Columbus Junior Shootout, April 29-30,2017

Columbus Junior Shootout,

Lancaster Country Club

April 29-30

  On April 29th and 30th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its’ spring season at the gorgeous Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Ohio. The first round on Saturday was completed under windy and wet conditions, while the second round on Sunday was met with loads of sunshine. The players all provided a great and competitive atmosphere for all of the spectators who came out to support them. The fantastic attitudes from the players made for an excellent tournament. The winners of all five of the age divisions will receive an invitation to the Tour Championship later on this year and the top ten finishers also received points towards the end of the year Hurricane Cup.   Boys 16-18 Division 

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In the Boys 16-18 division, Cole Corder from Powell, Ohio took home the first place trophy. His scores for the tournament were an impressive 75-77-152. Charlie had a very impressive tournament and was able to handle the weather on the first round very well. Cole was able to register a 75 for the first round. This 75 was the best score of the tournament. However, there was no shortage of competition behind Corder as there was a tie for second place. Drake Tobias from Macedonia, Ohio and Dylan Erks from New Franklin, Ohio were able to take home second place trophies. Drake registered scores of 76-82-158 and Dylan put up scores of 80-78-158 for the tournament. Drake was able to put up an impressive 76 during the first round that was able to put him in the lead group for Sunday. Dylan was showed improvement by shooting two strokes better than the first round. Dylan’s consistency was able to put him in the top three.      Boys 14-15 Division  In the Boys 14-15 division, Cooper Eberle from Richmond, Kentucky succeeded in a competitive boys division by bringing home the first place prize. Eberle registered scores of 92-81-173 for the tournament. Eberle showed solid improvement by shooting eleven strokes better in the second round than in the first. While Eberle performed very well, there was no shortage of competition behind him as Thomas Henderson from Cincinnati, Ohio claimed the second place trophy. Thomas put scores up of 89-87-176. Thomas also showed good improvement by shooting two strokes better in the second round than in the first. This improvement was able to put him in the top three. AJ Wilkin from Cambridge, Ohio was able to crack the top three as well and took home third place. AJ registered scores of 96-95-191.     Girls 14-18 Division  In the girls

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14-18 division Nicole Whatley from Northville, Michigan claimed the first place trophy. Nicole shot impressive scores of 82-86-168. Nicole got off to a strong start that put her in the lead group for the final round on Sunday, and she also had a very impressive eagle on a tough par five 16th hole on the second round. Coming just short of Nicole was Casey Morrow from Mars, Pennsylvania, who registered scores of 88-81-169. On the front nine for the second round, Casey shot five strokes better than in round one. Hannah Hyme from Lancaster, Ohio managed to crack the top three and take home third place. Hannah registered scores of 92-89-181 for the tournament. Hannah’s consistency through the bad weather helped her crack the top three. On Sunday, Hannah shot four strokes better on the front nine than she did in the first round.     Girls 13U Division

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In the Girls 13U division, Gianna Clemente from Warren, Ohio was able to take home the first place prize. Gianna was able to register scores of 89-90-179. Gianna handled the tough weather for the tournament really well, and shot nine pars for tournament. This consistency was what enabled her to win this event. Not far behind Gianna was Jenna Hayes from Dayton, Ohio. Jenna registered scores of 97-90-187. On Sunday, Jenna made a very impressive birdie putt on hole 14. Putts like those were what helped her take home second place. Coming in third place was Fiona Hoskins from Waynesville, Ohio. Fiona showed very impressive improvement by shooting sixteen strokes better on Sunday than she did on Saturday.        

About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. In 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus. Nexus is an international hospitality and entertainment company with the backing of financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group. They also have the backing of golfing great Tiger Woods, along with musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake. This partnership will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.   For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT 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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