The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Jackson, New Jersey to host the Central New Jersey Junior Challenge. The tournament was held at the Westlake Golf course, which was located at an active adult community with residents 55 and older. It was a beautiful community with homes that lined the holes, with many lakes and rolling hills to enhance the beauty. Other than a few small showers later in the rounds, the weather was perfect in temperature for playing. This week the tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6, and top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors including the Hurricane Cup.
The boys 15-18 division had a 22-player field turn out this weekend. Brendan Hansen, from Spring Lake, New Jersey took home the first place trophy by shooting only four-over par this weekend. Hansen shot 75 in the first round, putting him three strokes off the lead. He did not let this stop him from taking the trophy. Hansen came out on Sunday and posted the lowest score of the weekend with an even par. He tied for the most birdies over the weekend in his division with four. Two of his four birdies came on holes 14 and a 18 during the final round. The leader of the first round, Jake Fitts finished second in the tournament. The Warrington, Pennsylvania native finished four strokes behind Hansen. Fitts’ success came from his ability to par 27 out of the 36 holes. Par 5s were where he gained most of his pars by averaging an exact par score. Tyler Hechtle took third place. Hechtle is from Millstone Township, New Jersey. He shot an impressive 75 on Sunday, finishing with an overall score of 154. He was very consistent on Sunday by only shooting two bogeys on each set of nines.
The boys 13-14 division was a great group full of strong competitors. Johnny Bush, from Cranford, New Jersey finished first. Bush did not have his best performance on Saturday of shooting an 81. This put him seven strokes off the lead. Bush was able to bounce back on Sunday and posted an outstanding score of one over par. He finished with an overall score of 153 winning by only two strokes. Bush led the group in most pars or better, and par 4 scoring over the weekend. Bush also went on a bogey free streak of nine holes. The two birdies on holes 3 and 7 on Sunday led him to victory. Finishing 13-over par was Carson Bacha, from York, Pennsylvania. Bacha led the group on Saturday by shooting a 74. He had three birdies over the weekend and led the group in par 5 scoring by averaging only a 4.8. The third place finisher was Luke Sample, from New York, New York. Sample had a rough start on Saturday by shooting an 87. He was able to overcome the odds and improve his score by 15 strokes on Sunday. With his two-over par round, Sample finished with the most birdies over the weekend in this division with five.
The girls 15-18 division had an amazing 23-player field. The top three finishers were all within 4 strokes of one another after the first round. The leader after round one, Gabriella Kim, maintained her lead by coming out on Sunday and shooting an even more impressive round of 73. Gabriella, from Wayne, Pennsylvania, was even through 17 rounds on Sunday. She led the group with 27 pars or better, three of those being birdies. The second place finisher finished five strokes off the lead with a 74 on Sunday. Yoona Kim, from Oradell, New Jersey, performed the second best on back nines in her age division. This is what helped separate her from the rest of the field. She also strengthened up her putter on Sunday by gaining two birdies, with zero coming from Saturday’s round. Yoona was just able to hold off the third place finisher, Sayaka Carpenter, from East Brunswick, New Jersey. Carpenter finished one stroke behind Yoona with a score of 76 on Sunday’s round. Carpenter had two birdies on holes 6 and 8 on Sunday, along with 21 pars over the weekend. She also led the group in par 4 scoring.
The first place finisher from the girls 11-14 division was Megha Ganne, from Holmdel, New Jersey. Ganne had an overall score of 156 and posted a score of 76 on Sunday. She led the group in most birdies, 3, and most pars, 20. Two of her birdies came late in the weekend with one on 14 and one on 17. Finishing five strokes off the lead was Haley Quickel, from Middletown, Delaware. Quickel was the leader after Saturday’s round with a 79, but just feel short off holding the lead over the weekend. Quickel also led in most birdies, and also led the group in par 3 scoring with an average score of par. The lowest score on Sunday came from Alice Hodge, who shot just four over par. She finished one stroke behind Quickel. Hodge, from Larchmont, New York, had two birdies on Sunday on holes 3 and 5.
The boys 11-12 division had only one competitor, Andrew Sample, brother of the third place finisher Luke Sample in the boys 13-14 division. Andrew might have been the only player in this field, but it did not stop his competitive spirit. Andrew shot from his tees, but played with the 13- 14 division during the rounds. Andrew and Luke played together on Sunday. Andrew was able to keep up with his group despite his age. He shot an impressive 85 on Saturday and finished with a score of 99. This was a good experience for Andrew allowing him to lay with a group older than him to help prepare him for the future. Weather: Saturday: Low 80s, Cloudy, Rainy, Wind-10-15 MPH Sunday: Mid 80s, Sunny, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,211 YDS Boys 13-14: 5,895 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,544 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,013 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 Tyler Brecht Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference