On July 22nd and 23rd, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful College Park, Maryland to host the College Prep Series at the University of Maryland Golf Course. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long two rounds of golf. On Wednesday, the first day of the tournament, there was a lot of sunshine, and pretty skies that made a great first day of golf. On Thursday, we were blessed to have some marvelous sunshine again, which was a great cap to the tournament. Winners in all three-age divisions received an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boys 15-18 division, the Owings Mills, Maryland resident, Ian Simon took home the first place trophy as he expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole throughout the tournament, Simon ended the tournament just four strokes over par. Wednesday was a great day of golf for Simon as he ended the round in first place, and with an impressive score of a 69, four strokes over par. On Thursday, Simon made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 77, another great round of golf. Playing phenomenal golf on both days, Simon featured seven birdies on the tournament, which helped him finish in the top spot. It took a playoff hole to declare Simon the winner. Simon, and Matt Kristick, from Berlin, Maryland went head to head in a sudden death playoff that took two holes after both golfers tied on the first hole of the playoff. After both players bogeyed the first hole of the playoff, they continued on to the second hole, where Simon was declared the victor. Both Kristick, and Simon were putting for birdie on the second hole. Kristick left his birdie putt short that gave Simon a birdie putt to win. Simon missed his birdie putt and sank his second putt for par. Kristick ended up three putting for bogey giving the first place trophy to Simon. Kristick was only three strokes over par after Wednesday, as he played great golf all throughout the round. Finishing the tournament just one stroke out of the first place spot after the playoff hole, Kristick finished the first round with a great score of 74. Kristick then ended the second round shooting a 72, just one stroke over par. Displaying a very impressive five birdied holes this tournament, and an eagle coming in the second round helped Kristick leave the tournament with some hardware. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place was Patrick Hardy, from Elliot City, Maryland. Hardy opened some eyes this week, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Hardy shot his best score on the tournament, a 74 on Wednesday and then added to his good work on Thursday as he shot another quality score of 76. Hardy’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie six holes this tournament. Overall, the Boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the Boys 11-12 age division Thomas Morrison, from Potomac, Maryland took home the first place trophy. Morrison played very competitive golf this tournament as he shot a great score of an 80 on the first round, and an even better 78 on the second round. Morrison featured a very strong short game this tournament, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and on the putting green on almost every hole. Morrison was in first place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Morrison featured four birdies this tournament, two of which came on par fives. Finishing right behind Morrison, and in second place was Jack Morrison, Thomas’s brother. Jack brought a lot of confidence with him from Potomac, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer outside of our Hurricane events. That being said, we were pleased to welcome him onto our tour for the first time this tournament. Jack finished round one with an impressive score of a 90, and in second place, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Thursday with another good score, an 87. Jack also featured two birdies on the tournament, and his game off of the tee box was polished. The Boys 13-14 division had a very exciting tournament, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole tournament was Tangmo Patchana, from Bangkok, Thailand. Patchana finished the tournament in first place in the Girls 15-18 division, and also had one of the most impressive scores of the entire tournament, including the older boys division. Her Saturday score, a 72, was one of the lowest scores of the entire tournament. A score of a 72 coming from the Thailand native, is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Patchana shot a 73 on Thursday, which proved that she brought her same mentality and competitiveness with her to the second round. Patchana had a total of four birdies this tournament, and an awesome chip for birdie coming on a par five, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Patchana, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Lauren Waller, from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Waller played great golf this week as she competed in both rounds, shooting an 80 on Wednesday, and another great score of 73 on Thursday. Waller has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this tournament. Leaving the course in third place, was Arisa Kimura, from Bethesda, Maryland. Kimura finished the tournament just 15 strokes over par, displaying a 76 on Wednesday, and an 81 on Thursday. Kimura, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box during both rounds, as her drives were powerful, and turned some heads. Kimura took a very competitive edge to the course this week and she didn’t fail to impress. Kimura had par after par this tournament, along with two birdies and an eagle to help her take home some hardware. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this week as their scores almost matched the boys, which is great to see. Weather: Saturday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Clear, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Low 80’s Sunny, Clear, Wind 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,700 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12- 5,631 YDS 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, 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, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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