College Prep Series at Indiana
(September 3 - 4, 2016)
Hoosier Pick at Indiana
This weekend, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, to take on the IU Championship Course. Undaunted by numerous hills, the golfers were excited to take on the difficult challenges the course had to offer. Thank you to Indiana University Golf Course for allowing the HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. All six age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and AJGA stars were on the line. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the winner of each division will be invited to play in the National Championship held in early December.
Boys 16-18 Division
Jimmy Dales was the winner of the Boys 16-18 division. Dales traveled from Northville, Michigan to play in this competition. He shot a first round 72, followed by a 76 to capture the title with an overall score of 148 for the weekend. Owen Price from Evansville, Indiana was able to secure second place after finishing with an overall score of 149. Price scored a 75 in round one, and followed that up with a single stroke better final round of 74. Only four strokes stood between first and third place. Rounding out the top three was Parker Haynes out of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. None of the top three contestants shot over 80 for the weekend. Hunter Bruce led the scoring category for the most birdies with 6. All the young men showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the tournament. It was a pleasure to watch all participants this weekend.
Boys 14-15 Division
Our Boys 14-15 division champion was Benton Williams out of Louisville, Kentucky. He was able to better his round one score of 84 and secure first place with an 80 in the final round. He bettered his competitors by six strokes. The second place finisher was Luke Mattingly out of Fishers, Indiana. After both rounds Mattingly was able to finish with a total score of 170. Mattingly held second place over the course of both days. Arnav Sharma used a strong first round to outlast the competition and take the third spot. Arnav led the way with four birdies, while Benton had two and Mattingly one for the tournament. Benton was able to hold off all competitors by making more pars than any of his competitors, leading the rest of the field by six strokes over the weekend on the back 9. These young men all have great potential and we hope to see them competing in additional tournaments in the future.
Girls 14-18 Division
There was a close competition this weekend within the ladies division, as the top three players were separated by three strokes. Coming in first we had Lizzie Loy from Jamestown, Kentucky. Second we had Sophie Linder out of Tennessee. Rounding out the top three was Lucy Suo from Louisville, Kentucky. Loy took home the championship after shooting a 154 total, bettering her score of 79 in the first round by four strokes during the final round. During the champion interview Loy stated that her driving was a major key to her victory this afternoon. She said the contact off of the tee set her up very well for the shots into the green. Linder and Suo each tied for how well they played on the Par 5 holes, leading the division in the category. These young women had high spirits throughout the tournament and demonstrated their love and dedication to the game of golf.
Boys 11-13 Division
Taking home the title was Grant Puckett of Clay, Kentucky. Grant demonstrated how to win with class, displaying smiles and good sportsmanship throughout the entire weekend. After the first round, Puckett had the lead and there was no looking back until the end of the tournament. Puckett shot a first round 81, was unsatisfied, and proceeded to better his game by seven strokes in the final round. He would finish with a total score of 155. Grant stated during his champions interview that the day following the event is his birthday, and his victory was a great early gift. In second place of the 11-13 Boys was Happy Gilmore. This young man had a very unique style to go along with his familiar name. After 36 holes, he finished with a total score of 172. To round out the top three finishers we had Joey Perotti, out of Wildwood, Missouri. He finished just behind Happy with a total score of 178, only six strokes. These young men have a lot of life in them and it showed very often throughout the tournament. It was a great pleasure to have dealt with each and every player.
Girls U13 Division
This group saw a pair of sisters competing with one another. Out of Mount Washington, Kentucky the sisters were able to battle the competition and keep their bond strong. Coming in first was Jenna Estravillo finishing with a total score of 184, improving her score by four strokes on the second day. In second place was Chloe Estravillo. Chole scored the sole birdie from the division. Taking home the third place trophy was Amy Suo. Suo improved her score by six strokes from day one to day two of the event. The tournament staff was proud to see all these young women compete.
Boys U10 Division
Peyton Blackard lead the event from wire-to-wire. He was able to shoot a 77 in the first round and an 80 in the second, scoring a 157 overall. Coming in second was Griffin Barke out of Louisville, Kentucky. Landen Howard of Richmond, Kentucky took home the third spot. Landen struggled in the first round, but found his game and shot nearly ten strokes better during the final round. Blackard had the most birdies in the division. All of the players in this division displayed a great deal of positive energy and sportsmanship.
Weather September 3-4, 2016:
Round 1: Low 66, High 81, Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph
Round 2: Low 66, High 82, Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,730 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,730 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,748 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,748 yards
Girls U13: 5,113 yards
Boys U10: 5,063 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.
For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org