Charlotte Junior Shootout
On March 25th and 26th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its’ spring season at the gorgeous Stonebridge Golf Club. The first round on Saturday was completed under great weather conditions, while the second round on Sunday was met with some on-and-off showers. The players all provided a great and competitive atmosphere for all of the spectators who came out to support them. The fantastic attitudes from the players made for an excellent tournament. The winners of all five of the age divisions will receive an invitation to the Tour Championship later on this year and the top ten finishers also received points towards the end of the year Hurricane Cup and HJGT teams. Boys 16-18 Division
In the Boys 16-18 Division Thongpipat Rattanayanon took home the first place trophy. His scores for the tournament were 73-74-147. Rattanayanon was in a highly competitive boys division this weekend but that didn’t stop him from playing at a high level. He came into the second round in the lead group and wound up in a playoff to compete for the trophy. His competitor in the playoff hole, Nicholas Taliaferro, from Midlothian, Virginia also came through with a very impressive 74-73-147 while bringing home the second place trophy. There was also a tie for third place to round out this competitive division. Louis Lambert from Charlotte, North Carolina with a 74-75-149 and Michael Olmsted Jr. from Milton, Georgia with a 76-73-149 both turned in great scores. Both of these young men were very impressive in both rounds. Boys 14-15 Division
In the Boys 14-15 Division Karsten Shields from Monroe, North Carolina took home the first place prize from this weeks tournament. His scores from weekend were 74-76-150. His first round score of 74 was the lowest score from his age division. Karsten also had an impressive total of five birdies for the tournament. Bringing home the second place trophy was Abhay Gupta from Concord, North Carolina. Abhay turned in scores of 78-77-155 for the tournament. Abhay also showed steady improvement throughout the back nine on both days. Coming in third place was Cade Hancock from Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Cade had scores of 77-79-156. Cade was able to hang on to third place after tough competition for that spot. Boys 11-13 Division
In the Boys 11-13 Division Sheldon McKnight from Apison, Tennessee took home the first place trophy. His scores from the tournament were 77-75-152. Sheldon prevailed after an exciting two hole playoff for the first place trophy. He showed great composure under pressure on both holes while the rain was coming down directly on him. His competitor in the playoff, Spencer Turtz from Charlotte, North Carolina came away with the second place trophy. With consistent scores of 76-76-152, Spencer showed that he could battle with Sheldon the whole way until the end. Spencer was able to record an impressive four birdies in the final round on Sunday. Also Turtz was able to put in a fantastic eagle on hole seven early in the round on Saturday. Rounding out a very competitive top three was Will Conway from Weddington, North Carolina who came away with the third place trophy. Will was able the record scores of 79-78-157 for the tournament. Boys 10U Division
For the Boys under 10 Division Mason Kucia from Indian Land, South Carolina was able to obtain the first place trophy this weekend. Mason registered scores of 87-78-165 this weekend. He showed very good improvement by being nine strokes better than his first round score in the final round of play. Coming away with the second place trophy was Alex Bundy from Charlotte, North Carolina. Alex was able to pull off an impressive birdie on a tough par five on hole fourteen. Girls 14-18 Division
For the Girls 14-18 Division Naphatsawan Pabsimma was able to bring home the first place trophy. She was able to score 72-71-143 for the tournament. Naphatsawan was able to be the only player in the tournament to have a round score under par. She finished the tournament at one under par and was able to lead the whole way through the final round. Taylor Waller from Canonsburg, Pennslyvania was able to come away with the second place trophy. Waller registered scores of 74-74-148. She showed great consistency by registering the same scores for both rounds. Coming right behind Waller was Katharina Floyd from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Floyd was able to obtain scores of 75-74-149. Floyd was able to register two birdies on the last five holes in order to take the third place trophy home.