College Prep Series at Kent State
Windmill Lakes Golf Club - Ravenna, OH
(May 28-30, 2016)
No Easy Route to The Top
On Saturday, May 28, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Ravenna, Ohio to host the College Prep Series at Kent State. The golfers were ready to take on Windmill Lakes Golf Course, as Saturday morning was a beautiful to start the tournament. Later on, the weather began to turn and created a muggy hot afternoon. On Sunday, the field of over 103 players received near ideal conditions, which led to great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the Windmill Lakes staff for allowing us to host our college prep series at a great venue. A full field meant the top boys and girls between the ages of 14-18 received AJGA Performance Stars, while all age division top performers received Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking points. Winners in each age division received an invitation to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three finishers in each division were awarded exemptions into the 2016 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 11-13, 2016.
Boys 16-18 Division
Round one of the championship definitely proved to be a challenge, but not to our Boys 16-18 division. Jules Blakely, of Westlake, OH proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Blakely dazzled the field of 57 golfers by tallying four birdies to come in at one over par (71) after round one. Zac Supelak and Evan Long trailed by just three and four strokes, respectively, after one round. In a tight competition, Blakely continued to pour it on in round two with three birdies. This would put him safely in first at one under for the day and even par for the tournament (140). With three birdies in round two, Supelak was just seven strokes behind Blakely at seven over par (147), followed closely by Long at ten over. Leader Blakely struggled in round three, but held off Supelak and Long to win by five strokes.
Boys 14-15 Division
From the very beginning of the first round, Gunnar McCollins from Massillo, Ohio came out firing with a first round of even par (70). At only five and six strokes behind, Watson and Christman were within striking distance going into round two. McCollins played strong in round two with a one under (69) and Watson and Christman both with a two over (72). Who would prevail among the 10 golfers vying for the title? It would be an Ashland, Ohio native, Max Watson with a third round score of even par (70) and overall score of seven over (217) to defeat McCollins by three strokes.
Girls 14-18 Division
One of the closest competitions of the weekend was found in the Girls 14-18 division. Caroline Wrigley came out in the first round and shot two over (72) with Lemons, who had an opening round of three over (73), close behind. Wrigley came out with the same fire as the first round and shot the best score throughout the whole tournament with a two under par (68). With a sizable lead, Wrigley had a solid round of four over (74) in the final round to top Lemons by nine strokes. Wrigley finished at four-over-par (144) for the tournament to guide her to victory. Lemons took second, three strokes ahead of Pikunas, who rallied with a final round of two over (72) to secure third place.
Weather May 28-30, 2016
Round 1: Low 65, High 80. Muggy Morning, Sunny Skies, Wind 5-15 mph
Round 2: Low 65, High 80. Cloudy Skies, Wind 5-15 mph
Round 3: Low 65, High 80. Cloudy Skies, Wind 5-15
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,699 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,699 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,720 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