Loy pulls out win Lee battles to maintain first
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Greenbelt, Maryland on May 10-11 for the College Prep Series at the University of Maryland. The course proved challenging but that didn’t stop the players from doing what they do best, posting low scores. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top 15 finishers received points towards end of the year honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to the field as well.
The final round of the Boys 15-18 division was close as it comes with the top five players being separated by just one stroke. Brett Loy of Stephens City, Virginia carded an impressive two over par, 73, second round to come away with first place. Loy finished round one with a 75, for a weekend total of 148. Loy had four birdies in the tournament, two each day. Teagan Stephenson of Frederick, Maryland finished in second. He posted scores of 76 and 73 to just fall one stroke short of first. Stephenson posted three birdies and an outstandingly clutch eagle on the par five, 16th hole on Sunday. Finishing in third place was Tyler Mealey of Edgewater, Maryland. He was the round one leader, firing an even par, 71 on Saturday. Round two proved more challenging for him as he was unsuccessful in maintaing the lead. Mealey recorded a 78 in round two for a weekend total of 149. Mealey was able to sink six birdies on the weekend, the most in the division.
The Girls 15-18 division was a close battle as well between Rachael Lee of Woodstock, Maryland and Ashley Dingman or Lorton, Virginia. Lee was the round one leader, carding an even par 71. Dingman was five strokes off the lead after round one. In the end, Lee maintained her lead to finish in first by a single stroke. Lee didn’t play as well on day two, posting a 77, but she found a way to just pull out the victory over Dingman. Lee had five birdies on the weekend, three of which came on par three holes. She had a weekend total of 148. Dingman finished in second place with her three stroke improvement on Sunday of 73. Dingman had five birdies on the weekend as well, including posting birdie on the par five, ninth hole both days. She finished the weekend at 149. Third place was won by Josephine Jung of Ellicott City, Maryland. She carded scores of 84 and 89. Jung finished the weekend with one birdie on the par four, seventh hole.
The Boys 11-14 division was won by Eli Newman of Leesburg, Virginia by five strokes. Newman played consistent days posting scores of 76 and 77 with five birdies. He was able to birdie the 11th and 17th holes both days to secure the win. Gordan Brixi of Potomac, Maryland finished in second place. In round one he recorded an 82 and followed it up in the final round with an eight stroke improvement to post a 76. Brixi finished with two birdies and 18 pars, the most in the division. Dylan Rotter of Potomac, Maryland finished in third place. Like Brixi, he also had an eight stroke improvement from day one to day two, posting scores of 85 and 77. Rotter finished with three birdies, all of which came during the final round. Two of the birdies occurred back-to-back on holes 16 and 17.
Allison Appleton of Millersville, Pennsylvania was the clear winner in the Girls 11-14 division. She posted scores of 86 and 90 to win the division by 15 strokes. Appleton had two birdies, both in the first round. Elizabeth Coffren of Owings, Maryland finished the weekend in second place. Coffren posted scores of 96 and 95 with five pars. Weather: Day 1- High of 75, low of 60 with little precipitation and wind gust of 10 mph Day 2- High of 80 low of 60 with no precipitation and wind gust of 6 mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,803 yards Boys 11-14: 6,075 yards Girls 11-18: 5,750 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 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.