Chantrakantanond fires four under for the win Talbott remains consistent to capture first
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Jekyll Island, Georgia on April 12-13 for the Jekyll Island Junior Open Presented by Golfdotz. The perfect conditions on both Saturday and Sunday led to some great competition and low scores. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and 2014 Tour Championship. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to all divisions as well as South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the Boys 15-18 division champion and one Performance Star was awarded to the top five finishers in the Boys 15-18 division. Four Performance Stars were awarded to the Girls 15-18 division winner and one Performance Star was awarded to the Girls 11-14 division champion. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points toward year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
After the first round, the Boys 15-18 division was separated by only one stroke. Julien Blouin of Quebec and Jerome Gaudreault of Quebec each posted rounds of 71 while Thirawat Chantrakantanond of Bangkok fired an even par 72. However, it was Chantrakantanond’s bogey free Sunday round that led him to the victory. On this day, he posted an impressive four under, 68 including four birdies. Chantrakantanond had seven birdies in the tournament, the most in the division. His two day score of 140 was four strokes better than second place finisher Blouin. Blouin’s three birdies in the tournament helped him capture the second place trophy. He also carded the most pars in the division, a skillful 30. Third place was split three ways as Thomas Burnett of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Gaudreault and Jakkapat Horsangchai of Bangkok all carded a two day score of 147. Burnett came from behind to improve by seven strokes on Sunday to card a two under, 70, helping him to a part of third place. Gaudreault had four birdies on the weekend which aided him in finishing tied for third. Horsangchai remained consistent with rounds of 75 and 72 for a part of third place as well. The most improved player among the boys was Tyler Erwin of Hoschton, Georgia, who improved upon his first round score by 14 strokes.
In the Girls 15-18 division, consistency proved to be the winning recipe for Melanie Talbott of Woodstock, Georgia. Talbott’s scores of 75 and 74 for a two day total of 149 led her to victory. With four birdies on Sunday, tied for most in the division, nobody was able to catch Talbott. She also carded 24 pars, tied for most in the division. Two strokes behind Talbott was Abby Burditt of St. Augustine, Florida. Burditt improved her Saturday score of 77 by three strokes on Sunday to position herself for the second place trophy. She, like Talbott also carded four birdies, which tied her for most in the division. The highlight of Burditt’s tournament was her bogey free back nine on Sunday to seal the second place finish. Taking home third place was Layne-Marie Carter of Lyons, Georgia. Carter posted an impressive first round of 73 and followed that with a round of 80 on Sunday for a two day total of 153. She also posted 24 pars, tied for most in the division. The most improved player among the girls was Karson Stone of Thomasville, Georgia who improved upon her first round score by eight strokes.
The Boys 11-14 division was a close battle throughout the weekend. In the end, Andrew Mora of Douglasville, Georgia was able to hang on to the victory. Mora had the most pars in the division with 31 and his impressively low scores led him to the win. He carded rounds of 73 and 74 for a two day total of 147, which outlasted Sam King’s two day total of 148. King, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, posted scores of 72 and 76. He was tied for most birdies in the division with three, which allowed him to claim second place. Finishing in third place was Walker King of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Walker improved upon his first round score by five strokes on Sunday to post a 73. This was largely due to his nearly all par round.
Amelia Root of Jacksonville, Florida won the Girls 11-14 division. Root’s scores of 74 and 76 for a two day total of 150 were enough to outlast the rest of the field. Root’s Saturday low score of 74 was mostly due to her three birdies. On Sunday, she again carded three birdies for a total of six in competition, the most in the division. Finishing three strokes behind Root was Abigail Bolt of Woodstock, Georgia. Bolt’s scores of 75 and 78 were good enough for her to claim second prize. She had the most pars in the division with 22. Tiara Carter of Lake City, Florida and Sara-Eve Rheaume of Quebec tied for third place. Each girl posted scores of 156 and played competitively throughout the weekend. Rheaume had four birdies on the weekend with consistent score of 79 and 77. Carter came from behind to tie with Rheaume by bettering her first round score of 81 by six strokes. Weather: Day 1: Mid 70s and sunny Day 2: Mid 70s and sunny Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,631 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 15-18: 5,750 yards Girls 11-14: 5,162 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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Connecticut. 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 email@example.com.