Hartford Jr. Shootout
May 21- May 22, 2016
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled this weekend to Simsbury, Connecticut for the Hartford Jr. Shootout. Players from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York rounded up the field of 53 players. The event was played at Hop Meadow Country Club outside of Hartford, Connecticut. The weather for the two days was overcast and later on Sunday the sun came out to wrap up an exciting weekend in Connecticut. The players also had to deal with fast greens which tested the player’s skills and patience. Winners in all age divisions received an invitation to the 2016 HJGT National Championship in Champions Gate, Florida. Also, the top ten finishers in all age divisions will receive valuable points for end of the year honors.
Boys 16-18 Division
The champion of the boys 16-18 division was Michael Knick from Ridgefield, Connecticut with a two-day total of 149, 73-76. Knick entered the second day tied in the lead with Noah Peterson. Knick started the day with 3 pars and then made his first bogey on hole 4. He managed to keep his composure and finish the front nine with a 38 including 7 pars and 2 bogeys. Coming in, Knick finished with a 38 including 4 pars, 2 birdies, 2 bogeys, and 1 double bogey to beat Peterson who bogeyed the last hole and lost by one shot. Noah Peterson finished in second place with a two-day score of 150 and Christopher Fosdick finished in third place with a two-day score of 151.
Boys 14-15 Division
The champion of the boys 14-15 division was Jimin Jung from Briarcliff Manor, New York. Jung shot a total of 153, 75-78. Jung entered the second round tied for the lead with Brendan Frain. Jung came out with a 41 including 3 pars, 1 birdie, 4 bogeys, and 1 double bogey. Jung managed to keep together his composure and came in with a one over 37 including 5 pars, 2 birdies, 1 bogey, and 1 double bogey. Jack O’Hara finished a couple of groups ahead of Jung posting the score to beat at 153. After Jung came in and signed his scorecard we were headed to a playoff that started on the first hole. Both players parred the first playoff hole. On the second playoff hole O’Hara pulled his tee shot into the trees short of the hazard and gave a little advantage to Jung who found his drive on the fairway. O’Hara managed to escape out of the woods with his second shot but didn’t advance too much up the fairway. In the end Jung managed to par the second hole and O’Hara made a bogey giving Jung the victory. Jack O’Hara finished in second place after falling short in the two-man playoff and Ben Carpenter finished in third place with a two-day score 15.
Boys 11-13 Division
The champion of the boys 11-13 division was Michael Hanratty from Avon, Connecticut. Hanratty shot an 83 the first day to finish one shot off the lead. Brandon Tuccio and Juan Pablo Oliva were tied for first place with rounds of 82 on the first day. Hanratty finish the second day with an 80 shooting a 38 on the front nine with 6 pars, 1 birdie, 1 bogey and 1 double bogey. Coming in, Hanratty shot a 42 with 4 pars, 1 birdie, 2 bogeys, and 2 double bogeys. Hanratty finished off the round just above Tuccio and Oliva to win the tournament. Brandon Tuccio took home second place with a two-day score of 167 and Juan Pablo Oliva finish in third place with a two-day score of 169.
Girls 14-18 Division
The champion of the girls 14-18 division was Angela Garvin from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts with a two-day total of 151, 72-79. Garvin was battling all day with Rina Jung, from Briarcliff Manor, NY, who started the day tied for the lead with Garvin. Garvin had a front nine of 38 including 7 pars and 2 bogeys. On the other hand, Jung finished the front nine with a 40 including 3 pars 1 birdie, and 5 bogeys. Coming in Garvin shot a 41 on the back nine including 4 pars and 5 bogeys, while Jung shot a 40 on the back nine including 5 pars and 4 bogeys. That 38 on the front nine for Garvin gave her enough cushion to beat Jung by one shot. Rina Jung finished in second place with a two-day score of 152 and Mia Grzywinski, out of Farmington, CT, finished in third place with a two-day total of 163.
Day One: 72 degrees with cloudy skies.
Day Two: 73 degrees with overcast skies, turning sunny late in the afternoon.
Boys 14-15, 16-18: 6749 yards
Boys 11-13, Girls 14-18: 5750 yards.
About 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