Gainesville Jr. Challenge February 2-3

Kwon holds off the field to win by one stroke in two-day tournament

McRaney dominates day two to take home first place

February 2-3

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Gainesville, FL (February 3, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Gainesville for the first event of February. The event was hosted by the beautifully designed Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. This tournament featured perhaps the coldest temperatures of the season thus far for our golfers. Both Saturday and Sunday started off with temperatures in the 40s before settling into the mid 60s. Despite the cold it was mostly sunny for the two days and winds stayed below 10 mph. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the top ten finishers in all divisions received points towards All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane Cup. All winners also received an entry into the 2013 Tour Championship.

boys 15-18 winner

Min Kwon won the boy’s 15-18 age division in impressive manner. Kwon shot an even-par 71 on the first day and followed it up with a 74 for an overall three over par. Kwon was extremely consistent over the two day tournament leading with 26 pars and had pars or better on 83.3% of holes. Kwon did the vast majority of his damage on par fives where he averaged a 4.90. Minho Oh and Adam Norris tied for second at four over par. Oh tied fourth place finisher Ryoto Furuya for most birdies in the tournament with seven. Norris and Oh both did most of their damage on the par fives where they averaged 4.90 and 5.00 respectively.

girls 15-18 winner

Macy Mcraney took over the girl’s 15-18 age division on the second day by shooting a one over par 72. Mcraney led in many major statistical categories over the weekend including most birdies with four, best pars or better percentage at 75%, and best par three and par four performance. Katie Holt came in second place by shooting a 75-78 for an overall 11 over par. Holt did her damage on the par fives where she led with a 5.10 average. Holt also had 24 pars which led the field. Abby Burditt finished in third by shooting 82-77. Burditt had four birdies in the tournament which tied her for the lead.

boys 11-14 winner

Robby Eisch won the 11-14 boys division by shooting a three over par for the tournament. Eisch was extremely consistent for the tournament shooting a 73-72. Eisch had both the most pars and birdies for the tournament with 23 and six respectively. Eisch was also in the top two in scoring average on par threes, fours, and fives. Aaron Tobin and Ryan Hicks tied for second by shooting an overall nine over par. Both were extremely impressive on day two shooting 74 and 73 respectively. Tobin tied for the lead on par fours with a 4.07 average. Hicks was just as impressive on par fives where he led with a 5.10 average.

girls 11-14 winner

Sabrina Hoskins won the girl’s 11-14 age division for her third win of the young HJGT season. Hoskins shot a 75-74 for an overall seven over par. Hoskins led in every major category including most birdies and pars. Lara Van Staden came in second by shooting a 77-87 for the tournament. Van Staden had the second most pars for the tournament with 15. Hoskins’ sister Sydney finished third with a 25 over par. Syndey was most impressive on par threes where she was third in the field with a 3.75 average.   Weather: Saturday: Mostly Sunny, low 40s to mid 60s, winds 5-10 mph Sunday: Mostly Sunny, lows 40s to mid 60s, winds 5-10 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,480 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,000 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,600 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,162 Tournament Awards: EFX Birdie Challenge: Boy’s 15-18 division: Ryoto Furuya, Minho Oh Boy’s 11-14 division: Cody Carrol, Robby Eisch Girl’s 15-18 division: Abby Burditt, Macy McRaney Girl’s 11-14 division: Sabrina Hoskins, Emily Youngblood 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.  

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