Gumberg Earns Playoff Victory
Middle Tennessee State Commit Wins Girl’s 15-18 Division
Kodak, TN (March 17, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made its first ever visit to the state of Tennessee this weekend, one of the tours newest host states. Based out of Jacksonville the HJGT was founded in Florida. Operating primarily out of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, this season the tour sought to expand services to junior golfers in North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, and Ohio. For further information on venues closest to you follow this LINK to the 2013 schedule. The tournament this past weekend was hosted at the River Islands Golf Club in Kodak, TN. As the #1 ranked course in East Tennessee, River Islands has recently converted their greens from bent grass to bermuda which posed a difficult feat for the juniors. The weather fluctuated between the 60’s and 70’s throughout the weekend. The tournament was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and scouts from the National Scouting Report were present for increased exposure. The winner in each division received an automatic invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship. Across each age division points were distributed to the top ten finishers and these points will amass towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
The boy’s 15-18 age division concluded in a tie for first between Jordan Gumberg of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Zach Haynes of Smyrna, TN. The tie lead to a two-hole playoff, where Gumberg managed to subdue his opponent on the green with a nice putt to seal the victory. Jordan Gumberg tallied 15 total pars and 3 birdies in the tournament. Shooting a 77 on day two where he appeared composed and focused, something that lacked day one with the 20-40 mph winds. Gumberg performed best on all par 5’s shooting an average of 5.10. Placing second was Zach Haynes, the leader after day one. Contradictory to the norm Haynes shot a stroke worse on Sunday with an 82. Haynes compiled the most pars of the division with a total of 20. Rounding out the top 3 was Davis Shore of Knoxville, TN. With scores of 84-80 Shore was relevant in all major statistical categories. After shooting scores of 93-80 Cal Rieke was awarded the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week honors.
The girl’s 15-18 age division exhibited a great situation of overcoming adversity. It is not uncommon for individuals to falter under the pressure of being in the lead pairing on the final day, however this weekend each of the three girls in the lead group on Sunday went home with a trophy. First place was won by Samantha Gotcher of Clarksville, TN who shot six strokes better than her adversaries. Gotcher, recent commit to Middle Tennessee State prevailed on the final day dominating the par 5’s with a 5.40 average. Gotcher shot a division leading 15 pars playing smart and safe golf throughout the tournament. Katie Bishop of Cleveland, TN placed second in the event shooting rounds of 88 and 85. With a 3.70 average on par 3’s and a 4.62 average on par 4’s Bishop played consistent golf. Third place was won by day one leader Allie Woodward of Unicoi, TN. Woodward struggled on the back 9 day 2 after nearly matching her day one score on the front. Going home with a brand new set of Golf Pride Grips was Blythe Scrivner for shaving a total of 8 strokes off her score from day one to two.
The most exciting spectator division of the weekend was the boy’s 11-14 age division. Luke Scealf of nearby Knoxville, TN shot a 160 to oust his competition by two strokes. After shooting a 79 Saturday Scealf was on pace to shoot a 77 but double bogeyed holes 17 and 18. Scealf’s scorecard unveiled an eagle, 4 birdies and a handful of pars. Second place was sealed by Dougan Annan of Avondale Estates Ga. Annan struggled to get comfortable with the greens out the gate and had a tough time posting desirable scores. Annan bounced back day two to solidify second with an impressive round of 79. In third place was Micah Knisley of Jefferson City, TN. Knisley played consistent par golf, soaring way past his competition with 22 total pars. With scores of 96-79 Chad Couch proved victorious as the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the weekend. Weather: Saturday – Sunny, low of 57 and high of 75, 15-20 mph winds with gusts reaching up to 40 mph Sunday- Sunny, low of 49 and high of 74, 5-10 mph winds. Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,600 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,002 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,613 Tournament Awards: EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Jordan Gumberg, Davis Shore Boy’s 11-14 division: Luke Scealf Girl’s 15-18 division: Blythe Scrivner, Katelyn Witucki, Allie Woodward 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.