Huntsville Junior Shootout Huntsville, AL Nov. 15-16

Huntsville, AL: (November 16, 2014) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Huntsville, AL on November 15-16 for the Huntsville Junior Shootout. Players battled extremely difficult conditions during both rounds until players finished 36 holes. Players in the Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 Division competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. 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

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Saturday’s opening round brought sunny skies but very cold temperatures as players battled on The Robert Trent Jones Highlands Course at Hampton Cove. Mac Murphy would take the early lead on Saturday with two birdies in his first four holes but would stumble later in his round. Possibly the biggest highlight in Saturday’s opening round came from Mac Murphy’s brother, Sam, who finished his round eagle-birdie to post a 79 to leave him within striking distance of the leaders. 2013 Player of the Year Shanren Brienen of Orlando, FL and Brett Batchelor would sleep on the lead after Saturday after both players opened with a 75 (+3). Coddy Maddox would open with a 77 to round out the top three players heading into Sunday’s final round. The final round on Sunday would bring very cold temperatures with steady rain throughout the round. Brienen, already a two time champion in 2014, would stumble slightly coming out of the gate, but regained some consistancy along with a lead he would not relinquish on Sunday. Brienen would close with an 80 on Sunday to claim a five shot win over Sam Murphy of Decatur, AL. Luke Raines would finish in 3rd place with a two day total of 163.Raines would lead in par 3 scoring averaging 3.1 strokes. Brienen would lead the division in par 5 scoring with a 4.9 average.   Girls 15-18

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Meghan Nay brought home the trophy in the Girls 15-18 Division at the Huntsville Jr. Shootout. Positing scores of 80-89 for a two-day total of 169, Nay won by an outstanding 9 strokes. While weather conditions proved difficult in both rounds, Nay kept her head focused and fought to survive in the final round. Carson McKie, 2nd place finisher, remained consistent both rounds shooting 89-89, posting a total of 178 to clinch the silver over 3rd place finisher, Ally Williams. Williams had a total of 179 for the tournament. While Nay and McKie had 3 birdies each for the tournament, Nay contributed the most pars on the course with 14. This makes the second win for Nay in 2014 after claiming the title at the 1st Annual Team Challenge at Stone Mountain in August.   Boys 11-14

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Ethan Ray would post a big comeback win on Sunday to claim the title in the Boys 11-14 Division. Ray, competing in only his second HJGT event posted rounds of 87-85 to claim a 17 shot victory over Harrison Davis and Dawson Garrett. Harrison Davis held the lead after 18 holes, but would struggle in the difficult conditions on Sunday. Ray stated that his game plan of playing steady golf and not letting the weather effect his play allowed him to secure the win. Garrett would lead the Boys 11-14 Division in Par 3 Scoring averaging 3.6 strokes. Ray would gain his advantage on the par 4s and par 5s averaging 4.7 and 5.6 strokes. Ray would also lead in scoring on the front and back nines at Hampton Cove’s Highlands Course.   Girls 11-14 Michaela Morard would claim a victory in the shortened Girls 11-14 Division with a 113 (+5) total over 27 holes. Morard fired a blistering 73 on Saturday’s opening round to grab a big lead in the division. Taylor Hall and Savannah Johnson would both finish tied for second with a 139 27 hole total. Morard led in par 3 (3.5), par 4 (4.3), and par 5 (4.7) scoring in the Girls 11-14 Division. Morard would also lead in most birdies made during the 27 holes with 4 made. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6, 850 Girls 11-18 Division: 5, 756 Boys 11-14 Division: 6,149 Girls 11-14 Division: 5,150 Weather: Saturday: Low 35. High 48. Mostly sunny. Winds 5-10 mph. Sunday: Low 36. High 41. Steady rain with wind gusts of 10-12 mph 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 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email infor@hjgt.org. Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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