Dayton Junior Classic – May 9-10, 2015
Kunkel performs, wins division Ramsey, Parker net victories while Mini Tour event draws drama
(May 10, 2015) The 2015 Dayton Junior Classic went off without a hitch this past weekend as players enjoyed an abundance of sunshine and seasonable temperatures at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville, Ohio. All winners of the event received automatic exemptions intot he 2015 HJGT National Championship this December in Orlando, while those who placed first-to-third were awarded exemptions into the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan in Georgia this coming summer.
It was The Jack Kunkel Show this weekend, live in Technicolor. The Sylvania, Ohio native held to his five-shot lead going into the final day of play and extended it to a six-stroke victory over Shanren Brienen of Durban, South Africa. Kunkel shot a combined 149, +5, which was highlighted by a stupendous round on Saturday in which The Buckeye State resident scored five birdies, with four coming on the front nine. It was Brienen who netted an eagle on Sunday along with four birdies, but his play was plodded by a stretch of four bogeys out of five holes on the front nine. Tommy Sullinger of Sylvania shot a 160, +16 over the weekend with a score of 80 on both days to finish third.
Elsewhere, Victoria Parker stole the headlines away with her even-par finish at 144 to win the Girls 15-18 division. In a loaded field of 20 competitors, Parker stood above the rest with her identical 72s on both Saturday and Sunday. The Lewiston, New York native shot a combined seven birdies over the weekend, with four coming on the final day of play. Meanwhile, Alyssa Burritt of Bellbrook, Ohio had the best round of any player, male or female, on Sunday with a 71, -1 but still finished second with a 148, +4. Burritt, to her credit, netted six birdies of her own. Finally, Hamburg, New York native Marah Penn rounded out the podium with a 150, +6 over the course of the tournament, and much like Burritt, amassed six birdies during her stay.
The Girls 11-14 division featured a runaway leader in Kayla Ramsey. Playing at her home course, Ramsey shot a 149, +5 which was 28 strokes better than Sydney Leyerle, whose 177, +33 was enough for second place. Ramsey’s final round was highlighted by four birdies, and her lead could have been even higher had she not bogeyed four times on the final day of play. Leyerle, meanwhile, had two birdies on Saturday while Emily Kase, who finished third with a 180, +36, shot one on the 18th hole on Saturday. Also featured this week at Yankee Trace was the Hurricane Mini Tour. Two divisions were in play, and one featured a very, very dramatic conclusion.
Julia Rabadam won the Girls’ 9-10 division with a score of 87, +15. Rabadam’s round featuared mostly pars, but the Upper Arlington, Ohio resident managed to make a birdie on the fourth hole of the afternoon, giving her a big boost. Finishing second was Meiyi Wu of Cincinnati, who shot a 104, +32.
Lastly, Adam Horn and Jack Henry Curtis went round-for-round on Sunday, and when all was done, the two were tied at 80, +8. The two then marched onto the first hole for an exciting playoff round, and Adam Horn emerged victorious, parring the hole. Horn and Curtis were even in both scores and birdies, as each had two on Sunday afternoon. Benjamin Dearth of Dublin, Ohio finished out third with a 91, +19. Weather: Day 1- Low of 67 to high of 88, Sunny, winds 0-5 MPH Day 2- Low of 65 to high of 83, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 -6791 yards Girls 15-18 -5584 yards Girls 11-14 -5108 yards Boys 9-10 -4994 yards Girls 9-10 -4689 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com