Cleveland Junior Challenge Cleveland, OH Oct. 25-26

Cleveland, Ohio: (October 26, 2014) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Cleveland, Ohio on October 25-26 for the Cleveland Junior Challenge. Players battled extremely difficult conditions during both rounds until all players finished 36 holes. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship. All players were also competing for Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. 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.  

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Saturday’s opening round brought extremely difficult scoring conditions with cold temperatures and 10-12 mph winds. Cameron Lippoldt would lead wire to wire to take the title in the Boys 15-18 Division at Fowler’s Mill. Lippoldt would post a 75 and lead by only one stroke going into Sunday’s final round. Cameron would credit his ball striking and consistency from tee to green as the strength that led to his great opening round. Sunday would be no easy task for Lippoldt as he lost two balls on the 18th hole and was forced to make a tough putt to win the tournament over Owen Miklos by the narrowest of margins. Miklos, along with Sam Thies and Grant Godfrey all put the pressure on Cameron Lippoldt with rounds in the low 80s on a tough and frigid Sunday. Miklos struggled on the tough par five 8th hole netting a 9, which put him 5 strokes back of Lippoldt at the time. He did play well down the stretch, including a nice birdie on the tough par 3 17th hole, and forced his counterpart to sweat it out on the final hole of competition. Lippoldt would finish with a two day total of 159 at Fowler’s Mill. Miklos, Thies, Godfrey, and Justin Hollis would round out the top five shooting rounds of 160, 164, 165, and 166 respectively. In addition to his victory, Cameron Lippoldt would lead in several categories in the Boys 15-18 Division with par 3 scoring (3.2) and par 4 scoring (4.4). Grant Godfrey would lead in par 5 scoring with a 4.9 scoring average over the weekend and was also tied with Justin Hollis for most birdies made (4). This was Lippold’s second win of the 2014 season.    

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The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Jessica Cassidy of Canton, OH with a two day total of 188. Cassidy would lead wire to wire for a 2 shot victory on the Fowler’s Mill Course. Cassidy opened her event with an 88 in tough scoring conditions. Cassidy’s 88 on Saturday would give her a 6 shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Melanie Burgess would finish in 2nd with a two-day total of 190. Burgess recorded the most birdies in her age group for both rounds that helped her secure the championship cup. Cassidy would lead the Girls 15-18 Division with most pars made (10) and also lead in par 3 scoring. Burgess would lead in par 4 and par 5 scoring over the weekend.    

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Charlie Toman of Chardon, OH would claim a 14 shot victory this week after impressive rounds of 73-76 (149) at the Fowler Mill Golf Course. Toman is no stranger to the winner’s circle with a win at the College Prep Series at Kent State University in the Spring.  Toman, was followed by Cole Christman, of Canfield, OH, who had a two day total of 163. Christman improved his round 1 score by a stroke by shooting an 81 on Sunday. Mike Scnhur would finish in 3rd place with a two day total of 166. Toman was tied for first with most birdies and led the field with the most Pars, including the longest bogey free streak of 10 holes.    

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Sophia Trombetta of Independence, OH would claim a 2 shot victory this week after rounds of 90-100 (190) at The Fowler’s Mill Golf Course. After a top-5 finish at the Ohio Kickoff in April, Sophia was determined to come to the Cleveland Jr. Open and get a win. With only 5 strokes separating the top 3 players at the turn Sydney Leyerle would make a charge and be in contention in the final holes after posting the low round on Sunday after a very challenging day on the course. Alexia Siehl would finish in third place after leading the in Par-3 Scoring (4.0)  and lead the field in pars with 8. Leyerle and Trombetta would both tie in birdies made in the Girls 11-14 Division.   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6, 855 Girls 11-18 Division: 5, 563 Boys 11-14 Division: 6,299 Weather: Saturday: Low 45. High 65. Sunny with wind gusts of 10-12 mph. Sunday: Low 48. High 55. Mostly sunny with wind gusts of 15-20mph About us: 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 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email infor@hjgt.org.   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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