Jacksonville Jr. Challenge by InstaGolf
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Jacksonville, Florida at Deerwood Country Club for the Jacksonville Jr. Challenge presented by InstaGolf. This tournament featured your classic Florida weather conditions, with a rain delay on Monday, and beautiful sunny skies on Tuesday. At stake during this tournament was Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, Florida Junior Tour Exemptions, an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship, and team honors which include ALL HJGT teams, state teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 15-18 Age Division After two days of fierce competition Jacob Kline of St. Augustine, Florida was crowned the Boys 15-18 Age Division Champion after he fired a tournament total of 141 (67, 74) over the two rounds of play. Kline pulled off this impressive win after his victory came down to the 18th hole only being up one stroke. He was also the leader after the first round, firing a tournament low of 67. Kline also carded the most birdies amongst his fellow competitors with a total of 9. Francisco Pichardo of the Dominican Republic placed second behind Kline this weekend after he carded a score of 142 (71, 71) for the tournament. There was a tie for third place, Jacksonville's own Alex Mcdermand (74,73) and Mason Battreal of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (74,73) both shooting a two round total of 147. Playing conditions at Deerwood Country Club were perfect besides one short rain delay on Monday.
Girls 15-18 Age Division Sydney Merchant of Morrison, Colorado outlasted her competitors in the Girls 15-18 Age Division at Deerwood through the two days of competition. After a first day of 77, Merchant followed up with a solid final round 71, to pick up the victory for a total of 148. Merchant’s six birdies were instrumental in her win as well as a very consistent Tuesday which included a total of 13 pars. Four of Merchant’s six birdies occurred on the par 5’s, giving her the lead in Par 5 scoring. Ansley Bowman of St. Augustine, Florida placed second this week with a day one total of 77 and day two total of 76, for a two day total of 153. Bowman had a very impressive back nine on day one, a two under 34, which included three birdies. On day 2 she was very consistent as well, including 22 total pars for the tournament, leading her age division. Finishing in third place was Lauren Waidner of Fleming Island, Florida. Her two day total was 157, (79,78). Waidner had a bogey free streak of 7 holes and also included back to back birdies on her day one.
Boys 11-14 Age Division Dragon Theam led after round one by two strokes after shooting a one over par 73. After a strong first round, he still improved his score in round 2. Coming in to the 18th hole of round two Cody Carroll of Jacksonville Florida was in a close second to Theam by one stroke and Carroll was able to hit in a birdie however, Theam came in the clutch with a birdie as well to seal his victory. Coming in with a tie for third was Parker Sanderson of St. Pete, Florida and Peyton Billings of Fleming Island, Florida. Both Billings and Sanderson shot a two day total of 154 and an identical 78 and 76 for rounds one and two respectively. The most improved score from round one to round two was William Levinson of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with a ten shot improvement from an 89 in round one to a 79 in round two. Cody Carroll led his division with the most birdies through two rounds with an impressive seven. All competitors in this age division improved their scoring average by more than one point from a 79 to a 78.
Girls 11-14 Age Division Mimi Chen from Longwood, Florida won her second Hurricane Junior Golf Event in a span of two weeks, at the Jacksonville Jr. Challenge by InstaGolf. She led the first day with a score of 75. After birdying three consecutive holes on the back nine during her second round, Chen won by two shots. She shot a total of 153 with 7 total birdies, the most in her division. In second place was Amelia Root of Jacksonville, Florida. Root shot a 78 in the first round at her home course. She came back Tuesday to shoot a 77 with three birdies for a total of 155. Tied for third place, with a total of 158, was Celeste Valinho and Tiara Carter. Valinho shot a consistent 79 each day. Carter shot an 80 for the first round, and improved by two strokes the second day with a 78. She also had an impressive 21 pars over the 36 holes and had the highest bogey free streak with 8. As a field, the average score was an 80 per round, improving the number of pars and bogeys from the first to second round. Weather: Day 1- High of 89, low of 70 with scattered thunderstorms and a slight breeze Day 2- High of 87, low of 68 and a slight breeze Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,825 yards Boys 11-14: 6,197 yards Girls 15-18: 5,852 yards Girls 11- 14 5,259 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