On June 20th and 21st, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Simsbury, Connecticut to host the Hartford Junior Classic at Tower Ridge Country Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was rain that came and went for about an hour, but it was nothing to the tournament, as the golfers battled the weather to play incredible golf. On Sunday, we were lucky to have some marvelous sunshine, which was a great cap to the weekend. Winners in all four-age divisions received an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boy’s 15-18 division, the Darien, Connecticut resident, Jack Klingman took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole all weekend, Klingman ended the tournament just 17 strokes over par. Saturday was defiantly Klingman’s better day of golf as he ended the round in first place, and with a very impressive score of a 78, only eight strokes over par. On Sunday, Klingman made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 79. Still playing great golf, he featured two birdies, really turning some heads as his puts ended almost every hole with strength. The second place finisher on the weekend was Drew Farraye from St. Augustine, Florida. Farraye did not finish the first round in the first five places, but came to the course prepared, and determined on Sunday to work his way to the second place finish. Farraye played great golf all throughout the weekend. Finishing the weekend just one stroke out of the first place spot, Farraye finished the first round with a great score of an 86. Farraye then ended the second round shooting a 72, a very impressive score, just two strokes over par. Displaying a very impressive four birdied holes this weekend, Farraye fell out of the first place spot by just one stroke. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place was Mike Annese, from Holliston, Massachusetts. Annese really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Annese shot his best score on the weekend, a 79 on Saturday, and then proceeded to finish Sunday’s round with another great score, an 81. As the top three spots were decided by just four strokes, Annese fell out of the second spot by just two strokes, finishing the weekend with two very impressive scores. As all three of the top finishers have a golf game that is extremely well rounded, it is easy to tell that they all have a great future of golf ahead of them. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very impressive, and quality golf.
In the Boy’s 13-14 division, Alex Rubino finished the tournament in the top spot. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of 83 on the first round, and a 75 on the second round. Rubino featured a very strong short game this weekend, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and the putting green on almost every hole. Rubino was in second place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead in a big tournament get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Rubino featured four birdies this weekend, two more than any one of his competitors in the age division. Finishing right behind Rubino, and in second place was Justin Matthew, from Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Matthew brought a lot of confidence with him from Rocky Hill, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer outside our Hurricane events, that being said, we were pleased to welcome him onto our tour for the first time. Matthew finished round one with a very impressive score of an 82, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with an even better score of 79. Going home tied with Matthew, and also in second place, was Johnathan Elkins, from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Elkins, a new face on the Hurricane Tour, displayed great golf all weekend long as he finished the first day with an 83, and tied for second place. Elkins came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of 78. Elkins featured two birdies this weekend to make his scores stand out just a little bit more. The boys 13-14 division had a very exciting weekend, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole weekend was Taylor Miano, from Dobbs Ferry, New York. Miano is a very common face on our tour, and we were excited to see her back as she always has the ability to bring some great talent to our tournament play. Miano finished the tournament in first place in the Girl’s 15-18 division, and also had one of the most impressive scores of the entire tournament, even including the older boys division. Her Sunday score, an 83, was one of the lowest scores of the entire weekend, including every competitor. Miano shot an 84 on Saturday, which put her in first place after the first day, and then brought her confidence with her into Sunday as she shot an 83 in the second round. Finishing behind Miano, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Vienna Winalski, from West Hartford, Connecticut. Winalski played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting an 87 on Saturday, and an 81 on Sunday. Winalski really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Winalski’s highlight of the weekend was her second round of the tournament, which included one birdied hole, and also one of the best scores of the entire weekend, her 81. Kirkwood also birdied one hole in the first round, coming on one of the toughest holes on the course. Leaving the course in third place, was Faith Francioso, from Wantagh, New York. Francioso finished the weekend just 39 strokes over par, displaying a 90 on the first round, and an even better 89 on the second round. Francioso, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box all weekend, as her drives were polished, and really turned some heads. Francioso really took a very competitive attitude, and game of golf with her to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Francioso had two birdied holes this weekend to help her take home some hardware. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this weekend as their scores almost matched the boys, which is always great to see.
In the Boy’s 11-12 year old division, Nick Rubino went home with the first place trophy. Rubino, the Charlotte, North Carolina resident, was very impressive this weekend as he was strong in all major aspects of the game. Rubino shot a very good score of an 83 on the first round, and then finished his second round on Sunday with another great score, an 85. Rubino was the only competitor in his age division, but that didn’t keep him from playing very impressive golf. Rubino’s drives were his strongest aspect of his game this weekend as he was out driving the ball further than the competitors in the older division. Rubino really has a future in golf ahead of him, as he featured a polished golf game this weekend all around the course.
In the Girl’s 11-14 Division, both competitors in the age group played great golf. Going home with the first place trophy was Maisie Filler, from Bloomfield, Connecticut. Filler was very impressive this weekend, as she showed off her talents in all aspects of the game. Fillers short game was unbeatable this weekend, as she made some very hard short chips look easy. Filler finished the first round shooting an 85, and then come back to the tournament on Sunday five strokes better, as she finished with an 80. Displaying five birdies this weekend, Filler really showed that her game is filled with talent. Fillers only competitor, and finishing in second place was the Farmington, Connecticut resident, Mia Grywinski. Grywinski was also very impressive this weekend as she birdied two holes, and showed powerful drives off of the tee box. Grywinski finished the round on Saturday shooting a 102. Grywinski must have eaten her Wheaties on Sunday morning as she made some necessary changes to her game, and came out to shoot a very impressive score of an 87. Grywinki, a new face on our tour, really brings competitiveness and confidence with her to the course, and is a talented golfer who we hope to see back on our tour in the near future. Weather: Saturday: High 70’s, Light Rain, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Low 80’s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,389 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12/Girls 11-14 5,562 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,050 YDS About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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