On November 7th and 8th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to historic Baton Rouge, Louisiana to host the Louisiana Fall Challenge at Santa Maria Golf Course. The course was in good shape for being flooded just one week ago. There were some very wet conditions, especially on the front 9. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was lots of concern about a thunderstorm coming through. We were blessed to have the rain hold off until the last four holes of play. On Sunday, the course was still wet but playable, which was great considering the amount of rain the night before. With the sun coming out for a few hours it was a great day to cap off the tournament. Winners in all three-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. Overall, the players didn’t let bad weather affect their play.
In the boy’s 15-18 division, William Reed Giardina from Sulphur, Louisiana took home the first place trophy. Starting off the tournament right, Reed birdied the first hole he played, then pared the next four. Another birdie in the back nine propelled him to shoot three over for the first round, making the lead his to lose in round 2. After shooting a nine on a par 5, Reed knew he had to step his game up to win, shooting par on 8 of the last 11 holes solidified his victory. Finishing in second place was Stewart Perilloux from Zachary, Louisiana. Stewart finished the first round in third place but surged through on Sunday to claim second place as his own. Stewart was even through the front nine, but fell to third at the end of the first day. Coming back on Sunday, after shooting five over on the front nine, Stewart was able to find his groove paring 8 of the last 9 holes. This was the first time Stewart was playing against his brother in the same tournament so I’m sure he had some motivation to beat him. Last but certainly not least we have Parker Johnson from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who made a push on Sunday to take some hardware home. In fourth place entering Sunday, Parker knew he had some work to do. He was five over through the front nine due to a tough sixth hole. Shooting just three over on the back nine and paring five of the last six holes, he was able to walk away with third place. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played great golf considering the tough conditions.
In the boys 13-14 age division Jonathan Ellis, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, finished the tournament in the top spot. Ellis was going back and forth all weekend long with second place finisher Trey Morse. Ellis started Saturday off great, shooting just one over through the front nine. With a tough back nine he finished nine over for the day. Coming back on Sunday Ellis and Morse were in a tight race for first. Ellis knew Morse had the lead after bogeying and double bogeying ten and eleven, shooting par on six of the last seven gave him the victory.The boy’s 13-14 division was one of the most exciting to watch this weekend.
Coming in first place for the girls 15-18 division was Brooke Gober from, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Battling with Reese Drezins for first place, Brooke was in the lead by five strokes entering Sunday. While shooting par on seven holes, Brooke was able to secure her victory. Finishing in second was Reese Drezins from, Slidell, Louisiana. Reese fought hard on Saturday birdieing eleven and finishing five strokes back of Brooke. A couple clutch putts helped Reese finish strong and shoot a 98 on Sunday. Being 11 and 13 years old, Brooke and Reese played phenomenal from the longer distance. The girls 15-18 division was a fun competition to watch between two fierce competitors. Weather: Saturday: Low 70’s, Cloudy with Heavy Rain Sunday: Low 60’s, Partly Cloudy, Wind 15-20 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,702 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,516 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,186 YDS The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Tyler Barnes Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference