College Prep Series at The University of Virginia
Birdwood Golf Course at The University of Virginia
(June 4-5, 2016)
Swing Till the Finish
On Thursday, June 2, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Charlottesville, VA to host the College Prep Series at UVA at the beautiful Birdwood Golf Course. Sunshine was abundant on both Saturday and Sunday with scattered thunderstorms late in the day with temperatures in the 80s. The HJGT would like to thank The Birdwood Golf Course staff for allowing us to host our College Prep Series out at a great venue. What’s at stake is AJGA Stars and Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings for selected divisions. Once that first tee shot soared through the air, the golfers were ready to put their clubs to the ball and make their mark on the course.
Boys 16-18 Division
After round one Vince Wheeler, of Roanoke, VA and Nicholas Klock, of Moraga, CA, were tied at three over (75) and Micheal Coe, of Morrisville, NC, was one stroke behind at four over (76). At the end of day two, Will Hanna was one shot back after the first day and came back to claim the boys 16-18 division. He came took the lead over day one leaders Wheeler and Klock, who shot six over and nine over respectively in the final round.
Boys 14-15 Division
Benjamin Kruper, of Richmond, VA came in with a great first round score of three over (73) with Ben Cooper and S. Dean Satouri following close behind with score of 79 and 81. With a six-stroke lead over the field, they battled the course for the final round of the tournament. At the end of day two, Cooper came in with the best round of the tournament at two under (70) to overcome Kruper who shot a round of three over (75). Overall, all top three finishers finished strong on day 2. Coming in a tie for third place, Patrick Gareiss, of Chesapeake, VA, and Dylan Fox, of Midlothian, VA, finished with a score of 79 and 82 respectively.
Boys 11-13 Division
Some of the better rounds during the College Prep Series at UVA happened in the Boys 11-13 division. The winner, Bach Ngo, of Frederick, MD shot a great round of 75 in the first round and was able to beat his best. Coming just one stroke shy of Bach was Luke Gareiss, of Chesapeake, VA. He had a great Saturday round of 74 and a second round score of 76 for a total of 150 for the tournament. Both Bach and Gareiss had great rounds this weekend at the College Prep Series at UVA and we look forward to seeing them play again with us soon.
Girls 14-18 DivisionT
he girls 14-18 was another great competition between the top three contestants. Katherine Schuster, of Kill Devil Hill, NC had a solid first round finishing at 78, which was good enough for the lowest score in her age division in the first round. She followed up an excellent first round with an even better score of 77 in the final round to finish at a total of 155. Meghan Fahey, of Villanove, PA and Katie Muscatello, of Blacksburg, VA finished second and third with 162 and 165 respectively for the tournament. This was an excellent group of girls to watch and they played well all weekend.
With only three girls in the U13 division the competition was stiff between three young ladies. It was Julie Shin, of Brambleton, VA who played two consistent rounds of 86 to pull away from her competitors to take the victory. Ester Choi, of Midlothian, VA was about to secure second place with a solid second round of 87 to top her first round score by eight strokes. Coming in third place was Rita Liu, of North Potomac, MD with a total two round total of 188.
Weather May 21-22, 2016:
Round 1: Low 61, High 88. Mostly Cloudy with thunderstorms, Wind 10-15 mph
Round 2: Low 65, High 87. Mostly Sunny Skies with thunderstorms, Wind 10-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,712 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,712 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,753 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,753 Yards
Girls U13: 5,079 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