Knoxville Junior Open
Gettysvue Polo, Golf & CC in Knoxville, Tenn. (April 30 - May 1, 2016)
Rainy Days and Great Golf
On April 30 - May 1, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Knoxville, Tenn., to host the Knoxville Junior at The Gettysvue Polo Golf & CC. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the weekend of golf. On Saturday we ended up having a two-hour rain delay due to thunderstorms in the area, and a 30-minute fog delay on Sunday morning, but the tournament got in on time with beautiful weather during play. Winners in all four age divisions received invitations to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three in each age division also received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded to all divisions.
Boys 16-18 Division
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In the Boys 16-18 division, Peter Hinnant, from Rome, Ga., took home the first-place trophy and was the overall champion of the tournament. Hinnant finished the weekend off with a very impressive 139 two-day total. On Saturday, Hinnant was marvelous in posting a staggering 11 birdies en route to a five-under-par 67, the low round of the tournament. Hinnant came into round two with a seven-stroke victory and posted an even-par 72 with four birdies to cruise to a six-stroke victory. This was Hinnant’s second HJGT victory this season. In second place was Martin Jensen of Rome, Ga., who shot a two-day total of 145. Jensen climbed the leaderboard on Sunday, following up a 76 with a 69, the low score of round two. Our top two finishers in the Boys 16-18 age division were the only two in the tournament to post an under-par 18-hole score. In third place out of 28 was Seth Crawford of Kingsport, Tenn. Crawford shot a 151 two-day total placing him only six strokes from third place. In round one, Crawford shot a 74 including one eagle and three birdies. In round two, Crawford shot a 77 consisting of three birdies.
Boys 14-15 Division
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In the Boys 14-15 division, Jake Allstun from Cohutta, Ga., finished the tournament in the top spot. Allstun came out in round one dropping two birdies on his way to a solid round of 74. Allstun entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead and extended it to three by day’s end after posting 80. Finishing in second place out of 22 was Brendan Farrell of Dunwoody, Ga., who shot a two-day total of 157, only three strokes from first place. Farrell matched Allstun’s 80 on Sunday, but a 77 on Saturday derailed his title chances. Third place featured a tie between Gabe Hunter (79-81, +16) of Alcoa, Tenn., and Lindsey Cordell (81-79, +16) of Rome, Ga., with a two-day total of 160.
Boys 11-13 Division
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In the Boys 11-13 division, the third time was the charm for Cooper Hayes from Strawberry Plains, Tenn., who finished the tournament in the top spot after two prior runner-up finishes on tour. Hayes came out on Saturday dropping two birdies on his way to a solid round of an 83. Hayes erased a six-stroke lead on Sunday, following up an 83 with a 74, the low round of the division. Taking second place out of five was 18-hole leader Lance Simpson of Knoxville, Tenn. Simpson carded rounds of 77 and 81, and made an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole on Sunday. Rounding out the top three was Ethan Day of Rocky Face, Ga. Day made a marked improvement on Sunday, improving by eight strokes for an 81.
Girls 14-18 Division
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In the Girls 14-18 age division, Oakland, Tenn., native Victoria England took home the first place trophy with two stellar rounds. England rolled in three birdies and posted rounds of 79 on both days en route to a two-stroke victory. In two starts on tour, England has finished runner-up and in first place. Taking second place was Grace Jones of Hayesville, N.C. Thanks to scores of 81 and 79, Jones grabbed her second top-two finish on tour this season. In third place out of 16 was Jacque Crossland who was also in heavy contention for the top spot. Crossland claimed the low round of the division with a 77 on Sunday, improving by seven strokes to earn her third top five in five starts on tour.
Saturday: High 70’s, Rain, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low 80’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15: 6,540 yards Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,616 yards