Oliver wins in playoff Beane blows away competition
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee on May 3-4 for the Hurricane Tour Shop Series at Gettysvue Polo Golf & Country Club. Both days had fantastic weather conditions that translated into competitive scores for all of our participants. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top ten finishers received points towards end of the year honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to the field as well. The top three finishers in each division also received an invitation to the Tour Shop Series Invitational.
The final round of the Hurricane Tour Shop Series in the Boys 15-18 division ended in exciting fashion, coming down to a playoff to decide the winner. Tommy Oliver of Sewanee, TN, and Cameron Yeary of Knoxville, TN finished the weekend tied at 154. Oliver posted an eight stroke improvement from Saturday to Sunday to force the playoff with Yeary. Yeary fired six strokes better during round two than round one to tie Sewanee. The sudden death playoff lasted two holes until Oliver was crowned the champion. Oliver posted rounds of 81 and 73 with three birdies along with 22 pars for the weekend, the most in the division. Yeary posted rounds of 80 and 74 with six birdies, tied for most in the division. Rounding out the top three was Garrett Whitfield of Johnson City, TN. Whitfield posted the first round best of 76 and recorded a 79 in the second round to miss the playoff by a stroke. He finished the weekend with three birdies.
Megan Beane of Clarksville, TN was the winner in the Girls 15-18 division. Beane had the lead after the first day and never looked back. Beane’s consistency proved to be the difference maker as she won by 20 strokes. She posted scores of 85 and 84 with the help of three total birdies. Finishing in second place was Savannah Quick of Manchester, TN. Quick improved her first round score of 96 by three strokes to post a 93 during the second round. She had 11 pars on the weekend. Jayla Sims of Hixson, TN placed third by posting rounds of 96 and 95. Sims had the second most birdies in her age group with two. Both birdies were in round one, the first on the sixth hole par three, the second birdie was on the eleventh hole par four.
Jake Hall of Knoxville, TN walked off the 18th green as the outright champion in the Boys 11-14 division. He finished the weekend with a total score of 152. Hall completed his first round with a score of 78 and concluded his final round of play with a two over, 74. In addition to his win, Hall also tied the most birdies in his age division with a total of six. The highlight of Hall’s weekend was recording an eagle on the par four, 11th hole. Micah Knisley of Jefferson City, TN placed second this weekend after firing an 81 in his first round followed by a final round score of 78 which brought his grand total to 159 for the tournament. Like Hall, Knisley also finished the weekend with six birdies. In third place this weekend was Phil Jones of Alpharetta, GA. He posted a first round score of 84 and concluded his tournament play with a final round score of 79. Jones finished with a total weekend score of 163 and four birdies.
In the Girls 11-14 division, Kennedy Ann Noe of Knoxville, TN and Ashley Gilliam of Machester, TN went back and forth. In the end, Noe was able to outlast Gilliam to win first place. Noe posted rounds of 92 and 97 to edge Gilliam by two strokes. Noe ended with one birdie and eleven pars. Gilliam showed great improvement as she fired a first round 103 and bettered it by 15 strokes to post an 88 during round two. She took home the second place trophy. Gilliam ended the weekend with one birdie and ten pars. Weather: Day 1- High of 80, low of 54 with no precipitation and occasional wind gust Day 2- High of 82, low of 56 with no precipitation and slightly windy conditions Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,523 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 11-18: 5,550 yards 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.