Congratulations 2011 HJGT Alumni Anthony Maccaglia!

  An alumni of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, Anthony Maccaglia of Tampa, Florida, was recently selected to participate in the Palmer Cup in late June as part of the United States squad. The event is being held at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. Maccaglia was a standout golfer during his time on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. He went on to be a leading member of the Oglethorpe University Men’s Golf Team. He becomes the first Division III golfer ever selected to participate in the event, which is a Ryder Cup style international competition pitting the best college players from the United States and Europe against one another. The team was announced live on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive program. During one of his many successful seasons with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, Maccaglia placed first at the 2011 Bobby Grace Putters Jr. Open. He fired two very impressive under par rounds of 68 and 71 at East Lake Woodlands Golf Club. Later in the year he placed third at the 2011 Hunters Green Jr. Shootout. Maccaglia showed great perseverance in that event by carding a score during round two that was eight strokes better than round one. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour prepared him for a successful collegiate and amateur career. In college Maccaglia earned many titles including SAA Men's Golfer of the Week, Top 10 in the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, the Camp Lejeune Championship and the 2014 Emory Spring Invitational. He also won the Golfweek D3 Fall Invitational in October and the Rhodes College Fall Classic in September. He's currently earned eight career individual medals, including the national championship in 2012. In his amateur career, Maccaglia became the first Oglethorpe golfer to ever qualify for the U.S. Amateur last summer and came close to making the cut. In the Palmer Cup, Maccaglia will join nine other golfers on the U.S. squad, all from Division I schools. Maccaglia was chosen for this event by coach Steve Desimone and a committee of coaches and administrators. There had never been a Division III golfer selected in that spot before Maccaglia. The Palmer Cup, named after golfing legend Arnold Palmer, is an annual international team event pitting the best collegiate golfers from the United States against those from Europe. The competition is patterned after the Ryder Cup, which does the same with professional golfers. The two teams compete in various match play formats over three days, including four-ball, foursome and singles competition. Whichever team wins the most holes over the course of the event wins the cup. The Palmer Cup alternates annually between American and European venues. The 2014 Palmer Cup will be held at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, June 26-28. The venue has hosted the Ryder Cup, the Senior British Open and the European Open as well as numerous British amateur championships. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour congratulates Anthony Maccaglia for all he has accomplished and wishes him the best of luck in the Palmer Cup!

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