Harrison, Tennessee: November 16th, 2014 – This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour endured the cold weather of Harrison, Tennessee as we set up for the Chattanooga Jr. Shootout at The Bear Trace- Harrison Bay. Despite fighting the cold and tough playing conditions, the some of the field found a way to score. Day one presented frigid temperatures in the morning but these dissapated as the day went on. Day two presented a mix of rain and very cold temperatures. The rainbegan at 8 am and carried on for the rest of the day, resulting in the players, parents and staff being completely soaked at the conclusion of the tournament. Bear Trace was in awesome shape for the field and the staff was tremendously helpful throughout the entire tournament; our staff could not have run a successful event without them. Thank you to all the parents and players for participating in the Chattanooga Jr. Shootout! We look forward to another great tournament next year. Boys 15-18
In the Boys 15 – 18 division, the local competitor, Matt McKenney from Chattanooga, Tennessee won in a playoff over Ben Rebne from Ringgold, Georgia, with a two-day total of 148 (+4). McKenney did not make any mistakes throughout this tournament, allowing him to excel to the top of the leaderboard. He was very steady in the first round, only making five bogeys and two birdies. Surprisingly enough, the young man improved his score by two shots during the second and more difficult day of golf. Carding only three bogeys and two birdies, McKenney would fire the low round of the day, 73 (+1). Ben Rebne, the day one leader was beaten on the first playoff hole with a par. A stellar round of 71 (-1) on day one of the tournament, Rebne was looking to keep the momentum rolling over to day two, but inclement weather forced some back nine errors, costing him the tournament. Coming in third place was Spencer Haigwood out of Roswell, Georgia. Haigwood had a consistent two days at the tournament. Over both rounds of play, he carded a few bogeys, a few birdies and a lot of pars. A performance definitely worthy of a trophy, but not what he needed to stand on the top of the podium. Austin Mancilla out of Lawrenceville, Georgia would be one of two in the boys division to receive the most improved award. Mancilla improved his round one score of 80 (+8) to a 76 (+4). Boys 11 – 14
In the Boys 11 – 14 division Carter Pendley out of Dalton, Georgia etched out a victory with a two-day total of 151 (+7). Just a mere two shots behind Pendley was Gavin Noble of Ringgold, Georgia with a two-day total of 157 (+7). Both players performed admirably as they faced the cold, wet conditions of the weekend. Pendly fired a round one 74 (+2) with two nines of 37 (+1), giving him a three shot lead going into the second day. Just as expected, the weather presented some noticeable challenges for Pendley causing him to card a double on the twelfth as well as a handful of other bogeys, almost taking him out of first place. He was able to throw in a few birdies and successfully take home the number one prize. Noble had a very hard time making birdies, which barred him to take home first place honors. He was able to make a lot of pars which, given the conditions, is a feat in itself. The unfortunate abundance of bogeys presented on his scorecard gave way to his second place finish. Coming in third place was Sam Marshall out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a back and forth tournament for Mr. Marshall. Every time he was on the brink of breaking through and really making a move up the leaderboard, an errant shot or devastating hole broke his focus. Fortunately, he was able to sneak a few birdies on to his card, allowing him to take home the bronze. JT Smith was the second of the two to receive the most improved. Smith improved his round one 86 (+14) to an 82 (+10). Girls 15 – 18
In the Girls division, Bethany Burns out of Signal Mountain, Tennessee blew away her competitors and forcibly took first place honors with a two-day total of 149 (+5). She baffled the field with her elegant play, resulting in a nineteen shot victory. Her first round was the set the tone for her entire weekend. Starting out her first round in an unorthodox fashion, Burns would card two nasty doubles leaving here some ground to make up. Fired up, she went on to card four birdies in a ten-hole span erasing her bumpy beginning. Round two for Burns was a grind, just as it was for everyone in the field. The weather caused her play to decline slightly but she still held herself together marvelously. Her ability to remain headstrong earned her the first place Chattanooga Jr. Shootout trophy. Coming in second place was Annika Blanton out of Dacula, Georgia with a two-day total of 168 (+24). Blanton was unable to make the necessary amount of birdies, making it exceedingly difficult to contend for first. She was however, able to card a good amount of pars keeping her close enough to level par to earn second place honors. Carson Roberts out of Dalton, Georgia would place third with a two-day total of 170 (+26). Roberts played much better on the first round of play due to the fairer playing conditions. She was able to card a couple of birdies and evade most of the larger numbers. But as the conditions toughened on day two, she succumbed to the cold and wetness. Probably not her ideal round but was good enough to place. Miranda Rich would be the lone player in the girls division to earn most improved. She improved by five shots, the only girl in her division to do so Weather: Saturday: Sunny. Highs in the mid 40’s. Sunday: Steady rain. Highs in the mid 40’s. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 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.