College Prep Series at USF April 5-6

Kerdsinchai goes four under to win Tomeo takes first in close battle

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Tampa, Florida on April 5-6 for the College Prep Series at the University of South Florida. After a tough day one, most players turned it around and had excellent rounds on Sunday. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Midseason Invitational as well as the 2014 Tour Championship. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Florida Junior Tour Exemptions were awarded to all divisions as well. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the Boys 15-18 division and one Performance Star was awarded to the top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 division. Four Performance Stars were awarded to the Girls 15-18 division and one Performance Star was awarded to the Girls 11-14 division. Additionally, the top 15 finishers received points toward year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.

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The Boys 15-18 division was competitive throughout the 36 holes. Saravit Kerdsinchai of Bradenton, Florida had eight birdies and that ended up being too much for Evan Sun of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Robby Eisch of Tampa, Florida. Sun and Eisch finished second and third respectively. Kerdsinchai was able to seal the win by posting the lowest score of the tournament, a four under, 67 during round two. Combined with his first round score of 76, Kerdsinchai posted a two day total of 143. Sun’s scores of 72 and 75 were just good enough for him to take second place. His impressive five birdies during round one kept him ahead of Eisch. Eisch carded a 75 and a 73 for third place. Both Sun and Eisch played two very consistent rounds, being separated by only one stroke in the end. The most improved player among the boys was Andrew Hammet of Bradenton, Florida who improved upon his first round score by 12 strokes.

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In a closely heated battle, Giana Tomeo of Bradenton, Florida was able to come from behind to take the victory in the Girls 15-18 division. Tomeo’s 11 pars on Sunday including three on the last three holes were good enough to outlast Gabriella Correia of Central Valley, New York and Panisara Chimsuti of Bangkok, Thailand. Tomeo posted four birdies in the event, tied for most in the division. She posted rounds of 82 and 76 for a total of 158. Correia finished two strokes behind Tomeo with rounds of 77 and 83 for a weekend total of 160. Just one stroke behind Correia was Chimsuti. She bettered her first round by five strokes on Sunday to fire a 78 which was good enough for her to claim the third place trophy. The most improved player among the girls was Linna Brooks of Winter Garden, Florida who improved on her first round score by 12 strokes.

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In the Boys 11-14 division, James Walton of Duluth, Georgia was able to take home first place with two very consistent rounds. He posted scores of 80 and 82 for a two day total of 162. Walton finished with three birdies, tied for most in the division. The second place finisher was Carson Whitton of Newnan, Georgia. He flew up the leaderboard after posting a 78 with three birdies on Sunday which was the low round of the day for the division. Newnan’s two day total of 164 was just two strokes behind first place. Finishing in third place was the round one leader, Justin Rickerson of Eustis, Florda. He had a strong performance this weekend, posting scores of 78 and 89 for a total of 167.

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Remaining atop the leader board throughout the tournament in the Girls 11-14 division was Cindy Kou of Windermere, Florida. Kou’s consistency showed with her two day total of 14 pars. Her scores of 77 and 75 were four strokes better than the rest of the field. Kou had five birdies during the tournament, the most in the division. Finishing in second place was Alyssa Lamoureux of Seminole, Florida. Going into round two, she was tied with Kou for the lead. She battled tough with two birdies on Sunday but it was not enough. Lamoureux carded rounds of 77 and 79 for a weekend total of 156. Lillian Berry of Dover, Florida finished third with a two day total of 159. Berry was able to improve her round one score by five strokes, firing an excellent score of 77 on Sunday. Berry’s improvement was mostly due to her four birdies during the round. Weather: Day 1- Low 60s in the morning. Mid 80s and sunny in the afternoon. Day 2- Low 60s in the morning. Mid 80s and sunny in the afternoon with slight wind gusts. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6750 Yards Boys 11-14: 6038 Yards Girls 15-18: 5748 Yards Girls 11-14: 5218 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 info@hjgt.org.

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