Irish wins with more skill than luck
Nicholson fires Sunday best to capture win
Highland Heights, OH (April 21, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made its second visit to Ohio for the Cleveland Junior Open in Cleveland, Ohio. The magnificent Stone Water Golf Club played host to this weekend’s tournament. Saturday morning featured a good coating of snow on the ground, but luckily the sun came out and melted the snow making the course fit for play. Sunday had far more enjoyable weather with sun throughout the afternoon. The event was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the winners of all three divisions received automatic bids to the 2013 Tour Championship. Top ten players in each of the three divisions received points towards year end honors including the Hurricane Cup and All-HJGT teams.
Ohio native Brian Irish won the boy’s 15-18 age division after shooting a great 75-78 (153) for a two-stroke victory. Irish led his division in best par 4 performance (4.18). Irish was most impressive on the front side where he averaged a 37.5 on the par 35. Irish also tied for the most pars in the division with 23. Finishing in second place for the second consecutive Ohio event was Jack Mancinotti with a 76-79 (157). Mancinotti led the division in par 5 performance (5.00). Mancinotti’s pars or better percentage of 66.7% was the second best in the field. John Schnur and Zack Ford tied for third place with the two day total of 158. Ford finished the tournament with 4 birdies which was the second most in the division. Schnur finished with the best par 3 performance (3.25).
Cleveland native Danielle Nicholson won the girl’s 15-18 age division by 4 shots after posting scores of 80-76 (156). Nicholson led by four strokes after her day one 80 and she was able to hold on for the victory despite strong competition on day two. Nicholson dominated most categories including most birdies (3), par 4 performance (4.27) and par 5 performance (5.50). Coming in second place was Cassie Pantelas with rounds of 84-76(160). Pantelas day two 76 was impressive on the tough course and was one of only two scores in the seventies in the girls division. Pantelas had the most pars in the field with 20 total. Receiving bronze for ladies was Alice Ho with scores of 88-82 for a 170 total. She led the division with best par 3 performance (3.50) and was especially impressive on the front nine day two where she was only five over par.
Dave Sexton won the boy’s 11-14 age division by three strokes with a 36-hole total of 85-80 (165). Sexton won in large part because he had the most pars in his division with 16. Sexton’s day two 80 was the best round seen in the division over the two days. Brandon Petzak and Benjamin Jones shot identical scores of 83-85 (168) to finish tied for second. Petzak had a top three scoring average on par threes, fours, and fives. Jones led the division in par 4 performance (4.55). Jones and Petzak also tied for the most birdies over the weekend with two. Weather: Saturday: Snowy in the morning, Low 40’s as a high with 15-20 mph winds Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 30’s to high 40’s, winds from 10-15 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,670 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,021 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,724 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Gary Heath Boy’s 11-14 division: Brandon Petzak, Ben Foltz, Benjamin Jones Girl’s 15-18 division: Danielle Nicholson Golf Pride Most Improved Player Boy’s 15-18 division: Ryan Casey Boy’s 11-14 division: Dylan Boff Girl’s 15-18 division: Kalina Siehl About Us: 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.