Huntsville, Alabama: (November 15th, 2015). The northern most course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Huntsville, Alabama played host the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour this weekend. With 5 age divisions and plenty of the players the tournament was running from sun up to sun down on Saturday and Sunday. Hampton Cove’s beautiful Highlands Course was a real challenge for our young players. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 15-18 Though the Robert Trent Jones course was a challenge for everyone, some of the players were able to overcome it and card some great scores. After day one Cooper Parks of Campbellsville, Kentucky shot a 73 to lead by two strokes over of Decatur, Alabama’s Sam Murphy. Parks came out on Sunday very strong birdieing two holes on the front nine for a one under 35 going out. He would hold on to his lead and win the tournament by three strokes over Owen Burt who charged on Sunday to a one under 71 that included a 34 on the back nine, but it just was not enough to catch Parks’ consistent play. Justin Vincent had the only eagle of the tournament after nearly sinking his second shot on the par 5 17th hole on Saturday.
Boys 13-14 Day one of the Huntsville Junior Shootout was a struggle for many of the players with only two boys carding scores in the 70’s. Hometown kid Teagan Miller carded a first round 77 to trail Hunter Battles by three strokes after Saturday’s round. Battles would come out on Sunday and use an early birdie to set the tone for his final round and begin to build some separation as the holes were running out. Battles was the only player to finish both rounds in the 70’s, playing some consistent golf to win the tournament by 7 shots. Battles led the field in birdies with 5 and Samuel Prater had the only eagle for the boys’ 13-14 group.
Boys 11-12 Logan Zurn slept on a twelve stroke league Saturday night after a wonderful 73 in the first round. He again was the only player in his division to card two rounds in the 70’s that included a one under par back nine on Saturday. Adam Kehoe came back to finish in 2nd on Sunday after he shot ten shots better than his first round score. Zurn led the field in birdies with 5 total and Kehoe had 3.
Girls 15-18 All the boys’ divisions had Saturday night leaders turn into Sunday Huntsville Junior Shootout Champions, so why not Julie Baker for the older girls division. Baker had a five shot lead after her first round and used that momentum and separation to be ahead by seven strokes when the tournament was over. Baker, who is from Hoover, Alabama, went out in 39 both days giving her an early advantage in her rounds. Emily Lankford of Huntsville, Alabama came in 2nd and another hometown player Savannah Johnson finished in 3rd. Our top three finishers were also the only players to have one birdie each for the tournament.
Girls 11-14 Sarah Utley of Hampton Cove, Alabama used three birdies in her two rounds to win the girls 11-14 division decisively at the Huntsville Junior Shootout. She shot 89 in the first round and bettered that by four strokes on Sunday carding an 85. Emily Baker of Hoover, Alabama came in 2nd for the tournament. Utley also led the field with a 3.6 average on the par 3s and a 5.4 average on the par fives. Weather: Day 1 - Low 49 Degrees, High 63 Degrees, Wind from 5-10 mph Day 2 - Low 46 Degrees, High 58 Degrees, Wind from 0-10 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6791 yards Boys 13-14 – 6152 yards Girls 11-18, Boys 11-12 – 5734 yards 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, Florida, 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, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference