Denver Jr. Shootout
Hyland Hills, The Courses at - Gold Course - Westminster, CO
May 28-29, 2016
This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour visited the scenic area of Westminster, CO. The entire field experienced a challenging course coupled with traitorous weather. We would like to give a shout-out to the grounds crew at Hyland Hills Golf Course for such a well-maintained course and fun layout. The Boys 14-15 and 16-18 divisions were playing for Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, as were the Girls 14-18 and U13 divisions. The winner of the 13U girls division received 1 AJGA PBE Star. The winners of each division receive an exemption into the 2016 National Championship December 3-4, 2016. Exemption to the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13, 2016 is granted to the top 3. Finally, the top 10 finishers received points toward the year-end honors, which include all HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
Jay Yano came into Sunday with a two-stroke lead after shooting a 79 in the first round. The Centennial, Colorado, native was able to solidify his victory after making six birdies in the final round to shoot a 152 overall for the tournament. Will Porter was able to shoot a 78 in the final round to lock up a second place tie with Thomas Messner. Messner from Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Porter from Kearney, Nebraska, both finished off the tournament with a 163 overall. There was a lot of great golf that was played outside of the top three including Jay’s twin brother Alex. Alex had a major surgery in January and was competing in his first event since. He shot a 170 over the two days and showed a great deal of toughness and sportsmanship throughout. Congratulations to all of the competitors for the impressive golf they displayed all weekend.
Boys 14-15 Division
Cade Kilkenny was the winner of the 14-15 boys division. He held a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday and was able to hold that lead through the final round. Kilkenny, a Centennial, Colorado, native, was able to shoot even par on Saturday to finish off the tournament with a 152 overall. TJ Sheehee, from Mead, Colorado, came into the second day just three strokes behind Kilkenny for the lead. He was able to hold his position throughout the second day and finished the tournament with a 160 overall. Freddie Ingham, out of Lone Tree, Colorado, finished the tournament in third after posting a 181 for the tournament. Despite playing up a division, Mario Dino was able to hold his own against older competition. He shot an 81 on both days to finish off the tournament with a 162 overall. Dino will be invited to play in the National Championships held in December. Congratulations to all of the participants for the great golf they played throughout the weekend.
Girls 14-18 Division
Lehigh came out strong on Saturday posting a 77 for the round. She held an 18 stroke lead heading into the second day and was able to hold on to her lead throughout the final round. Lehigh, from Loveland, Colorado, took home the victory after shooting a 153 for the tournament. Kailee Welch took home second place with a 188 overall. Welch, who traveled all the way from Huntington Beach, California, held just a two-stroke lead over Rachael Davidson going into the final round and was able to keep that two-stroke lead through Sunday. Davidson, who resides in Greenwood Village, Colorado, shot a 93 on Sunday to finish off the tournament in third place in the division. These girls showed great sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the participants for displaying great golf over the two-day tournament.
Girls U13 Division
Kate Strickland, from Lincoln, Nebraska, was the winner of this division. She posted an 83 on the first day and an 88 on the second to finish the tournament with a 171 overall. She held a four-stroke lead going into Sunday, and was able to hold her lead throughout the final round. Anju Ogi, a Arvada, Colorado, native finished off the tournament just three strokes behind Strickland to take home second place in the division. She finished the tournament with a 174 overall after posting an 87 on both days. Sofia Choi finished in third with a 179 for the tournament. All of the competitors showed a great deal of sportsmanship throughout the weekend and seemed to be having a great time together on the course. Congratulations to all of the competitors for the great golf they displayed over the weekend.
Boys 16-18 yardage: 6,726 yards
Boys 14-15 yardage: 6,726 yards
Boys 11-13 yardage: 6,726 yards
Girls 14-18 yardage: 5,748 yards
Girls 13U yardage: 5,748 yards
About the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org