(May 25, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour rolled into the Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna, Ohio, home of the Kent State University golf team on Memorial Day weekend. Day one was cold early on, causing some frost to develop on the course, but it quickly warmed up when the sun came out. Day two was sunny and beautiful throughout which led to some favorable conditions for the field. Day three threatened with thunderstorms throughout the afternoon, but held off, save for a couple short showers, allowing players to move forward without any delays, although the wind wasn’t too friendly. There was a large field this weekend as it was a college prep event, with the final tally of players being 90, which bred some great competition. Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6, 2015, the top 3 in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015, and the top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
By the time the players came out on Saturday, conditions were good and they were able to put up some good scores. In the Boys 15-18 division there was some close competition all weekend which led to exciting golf throughout the tournament. Going into the final day it looked as though Ross Bondo from Cranberry Township, PA was going to run away with the tournament by shooting a 71, +1 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Bondo fought hard on Monday, but ran into a tough stretch on the back nine, costing him the lead. Charlie Toman of Chardon, OH also played well all weekend, culminating in a 70, even par on Monday to put him in a tie for third place. The highlight of the day though came from Justin Griffith from Allison Park, PA who had a remarkable ace on the par 3 12th hole. In the end, Brian Terlesky of Youngstown, OH shot a 72, +2 on Saturday followed by a 73, +3 on Sunday and a 71, +1 on Monday, his best round of the tournament despite gusting winds, to win the division and claim the trophy at Windmill Lakes with a three day score of 216.
In the Girls 15-18 division it was a fight between some players to go low. Jacinta Pikunas of Youngstown, OH had a great weekend by shooting a 79, +9 on day one, a 77, +7, and an extraordinary 73, +3 which included birdies on three of the first four holes. Hannah Lemons of Canton, OH also played well throughout the weekend, especially on days one and two, when she shot a 76, +6 on both days respectively. Her day one performance was especially impressive in which she made four birdies. Mia Kness stole the show though by coming out of the gate strong shooting a 69, -1, the only score of the weekend under par. She proceeded to shoot an impressive 71, +1 on day two to give herself a comfortable cushion going into the final day of tournament. Kness slowed down on day three by shooting a 78, +8 in the windy conditions, but still won her division handily with a three day score of 218 at the College Prep Series at Kent State.
The Girls 11-14 division had a small field size, but the ladies still put in hard work this Memorial Day weekend. Tatum McKelvey of Sewickley, PA progressed nicely throughout the weekend by starting out on day one with an 87, +17 and then improved on day two with an 85, +15 and rounded out her weekend with an 84, +14 on a blustery afternoon to finish with a three day score of 256. Despite McKelvey’s best efforts, she couldn’t catch Sydney Leyerle, who led the division wire to wire by coming out on day one with an 83, +13, then improved slightly on day two with an 82, +12 which included two birdies on holes 11 and 16, and ended her round with continued consistency with an 84, +14 to finish with a three day score of 249, a six stroke lead, and the trophy in her division at the Windmill Lakes Golf Club
The Boys 13-14 division was also lacking in field size, but that didn’t prevent them from giving it their all out there. Mastros struggled out of the gates by shooting an 85, +15, then regrouped a little bit the next day by shooting an 82, +12, and ended strong amidst the winds with a 77, +7 on the final day to finish with a three day score of 244. Levey on the other hand had his strongest round on day one by shooting a 79, +9 followed by an 81, +11 on day two. The winds seemed to hurt him on day three as he shot an 82, +12 as he felt Mastros breathing down his neck but ultimately ended up winning the trophy by finishing two shots ahead with a three day score of 242 at the magnificent Windmill Lakes Golf Club. Weather: Day 1- Low of 40 to high of 74 Day 2- Low of 53 to high of 82 Day 3- Low of 51 to high of 72 Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6462 Boys 11-14- 6222 Girls 15-18- 5543 Girls 11-14- 4872 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, 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, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, 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 email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference