Dallas Junior Open
(September 17-18, 2016)
Shining in the Lone Star State
This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Dallas, Texas, to take on Golf Club at Champions Circle. It was a beautiful weekend as the golfers were able to handle the tough challenges the course had to offer. Thank you to Golf Club at Champions Circle for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. Six age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were on the line. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the winner of each division will be invited to play in the National Championship held later this year in December. An AJGA PBE star was up for grab for the Girls U13 division.
Boys 16-18 Division
Preston Petty out of Dallas, Texas took home the prize this weekend. Petty was able to withstand the competition by shooting a 76 during the first round as well as bettering his score by shooting a 72 for a total of 148 for the tournament. Coming in second was Preston McGinty. McGinty shot a total of 155 to come in second, shooting an 82 in the first round and closing with a 73. Logan Diomede shot a 77 the first day and a 79 on the second day to round out the top three. The performances of these three lead to a Texas sweep on the podium. Petty lead the way with the most birdies on the weekend, at 7. Throughout the weekend all the young men showed excellent sportsmanship. It was a pleasure to watch all participants this weekend.
Boys 14-15 Division
The difference between first and third in this age group was only 6 strokes. Coming in first was Josiah Crews, second was Randall Fojtasek Jr, and third was Chris Park. Crews out of Ninnekah, Oklahoma shot a 155, a 75 during round one and 80 in the final round to take home the first place trophy. Fojtasek, from Dallas, shot only 2 strokes more to finish in second with a 157. Park shot a total of 161 to claim third place. Randall finished with 8 Birdies, his nearest competition was only at 3 Birdies throughout the weekend. Crews was able to control the competition by shooting better than his opponents on both the front and back of the golf course. All of the golfers had a great time competing against one another and look forward to competing again in the future.
Girls 14-18 Division
Texas was able to complete another sweep in this age division. Janane Tan from Coppell, Texas took home the top spot, shooting an 85 in the first round. She wasn’t satisfied with that, and fired a second round 74 on route to a 159 total for the event. In second place, from Plano, Texas, was Megan Daleo. Megan shot a 172 for the tournament. Rounding out the top three was McKenzie Cady out of Carrollton, Texas, shooting a 192 to solidify her mark in the champions circle Cady had the best control of her game on the Par 5’s, averaging the lowest score in the division on those holes. These young women have dreams of playing in college in a few years, and with enough effort and dedication they will be doing just that.
Boys 11-13 Division
Both Davis Byrd and Pierce Johnson were able to shoot an 85 during the first round. However, it was Byrd that was able to pull it out down the stretch. Byrd edged Johnson out by a stroke, with the two finishing at 167 and 168 respectively. Both young men hail from Texas. Byrd had two more Pars than Johnson, with a total of 16. Byrd had taken the lead early in the afternoon, while Johnson was able to come back in the final 9 holes to keep the competition tight throughout the weekend. Both young man had showed excellent sportsmanship toward one another.
Girls U13 Division
These young ladies kept their cool in the hot weather this weekend. Maddi Kamas from Kingfisher, Oklahoma took home the first place trophy, finishing with a total of 175. Miyoko Tan out of Coppell, Texas took home second place after an impressive second round score of 79, finishing with a 189. Rounding out the top three was Rylie Rodriguez, from Odessa, Texas, finishing with a score of 193. Three competitors this weekend were able to Birdie, the most coming from the champion Kamas. Second place finisher Tan finished nearly half of the holes with Par or better. Tan did not have the best start to the tournament, but she displayed a fantastic attitude and battled her way back into the competition.
Boys U10 Division
Dylan Ford, of Sonora, Texas shot a first round 82 and a second round 89 in route to a championship 171. There was only a 5 stroke distance between first and second place in this age division. Wyatt Nickson was very consistent this weekend, shooting 88 both days of the tournament to score a total of 176. Nickson bettered his competitor in terms of total Birdies for the weekend. Ford had shot almost half of the holes with Par of better. Both were able to have fun while they played and were supported by their family in attendance.
Weather September 17-18, 2016:
Round 1: Low 71, High 91, Partly Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph
Round 2: Low 71, High 90, Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,706 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,706 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,626 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,626 yards
Girls U13: 5,010 yards
Boys U10: 4,756 yards
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.
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 email@example.com