Hunter's Green Junior Shootout
The Hunters Green Junior Shootout took place at Hunters Green Golf and Country Club in Tampa, FL on July 14th and 15th. The tournament was a two day 36 hole tournament. The Weather was in the low 90’s during Monday and Tuesday.
Boys 15-18 Age Division The Boys 15-18 division was largest field out of the four divisions over the two day tournament. Jack Dickson of Oldsmar, Florida, played the most solid golf to win the tournament on the back nine Tuesday of the 36 hole Tournament. Eric Frimes of Naples, FL finished in second place followed by Joseph Testerman of Tampa, FL who finished third. Dickson shot a final round 77 after posting a tournament low of 73 in the first round to finish with a 5 over par 150. Grimes finished the tournament with a total of a 9 over par 153 with a 77 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday. Testerman fired a 77 on Monday and a 78 on Tuesday to hold off a close group of players behind him. Dickson was the leader entering the second round and regained the lead on the back nine on Tuesday after getting off to a slow start. Testerman played the strongest on the front nine and gained the lead after posting a 38. Unfortunately, he was not able to hold on after Dickson and Grimes both shot a 1 under 35 on the back nine. Dickson’s strong first round was able to propel him to victory and hold on down the stretch with birdies on 14 and 17 on Tuesday. The field had a scoring average of 83.67 on Monday and 84.03 on Tuesday. Dickson led the field with 6 birdies with HJ Fitchett following in second with 5 throughout the two day tournament. The great play by the 15-18 Boys carried on throughout the tournament into all divisions.
Boys 11-14 Age Division Taking home the victory in the Boys 11-14 division was Justin Rickerson of Eustis, Florida who won after he shot 75-77 for a two-day total of 152. Rickerson won by seven shots over Ivan Zhao of Seattle, Washington. Zhao opened the tournament with a 83 and shot 76 on day two to finish with a two day total of 159. Finishing in third place was Parker Sanderson of St. Pete, Florida who shot a first round 84 followed by a final round 83 to finish with a two-day total of 167. Rickerson opened the tournament with an impressive three over par 75 in which he had three birdies, and nine pars. Rickerson had an eight shot lead after day one. Rickerson played well on day two, and he finished with a very consistent twelve pars and one birdie. Zhao shot a first round 83 and was in second place after day one, and after shooting a second round 76 he finished seven shots back of Rickerson. Sanderson also had a good tournament, finishing in third place. Sanderson struggled a bit on day one when he shot an 84, starting his round with a bogey-bogey-birdie start. Rickerson and Zhao led the field with the most birdies during the weekend with five four birdies throughout both rounds. Louis Revil-Flavier was the most improved in the younger boys division, as he lowered his score by 25 shots from round one to round two.
Girls 15-18 Age Division Julia Champion, all the way from Markham, Ontario, shot a two day total of 152 to take home the trophy for the 15-18 girls division in the Hunter’s Green Junior Shootout. Champion led after the first round with a score of 73. She tied with third place Chelsea Liu for most birdies with 4, and tied for most pars with 21. Champion told us afterward how she loves coming to the states to play because of the better competition she faces. Two strokes behind in second was Maddie Glennie from Clearwater, Florida with a weekend total of 154. Glennie will be playing golf this fall at Drake University. She had 3 birdies and 21 pars on the weekend. Shooting 11 strokes less than her first round was our third place champion, Chelsea Liu from Howey-in-Hills, Florida. Liu had the only eagle in the girls 15-18 division and had a nine-hole bogey free streak. The 15-18 girls averaged a score of 80.71 on the weekend, while decreasing their number of bogeys and double bogeys from the first to second round.
Girls 11-14 Age Division Lillian Berry of Dover, Florida outlasted her competitors in the girls 11-14 division at Hunter's Green through the two days of competition. After starting the tournament with a score of 76, Berry came back to shoot a 74 and in the final round to cruise to a victory for a total of 150. Burn finished with four birdies and 22 pars. Margaret Liu of Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida came in second at the tournament. Liu was close behind Berry with 78 in the first round and 75 in the second for a total of 153. Liu had an impressive play of 21 pars for the tournament. She also had the lowest average on par 3 holes. Jill Iten of Naples, Florida placed third in the tournament. Iten shot 81 during the first round improving to 77 in the second round. She had a total of 4 birdies for the shootout two of them being back to back in the second round. Iten had a total of 15 pars to round out the two day event. 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, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania. 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 email@example.com.