Destin Junior Challenge – April 25-26, 2015
Connelly Clinches Victory Late. Sansom Holds Off Herrmann for the Win
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Destin, Florida on April 25-26 and partnered with the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour for the Destin Junior Challenge at the Baytowne Golf Club. Players battled some windy course conditions late in each round, but for the most part, it was a beautiful weekend for 36 holes. Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6, 2015. The top three in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. The winner of the Boys 15-18 Division and the winner of the Girls 15-18 Division will receive one exemption into a Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour event of their choice, within 2015.
The Boys 15-18 division was a close one, with Mark Connelly of Niceville, FL beating out Tyler Cohen of Destin, FL by three strokes. Cohen came into Sunday down two strokes to Connelly, but Connelly held him off and finished strong birdying the 18th and shot a six over (77) to secure the victory. Mark Connelly finished the tournament with a 74, 77, 151. Cohen finished with a 76, 78, 154 for second. Coming in third was Patrick Poate of Niceville, FL who improved his first round score of 83 by ten stroked shooting a 73 day and finished with a total of 156.
The Girls 15-18 division would see a tight finish as the Boys 15-18 division did, as champion Brooke Sansom of Pike Road, AL would win with a 4 stroke victory over second place finisher Abby Herrmann of Pensacola, FL. Sansom was a wire-to-wire winner, but not before Herrmann gave her a run for her money on Sunday. Sunday would come down to which player could be the most consistent and play more mistake free, and that would prove to be Sansom as she posted pared or better on 14 of her holes, while Palmeri pared or birdied 12 of her holes. Cameron Fish finished third, five strokes behind Herrmann but improved her first round score by four strokes. Sansom finished with a 76, 73, 149. Herrmann finished with a 78,75, 153. Fish finished 81, 77, 158.
Keeping with the pattern set by the previous two divisions, the Boys 13-14 division champion Chandler Holloway of Bake, FL finished two strokes ahead of second place finisher Noah Zediker of Macon, GA after being tied for first after the first round. Entering Saturday, it was about who could be more consistent and make the least amount of mistakes and Holloway proved he was up to the test. Holloway was two under after nine holes on Sunday and never looked back. Holloway led all of the boy’s divisions with five birdies. Following up behind Holloway and Zediker for a third place finish was Collier Curd of Bowling Green, KY. Chandler Holloway finished with a 77, 74, 151. Zediker finished with a consistent 77, 76, 153. Collier Curd finished with a 74, 82, 156.
The Girls 11-14 division saw Alia Scotka of Crestview, FL edge out a first place finish here at the Baytowne Golf Club in Destin, FL, with some consistent play. Scotka shot an 80 as her division’s round leader after Saturday and a five stroke lead over Madison Tenore of Destin, FL. Madison came roaring back on Sunday shooting an 80 but finished one stroke shy. Scotka finished with the most pars or better with 18, while Tenore finished second in most pars or better with 17 which was the difference in the tournament. Scotka finished with a 80, 84, 184 for first; Tenore finished with a 85, 80, 185 for second; and finishing third was Samantha Carver with a 107, 103, 210.
The Boys 11-12 division saw a blowout with Blake Rigdon taking home some hardware, as Kannon Goodman from Destin, FL finished in second place, and Remy Graham took home the third place trophy in this division. After the Saturday round, Rigdon held a commanding 9 stroke lead over the second place finisher Goodman and extended his lead to 16 strokes after it was all said and done. Rigdon led the group in most pars with 23. Rigdon finished with an 77, 79, 156. Goodman finished with a consistent 86, 86, 172. Weather: Day 1- Mid 80’s and cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Mid 70’s and sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,731 yards Boys 13-14- 6,316 yards Girls 15-18, Girls 11-14, Boys 11-12- 5,558 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 firstname.lastname@example.org