Reed wins seventh of season at Gunter’s Landing
Guntersville, AL: (May 17, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Guntersville, AL on May 16-17 for the Huntsville Junior Challenge. The first round kicked off late Saturday morning and continued with great timing throughout the round. The threat of rain loomed over the golfers for the duration of the weekend, but the Challenge remained majorly dry in spite of this. As a result, Gunter’s Landing was in excellent condition, with soft greens that allowed players to attack the flagsticks. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Furthermore, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 Division featured tight competition through both rounds of the Challenge. After Saturday’s opening round, there were 6 players within 6 strokes of leader Matt Copeland and his first round 73. However, the Maryville, TN native would not be able to replicate his success in the final round, falling back to finish tied for 3rd after a Sunday 82. Four players took the opportunity to capitalize and move into podium positions – none more so than Evan Spence (155). Spence, of Ooltewah, TN, battled his way to a 74 and punctuated the second day charge with a birdie on 18. Chase Romanstine (155) of Montevallo, AL was the birdie co-leader with Spence, totaling 6, but was hindered by setbacks on the challenging par 5s. Evan Spence’s two rounds were marked by consistency despite the difficult course, which ultimately allowed him to prevail. Congratulations to Evan Spence on his victory at Gunter’s Landing!
In the Girls 15-18 Division, Panama City Beach, FL’s Cameron Fish would shoot a 164 and lead wire to wire to take home 1st place in the Huntsville Junior Challenge. This was Cameron’s first win of the season following 3rd place finishes at Perdido Bay and the Destin Junior Challenge. Fish pulled away from the field after holding just a 2 and 6 stroke margin over her competitors after the first round of play. Savannah Johnson (171) and Sarah Utley (187) of Hampton Cove, AL put themselves in contending positions heading into the second round, but were unable to gain any edge on the eventual champion. Fish would minimize her mistakes on the difficult course to lead all scoring categories and propel herself to victory. Congratulations to Cameron Fish on her first win of the season!
The best rounds of the weekend came from the Boys 13-14 Division. After opening a 5 shot lead through one round, A.Jacks Green of Franklin, TN fired an even-par 72 on Sunday to cement his place atop the leaderboard. Green’s 145 was good for the weekend’s best score across all divisions. Dawson Garrett (150) of Fort Payne, AL did his best to fight his way past Green, going stroke for stroke on Sunday for his own 72, but could not surmount him. Green and Garrett led the division with 6 and 5 birdies, respectively. The biggest improvement of the weekend came from Trent Leggett, who responded to his first day 85 with a 77 in the final round. Gavin Noble (155) would take 3rd place after a strong final round 74. Congratulations to A.Jacks Green on his title at the Hunstville Junior Challenge and his first win of the season!
Evan Reed would put on the performance of the weekend to win the Boys 11-12 Division at Gunter’s Landing and his seventh event of the season. The youngster out of Shelbyville, TN continued his string of excellent rounds by posting 76-73 on the weekend for a 149 and the tournament’s second lowest overall score. Will Klecka (160) entered Sunday’s round only three strokes back from Reed, but was unable to match the leader’s incredible pace. Klecka would be very strong on the par 3s (3.0), while Reed would be able to pick up many strokes through par 4 (4.0) and par 5 (5.0) scoring. Teagan Miller (174) would take 3rd place in the field. Congratulations to Evan Reed for his victory at the Huntsville Junior Challenge!
Weather Day 1: Low 67. High 80. Overcast. Wind 5-10mph
Day 2: Low 67. High 84. Overcast. Wind 5-10mph
Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18: 6,772 yards Boys 13-14: 6,182 yards Boys 11-12: 5,618 yards Girls 15-18: 5,618 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, FL, 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, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2015 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