On July 18th and 19th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Farmington, Connecticut to host the Connecticut Summer Classic at Tunxis Plantation Country Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great after some rain, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long weekend of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was a little rain that came in during the middle of the round, but cleared up for the end of the round. On Sunday, we were blessed to have some marvelous sunshine, which was a great cap to the weekend. Winners in all three-age divisions received an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boys 15-18 division, the Berlin, Connecticut resident, Jack Kane took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole all weekend, Kane ended the tournament just nine strokes over par. Saturday was a great day of golf for Kane as he ended the round in first place, and with a very impressive score of a 76, four strokes over par. On Sunday, Kane made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 77, another great round of golf. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, Kane featured two birdies, which really helped him finish in the top spot. Kane had a total of five birdies on the weekend. Finishing in second place was David Powers, from Glen Spey, New York. Powers was only five strokes over par after Saturday, as he played great golf all throughout the round. Finishing the tournament just one stroke out of the first place spot after the playoff hole, Powers finished the first round with a great score of a 77. Powers then ended the second round shooting a 78, a very impressive score, just six strokes over par. Displaying a very impressive six birdied holes this weekend, Powers fell out of the first place spot by just one stroke. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place was Samuel Kuhlny from Grandby, Connecticut and Satish Gopalasawamy, from New City, New York. Kuhlny really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Kulhny shot his best score on the weekend, a 75 on Sunday which added to his good work on Saturday, his 85. Kuhlny’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie two holes this weekend. Tied with Kulhny for third place was Satish Gopalasawamy. Gopalasawamy ended the tournament just 16 strokes over par, and should be very proud of his play this weekend. Gopalasawamy finished the first round shooting a great score of a 80, and then came back on Sunday to shoot another impressive score of an 80 once again. Gopalasawamy had a total of one birdie this weekend coming in the first round, as his powerful drives really put him in great position on every hole. As all four of the top finishers have a golf game that is extremely well rounded, it is easy to tell that they all have a great future of golf ahead of them. Overall, the Boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the Boys 13-14 age division Ryan Gorman from Avon, Connecticut finished the tournament in the top spot. . It took one playoff hole to declare Gorman the winner, but he played well under pressure and finished on top. Gorman played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of an 76 on the first round, and an even better 74 on the second round. Gorman featured a very strong short game this weekend, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and on the putting green on almost every hole. Gorman was in first place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead in a big tournament get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Gorman featured three birdies this weekend, two of which coming on par fives. Finishing right behind Gorman, and in second place was Christopher Fosdick, from Middlefield, Connecticut. Fosdick brought a lot of confidence with him from Middlefield, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer inside of our Hurricane events. That being said, we were pleased to welcome him back onto our tour for the weekend. Fosdick finished round one with a very impressive score of a 77, and in second place, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with another good score, a 73. Fosdick also featured five birdies on the weekend, and his game off of the tee box was polished. Going home in third place was Alexander Gu, from Darien, Connecticut. Gu, a very familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, displayed great golf all weekend long as he finished the first day with a 77, and in third place. Gu came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of 80. Gu featured five birdies this weekend to make his scores stand out just a little bit more. The boys 13-14 division had a very exciting weekend, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole weekend was Phoebe Brinker, from Wilmington, Delaware. Brinker is a familiar face on our tour, and we were excited to see her at our tournament as she definitely has the ability to bring some great talent to all of our tournament play. Brinker finished the tournament in first place in the Girls 15-18 division, and also had one of the most impressive scores of the entire tournament, even including the older boys division. Her Sunday score, a 78, was one of the lowest scores of the entire weekend, including every competitor. A score of a 78 coming from the Delaware native, is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Brinker shot a 79 on Saturday, which put her in first place after the first day, and she then brought her talents with her into Sunday as she shot her 78 in the second round. Brinker had a total of two birdies this weekend, and an awesome chip for birdie coming on a par five, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Brinker, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Vienna Winalski, from West Hartford, Connecticut. Winalski played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting an 81 on Saturday, and another great score, a 77 on Sunday. Winalski really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Leaving the course in third place, was Nicolette Dilluvio. Dilluvio finished the weekend just 18 strokes over par, displaying an 81 on both rounds of golf. Dilluvio, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box all weekend, as her drives were powerful, and really turned some heads. Dilluvio really took a very competitive edge to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Dilluvio had par after par this weekend to help her take home some hardware. Weather: Saturday: Mid 80’s, Light Rain, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Low 90’s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,654 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,760 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,200 YDS 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference