West Lafayette, Indiana: (October 18th, 2015). Purdue University welcomed some of the area’s best junior golfers to the Kampen Course. The players had to battle through some weather on Saturday. A day that featured cool weather in the 40s accompanied by fierce winds that blew in the players’ faces for most of the round. The brutal Saturday conditions were followed by a beautiful fall day on Sunday, which allowed the players to attack the course on day two. 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 Rochester Junior Challenge champion Nicholas Oosterhof of Cobourg, Ontario trailed McCordsville, Indiana’s Drew Alexander by one shot heading into the final round on Sunday. Alexander shot a 77 which is a great round at the Kampen Course already, but considering the conditions, Alexanders round was as impressive as any we have seen on the Hurricane Tour. As it turned out his 77 to Oosterhof’s 78 was the difference for the tournament. Both players came back on Sunday to shoot a 75, giving Alexander the victory. Oosterhof took the lead after birdieing the 17th hole, but a troubled drive on 18 would cost the proven champion this tournament as Alexander would par the hole and win the College Prep at Purdue by one shot. Y. Kostouros, who carded a first round 84, shot a second day score of 74 to come in 3rd place for the tournament. Boys 13-14 Brock Barnhart entered the Sunday’s final round two shots clear of the field, but he would be challenged during the final round. Miles Miller of Dublin, Ohio gave chase to Barnhart and had the lead at the midpoint of the round. After shooting a five over 41 on the front and relinquishing the lead, Barnhart birdied the 15th and 17th holes on his way to a back nine even par 36 to capture the Hurricane Junior Golf Tours’ College Prep Series at Purdue. Drew Doyle from Louisville, Kentucky came in 3rd place with a two day score of 162. Miles Miller led the field with 5 birdies and Brock Barnhart led the field with a 4.3 average on the par 4s. Boys 11-12 Jamison Boykins is now a two time champion on the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour after a claiming a four shot victory at the College Prep Series at Purdue. Boykins shot an 89 on day one to enter the final round on Sunday with a two shot lead. Boykins, who is from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, took home both the Purdue University and Indiana University tournaments with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. He led Brock Snyder by two shots at the beginning the day and would birdie holes 6 and 17 to separate himself and win by four. Boykins two birdies on Sunday helped him lead the field in birdies and Brock Snyder led in par 3 scoring with an average of 3.2.
Girls 15-18 The girls truly had to battle the worst of the weather on Saturday. The later tee times meant the temperature was a little warmer, but the wind was howling in the midafternoon. Lauren Guiao was still able to manage the conditions on Saturday and shoot an 83 to have a one shot lead over Erica Olberding after day one. Guiao, from Newburgh, Indiana, came back on Sunday and carded a tremendous 77 to take command and win the tournament by seven strokes. The top three was rounded out by Julia Bower and Erica Olberding. Julia Bower and Erica Olberding led the field in birdies with four and Lauren Guiao led the field in par 4 scoring with a 4.3 average.
Girls 11-14 Britta Snyder took home the College Prep Series at Purdue University with two rounds of 80 and 81 to win the tournament by five strokes. Snyder’s Saturday round of 81 really separated her from the field, because the conditions were difficult and the scores were much higher Saturday than Sunday overall. The top 3 was rounded out by Megan Propeck who took herself to 2nd place after a final round 77 and Wynne Aldrich came in 3rd for the tournament. Aldrich led the field in birdies with 3 and Propeck led in par 3 scoring with a 3.1 average. Weather: Day 1 - Low 31 Degrees, High 49 Degrees, Wind from 10-25 mph Day 2 - Low 40 Degrees, High 53 Degrees, Wind from 0-10 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6778 yards Boys 13-14 – 5134 yards Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12 – 5571 yards Girls 11-14 – 5260 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 five 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.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference