Mexsen overcomes tough conditions to beat the field by nine strokes
Dechathipat shoots even par for tournament to win by five strokes
Orange Park, FL (February 18, 2013) - The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled south to Orange Park, Florida for the JWU Series 54 hole challenge. The event was the first 54 hole tournament of the year. The tournament was hosted by The Golf Club at Fleming Island which could not have been in better condition. The first two days featured perhaps the worst conditions of any tournament in the young season. Temperatures peaked in the 50s and winds gusted into the high 20s. Monday, however, featured near perfect conditions for the final day of the tournament with temperatures in the 60s and plenty of sun. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the winners of both 15-18 age divisions received four performance stars for the AJGA. Also, all top five finishers in the boy’s 15-18 age division received one star. Winners in all four divisions receive an entry into the 2013 Tour Championship and winners in every division excluding the girl’s 11-14 age division receive exemptions for the Florida Junior Tour. Finally, all top 15 finishers receive points towards year end honors including All-HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Camillo Mexsen blew away the competition in the boy’s 15-18 age division and was the only player from the four divisions to shoot under par for the tournament. Mexsen concluded his strong weekend by shooting a two under par 69 on Monday. Mexsen led in par four- performance over the three days with a 3.96 average. Mexsen also led in pars or better percentage at 85.2%. There was a three way tie for second place with three boys finishing at 8 over par for the tournament. These three were Tiger Lee, Ewen Ferguson, and Arthur Griffin. Lee was impressive with a pars or better percentage of 79.6%. Ferguson was extremely impressive over the final two days after shooting a first round 80. Griffin had 11 birdies for the tournament.
Mai Dechathipat was the only girl in the three day tournament to shoot even par or better coming in at exactly even for the event. Dechathipat used an incredible 67 on the final day to boost her to this strong finish. Dechathipat had the most eagles of anybody in the tournament with two. Dechathipat did her damage on par fives where she led the field with a very strong 4.42. Valparaiso, IN native Harley Dubsky came in second place and finished with a five over par over the three days. Dubsky was also very good on par fives where she finished in second with a 4.83 average. Dubsky also had the best pars or better percentage at 77.8%. Isidora Quevedo finished in third with a seven over par total. Quevedo was perhaps the most consistent of her competitors shooting 73-75-72.
Harry Xue won the boy’s 11-14 age division by just one stroke. Xue shot a 12 over par for the tournament. Xue bested his competitors on par fours where he finished with a 4.15 average. Xue also had the best pars or better percentage at 70.4%. Finishing in second place was Jacksonville, FL native Brandon Mancheno. Mancheno finished just one stroke behind Xue. Mancheno had four more birdies than any of his fellow competitors with 12. Finishing in third place was Josh Lewis after he shot a final round 72. Lewis did his work on par fives where he tied for the best average at 4.83.
Anne Yu won the girl’s 11-14 age division by five strokes after finishing with a 16 over par. Yu had the most pars in the tournament with 35 and was very impressive on par fours where she averaged a 4.33. Sabrina Hoskins and Lauren Waidner tied for second place at 21 over par. Hoskins’ added to her collection of top three finishes with her impressive weekend. Hoskins’ was most impressive on the second two days of the tournament where she shot 77-77. Waidner helped her overall score by shooting a very strong 75 on day three. Weather: Saturday: Partly Cloudy, high 30s to mid 50s, winds 10-20 mph Sunday: Partly Cloudy, high 30s to mid 50s, winds 10-20 mph Monday: Mostly Sunny, lows 40s to mid 60s, winds 5-10 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,678 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,111 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,693 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,172 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Vladimir Osipov, William Gordon Boy’s 11-14 division: Brandon Mancheno Girl’s 15-18 division: Karen Arimoto, Mai Dechathipat Girl’s 11-14 division: Hannah Berman 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.