West Lafayette, Indiana: (October 19, 2014) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana on October 18-19 for the College Prep Series at Purdue. Players battled extremely difficult conditions during but all players finished the 36 holes. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship. The Boys and Girls 15-18 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.
Saturday’s opening round brought extremely difficult scoring conditions with cold temperatures, steady rain throughout the day, and 10-12 mph winds. Clay Amlung would lead wire to wire to take the title in the Boys 15-18 Division on the Championship Kampen Course at Purdue University. Amlung posted the only score in the 70s in his division on Saturday (77) and take a three shot lead into Sunday’s final round. Amlung would credit his ball striking and consistency from tee to green as assets that led to his great opening round. Amlung would not rest easy though, as 3 players sat within 4 shots of his lead heading into Sunday. Sunday brought sunny skies and much dryer conditions, but wind gusts of 10-15mph tested players on the already difficult Kampen Course. Cam Lippoldt, already a winner in 2014, would challenge Amlung’s lead early on Sunday with a birdie on the difficult par 3 2nd hole after an Amlung bogey on the opening hole. Amlung however would bounce back with birdies on the 6th and 8th holes on Sunday. Amlung and Lippoldt would battle back and forth, but two double bogeys on Lippoldt’s final nine holes would be too much to overcome as Amlung signed for a 78 and a 3 shot victory. Amlung finished with a two day total of 155 on the Championship Kampen Course. Garret Jensen would come away with the third place finish after a two day total of 163. Jensen led in several categories in the Boys 15-18 Division with the most birdies made, par 3 scoring (3.1) and par 5 scoring (5.0). Amlung led in par 4 scoring with a 4.2 scoring average over the weekend. Both Amlung and Lippoldt led in most pars made over the weekend with a total of 22 made by each player.
The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Lauren Tuchscherer of Kokomo, IN with a two day total of 173. Tuchscherer would lead wire to wire for a nine shot victory on the Championship Kampen Course. Tuchscherer opened her event with an 83 in extremely difficult scoring conditions. Tuchscherer explained that her ball striking and good putting allowed her to post such a good score on Saturday. Tuchscherer’s 83 on Saturday would give her a 10 shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Afterwards Tuchscherer stated that she kept the same mindset on Sunday to hit fairways and greens and give herself good chances to make par or birdie. Kiley Swisher and Maddie Cody would both finish tied for 2nd with a two day total of 182. Swisher bounced back on Sunday improving by 12 shots with an 85 to take home a set of golf pride grips. Tuchscherer led the Girls 15-18 Division with most pars made (15) and also lead in par 4 scoring and par 5 scoring. Maddie Cody would lead in par 3 scoring (3.6) over the weekend.
Christian Olsen of Louisville, KY would claim a 10 shot victory this week after impressive rounds of 78-79 (157) on the Championship Kampen Course. Olsen is no stranger to the winner’s circle with a win at the College Prep Series at Indiana University and a runner-up finish at the College Prep Series at the University of Kentucky. Olsen would take a 13 shot lead into Sunday, but it would be 2nd place finisher Jackson Franchville who would post the low round on Sunday. Franchville closed his tournament with a 76 on a difficult day with wind gusts of 10-15 mph throughout the day. Ty Gingerich would finished in 3rd place with a two day total of 183. Olsen would lead in several categories including most birdies made, par 4 scoring (4.4) and par 5 scoring (5.2). Olsen and Franchville both tied with most pars made in the Boys 11-14 Division. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6, 778 Girls 15-18 Division: 5, 571 Boys 11-14 Division: 6,134 Weather: Saturday: Low 45. High 50. Cloudy with rain shower throughout the day, wind 10-12 mph. Sunday: Low 35. High 55. Mostly sunny with wind gusts of 15-20mph 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 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT 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. Experience #TheHurricaneDifference