College Prep Series at Duke
Guitierrez, Mauldin cruise through the field Hawley pulls out victory on first playoff hole
(February 1) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Durham, North Carolina through January 31 - February 1 for the College Prep Series at Duke. Throughout the two rounds, the field battled temperatures in the 30s and 40s, as well as unforgiving greens with surfaces that resembled that of a pool table. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Tour Championship and the top three finishers received an invitation to the Mid-season Invitational. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boys 15-18 division, Sunday came down to our eventual champion, Dalton Mauldin, holding off our second place finisher, Lansdon Robbins, as they came down the stretch run at the Duke University Golf Club. On Saturday with a starting tee time temperature of 37 degrees and a high of 47, Dalton put up an absolutely mind-blowing, tournament-low 71 on a day where the field averaged a score of 88.51 with the greens running wickedly fast; much to the dismay of many competitors. Heading into Sunday, Mauldin held a six stroke lead over Robbins, who finished the first round with a 77, and a nine stroke lead over our third place finisher, Luke Wynne-Smith, who finished round one with an 80 tied for third. Mauldin finished his front nine Sunday even par and was able to hold on to victory as they came down the stretch. Mauldin finished his Sunday round with a 74 and finished as our Boys 15-18 Division champion with a tournament-low total score of 145. Robbins finished Sunday with a 72 (149 total) and Wynne-Smith finished with a 78 (158 total). Mauldin led the tournament with most birdies (6) and most pars (23).
In the Girls 15-18 division, Sunday saw our Saturday leader, Cristina Guitierrez, separate herself from the rest of the field and finish 13 strokes ahead of the second place finisher, Skylar Thompson. Gutierrez finished her first round with an impressive 81 on a demonizing Saturday. She followed that performance with a superb 76 on Sunday and ended her two rounds with a total of 157. While Guitierrez cruised to her first place finish, the second place finish came down to the wire. Having to wait and watch from the clubhouse, Skylar Thompson saw our eventual third place finisher, Ashlee Richardson, come to the 18th, 356 yard par four needing a par to force a tie. Richardson ended up double bogeying the 18th hole sealing second place, and the comeback, for Thompson. After posting an 89 on Saturday, Thompson re-gathered herself and came back Sunday to post a tournament saving 81 bringing her total to 170. Richardson finished both rounds with an 86 bringing her total to 172. Guitierrez led her field in birdies (4) and tied for pars with Richardson (16).
For the Boys 13-14 division, 36-holes proved not to be enough to determine a champion. Will Hawley came onto the 17th tee down one stroke behind his pairing partner, Holden Grigg. After a stellar approach shot, Grigg sunk a clutch birdie putt to extend his lead to two strokes heading to the 18th tee. However, he followed that impressive birdie with a double bogey on 18. Another par by Hawley would extend this tournament to a winner take all playoff. The par four, 395 yard first hole was selected to host the playoff. Both players striped their drives off the tee. Hawley put his approach shot on the green about 25 feet from the pin while Grigg’s approach landed just short-left of the green. Grigg then brilliantly chips up and onto the green and put his ball within five feet of the pin. Not to be out done by Grigg’s great third shot, Hawley brilliantly rolls his third shot, 25-foot putt up the left hand slope of the green and, while everyone watched on in amazement, the ball bends and rolls down the opposite side of the slope only to stop six inches from the pin to be followed by a tap in. Needing to sink his five foot putt to force an additional playoff hole, Grigg’s attempt lipped out of the hole making Hawley our Boys 13-14 Division champion. Jack Marcotte finished in third with a first round 87 followed by a second round 86 ending with a total of 173. Grigg led his field with birdies (4) while Hawley led with pars (16).
The Girls 11-14 Division saw our only competitor, Tatum McKelvey, finish her first round with a 105 and her second round with a 98 bringing her total to 203. Considering the cold, the unbelievably tough green conditions, Tatum’s age (2019 graduation year), and the fact that she was playing up at the Girls 15-18 Division yardages, Tatum’s strong finish at the Duke University Golf Club is very respectable and something to be proud of. Weather: Day 1- Low 40’s, Partly Cloudy, winds 0-10 MPH Day 2- Mid 40’s, Partly Cloudy, winds 0-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,529 yards Boys 13-14- 5,880 yards Girls 15-18- 5,368 yards Girls 11-14- 5,368 yards 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.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference