College Prep Series at UK – April 11-12, 2015
Lexington, KY: (April 12, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Lexington, KY on April 11-12 for the College Prep Series at UK. Players faced warm temperatures but a wet and soggy course on both days. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winners for each division received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. The Junior Golf Scoreboard also ranked the Boys 15-18, Girls 15-18, Boys 13-14, and Girls 11-14 divisions. Additionally, the Boys 15-18, Girls 15-18, Boys 13-14, and Girls 11-14 Division also had guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars at stake. The top ten finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 Division was a battle to the finish. Chase Landrum of Glasgow, KY would grab the lead on Saturday after posting a 72 (+1). Landrum had a small lead entering the final round on Sunday, with second place at +2, and seven other players tied for third at +8. On Sunday, Landrum scored a bogey on one, but got that stroke back with a birdie on seven. While Landrum stayed strong second place Ethan Breedan struggled a little bit on day two. After round one Breeden was only one shot back after shooting a day one 73(+2). Landrum finished day two with only two bogeys, one birdie, and the rest being all pars. Josef Dransfeld made a big push on day two and was able to secure the third place spot. On day one, Dransfeld shot an eight over par tying him for third place. Dransfeld came back extremely strong on day two and ended up shooting the best round of the weekend at even par. Dransfeld finished day two with four birdies to separate himself from the rest of the pack at third place. Clarke Aron ended with the most birdies (7), and no surprise Chase Landrum finished with the most pars (28). Additionally Landrum lead with par 3 (3.1) and par 5 scoring (4.7).
In the Girls 15-18 Division, Hannabeth Owens and Reva Morris went into Sunday tied at first place after both shooting a first round 78(+7). Their battle would continue through Sunday, but this weekend’s winner Haley Barclay would eventually overtake both. Barclay came in the College Prep Series at UK hot after winning last weekend’s Ohio Kickoff at Delaware in the Girls 11-14 Division. Barclay, being only 14, decided to play up a division. The gamble definitely paid off for the Ontario native. Owens finished with a round 2 score of 78(+7) which was the same as her round one score. Sarah Fite of Maysville, Kentucky would finish the weekend with the most birdies (4) and our winner Barclay finished with three. Second place finisher Hannabeth Owens would finish with the most pars at (21) and Barclay finished with the second most (19). Barclay did lead in par 3 scoring average (3.1) while Abigail Bolt of Woodstock, GA lead the par 4 scoring average (4.4) and Rachel Stewart of Franklin, Kentucky had the best par 5 scoring average of the weekend (4.8).
Travis Eubanks of Charlotte, North Carolina earned his first win of the season after taking the lead on day one and never giving it up. Eubanks finished round one with the score of 76(+5) while struggling a little bit in round two with an 81(+10). Eubanks additionally finished the weekend with the lowest par 3 scoring average (4.3). Braedon Wear would finish in 2nd place with a two day total of 160, three strokes off of Eubanks’ total. Wear also led in par 3 scoring average (3.1). Collier Curd out of Bowling Green, Kentucky took home the third place title this weekend after posting a two day total of 169(+27). Curd also took home honors for most birdies (3) and the par 5 scoring average (5.2)
In the Girls 11-14 Division, Kyndall Shamblin would take a two shot lead over Sydney Leyerle heading into the final round after posting an 87 on Saturday. Leyerle would apply pressure on Sunday and shoot an even front 9 to match Shamblin’s. Shamblin would begin to break away on the back after Leyerle double bogeyed 10 and 12, and bogeyed 11, while Shamblin pared 12. Fuzzy Vance of Huntington, WV would round out the top 3 after a 183 two-day total. Shamblin would lead in most birdies (2) as well as the par 4 scoring average (4.7) and the par 5 scoring average (5.3). Madison Ferrie of Campbellsville, KY would finish with the most pars (13) and the par 3 scoring average (3.5)
In the Boys 11-12 Division, the Campbellsville, KY native Hayes Mason would finish the weekend with an 83(+12) and 76(+5). Mason played a solid second round with one double bogey, five bogeys and two birdies. After round one, Evan Reed was in the hunt only one stroke off Mason, but shot a round two score of 78(+7) to finish three strokes behind Mason. Peyton Bonny, who finished third, finished the weekend with the most birdies (2) while Evan Reed finished with the most pars (19). Hayes Mason led in par 3, par 4, and par 5 scoring averages with 3.4, 4.5, and 5.5 respectively. Weather: Day 1- Low 48, high 64. Sunny. Winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low 55, high 75. Sunny. Winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,498 yards Boys 13-14-6,043 yards Boys-11-12-5,564 yards Girls 15-18-5,564 yards Girls 11-14-5,061 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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