Knoxville Junior Open at The Country Club
(July 16-17, 2016)
On Thursday, July 14, 2016 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Morristown, TN to host the Knoxville Junior Open at the beautiful County Club. Sunshine was abundant on both Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the upper 80s. The HJGT would like to thank the Country Club staff for allowing us to host our Knoxville Junior Open out at a great venue. The boys 16-18 and 14-15 division top performers received Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking points, girls 14-18, and boys 11-13 did not. The winner of each division will be invited to play in the national championship held later this year in December. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. The golfers came out firing from the opening hole to the last hole.
Boys 16-18 Division
Round one started out as a close race between Tanner Parks of Campbellsville, KY, Dane Rheinecker of Knoxville, TN, and Chance Thomas of Bristol, VA. Parks was leading by 2 strokes after round one over Rheinecker and Thomas. At the end of round two Parks came out on top with a two day total of 152, edging out Rheinecker by 4 strokes.
Boys 14-15 Division
Michael Ray of Knoxville, TN, Levi Hill of Jefferson City, TN, and Sawyer Spoone of Russellville, TN all finished off a great round one coming in at 80, 80, 82 respectively on this very challenging course. Ray and Hill both played good the second day and had to settle the winner in a two-hole playoff, which Ray topped Hill on the tough par 3 number two. Overall, all top three finishers finished strong on day 2. Coming in third place, Sawyer Spoone finished with a total score of 166 for the tournament. Levi Hill finished with a tournament total score of 165, which was good for second place. Michael Ray finished with a tournament total of 165, but ended up winning the playoff to take first place.
Boys 11-13 Division
Some of the best rounds during the Knoxville Junior Open happened in the boys 11-13 division. The winner, Evan Reed of Shelbyville, TN shot a 78 in the first round and was able to best that score in the second round with a 74 for a total of 152. Coming 28 strokes shy of Reed was Taylor Ray of Knoxville, TN with a two-day total of 180. Both Reed and Ray had a great round this weekend at the Knoxville Junior Open and we look forward to seeing them play again with us.
Girls 14-18 Division
The girls 14-18 was another great competition between the top three contestants. McKenzie Frizzle of Ringgold, GA, Victoria England of Oakland, TN, and Savannah Szozda all had good rounds of 86, 80, 86 respectively. After the second round, Frizzle came in with a round of 77, which put her at a two-day total of 163 to edge out England by one stroke. This was an excellent group of girls to watch and they played well all weekend.
Weather May 21-22, 2016:
Round 1: Low 75, High 85. Mostly Sunny and Rainy, Wind 0-5 mph
Round 2: Low 80, High 85. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,778 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,778 Yards
Boys 11-13: 6,133 Yards
Girls 14-18: 6,133 Yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, 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