Los Angeles Junior Shootout at Whittier Narrows Golf Club
(September 10-11, 2016)
On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Rosemead, CA to host the LA Junior Shootout at the popular Whittier Narrows Golf Club. The weekend brought high temperatures and low scores. The sun was shining and the birdies were chirping as the 14-18 year old boys and girls competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking points. The younger age divisions were not to be forgotten as their low scores made up for their smaller field sizes. The well-deserved champions from each age division received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship taking place in early December located in Champions Gate, Florida.
Boys 16-18 Division
Diego Renteria of Stevenson Ranch, CA was the first of all players to tee off on Saturday and wasted no time in positioning himself to make a run on day 2 of the tournament. His ability to consistently put the ball in the fairway allowed him many scoring chances that he converted into a tournament leading 9 birdies over the course of the tournament. Stiff competition from Christian Schrodt and Devin Schaffer in the final pairing made for an exciting finish in the Sunday final pairing. Renteria’s final round 69 propelled him to victory. Devin Schaffer’s push on the back nine carded him a 70 to take home 2nd place. Davis Harris focused on his own game as he was in the 2nd pairing on the final day. He carded an even par 72 on the day and a 148 on the weekend to edge out a 3rd place finish.
Boys 14-15 Division
The 14-15 Boys division may have been lacking in field size but it was not lacking in quality golf. Eric Fernandez of Anaheim, CA started strong on day 1 carding a 77. He never looked back, taking home the first place crown after shooting an 80 on the second day and coasting to victory with a total score of 157. Ian Park of Los Angeles, CA improved greatly on the second day scoring a 93 and taking home the 2nd place trophy.
Boys 11-13 Division
Cole Lum of Moorpark, CA was the lone competitor in the Boys 11-13 division. That did not stop him form competing against the course, a competition that he dominated in this tournament. His first round 70 was the lowest score recorded on day 1. His second day 74 landed him at even par for the tournament as he took home a championship trophy and an invite to the HJGT National Championships in early December.
Girls 14-18 Division
The ladies of the 14-18 division stole the show during the weekend hitting the fairway with just about every drive. Their consistency led to low scores and a high level of competition. Stephanie Fernandez of Chula Vista, CA took control early on in the weekend carding a commendable 78. The final pairing however wasn’t more than 4 shots behind entering day 2. Shani Waite of El Segundo, CA improved on the second day carding an impressive 77 to find herself in 3rd place. Kasey Torres made a Sunday run with the low score in her division shooting an impressive 74. Her two day total of 154 was one shy of Stehpanie Feranandez who’s two day total of 153 took home the first place crown.
The girls of the 13 and under division showed us that the next generation of female golfers is something to look out for. Lisa Rudometkin of San Jose, CA proved to be very consistent over the weekend after she paired her 1st day 75 with a 2nd day 78. Her ability to hit green after green down the stretch held off 2nd place finisher Vanessa Zhang of Pasadena, CA. Ylianna Fernandez of Anaheim, CA improved on her first day score by 10 strokes on day two which helped vault her to a 3rd place finish.
I’m sure that the spectator’s would agree that the Boys under 10 pairing was THE group to watch this weekend. Luke Montoya of Arroya Grande, CA and Kent Karlstrom of Rancho Mirage, CA went shot for shot this weekend. Luke did everything he could to try and keep pace with Kent, including two chip in’s on the first day. Kent stole the show however, recording a personal best 69 on championship Sunday, and a two-day total of 143. Luke took home 2nd place after his day two score of 73 wasn’t quite enough to bring home the 1st place trophy. Both players had a blast competing against each other and they played some incredible golf throughout the weekend.
Weather September 10-11, 2016:
Round 1: Low 63, High 86. Mostly Sunny, Wind 10-15 mph Round 2: Low 68, High 89. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 10 mph Tournament Division Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,701 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,701 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,712 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,712 Yards Girls U13: 5,022 Yards Boys U10: 5,021 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