Denver Kickoff at Buffalo Run
On Thurs., April 28, the HJGT traveled to Denver, Colo., to host its first Colorado event, the Denver Kickoff at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City, Colo. After last weekend’s warm weather, our players were not fully prepared for Mother Nature’s humor. Round one was canceled due to unplayable, snowy and icy conditions. In round two, however, the players received a playable course, albeit in cold conditions. The HJGT would like to thank Buffalo Run’s staff for allowing us to host a great event at a beautiful course. Winners in each age division received invitations to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three finishers in each division also received invitations to the Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Also, with this being our first event in Colorado, the HJGT would like to remind players about the Refer a Player Program. Throughout the 2016 HJGT season, if you refer two brand new players (players that have never played on the HJGT before) to the HJGT and they play in a 2016 event, you will receive $195 in your player account after the tournament. This gives you the opportunity to play a tournament at zero to little cost! There are no limits to the amount of players you can refer. The players that you refer will have the opportunity to play their first tournaments at member price. This gives each junior golfer that you refer the opportunity to save $50 on their first HJGT tournament. The more players you refer, the more events you play with no cost. Help us #ShareTheExperience and receive rewards for your referrals.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Jay Yano[/caption] Jay Yano and Scott Cooke were both tied at 39 at the turn during Sunday’s round, with a one-stroke lead over Tyler Severin. With the help of recording one birdie during his round, and a four-hole par streak to end his round, Yano from Centennial, Colo., was able to slide past Cooke and take home the win. Yano finished with a seven-over-par 79 and a slim one-stroke victory over Cooke. Cooke, from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was hanging tight with Yano, even taking the lead for a short time after the turn and had an impressive seven-hole par streak in the middle of his round. Severin of Johnstown, Colo., was still able to produce an impressive round, as well. Severin recorded two birdies during his round and was able to take home third place out of nine with a score of 82.
Boys 14-15 Division
Cade Kilkenny was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday. Kilkenny, from Centennial, Colo., took an early lead after he birdied three of the first four holes. Kilkenny eventually made the turn at even-par and owned a seven-stroke lead over Freddie Ingham of Lone Tree, Colo. Kilkenny produced two additional birdies on the back nine, to secure his first place victory. Even in the adverse weather conditions, Kilkenny was still able to produce a tournament-low of two-over-par 74. Ingham recorded one birdie during his round to shoot 88 and grab second place out of five. Rounding out the top three was Ben Lenahan of Arvada, Colo., with a 96.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Dakota Dolph[/caption] Coloradoans Dakota Dolph of Pine and Mario Dino of Denver were neck-and-neck during their round, making for an interesting and tight competition. With a 43 on the front nine, Dino opened up a two-stroke lead over Dolph. Dino had one birdie and three pars on the front nine to Dolph’s four pars. On the back nine, Dolph turned the tables by posting a 43 on the back to Dino’s 46 and notched his maiden victory on the HJGT.
Girls 14-18 Division
Sydney Eye and Rachael Davidson composed the Girls 14-18 division. Both played well considering the challenging conditions that they were under. Eye of Golden, Colo., (43) took an eight stroke lead over Davidson of Greenwood Village, Colo., at the turn. Eye was able to maintain her lead for the win, finishing with a 90. Davidson took home second after improving her score by four strokes from the front nine to the back to finish at 98.
Girls 13U Division
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Meghan Royal[/caption] Meghan Royal and Merielle Gojo composed the Girls 13 and under division. The pair made the turn deadlocked at 50. Royal was able to jump ahead of Gojo, however, improving her score by three strokes to take home the win with a 97. Gojo did not give up easily though, falling short of Royal only by six strokes to take home second at 103.
Weather for May 1, 2016
Round 1: Low 32, High 39. Cloudy Skies, Chilly, Wind 4-13 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,613 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,613 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,682 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,682 Yards Girls 13U: 5,180 Yards