Harmony, Florida: (Nov 8, 2014) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Harmony, Florida on November 8-9 for the Central Florida Junior Classic. Players battled wet and chilly conditions during the second round until all players finished 36 holes. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship.
Scores were tight in the Boys 15-18 division from the beginning on Saturday. Adam Gray of Potomac, MD was the first round leader with a 69, this left seven players within eight strokes of the lead. Things would remain close throughout the weekend, especially between Gray and Thomas Allkins of Lake Mary, FL. Allkins was only two strokes back after the first day and had the lead on the front 9 during the second round. Gray closed with the lead in the end because of his stellar 3 under round from Saturday and finishing just 1 over on Sunday. Over the first eighteen holes, Gray only had 1 bogey. And during the last round, Allkins finished with only 1 bogey. Though he may have tied with just one bogey during one round, Allkins came in the lead with most pars over the course of the tournament with 29. Daniel Core of Sorrento, FL rounded out the top three finishers with a weekend total of 149, just seven strokes behind Gray.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Sunday proved to be an exciting round of golf. Krista Snyder of Orlando, FL and Huize Lian of Lake Mary, FL decided that 36 holes would not be enough to declare a winner. Lian forced the playoff in dramatic fashion by coming from five strokes behind after the first round on Saturday. Both players returned to the 10th hole for a playoff that lasted only one hole. Lian was able to best Snyder with a par. Snyder’s drive unfortunately landed in a bunker whereas Lian’s drive landed right in the middle of the fairway. Lian posted rounds of 77 and 74 to match the weekend total of 151 posted by Snyder with rounds of 72 and 79. Although Lian won the round, Snyder took the lead on birdies made during both rounds by putting up a total of 5, while Lian only reported two during both rounds. The third place finisher, Ella Woods of Saint Augustine, FL completed the Classic with a two-day total of 168. Woods may have been behind the tied duo, but she was able to beat Lian in the amount of birdies she fired during the two-day tournament, with a total of 3.
At the end of the first round, Peter Wan of Clemont, FL was actually two strokes behind the lead after posting an opening round 75. Wan was able to make up these two strokes with his excellent play on Sunday, chipping in for a eagle on hole 8. Wan followed up his 75 with a 73 for a weekend total of 148 and the first place title. Wan had the most birdies in the field with four, sinking two in the second round Sunday despite the tougher weather conditions. Finishing in second place was Gordan Brixi of Potomac, MD with a weekend total of 151. Brixi was one of only two other players in the division to card both rounds in the 70’s, along with Wan and the third place finisher, Alejandro Madariago of Mexico. Madariago carded rounds of 79 and 76.
Unlike the older girls, the Girls 11-14 did not see a come from behind victory. Cindy Kou of Windermere, FL finished the first round with a five stroke lead over the closest competitor by firing a fantastic round of 71. Kou had only 1 bogey and two birdies during the first round. Kou finished with a two-day total of 145. Finishing in second was Ericka Smith of Orlando, FL with a two-day total of 152. Smith was quite consistent during the Classic, ending with a 76 on both days. Smith may have been behind in the overall total but she was able to tie Kou in the number of birdies made over both days. Both fired an impressive 5 birdies during their two-day rounds at Harmony Golf Preserve. Mimi Chen of Longwood, FL finished in third place with a weekend total of 159. Though Chen was only two strokes out of second place after the first round, with only one birdie on the weekend, coming from behind was more of a challenge than she expected. The rainy and cold conditions on Sunday lead to a tougher second round than she had been hoping for and she ended the day with a round total of 81.
Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6815 yds (M-73.8/130) Boys 11-14- 6063 yds (M-71.3/126) Girls 15-18- 5640 yds (L-73.3/129) Girls 11-14- 5640 yds (L-73.3/129)
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 11-14, 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.