Knoxville Jr. Shootout March 15-16

Cross wins after two hole playoff Baggarly dominates round two to end up on top

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kodak, TN on March 15-16 for the Knoxville Junior Shootout. A total of 36 holes were played by all four divisions over two days to determine our champions. The players enjoyed great playing conditions for the first round, however most of the second round was played in heavy rain. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and the 2014 Tour Championship. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were awarded to the field as well. Additionally, the top ten finishers in received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.

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The Boys 15-18 age division went into a sudden death playoff between Spencer Cross of Sevierville, TN and Chase Roswall of Bristol, TN. On the first playoff hole, both players posted par after reaching the green in two strokes. The second playoff hole proved to be the difference when Cross hit his approach shot within five feet and sank the putt for a birdie. Cross scored a 76 during round one and a 77 during round two. This gave him a weekend score of 156. Cross had a total of five birdies for the two rounds which led the division. He also led the division in par three and par five scoring. Roswall fired a 77 the first round and a 76 the second round for a total of 156. He forced the playoff when he posted a birdie on the par 3 17th hole. Roswall led the division in par 4 scoring and had four birdies during the tournament. Roswall’s weekend was highlighted by an eagle during the first round on the tenth hole. Oliver Simonson of Ooltewah, TN placed third in the division with a total score of 158. He fired rounds of 78 and 80 with four birdies for the tournament. Nay’s weekend was highlighted by her round one eagle on hole nine.

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Addison Baggarly of Jonesborough, TN was the winner of the Girls 15-18 division with a two day score of 158. After the first round Baggarly and Katie Bishop of Cleveland, TN were tied for first place with a score of 82. During the second round, played in the pouring rain, Baggarly separated herself from Bishop by posting a score of 76. On the front nine, the rain clearly affected Baggarly’s play as she posted a four over par. After the rain let up, she played much better and finished even on the back nine. Baggarly led the division in birdies with four birdies, as well as par three, four and five scoring. Bishop had a second round score of 89, for a two day score of 171. She was able to capture second place in the division by capitalizing on her two birdies. The third place finisher of the division was Meghan Nay of Canton, GA. She had a total score of 172.

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Jake Hall of Knoxville, TN took home first place honors in the Boys 11-14 age division with a weekend score of 151. Hall led the division after the first round with an impressive score of 74. He didn’t let the weather conditions of Sunday affect his play too much and was able to score a 77. Hall had two birdies each round for a total of four which was top in the division. He was also the division leader in par three and five scoring. The second place finisher was Micah Knisley of Jefferson City, TN with a score of 164. After the first round he trailed by ten strokes after firing an 84. Knisely was able to come back and improved by four strokes during the second round to post a score of 80. The third place finisher in the division was Jake Allstun of Cohutta, GA. He started the second round in fourth place with a score of 86. Allstun fired an 83 on the second day of play to secure the third place trophy with a two day score of 169.

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The Girls 11-14 division winner was Kennedy Ann “KA-Bam” Noe of Knoxville, TN. She was the leader after the first round with a score of 87. She then posted a round two score of 90 for a total score of 177. Noe preferred the back nine both rounds where she averaged three and a half strokes better. She led the division with most birdies with two, and par three, four and five scoring. The rain during the second round played a role in Noe’s score as she did have a higher score than the first day. However, after the rain let up, she improved by four strokes. The second place finisher in the division was Taylour McMullen of Dayton, OH. She had a total score of 223. McMullen did not let the rain affect her game as she improved by one stroke from round one to round two. Weather: Day 1: Mid 60’s and clear sunny skies Day 2: Low 50s with heavy rain in the morning, Mid 60s and cloudy, Winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,701 yards Boys 11-14: 6,124 yards Girls 15-18: 5,750 yards Girls 11-14: 5,149 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages 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, 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, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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