The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to host the Chattanooga Junior Challenge at the beautiful Bear Trace Golf Course. The course was located in a Tennessee State Park, which homed a variety of wildlife including two of our Nation’s bird, the bald eagle. The course had stunning scenery being located on a lake. The playing conditions were also great with well-kept fairways and greens. The weather was nice fall temperatures with no rainfall making it a perfect weekend for the participants and their family. The tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at stake, and winners in each division received an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6 with top 10 finishers receiving points towards year end honors including ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Dylan Lillard, from Cleveland, Tennessee, dominated the course in the boys 15-18 division. He had a Saturday round of even par, giving him the confidence to come out on Sunday aiming for another low score. Lillard capitalized on his confidence and shot an astonishing five-under par. During the round, Lillard had three sets of back-to-back birdies. He led the group in most birdies with 10 over the weekend. Gavin Noble, from Ringgold, Georgia, finished second with an overall score of 149. Noble also came out on the second day looking to shoot low. Noble five strokes behind second place after Saturday, but with a second round score of two-under par, he was able to come back and finish second. Noble was able to get under par thanks to his ability to hit the long ball. He was able to eagle the 6th hole, playing 516 yards. Benjamin, Rebne, also from Ringgold, finised third with an even par second round. Rebne played 15 holes without a bogey and captured 24 pars over the weekend.
The boys 13-14 division had a very evenly matched playing field. One kid did not dominate over the other competitors. Seven of the nine players were within eight strokes of the lead after Saturday. Joe Carter, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was in first after Saturday and maintained his lead through the weekend. Carter’s 76 Sunday round was just enough to secure his victory. He led the group in most pars with 27. Lance Simpson, from Knoxville, Tennessee, finished second with a round two of 77, finishing four strokes off the lead. Simpson was able to find his only birdies of the tournament during the second round on the back nine. This secured his second place finish over Tucker Windham, from Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Windham finished only two strokes behind Simpson, placing third in the division. Windham’s strength was leading the group in par 3 scoring, where he captured his only birdie over the weekend.
The girls 15-18 division had a great turnout over the weekend. The leader for this division was Rheagan Hall, from Charleston, Tennessee. She was tied for the lead after round one and secured first with a great round two score of three-over par. Hall grabbed her only two birdies during this round on holes 6 and 13. She led the group in par 3 scoring and most pars or better. Tori Owens, from Chatsworth, Georgia, finished second with a two-day total of 159. She was within two strokes of the lead after round one, but could not quite catch Hall on the second day. Owens can credit her 79 round to her performance on the long holes, and being able to hit the long ball. Sarah Arnold, from St. Charles, Illinois, and Shelby Liford, from Knoxville, Tennessee, tied for third with a weekend score of 164. Arnold captured two birdies over the weekend, while Liford finished strong with a few pars to end the tournament.
The Chattanooga tournament was a great experience opportunity for the 11-14 year old girls. It was a very challenging course that offered a ton of learning tools for them to take with them. These girls will be something to watch in the future as they only progress from here. Grace Jones, from Hayesville, North Carolina, finished first. Jones was able to snag a birdie on the long 12th hole. Madison Logan, from Brasstown, North Carolina, and Maggie Pietila, from Brighton, Michigan, tied for second place. Pietila birdied the 16th hole putting her in second over Logan, but Logan bounced back with a birdie on 17. This kind of competitive spirit is what we want to see at such a young age in future great golfers. Weather: Saturday: Low 60s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: High 50s, Cloudy, Wind 5-10 MPH Boys 15-18: 6,822 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,234 YDS Girls 15-18: 5,675 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,243 YDSr 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