Jekyll Island Junior Open – April 11-12, 2015
Belanger wins after two-hole playoff
Zhou takes home trophy after seven stroke victory
(Jekyll Island, GA) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Jekyll Island, Georgia on April 11-12 for the Jekyll Island Junior Open. Top three winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winners in each divisions received an invitation to the 2015 National Tour Championship. AJGA Performance Stars were awarded in the Boys 15-18 division, Girls 15-18 division and Girls 11-14 division. The winner of the Boys 15-18 division received four AJGA stars and the top five each received one AJGA Performance Star. The Girls 15-18 winner received four AJGA stars and the top three each received one AJGA Performance Star. The Girls 11-14 division winner received one AJGA Performance Star. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. 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.
In the Boys 15-18 division we had consistent play from the beginning. Charles-Eric Belanger of Canada and Soloman Coupal of Canada lead the way, both shooting a 69 (-3) on day one. Belanger made par or better on all of his 18 holes, birdying three, while Coupal tallied five birdies of his own. La Colgan of Canada and Sebastian Darmo, of Roswell, Georgia were tied for second after round one with a score of 72 (E). Rounding out third place after round one with scores of 73 (+1), was Michael Mattiace, Aubrey Holloway, Ben Huckaby, and Eric Shelly. It was a very close first round for all of the older boys. Heading into the second round, strong play continued for Belanger, shooting a 72 (E) par. Belanger birdied two of his 18 holes. Mattiace gave Belanger a run for his money tallying the low for the weekend on day two, a 68 (-4). This low score led to Mattiace tying Belanger for first. The two headed into a playoff to decide who would take home first place. Neck and neck through the first hole, Belanger made par on the second to take home first place while Mattiace took home second. Rob Webster of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Brett Ammons of McDonough, GA and Aubrey Holloway of Fayetteville, GA tied for third place.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Hella Zhou of Orlando, Florida had a strong two rounds posting a two-day total of 141 (-3) to take home the first place trophy. Zhou pared or better 30 of her 36 holes having a great two day outing. Taking home the second place trophy was Sarah-Eve Rheaume, of Canada with a two-day total of 148. Rheaume improved her birdie game, tallying three of her 18 holes during round two. Julianna Collett of St. Simons Island, Georgia took home third place with a two day total of 149 (-1). Collett showed consistency only missing second place by one stroke.
In the Boys 13-14 division Dragon Theam of Jacksonville, Florida had a great two rounds shooting an 72 (E) par the first round and a 71 (-1) the second. Theam had consistent play through both rounds birdying or better 33 of his 36 holes. Through five holes on day two, Zach Brown gave Theam some competition leading the way at even, but Brown could not hold Theam back after completing their first nine on day two. Brown of Bermuda Run, North Carolina and Davis Lee of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida tied for second place with two-day totals of 145 (+1). All in all, it was great competition by our players.
In the Girls 11-14 division, it was a tight race all the way through Sunday. Tiara Carter of Lake City, Florida and Ashley Shim of Newnan, Georgia were in a close battle. Carter was in the lead after Saturday with a 76 (+4) with Shim just a few strokes behind with 80 (+8). Heading into the second round the tight race continued. Carter was off her game, leading to Shim capitalizing. However it was not enough, Carter was able to secure first place with a two-day total of 153. Shim fell just short, placing second only two stroke behind Jimenez with a two-day total of 155. Securing third place was Sloan Lainer of Blackshear, Georgia with a two-day total of 158. Lainer was able to par or better 24 of her 36 holes.
Weather: Day 1- Low of 62 to high of 76, Partly Sunny, winds 2-3 MPH Day 2- Low of 60 to high of 74, Cloudy, winds 4-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,665 yards Boys 13-14- 6,166 yards Girls 15-18- 5,719 yards Girls 11-14- 5,157 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1.