College Prep Series at Virginia Tech – March 21-March 22, 2015
Stephenson surges to win at VA Tech
The College Prep Series continued this past weekend for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT), as young golfers flocked to Radford, Virginia with nearby Virginia Tech University playing host to this event. When its stop at Duke University in January passed by, the Atlantic Coast Conference continued to show its admiration towards the HJGT in helping to host this tournament. The winner of the event received an invitation to the Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan in June, as well as the National Championship in Orlando this December.
On this mid-March weekend, a total of 31 players played at Pete Dye River Course. Emerging from the pack was Frederick, Maryland’s own Teagan Stephenson. Gaining his first win of the 2015 HJGT season, Stephenson shot a two-day total of 148, +4 including a 74 on Sunday. That mark was the best of any participant in the field on the final day of the event. Stephenson netted a total of five birdies throughout the College Prep event, including two on the back nine on Sunday. Despite bogeying holes 16 and 18, Stephenson was able to hold off his adversaries to ascend to the top of the podium.
Roanoke, Virginia native Vince Wheeler finished the event as the runner up with a 151 two-day total. Wheeler was the leader after the first day, but fell shy of Stephenson’s winning mark after shooting a 78, +6 on Sunday. Wheeler was plagued by bogeys on Sunday, shooting five of them, which unfortunately outweighed his terrific display on Saturday in which he had four birdies on the back nine including three in a row from Holes 15-17.
Rounding out the podium was Jimmie Massie of Lynchburg, Virginia. Massie, of the Class of 2017, finished his stay in the tournament with a two-day total of 152, +6. Massie was in the thick of it, one stroke behind Wheeler as was the winner, Stephenson. Much like Wheeler though, Massie fell off the rails with a second round 78, letting the Maryland native emerge victorious as he struggled on the back nine Sunday. This did not take away from Massie’s great performance in the tournament, in which he shot five birdies over the span of two days. Weather: Day 1- Low of 39 to high of 65, Sunny, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Low of 41 to high of 68, Sunny, winds 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 -6497 yards 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 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 HJGT, 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