The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made its most recent stop in Tampa, FL at Hunter’s Green Country Club on July 15-16 for the Hunter’s Green Country Club. Golfers had great weather for golf, and the weather cooperated as golfers finished their rounds just before the rain came on both Saturday and Sunday. Champions in the older boys and older girls divisions received AJGA Performance Stars. Winners in both boys divisions and the Girls 15-18 division received a Florida Golf Tour exemption. All winners also received an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship and top ten finishers received points towards the Hurricane Cup and end of year honors. Those honors include All-HJGT teams and state teams.
In the boys 15-18 division, Noah Purvis of Katy, TX used a second round 69 to win the tournament by four strokes with a total of 141 (-3). Purvis was most impressive on the back nine on Tuesday as he shot a three under 33. For the two days, Purvis led the field with 10 birdies, and averaged a field best 4.00 on the par fours. In second place was Anton Li with a total of 145 (+1). Li, the Lake Mary, FL native, averaged an impressive 4.62 on the par fives and his seven birdies were the second best in the division. There was a four way tie for third with Barry Babbitt of Winter Garden, FL, Ryan Gendron of Tampa, FL, Matthew Ruel of Oldsmar, FL, and Nilo Sanchez of Lutz, FL all coming in with totals of 147 (+3). Purvis took home the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet with his 10 birdies. Alec Murawski, of Tampa, FL took home Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week honors with a 10 shot improvement.
Cynthia Navis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL won the Girls 15-18 Division by two strokes with a 146 (+2) total. Navis trailed by one shot after the first round but shot an even par 72 to clinch the victory. Navis tied for the most birdies in the division with six. Cynthia’s par four performance of 4.15 was also tied for the best in the division. Nagisa Miura and Terese Romeo came in a tie for second with totals of 148 (+4). Miura, of Bradenton, FL led after day one, but couldn’t hold on as she shot 75 on the final day. Romeo, a Tampa, FL native, was consistent as she shot 74 on both days at Hunter’s Green. Romeo led the division in pars with 29. Navis and Ashley Silvers of Naples, FL took home the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet with six birdies. Brooke Deal of Lutz, FL took home Golf Pride grips after a seven stroke difference from Monday to Tuesday.
The Boys 11-14 Division saw Ray Navis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL win his second straight tournament after his win at the Summer Classic at Eagle Creek. Navis shot rounds of 73 and 69 for a 142 (-2) total. Navis led the field with six birdies and also led in par four performance with a 3.90 performance on the Hunter’s Green par fours. In second place was Evan Sun of Wesley Chapel, FL. Sun was four shots back of Navis with a 146 (+2) total. Sun had the only eagle in the division and also had the most pars with 28. In third place was Pongkhun Prommart of Bradenton, FL. Prommart shot a 149 (+5) with rounds of 73 and 76. Prommart averaged a 4.88 average on par fives. Ray NAvis won the EFX Birdie Challenge with six birdies. Connor Murphy won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with an eight stroke improvement.
In the Girls 11-14 Division, Krista Snyder of Orlando, FL took first place with a total of 163 (+19). Snyder’s rounds of 82 and 81 were good enough for a five shot victory. Snyder finished the tournament with one birdie and led in par four and par five performance. In second place was Bradenton, FL’s Gabrielle Tomeo who shot a total of 168 (+24) over the two days. Tomeo led the field in pars with 18. In third place in the division was Carlye Moore of Orlando, FL. Moore shot rounds of 90 and 82 for a 172 (+28) total. Moore tied for the lead in par five performance with a 5.50 average. Carlye Moore, Krista Snyder, and Katelyn Allen each had one birdie to win the EFX Birdie Challenge. Emma Dobrzynski won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week after a 12 stroke difference. Weather: Monday: Mostly Sunny, mid 80’s, wind 5-10 mph Tuesday: Mostly Sunny, mid 80’s, wind 10-15 mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,725 yards Girls 15-18: 5,714 yards Boys 11-14: 6,155 yards Girls 15-18: 5,243 yards Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boys 15-18: Noah Purvis Girls 15-18: Cynthia Navis and Ashley Silvers Boys 11-14: Ray Navis Girls 11-14: Krista Snyder, Katelyn Allen, and Carlye Moore Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18: Alec Murawski Girls 15-18: Brooke Deal Boys 11-14: Connor Murphy Girls 11-14: Emma Dobrzynski 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 the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio.