Knoxville Junior Open – March 14-15, 2015
Reed romps en route to fourth win of the season Moultrie motors to win, Carter nets Hole in One
(March 15, 2015) The Volunteer State played host to the 2015 Knoxville Junior Open as the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) hit the state of Tennessee on Saturday March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2015. Conditions were damper on Saturday, but players were gifted abundant sunshine and fair conditions on Sunday. All winners received invitations to the HJGT National Championship this December and those who placed first, second and third were invited to the HJGT Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan in June.
The Boys 15-18 division provided a thorough amount of drama. In the end, Jack Rhea of Jonesborough, Tennessee emerged victorious after his final round 75 on Sunday to give him a two-day total of 152, +8. Both scores were the best in any division during the course of the tournament. Rhea, who represented the state of Tennessee in the second annual Hurricane Cup in Sea Island, GA, carded four birdies during the course of the tournament with two coming on the front nine on Sunday morning. Vraj Patel kept pace, but three bogeys on the back nine from holes 15-17 put him out of position to win, losing by just three strokes. Patel carded three birdies during the course of the Knoxville Junior Open. Finishing in third was Seth Crawford whose score of 156, +12 was not too far off from Rhea’s prodigious performance. Crawford carded two birdies on Sunday including one on hole 12.
The Girls 15-18 division was won by Franklin, Kentucky’s Rachael Stewart. Stewart’s two-day total of 165, +21 earned her a two-stroke victory over Hannah Solesbee of Winston, Georgia. Solesbee couldn’t quite match up with Stewart’s final round 79 on Sunday afternoon, as the Kentucky native carded two birdies on the back nine, including one on hole 18 to help seal the win. This marks the second time that Stewart has finished at the podium after being tied for second place at the Pensacola Jr. Classic on February 14-15. Simpsonville, South Carolina native Ashlee Richardson finished with a 177, +33, good enough for third place in her division and an invite to the Mid-Season Invitational.
In the Boys 13-14 division, Collier Curd took home the trophy with a total of 177, +33. The native of Bowling Green, Kentucky might not have carded any birdies, but had a more than admirable effort on both Saturday and Sunday, doing just enough to get the victory. Chad Homan of Knoxville, Tennessee carded three birdies as the runner up in the division. Homan fell shy of Curd’s winning total by eight strokes, shooting a 92 and 93 on Saturday and Sunday. Finally, Lexington, Kentucky’s Parker Clarke finished with a two-day total of 192, +48 with a first round 92 on Saturday.
Elsewhere, the spotlight was shone down on Kara Carter. The Kingsport, Tennessee native drilled a hole in one on Saturday on hole 11, sending the cheering section following her and her foe, Kennedy Anne Noe, into an uproar! Despite the hole in one, it was Anne Noe who nabbed the victory in the field of two in the Girls’ 11-14 division. Anne Noe, a Knoxville resident, picked up the win with three birdies to her credit, shooting a two-day total of 166, +22. Carter shot a 92 and 98 on Saturday and Sunday, falling short of Anne Noe’s winning total by 24 strokes.
Fresh off three straight victories at Callaway Gardens, The Brickyard at Riverside and Silver Lakes, Shelbyville, Tennessee’s Evan Reed took to The Country Club in Morristown, Tennessee and proceeded to demolish the competition. Reed shot a two-day total of 158, +14 to earn win number four in a row to stay atop the Boys’ 11-12 division. His 76 was the best score of the round on Saturday for any division and his 158 was the fifth best total amongst the entire field, across all divisions. Reed now has 4,500 total points this season, which is 2,300 better than Miles Patterson of Chicago, Illinois, who is second in the Boys’ 11-12 division. Reed carded two birdies throughout his stretch of play in the tournament. Weather: Day 1- Low of 45 to high of 60, Rainy, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Low of 39 to high of 68, Sunny, winds 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 -6659 yards Boys 13-14- 6096 yards Girls 15-18, Boys 11-12- 5728 yards Girls 11-14- 5053 yards 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 the tour will compete in one of five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 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 email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference