Every Kickoff Is Bigger In Texas
On Feb. 20-21, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful The Colony, Texas. Nestled in between Dallas and Plano, this course gave us a beautiful and urban background. The course and playing conditions exceeded all expectations. Saturday started off with 20-plus mile per hour winds, providing an ample challenge to the field. Shortly after the last group made the turn onto the back nine, the sun decided to show up and made it a beautiful day. Sunday featured overcast skies, but dry conditions. Winners in all five age divisions received an invitation to the Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4, 2016. Top three in each division also received an invitation to the Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13. The top-ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. [caption id="attachment_19816" align="alignleft" width="185"]
Josh Gentry[/caption] In the Boys 16-18 division, Josh Gentry from Shawnee, Okla., took home the first place trophy. Gentry started off fast with a first round of 75, which included a birdie and 14 pars, beating the next closest finisher by three strokes. In round two, Gentry shot a 76, which included 10 pars and an impressive three birdies. Gentry shot a two-day total of 151. As the wind speeds dropped in round two, so did the scores. The second day showed for a more competitive balance with seven of the 13 golfers shooting in the 70s. Sully Thompson of Arlington, Texas, took home the second-place trophy with a 154 total. Thompson posted an 81 in round one in the wind, but recovered nicely with a 73 to ascend the leaderboard. Will Fore of Southlake, Texas, took home third place with a two-round score of 155. Fore battled through an 83 on Saturday, but like Thompson, he persevered the next day by shooting the tournament low of 72, which included four birdies.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Matthew Chairuangdej[/caption] In the Boys 14-15 division, Matthew Chairuangdej, from Allen, Texas, received first place honors. Chairuangdej dominated the tournament, totaling a 156 to top his fellow competitor in the division, Josiah Crews of Ninnekah, Okla. Chairuangdej posted a 76 in round one and an 80 in round two. Chairuangdej played steady golf, carding 26 pars and two birdies for the event. Rounding out the division was Crews, who took home the second place trophy. Crews shot a two-round total of 175, 19 strokes off of the pace. Josiah persevered and ended the two days with 12 pars and 2 birdies, with both birdies coming in round one.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Nick Hance[/caption] In the Boys 11-13 division, Nick Hance of Irving, Texas, dominated the field of four golfers. Totaling a score of 149, Hance cruised to a seven-stroke victory. Hance started the tournament with a first round score of 78, which included nine pars and two birdies. Mason Roberts of Lubbuck, Texas, also shot a 78, which included two birdies on par-5s. On the second day of the competition, Hance showed his dominance by shooting a one-under-par 71, which featured five birdies and nine pars. Roberts could not keep up with Hance’s torrid pace and posted an 80 in round two. His tournament included 18 pars and four birdies.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Casey Ott[/caption] The champion of the Girls 14-18 division was Casey Ott from Conway, Ark. This division was the most competitive division of the tournament as seven golfers finished within six strokes of the lead. Ott led the way with a two-day total of 156. With an 80 on day one that featured three birdies and an eight-par, four-birdie 76 on the second day, Ott edged out fellow Arkansan Katelyn Dunstan of Little Rock. Dunstan shot an 83 in round one, but climbed five spots to take second thanks to a 76 in round two that featured two birdies and 12 pars. In a tie for third place was Katelyn’s younger sister, Bailey, and Janane Tan of Coppell, Texas. Dunstan (80+80) and Tan (82+78) each posted 160. Arkansas showed a powerful performance in this Texas tournament, with three of the top four finishers from the Natural State.
Girls 13U Division
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Symran Shah[/caption] In the Girls 13 and under division, Symran Shah of Carrollton, Texas, took home the first place trophy in an impressive performance. On the first day of the tournament, Shah shot a seven-over-par score of 87. On the second day, Shah pulled away from her competition by shooting eight pars and two birdies en route to an 80 and a weekend total of 167. JJ Betz of Keller, Texas, made three pars and posted score of 203 (102+101), 39 strokes off of first place. In third place was Jax Betz, younger sister of JJ. Jax shot a weekend total of 219 (112+107).
Saturday: Mid-High 70’s, Sunny, Wind 20-25 MPH
Sunday: Low 70’s, Overcast, Wind 10-15 MPH
Boys 16-18 – 6,738 YDS
Boys 14-15 – 6,738 YDS
Boys 11-13 – 5,770 YDS
Girls 14-18 – 5,770 YDS
Girls 13 and under – 5,282 YDS