Khan's steady play secures the win
Morris outlast Ho's final push
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its College Prep Series when it traveled to Ravenna, Ohio’s Windmill Lakes Golf Club on October 26-27 for the College Prep Series at Kent State. The College Prep Series is a series of events played on some of the best college courses in the region. The winner in the boys 15-18 division and girls 15-18 division were awarded AJGA Performance Stars. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship, and top 15 finishers received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup. The event was also ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Osama Khan of Mississauga, Ontario held a share of the lead heading into the final round with three others players after posting a 5 over 75 Saturday. Khan’s steady play on Sunday helped secure the win with 4 bogeys to go along with 2 birdies. After making birdie on the par 5 16th hole, Khan made pars on his final two holes allowing him to pass Kaelenn Briggs and win by two shots. Kaelenn Briggs of Uxbridge, Ontario was runner up to Khan after posting rounds of 76 and 73. Briggs held the lead midway through the final round when he birdied the Par 3 14th hole to go to two under on his round. Briggs would stumble coming in allowing Khan to overtake the lead. After holding a share of the lead after Saturday’s first round, Justin Perdue posted a final round 77 to finish with a two day total of 152 and claim third place outright.
Alice Ho entered day two with a two stroke lead in the girl’s 15-18 age division with a score of 78. However, Reva Morris was hot on her tail coming into Sunday’s final round. Morris came back and fired a low round score of 77 on Sunday. Ho struggled on the front nine, but came back strong birdying two holes on the back side. However, Morris outlasted Ho’s final push by remaining consistent through the holes 10-18. Morris and Ho’s playing partner Audrey Clawson was also in the championship hunt after she posted an 82 the first day, and a 79 the second day, for a two day total of 169 to take third place. In the end it was Reva Morris from Newbury, OH who stepped away with the title after her two day total of 157 would be one stroke better than Alice Ho’s 158.
Jared Wilson of Columbiana, OH entered the final round leading by three shots with an opening round 77. Wilson would add to his lead Sunday and posted a second straight 77 to win the Boys 11-14 Division by four shots. Despite playing the 18th hole a combined three over both rounds, Wilson’s consistent play was too much for others to catch. Behind Wilson was Thomas Sullinger of Sylvania, OH who posted a two day total of 158 with rounds of 80 and 78. Sullinger put pressure on Wilson early on in the the final round after making birdie on the opening hole. Sullinger would stumble coming in giving up 5 shots over his final 4 holes to allow Jared Wilson to grab the lead and the win. Brandon Petzak would finish third in the Boys 11-14 Division finishing one shot behind Sullinger at 159. Petzak posted a final round 78 to go along with an opening round 81.
A strong lead going into Sunday would prove to be key for champion Ashley Knight from Sylvania, OH. Up 8 strokes after day one, Knight would take that lead and run away from the competition on day two. Knight posted an 80 on Saturday, and an 82 on Sunday to post a winning two day score of 162. While Knight ran away with the win in the younger girls division, there was a tight battle for the second and third place positions. Shaira Busnawi, Riley Dean, and Kalina Siehl were neck and neck up until 18 for the final podium positions. Busnawi, despite double bogeying the final hole, would hang on for second place after posting a two day total of 179. Dean was bested by just two strokes to take third place with a two day score of 181. Siehl was ousted of a top three finish by yet another single stroke with a two day score of 182. Weather: Day 1- Low-mid 30s. Winds at 20-25 mph. Day 2- Mid 40s, sunny, winds of 5-10 mph. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,730 yards Girls 15-18: 5,718 yards Boys 11-14: 6,161 yards Girls 11-14: 5,274 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Thomas Hunt Girls 15-18: Alice Ho Boys 11-14: Adam Filo Girls 11-14: Shaira Busnawi, Ashley Knight Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Divisions: Pete Ward Girls Divisions: Katelynn Kinley 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 the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. For more information regarding the College Prep Series at Kent State, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com.