Florida Fall Challenge October 5-6

Zhang posts a bogey free weekend

Li shoots HJGT record low round of 63

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made another stop in Orlando on October 5th – 6th at Grand Pines Golf Club. The Florida Fall Challenge greeted the junior golfers with beautiful weather as they pursued the Florida Fall Challenge title. Winners in both Boys Divisions and Girls Divisions received one exemption toward the Florida Junior Tour, as well as an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. The rest of the top ten finishers were awarded points towards year-end honors. Lastly, winners in all four divisions will receive a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card.

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With back-to-back rounds of 68, Yidong Zhang from Orlando, Florida claimed the Florida Fall Challenge title for the boys 15-18 division. Zhang played exceptional golf over the weekend and finished the tournament without a bogey. With a four-stroke lead going into Sunday’s round, Zhang was the only player to shoot under par on Saturday. Zhang would have eight birdies and a field best 28 pars for the weekend. He would also dominate on the par three holes with a 2.8 scoring average and par fives with a 4.6 scoring average. James McHugh from Port St. Lucie, FL had a valiant effort in chasing down Zhang by making seven birdies on Sunday, but it would not be enough. With round scores of 73 and 68, McHugh would finish five strokes behind Zhang. McHugh did win the EFX Birdie Challenge with 10 birdies for the weekend. He would also contribute 21 pars and a field best performance on par four holes with a scoring average of 3.8. Rounding out the top three was Evan Thornton from Philadelphia, PA with rounds of 72 and 71 to finish with a final score of 143 at one under par. Thornton had 8 birdies and 21 pars. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback players of the week are Shun Yan Hak and Hayden Campbell who were able to improve their first round score by 11 strokes on the second day.

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The final day was the separator for the girls 15-18 division. Only one stroke separated the top three golfers after Saturday’s round, setting up for an exciting finish. Ailin Li from Windermere, Florida shot a bogey-free round of -9/63, which included 9 birdies and 9 pars, on Sunday for the victory. The round of 63 set a record for the lowest round any golfer has shot at an HJGT event.  While birding three out of the four par five’s on Sunday, Li also had the field best performance on par four’s and par five holes with scoring averages of 4.0 and 4.9 respectively. She also would win the EFX Birdie Challenge with 10 birdies on the weekend and the Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week when she improved her first round score of 77 by 14 strokes. After a first round of 77, Mao Young from Orlando, Florida’s second round of 73 found her in second place. Young had five birdies, a field best 21 pars, and a 3.0 scoring average on par three holes. Angela Luna from Columbia finished three strokes behind Young. Luna posted four birdies and 21 pars also with a field best performance on par three holes with a scoring average of 2.6.

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In the boys 11-14 division Thomas Allkins had a four stoke lead going into Sunday’s round over 4 players that were tied for second place. However, Alberto Martinez from Weston, Florida shot a -7/65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Florida Fall Challenge at Grande Pines. He shot a 31 on the back 9 to secure the victory. Martinez also won the EFX Birdie Challenge with 9 birdies for the weekend. He had a field best performance on par four holes with a 4.0 scoring average. Finishing second seven strokes behind Martinez was Amadeo Figus from Cathedral City, CA who shot rounds of 78 and 72.  Figus had five birdies and 22 pars for the weekend. He would also post a field best performance on par three holes with a scoring average of 2.9. Coming in third was Thomas Allkins from Lake Mary, Florida who shot rounds of 74 and 77. Allkins posted 6 birdies and a performance of 4.9 on par fives holes. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week was Matt Lashinger who improved his first rounds score by 20 strokes.

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It was all Erika Smith from Orlando, Florida for the girls 11-14 division. Smith shot a consistent 78 each day to win by seven strokes. She had a three-stroke lead over Mimi Chen from Longwood, Florida going into the final round. Smith dominated the field on par three, par four, and par five performance shooting the best scoring average for all three. Smith also contributed three birdies and 19 pars. Finishing in second was Chen, with rounds of 81 and 82. Chen led the field in pars with 20 for the weekend. Rounding out the top three was Cosette Anderson from Wesley Chapel, Florida who won the EFX Birdie Challenge with 3 birdies on the weekend. Her final score of 166 tallied 16 pars and also won the Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week when she improved her first round score by 8 strokes.  Weather

Day 1— Clear skies, sunny, 88 degrees Day 2— Clear skies, sunny, 86 degrees  Tournament Yardages

Boys 15-18: 6850 yards Girls 15-18: 5601 yards Boys 11-14: 6241 yards Girls 11-14: 5601 yards  EFX Birdie Challenge Winners

Boys 15-18- James McHugh (10) Girls 15-18- Ailin Li (10) Boys 11-14- Alberto Martinez (9) Girls11-14- Cindy Kou, Cosette Anderson, Erika Smith (3)   Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week Boys 15-18- Shun Yan Hak, Hayden Campbell (11) Girls 15-18- Ailin Li (14) Boys 11-14- Matt Lashinger (20) Girls 11-14- Cosette Anderson (8)   About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. For more information regarding the Florida Fall Challenge at Grande Pines, or any other event, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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