend of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was a little rain that came in during the middle of the round, but cleared up for the end of the round. On Sunday, we were lucky to have some marvelous sunshine, which was a great cap to the weekend. Winners in all four-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 Boy's 15-18 division, the Columbia, South Carolina resident, Ian Stewart took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole all weekend, Stewart ended the tournament just two strokes over par. Saturday was a great day of golf for Stewart as he ended the round in first place, and with a very impressive score of a 70, two strokes under par. On Sunday, Stewart made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 76, another great round of golf. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, Stewart featured two birdies, really turning some heads as his puts ended almost every hole with strength. Stewart had a total of four birdies on the weekend and one very impressive eagle on hole 18 in the first round. There were two-second place finishers on the weekend which included Basil Boyd, from Martinsville, Virginia, and Lewis Lambert from Charlotte, North Carolina. Boyd finished the first round tied for third place, and was only four strokes over par after Saturday. Finishing the tournament just seven strokes out of the first place spot, Boyd finished the first round with a great score of a 76. Boyd then ended the second round shooting a 77, a very impressive score, just five strokes over par. Displaying a very impressive two birdied holes this weekend, Boyd fell out of the first place spot by just a few strokes. Also going home with hardware, and finishing tied for second place was Louis Lambert. Lambert really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Lambert shot his best score on the weekend, a 75 on Saturday and added to his work on Sunday as he shot a 78 on the second round. Lambert’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie six holes this weekend. Finishing tied for third place were Clark Kistler, from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Sapatak Talwar, from New Delhi India. Both players ended the tournament just ten strokes over par, and both should be very proud of their play this weekend. Kistler finished the first round shooting a great score of a 79, and then came back on Sunday to shoot another impressive score of a 75. Kistler had a total of five birdies this weekend, as his powerful drives really put him in great position on every hole. Talwar also played extremely great golf this weekend as he featured three birdies on some of the toughest holes of the course. Talwar finished the first round shooting a 76, and the second round with a 78. As all three of the top finishers have a golf game that is extremely well rounded, it is easy to tell that they all have a great future of golf ahead of them. Overall, the Boy's 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the Boy's 13-14, division, Cameron Whitney finished the tournament in the top spot. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of a 75 on the first round, and an 74 on the second round. Whitney featured a very strong short game this weekend, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and on the putting green on almost every hole. Whitney was in first place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead in a big tournament get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Whitney featured five birdies this weekend, two of which coming on par fives. Finishing right behind Whitney, and in second place was Caleb Henson, from Lancaster, South Carolina. Henson brought a lot of confidence with him from Lancaster, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer inside of our Hurricane events. That being said, we were pleased to welcome him back onto our tour for the weekend. Henson finished round one with a very impressive score of an 80, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with an even better score of 76. Henson also featured five birdies on the weekend, and his game off of the tee box was polished. Going home in third place was Brandon Yau, from Daluca, Georgia. Yau, a very familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, displayed great golf all weekend long as he finished the first day with an 86, and in third place. Yau came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of an 81. Yau featured three birdies this weekend to make his scores stand out just a little bit more. The Boy's 13-14 division had a very exciting weekend, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole weekend was Haruka Shintani, from Setagaya, Japan. Shintani is a new face on our tour, and we were excited to see her at our tournament as she defiantly has the ability to bring some great talent to our tournament play. Shintani finished the tournament in first place in the Girl's 15-18 division, and also had one of the best scores of the entire tournament, even including the older boys division. Her Sunday score, a 73, was one of the lowest scores of the entire weekend, including every competitor. A score of a 73 coming from the Japan native, is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Shintani shot a 74 on Saturday, which put her in first place after the first day, and she then brought her talents with her into Sunday as she shot her 73 in the second round. Shintani had a total of four birdies this weekend, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Shintani, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Alexis Sudjianto, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Sudjianto played great golf this weekend as she competed vin rounds, shooting an 83 on Saturday, and another great score, a 79 on Sunday. Sudjianto really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Sudjianto’s highlight of the weekend was her second round of the tournament, which included two birdied holes, and also one of the best scores of the entire weekend, her 79. Leaving the course in third place, was Alexis Whitney, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Whitney finished the weekend just 22 strokes over par, displaying an 87 on the first round, and an even better 79 on the second round. Whitney, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box all weekend, as her drives were powerful, and really turned some heads. Whitney really took a very competitive edge to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Whitney had two birdied holes this weekend to help her take home some hardware. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this weekend as their scores almost matched the boys, which is always great to see. Weather: Saturday: Mid 80’s, Rain, Wind 0-5 MPH Sunday: Mid 90’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,785 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,762 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,220 YDS 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, 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.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference