The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bloomington, Indiana: (September 6th, 2015) The Indiana University Golf Course welcomed the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour to Bloomington, Indiana for two days of highly competitive golf and the difficult Indiana University golf course. The 6,800 yard par 71 features only two par fives forcing the players to score well on difficult par 4s and long par 3s. Narrow fairways were lined with trees making precision a top priority for the young players. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was as excited as ever to be in Bloomington for our event as well as Indiana University’s season opening football game. The energy was high as some of the nation’s best young golfers searched for a HJGT victory in our College Prep Tournament at IU. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship. 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.
Boys 15-18 The boys 15-18 division went extra holes Sunday after our overnight leader Stanley Garrant and Owen Price tied for a 147 5 over par tournament score. Price from Evansville, Indiana was able to come from 2 strokes behind on Sunday to grab a tie for the lead after 36 holes, then carried that momentum into the playoff as he drained a downhill 10 footer for birdie and the tournament victory. Garrant’s Saturday 1 over par 72 held as the tournaments best score for the 15-18 year old boys. He had four birdies in his first round 72, taking advantage of both of the courses reachable, but difficult par 5s. After carding an opening round 74, Owen Price bogeyed the first hole to put him three full strokes behind Garrant. Price had two birdies in is final round including a late birdie at the par 4 17th hole that got him into the playoff. From there he was able to find the fairway with his tee shot and hit a short wedge into the green, giving himself an opportunity at birdie that he willed into the hole for his victory. Matthew Childress who started the day four shots back birdied the opening hole and got within two before carding 76 in back to back rounds to finish in 3rd place.
Boys 13-14 Alex Heck from Greenwood, Indiana came into Sunday with a four shot lead after an impressive first round 72 that included one birdie and only two bogeys on the entire day. He followed up Sunday with another great round, carding a final round 73 to dominate his division and win by seven strokes. He arrived at the 17th tee on Sunday with a five shot lead and decided to put the pedal to floor and finished his tournament with back to back birdies, cementing himself as our tournament champion. Blake McIntire shot back to back 76s to claim 2nd place and Clay Stirsman, who led the tournament in birdies with 5 total, came roaring back from a first round 80 to shoot 73 and steal the 3rd place trophy.
Girls 15-18 The girl’s 15-18 division had a very tight top 3. Melanie Wolf entered Sunday with a slim 1 stroke lead over Namuunaa Nadmid, but her tournament leading three birdies in her two rounds propelled Melanie to a two shot victory over Gabrielle Shipe who led the tournament in par 3 scoring average. Shipe out of Avon, Indiana averaged a perfect par on the courses par threes which helped her claim her second place trophy. Rounding out the top three was Namuunaa Nadmid from Louisville, Kentucky averaging a score of 84 in her two rounds.
Boys 11-12 Jamison Boykins of Reynoldsburg, Ohio shot a first round 76 to enter Sunday with a 3 stroke lead that he would maintain throughout the tournament to claim the boys 11-12 College Prep at Indiana University title. He and 2nd place finisher Luke Tedford led the field in birdies with two each. Boykins also averaged a perfect par on the difficult par threes at Indiana University’s golf course to lead the field in par 3 scoring. Rounding out the top three was Landon “Happy” Gilmore who came back and shot five shots better on Sunday than he did Saturday. Both of Boykins birdies came early in his first round and shot a 35 -1 under par on his first nine holes to take an early lead. He averaged an outstanding two over par 38 on his front nine for the tournament. His hot starts allowed him to cruise to victory on the back nine Sunday.
Girls 11-14 After carding a three over par 74 on Saturday, Taylor Kehoe from Strathroy, Ontario shot a final round 80 to win the girls 11-14 division at the College Prep at IU. Kehoe had 2 birdies in her 36 holes and was carried by solid, consistent golf throughout the tournament. Kehoe led the field in par 4 and par 5 scoring with a perfect par average on the par 5s. She was followed in 2nd place by Jocelyn Bruch from Carmel, Indiana and 3rd place finisher Wynne Aldrich from Valparaiso, Indiana who led the field with four birdies for the tournament. Congratulations to all the golfers on their excellent play throughout the weekend! Weather: Day 1 - Low 66, High 91. Partly Cloudy Skies. Wind 5-10mph Day 2 - Low 66, High 89. Clear Skies. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6696 yards Boys 13-14 – 6155 yards Girls 11-18/Boys 11-12 – 5575 yards 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 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference