Louisville Jr. Challenge Oct. 24-25 Louisville, KY

On October 24th and 25th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Louisville, Kentucky to host the Louisville Junior Challenge at Oxmoor Country Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were good, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long two days of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was lots of rain and lots of wind to make the first day even challenging. On Sunday, we were blessed to have some great playing conditions, which was a great cap to the tournament. We also had two siblings as division winners this weekend, which is always exciting and fun to watch. Great job Snyder family and we look forward to seeing both Brock and Britta back at another one of our tournaments. Winners in all five-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.  

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In the boys 15-18 division, from Campbellsville, Kentucky Cooper Parks took home the first place trophy as he was playing with an unparalleled focus throughout the weekend. With some pretty intimidating weather to play through on Saturday Cooper just zoned in and was able to produce one of the most impressive scores throughout the entire weekend with a round of 71. He got off to a great start scoring three birdies through four holes and never looked back after that. Going into Sunday’s round Cooper knew he had a solid lead over his competition but that there were some serious shooters in his field and that he’d have to produce another impressive round. Well he didn’t disappoint by putting up a round of 74 on Sunday and bagging another three birdies to total out with 7 overall. Coming in second place and from Mt. Washington, Kentucky was Ethan Breeden. Breeden was another competitor who was able to battle through the conditions on Saturday and produce an impressive round as well with a score of 76. Breeden was able to birdie two holes on each sides of the course during Saturday’s round and put himself in contention for the title. He definitely was going for it all and took advantage of the playing conditions on Sunday by posting an incredible round of 71, where he picked up another three birdies totaling him out at 7 for the weekend. Finishing in third and right behind Breeden was K.O. Taylor from Madisonville, Kentucky. Taylor did his best to knockout his competition this weekend but came just short despite his fantastic round of 71 on Sunday. He was able to snag 4 birdies through both rounds and ended the weekend with a two-day total score of 149. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.  

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In the boys 13-14 age division John Marshall Butler the hometown hero from Louisville, Kentucky finished the tournament in the top spot. Not only did Butler have to battle through some tough playing conditions but he had to compete with some tough competition as well. He shot an impressive round of 78 on Saturday but was one stroke behind the leader and knew he would have to bring his A-game on Sunday if he had any chance of winning. Butler did just that, shooting an outstanding round of 75 and scoring three birdies on Sunday to solidify his victory by one stroke. Coming up just short but with no reason to hang his head would be Max Watson from Ashland, Ohio. Watson played outstanding and consistent golf all weekend long despite the conditions post two impressive rounds of 77 back to back. He finished the weekend with three total birdies and a great two-day total score of 154. Watson is a great competitor and will be back having his name mentioned again in no time. Coming in third place from Owensboro, Kentucky would be Paul Iracane with a two-day total of 162. Paul started his weekend a bit rough through his first nine holes but didn’t let that discourage him where he completely turned things around on the back and finished two under after the turn. He finished the day with a round of 78 and came back on Sunday with another solid round of 84 to capture third place in this competitive field. The boys 13-14 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.  

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In our boys 11-12 division this weekend we had the first of two siblings capture a title with Brock Snyder from Ames, Iowa take home first place. With his sister playing in the same tournament Brock was not only playing at a younger age of 10 against his competition but it also seemed as if he wanted to prove something to his own family. Brock played through the weather conditions on Saturday to produce a very respectable round of 84. He then was able to hold onto his lead through Sunday and finish the weekend in the top spot. It was enough to win our competition but would it be enough to win the sibling rivalry? Stay tuned. Coming in second place in our boys 11-12 division would be Adam Kehoe from Campbellsville, Kentucky who was able to grab an impressive birdie during Saturday’s round. Kehoe had some great shots on this challenging course and his presence was definitely known throughout his competitors. Following right behind Kehoe with a one stroke difference and in third place was LP McCormick from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. McCormick was also able to birdie his first hole on the course and finish with a round of 88 on this challenging course. Overall the boys 11-12 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.  

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In our girls 15-18 division Sarah Hinton from Elizabethtown, Kentucky claimed the title of champion for her division. Sarah produced two quality rounds on a difficult course and played through some difficult weather on Saturday as well. Following her first round Sarah was one stroke behind the leader and knew that she would have to play some really good golf to capture the victory. She didn’t disappoint coming out on Sunday playing some great golf and made some very impressive shots to capture several birdies. Hinton finished Sunday with a very solid round of 81, which was able to solidify her victory. Following right behind and in second place was Ryan Bender from right here in Louisville, Kentucky. Bender played some quality golf all weekend long and finished with a total of four birdies. Posting back to back rounds of 83, Bender fell one stroke short of forcing a playoff with Hinton. But being just a sophomore in high school I’m confident that this won’t be the last time we talk about her. Coming in third place this weekend was Morgan Tinsley from Louisville, Kentucky. Tinsley battled all weekend long and was able to improve her score by eight strokes on Sunday as well as capturing her only birdie in the tournament. Overall the girls 15-18 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.  

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Last but not least we have out girls 11-14 division where the other of our sibling duo also captured a first place finish, Britta Snyder from Ames, Iowa. Britta had a tough time with the heavy rain on Saturday but she didn’t let that discourage her whatsoever. Bouncing back and producing one of the best scores through nine holes that we’ve seen in the younger divisions with a score of 33, Britta definitely took advantage of the better weather. She finished her second round with five birdies and shooting par with a score of 72, giving her a two-day total of 159. It seems that her and her brother tied for the family competition and the Snyder family is going back to Iowa with a couple of champions. Coming in second place from Helena, Ohio was Sydney Leyerle who finished with a two-day total of 165. Leyerle was able to score a birdie in both her rounds and will definitely be back and ready to compete for the title sooner than later. She showed great composure this weekend and played strong, consistent golf  that she should definitely be proud of. Last but not least and in third place is Annabelle Pancake from Zionsville, Indiana. Annabelle had a tough outing with the heavy downpour of rain knocking the ball around on Saturday but knew she could play much better golf then what was posted. She proved this on Sunday when she posted a very strong score of 77 helping her place in the top three this weekend. She also was able to birdie back-to-back holes on the back nine during Sunday’s round. Overall the girls 11-14 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.     Weather: Saturday: Low-Mid 60’s, Heavy Rain, Wind 15-20 MPH Sunday: Low-Mid 60’s, Partly Cloudy, Wind 5-10 MPH   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,552 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,137 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12- 5,749 YDS Girls 11-14- 5,312 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 info@hjgt.org   Kyle Bellows Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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