The Hurricane Tour Shop Series at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Links Course took place on July 12th and 13th, 2014. The course required players to hit their tee shots with precision and accuracy to avoid the tall and thick fescue grass throughout the course. Once on the greens our junior golfers work was not over as the Links Course’s greens were quick and proved to be difficult to read. The course lived up to its reputation over the weekend and the players had a great time tackling the difficult course’s challenges. The tournament was a two-day, 36-hole tournament. The weather was in the low 80’s with strong winds during the afternoon of Sunday’s round.
Boys 15-18 Age Division
The Boys 15-18 division was won impressively by Kantapong Chaisiriwichian of Thailand who opened the tournament with an exciting 67, which was the only score under par for the entire tournament in any age division. Chaisiriwichian also shared the birdie lead for the Boys 15-18 division with Brent Rodgers and Cole Davis, all of whom had six birdies. During Chaisiriwichian’s first round he did not make a bogey until the 14thhole, which was quite a feat on the difficult Links Course. Coming in a tie for second during the tournament was Bluefield, VA native Ben Ramsey and Cranberry Township, PA resident Brent Rodgers. Ramsey showed impressive touch and feel around the greens this past weekend especially when you take into account that this was his first competitive tournament back since tearing his ACL during a pickup basketball game in January. Ramsey shot consistent rounds of 76 and 74 for a tournament total of 150 and led the Boys 15-18 division in par 4 scoring average. Brent Rodgers, who also tied for second, shot 75 in both rounds for a total of 150 over the weekend. Rodgers who qualified for the Remax Long Drive competition last year has a significant advantage over the field off the tee with his exceptional length. Brent showed some of his outrageous power off the tee on the long par-5 hole 11 when he hit a 400 yard drive and left himself only 160 yards from the flag. Although there was great play by all in this tournament no one could match Katapong Chaisiriwichian who won the tournament by a commanding 9 shots.
Boys 11-14 Age Division
The boys 11-14 division came down to the final hole as Pieter DeGroot of Potomac, MD was able to hang on for the victory over Brady Pevarnik of Latrobe, PA. DeGroot had a solid 5 shot lead until trouble struck on the last hole of the tournament. Pevarnik birdied the 18th hole to put the pressure on DeGroot who took a triple bogey to win the boys 11-14 division by one stroke. Between the two rounds DeGroot accumulated 20 pars which led the division and two birdies which tied for second within the division. Pevarnik who had back to back rounds of 78 led the boys 11-14 division in birdies with five and also led the division in par-4 scoring average. Tyler Haines finished in 3rd place with a tournament total of 161 after posting scores of 83 and 78. Haines led the division in par-3 scoring average and had a birdie or better streak of 2.
Girls 15-18 Age Division The highly competitive field in the Girls 15-18 division required an extra hole to determine the winner. After 36 holes were complete Olivia Zamruno, Peerada Piddon, Natcha DaengPiem, and Pimchanok Kawil were all deadlocked at 151 for the tournament. Peerada wasted no time and only needed one hole to take home the victory with a 2 putt par on hole number one. All four players played fantastic over the two day tournament with Olivia Zambruno leading the division with 6 birdies. Piddon had 5 birdies and 22 pars or better for the tournament. DaengPiem had 23 pars or better and had the longest bogey free streak with 7 consecutive holes without a bogey. Kawil was second in the division with 20 pars and led the division with 24 pars or better. With her victory this weekend Peerada Piddon earned 4 performance stars with the AJGA since the field was over 12 players.
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.