HJGT Boys Tour Championship Orlando, FL Dec. 6-7

Orlando, Florida: December 7, 2014 – This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour had the privilege of hosting the HJGT Boys Tour Championship at the prestigious ChampionsGate Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. Home to many historic professional events, ChampionsGate posed quite a challenge for these young players. Utilizing everything this amazing facility has to offer, the HJGT incorporated both the International and National courses for this event. It was especially challenging with the odd weather we encountered the first day. The competitors awoke to a thick layer of fog in the morning and were in high hopes that it would burn off with the early morning sun. However, the opposite happened and the fog only grew thicker. A delay was called for a mere thirty-five minutes to give the fog a chance to dissipate. After that snag, it was smooth sailing throughout event. All of our participants were  pleased with the event and offered their compliments. A big thank you must be given to the ChampionsGate staff for helping and allowing us to use such a beautiful golf course. We look forward to this event next year! With this event being one of the last events of the season, all the players were playing for a bid in to the 2015 Tour Championship, Junior Golf Score Board Rankings, and Titleist/Golfweek rankings.   Boys 15-18

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For the Boy 15 – 18 division, Nick Giles of Germantown, Tennessee took the Tour Championship title with a two-day total of 141 (-3). Right from the start, he piled par on top of par. Giles later decided he would spice things up a bit and shot a few birdies. Birding the seventh, fourteenth and eighteenth holes, he would end the day with a star struck, bogey free 69 (-3). Day two was no different for Nick as he continued his stellar play. Unfortunately a few bogeys made their way on to his card, but this was mere blemish in an otherwise perfect tournament. Giles would conclude day two with a highly respectable 72 (E). Coming in second place is no unfamiliar face. Bryce Burke out of South Africa would take home the silver with a two-day total of 143 (-1). Time and time again his name is at the top of the leaderboard. Burke had a very solid round one carding a few bogeys, two birdies and an eagle on the eighteenth. The eagle was a blessing that erased two ugly bogeys he made on the back nine. He would end day with a lovely 71 (-1). During round two, Burke went on a bit of a roller coaster ride. Starting off with a fire filled front nine carding seven pars and two birdies, he was ready to waltz his way to a victory. However, his flames were soon extinguished as he made the turn. Going four over through four holes is no way to position one’s self for contention. Burke knew he must keep cool if there is any shot of making a come back. He did not disappoint. Brushing defeat off his shoulders like a seasoned vet, Burke birdied two of his last three to fire a rocky, but great 72 (E). Rounding out the boys division and coming in a tie for third place was Taiga Seki out of Japan and Mathew Suarez out of Toronto, Ontario with two-day totals of 145 (+1). Both of these individuals played an outstanding tournament and did so under serious pressure. Looking over their rounds, one can comprehend why they were in contention. Carding fourteen birdies between the two of them over two days of play certainly helped them gain a spot at the top of the leaderboard. Their rounds also showed a bit of inconsistency and a few larger numbers that Burke and Giles did not have. Costly mistakes that I am sure will be addressed and fixed before both of their next events. Congratulations to all the winners today!   Boys 11 – 14

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In the Boys 11 – 14 division Johnny Bai out of Lake Mary, Florida was crowned the winner of the Tour Championship with a two-day total of 145 (+1). Winning by one shot, Bai etched out four other solid players. His round one kicked off an epic victory as he started his first two holes with a birdie and an eagle. Bai leveled off slightly with seven consecutive pars, good enough for a 34 (-3) front nine. The back nine started off hot as well as he went one under through his first four holes. He hit a cold streak at the fourteenth and rattles three bogeys in his next four holes. He would end round one in second place with an eighteen-hole total of 71 (-1). Bai began round two in poor fashion. Perhaps a little nerves or just bad luck, Bai would go birdie-less on the front as well as card a bogey and a double. The trophy is all he was thinking about as he fought back with two birdies on the tenth and twelfth hole, erasing some of those ugly scores encountered on the front nine. Nonetheless, he would conclude the 2014 Tour Championship with a second round 74 (+2) and a large piece of hardware. The four other players, all tied for second played magnificently and are as follows: Max Coutsolioutsos out of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Mashengjun Li out of Howey in the Hills, Florida, Bozhou Li out of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and Ryder Sutcliffe out of Jupiter, Florida. It was a tough day for these four individuals. Loosing by one shot is never an easy thing to process. Unfortunately golf is a game of heartbreaks as well as happiness and turned out to be the latter for Coutsolioutsos, Li, Li, and Sutcliffe. Each of them had multiple highlights during the two days of play, and should be very happy with what they accomplished today. Congratulations to all the winners!   Weather:   Saturday: Mostly sunny.   Sunday: Partly Sunny.   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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, 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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