Georgetown, KY (April 14, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed to a new territory this past weekend. The trip was made for the first ever event in Kentucky and many of the region’s top junior golfers came out to play. Players were there to compete for Hurricane Cup points as well as the chance to win the first ever tournament in Kentucky. The inaugural event was held at the University of Kentucky Club-Wild Cat course. The first day presented frigid temperatures in the morning accompanied by vicious wind gusts throughout the day. Sunday brought forth slightly warmer conditions with winds settling down in comparison to Saturday’s round. The event was ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and each division champion received a bid into the 2013 Tour Championship. Top 15 finishers earned valued points toward state teams, all HJGT teams, and the aforementioned Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division was won by Carter Skipworth of Richmond, KY in an intense one hole playoff against William Basham of Louisville, KY. Both competitors finished the weekend with scores of 150 after shooting identical 78-72 rounds. After signing their cards at the scoring tent the pair returned to hole one for the playoff. Skipworth hit an unbelievable shot out of a hazard on the left side of one and knocked the ball close enough to the pin to solidify the victory over Basham. Skipworth was very cool and collected both rounds which was shown when he made a long putt on 18 to secure the playoff versus Basham. Skipworth led the event in par four average with 4.18 and had the second best par or better percentage in the field with 72.2%. Basham had the second most birdies in the field with three and had the second best average on both par fours (4.23) and par fives (5.00). Blake Cartwright of Winchester, KY and Zack Ford of Meadville, PA tied for third, just one stroke back of the leaders. Ford had the most pars in his division with 24 and Cartwright had the second most with 23.
Jordan Webb of Frankfort, KY ran away with the Girls 15-18 division championship after shooting an impressive 73 both days. Webb was able to fight off the windy conditions and the competition on the first day where she finished two over par and went into round two with a 2 stroke lead. Webb had her eyes on the championship in round two and ended up winning by 10 strokes. She led the field in most pars with 26 as well as most birdies with three. Madison Thomas of Shelbyville, KY finished in second place after finishing 14 over par for the tournament. Thomas shot an impressive first round 75 which left her only two shots off the lead, but fell back slightly with an 81 on Sunday which buried her hopes of a comeback victory. Thomas had the second most pars in the tournament with 20 and had the best average on par fives. Jenna McGuire of Crescent Springs, KY and Kensi Wieland of Loudon, TN finished in a tie for third place eight shots back of second place. Wieland tied for the most birdies in the tournament with three and McGuire had the second most with two.
The Boys 11-14 division was won by Chase Landrum from Glasgow, KY after an exciting last few holes in the final round. Landrum was in the final pairing day two and with each individual striking the ball extremely well it was difficult for him to prevail. Landrum was the only player on the weekend to shoot under par with a score of 70 in the final round. Landrum also led his division with the highest par or better percentage with 83.3%. Landrum’s impressive second day was aided by his dominating performance on par fours and par fives. Knoxville, TN native Luke Scealf took home second place after shooting 75-72 for the tournament. Scealf tied for the division lead in birdies with five and his 3.00 average on par threes was the best in the division. Cullan Brown of Eddyville, KY rounded out the top three for the division finishing in third place. Brown was consistent over the two days shooting 77-79 which included a division best five birdies.
The Girls 11-14 Division was an exciting one filled with lots of familiar names. Holding off Sabrina Hoskins Orlando, FL in the last few holes was Lara Van Staden of Winter Springs, FL who was able to come away with the victory. Van Staden finished with a two day total of 160, finishing 18 over par for the weekend. Van Staden started off in the lead at the beginning of round two and showed no signs of giving it up. Lara was also our birdies co-champion for the weekend, tied with Sabrina Hoskins with two total birdies. Sabrina Hoskins finished in second place for the two day event. Hoskins shaved two strokes off of her day one score however it was not enough to take home the victory. Coming in third place was frequent HJGT competitor Annika Blanton of Dacula, GA. Blanton finished with a two day total of 174. Weather: Saturday – Overcast, high of 78 and low of 48, 15 mph winds with gusts reaching up to 30 mph Sunday- Overcast, low of 37 and high of 85, 10 mph winds. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6,568 Boys 11-14 Division: 6,059 Girls 15-18 Division: 5,572 Girls 11-14 Division: 5,001 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boys 15-18 division: Eric Geiger, Cooper Musselman Boys 11-14 division: Cullan Brown, Luke Scealf Girls 15-18 division: Jordan Webb, Kensi Wieland Girls 11-14 Division: Sabrina Hoskins, Lara Van Staden Golf Pride Grips – Most Improved: Boys 15-18 Division: William Foreman Boys 11-14 Division: Suds Southerland Girls 15-18 Division: Kie Purdom Girls 11-14 Division: Ryan Bender About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.