Charlotte Jr. Challenge – April 4-5, 2015
Bailey Battles tough conditions
Rubino rolls to victory
Nunbhakdi comes from behind
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Monroe, North Carolina on April 4-5, 2015 for the Charlotte Jr. Challenge. Players battled windy conditions during the first round but the second round would bring beautiful skies and a light breeze. The top three winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winner in each division received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Our Boys 15-18 division would start off the exciting weekend with four boys tied for first place at the end of round one. All four boys would share the lead with scores of 78(+6) on the first day. As winds settled down the battle would ensue between Christian Bailey of Matthews, NC and Bandit Chaisuk of Thailand. Starting out the round strong was Bailey with going even through the first three holes. Heading to the back nine is when the two finally began to find their groove. As they would exchange pars and birdies throughout the final nine holes. Going even through the back nine holes with two birdies and five pars is just what Bailey needed to hold off the competitor in Chaisuk. Chaisuk would have his fair share of pars as well finishing with six and one birdie. That wouldn’t be enough to take the prize from Bailey. While the battle for first and second place were heating up, the battle for third would begin as well. Similar to our Girls 15-18 division, there was a two way tie for third place. Joesph Dumphy of Dawsonville, GA and Karit Kitipongpatana of Thailand ended day one tied and would end up taking home the trophy on day two tied for third. The two would exchange pars all day and would end up both finishing the day with 11 pars a piece. Congratulations to all of our Boys 15-18 division golfers for a wonderful weekend of golf.
Our Girls 15-18 division was all but uneventful for the weekend. With a seven shot lead heading into day two, Alexis Whitney of Charlotte, NC had her eye on the first place trophy. Hoping to end those dreams was Nuchakorn Nunbhakdi of Thailand sitting just seven shots back of the leader. A very strong day would lead her to the first place trophy. A second round total of 76(+4) would lead her to the three stroke victory. Recording an impressive 35(-1) on the front nine, Nunbhakdi was sitting two stroke back from the leader, Whitney. The back nine would prove to be tougher as both girls would exchange the lead. Whitney would record four pars on the back while Nunbhakdi would record three pars and a birdie leading her to a two day total of 163(+19) and the first place trophy. Whitney would go on to record a 166(+22). While the battle for first place brewed, the two third place finishers wouldn’t budge. Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, SC and Alexis Gopfert of Dahlonega, GA would record 90(+18) on the first day and 83(+11) on the final day to record two day totals of 173(+29). Congratulations to all of our Girls 15-18 division golfers on a wonderful weekend!
The Boys 13-14 division was all but over after the first round with Alex Rubino of Charlotte, NC jumping out to a four stroke lead with a first round total of 76(+4). With two players within four strokes of the leader, day two would bring some excitement in the battle for second place. Wyatt Nabatoff of Charlotte, NC and Clay Nelson of Charlotte, NC finished day one tied at 80 (+8) a piece. With three pars and a birdie on the front nine, Nabatoff felt like he might have the trophy in his grasps. After struggling through the first five holes, Nelson would find his groove and would go on to par the next four holes ending up with a one stroke lead over Nabatoff. Heading into the back nine it would be Nabatoff who would take control and finish with five pars ending his day with a birdie. Taking home the second place trophy would be Nabatoff with a two day total of 157(+13) in close third was Nelson with a two day total of 159(+15). Congratulations and thank you to our Boys 13-14 division golfers for an exciting weekend. Weather: Day 1- Low of 60 to high of 70, Sunny, winds 15-20 MPH Day 2- Low of 55 to high of 70, Sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,803 yards Boys 13-14- 6,225 yards Boys 11-12- 5,649 yards Girls 15-18- 5,649 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention 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 HJGT, 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference