Hartford Junior Shootout
Hop Meadow Country Club
(May 20-21, 2017)
On May 20th and 21st 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its’ summer season at the stunning Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, Connecticut. The weather cooled down to the 70s on the weekend, after a week of 90 degree weather. The spectators who came out to watch and support the players helped create a great atmosphere throughout the tournament. The great attitudes and competitiveness from the players ensured an amazing tournament. The top 3 in each division will receive an exemption into the 2017 National Championships on December 2nd through the 3rd. The top 3 in each division will also receive an exemption into the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational at Sea Island Plantation June 11th through the 13th. The top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Boys 16-18
In the Boys 16-18 division, Jake Sullivan from Redding, Connecticut took home the first-place trophy. His scores for the tournament were an impressive 73-74-147. Jake shot 73 on the first day of the tournament. His 73 on Saturday was the best score from both days across all divisions in the tournament. However, Connor Phillips and Nicholas Jindal were competing fiercely to try to take home the first-place trophy. Connor Phillips from Longmeadow, Massachusetts registered scores of 77-74-151 for second place, while Nicholas Jindal from Armonk, New York registered a 76-76-152 for third place. Connor showed improvement after getting a feel for the course on Saturday, taking three strokes off his score on Sunday. On Sunday, Connor managed to score a difficult eagle on the par five, 6th hole. Nicholas stayed consistent and maintained his score of 76 for both days. Nicholas shot 24 pars for the tournament, along with three birdies. Boys 14-15
In the Boys 14-15 division, TY Brinker from Wilmington, Delaware stuck out in a competitive division by taking home the first-place trophy. TY registered scores of 78-75-153 for the tournament. TY showed improvement by shooting three strokes better on Sunday than Saturday. TY managed to shoot three birdies on the final round of the tournament. Michael Hanratty from Avon, Connecticut and Jack Bosworth from Simsbury, Connecticut maintained their consistency from round one into round two. Michael kept his score of 78 for both rounds, with a total of 156, for second place. Jack, the local from Simsbury, registered scores of 78-82-160 for third place. Jack made sure that some of the crystal stayed in Simsbury. Boys 11-13
In the Boys 11-13 division, Charlie Berridge from New York City, New York shot amazing 76’s on both days. Charlie’s 152 for both days ensured him an invitation to the Tour Championship as well as the first-place trophy. James Pryor from Greenwich, Connecticut and Alexander Reyes from Forest Hills, New York rounded out the rest of the top three. James registered an 80-77-157 for second place. James showed improvement taking three strokes off his score from Saturday to Sunday, while also recording two birdies on Sunday. Alexander registered an 83-76-159 for third place. Alexander managed to take seven strokes off his Saturday score on Sunday. Girls 14-18
In the Girls 14-18 division, Sarah Houle from Sandy Hook, Connecticut had to fight for an extra two holes to come away with the first-place trophy. Phoebe Brinker from Wilmington, Delaware went into a sudden death playoff after they both posted 154 scores for their two-day totals. Sarah registered a 75-79-154 while Phoebe registered a 76-78-154. Sarah sunk a long putt for par on the first playoff hole to set the bar. Phoebe then responded with her own putt for par. The winner was decided on the next hole when Sarah came away from the difficult par five with a par. Coming in third-place was Emma Shen from Tenafly, New Jersey. Emma registered an 80-79-159 despite being one of the youngest in her division. Girls U13
In the Girls U13 division, Amanda Phillips from New York City, New York and Gianna Papa needed an extra hole to decide the first-place winner. Amanda made a clutch eight-foot putt for the win on the first playoff hole in sudden death. Amanda registered scores of 87-76-163 while Gianna registered scores of 83-80-163. Gianna incurred a 2 stroke penalty on the 32nd hole, changing her round of 78 into an 80 forcing the one-hole playoff. Nicole Criscone registered an 88-80-168. All three Girls improved as the weekend progressed. All of the Girls in the division competed fiercely while keeping a smile on their faces.
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
In 2017, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.
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 2017 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