Zediker wins in playoff
Bendrick edges out the win
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed south for the Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic on October 26-27. The Classic, played at the Champions course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida, was be ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Beautiful weather greeted the junior golfers, with temperatures in the high 70s. There was a lot at stake at the event as the winners in the Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 received AJGA Performance stars and an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Those winners, plus the winner from the Girls 11-14 division, also received a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. The winners, along with other top ten finishers, also received points towards year-end honors. Those points will also count towards the 2013 Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 division Zach Zediker from Gray, Georgia defeated Yidong Zhang from Orlando, Florida on the first playoff hole with a par. Zediker shot a -4/32 on the back nine on Sunday on his torrid comeback as he trailed Zhang by two strokes at the turn. Zediker tied Zhang at -7 total after birdieing on the 16th hole. Both shot a par on 17 and 18, which forced the playoff. Zediker had 9 birdies, 25 pars, and a field best performance on par-3 holes with a 2.8 scoring average. Zhang also posted 9 birdies and 25 pars, while posting a field best performance on par-5 holes with a 4.2 scoring average. Yuki Fujii from Rotunda West, Florida made an amazing 11 birdies throughout the weekend to give him the EFX Birdie Challenge winner title and the third place trophy. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Tsung Han Lee who improved his first round score by 10 strokes on the second day.
Jacqueline Bendrick from Bradenton, Florida shot a personal best on Saturday with a -3/69, which propelled her to victory at the Palm Aire Country Club. Bendrick made it interesting after double bogeying on 15, which allowed Ariadna Fonseca from Venezuela to tie for the lead. Bendrick regained the lead over Fonseca on the 17th hole by shooting par, which was enough to earn her the title. Bendrick also earned the EFX Birdie Challenge title when she tallied 8 birdies for the weekend. She also led the field in performance on par-3 and par-5 holes with a 3.0 and 4.2 scoring average respectively. Fonseca had 6 birdies, 23 pars, and a field best performance on par-4 holes with a 4.0 scoring average. Rounding out the top was Hannah Haythorne from Bradenton, Florida with scores of 73-76. Haythorne added 6 birdies and 21 pars for the weekend. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Shu Han when she improved her Saturday round by 14 strokes on Sunday.
Hector Barnetche from Bradenton, Florida shot even par on both days to win the Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic in the boys 11-14 division. Barnetche had 7 birdies and 23 pars over the weekend. Miguel Maisterra from Mexio and Manuel Girona from Windermere, Florida were trailing Barnetche by only 1 stroke after Barnetche had a double bogey on 16, but they were unable to capitalize as both Maisterra and Girona bogeyed on 17. There was a three way tie for 2nd as Misterra, Girona, and Evan Sun all scored +2/146. Miasterra was the EFX Birdie Challenge winner with 8 birdies for the weekend. Nakarin Kornpatlerdsin was the Golf Pride Grip Comeback Player of the Week when he improved his first round score by 12 strokes.
Haley Danford made 7 birdies en route to the girls 11-14 title at the Palm Aire Country Club. Danford from Longwood, Florida, birdied three out of the eight par-5 holes and scored a 4.9 average on those holes. Danford would also go on to win the EFX Birdie Challenge with her seven birdies for the weekend. Ariel Yu from Bradenton, Florida was able to close within two strokes after birding on the 13th hole on Sunday but Danford birdied the next hole to regain a comfortable lead. Yu had three birdies and a field best 19 pars. Carson Mulholland receives the third place trophy and was the only girl in both divisions to make an eagle. The Golf Pride Grips Player of the Week was Alyssa Mercado who improved her score by nine strokes. Weather: Day 1- Sunny, 64 Degrees in the morning, 80 Degrees in the afternoon. Day 2- Sunny, 67 Degrees in the morning and a slight breeze, 79 Degrees in the afternoon. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,853 yards Girls 15-18: 5,860 yards Boys 11-14: 6,119 yards Girls 11-14: 5,325 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Yuki Fujii Girls 15-18: Jacqueline Bendrick Boys 11-14: Miguel Maisterra Girls 11-14: Haley Danford Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18: Tsung Han Lee Girls 15-18: Shu Han Boys 11-14: Nakarin Kornpatlerdsin Girls 11-14: Alyssa Mercado 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, and Ohio. For more information regarding the Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic, 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.