Major Championship at Pumpkin Ridge
April 2-3, 2016
On Thurs., March 31, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to North Plains, Ore., to host the Major Championship at Pumpkin Ridge. With great weather in the forecast at the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s Northwest region. The weather for the tournament days couldn’t have been better. Saturday weather was sunny with a breeze, which made for a great way to start out the tournament. The weather stayed the same on Sunday, making it beautiful for some golf. On both days, the field of players received near ideal conditions, minus some windy spurts during the day, which led to great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the Pumpkin Ridge staff for allowing us to host our Major Championship at a great venue. Top three finishers in each division received an invitation to the HJGT 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Division winners also received an invitation to the HJGT 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded to the Boys 16-18 division.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Chase Godi[/caption] The champion of the Boys 16-18 division was Chase Godi of Pleasanton, Calif. Godi shot 19-over-par for the weekend, including three birdies all coming on the back nine. Dom Marrese of Bellevue, Wash., took home the second place trophy after shooting an 85 in round one and a 78 in round two. In his second HJGT start, Marrese followed up his co-victory at the Washington Kickoff last month. Taking third place out of six in the division was Joe Reilly of Clarendon Hills, Ill. In round one he shot an 85 and improved for an 80 in round two. Godi’s three birdies led the division.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Samuel Pyon[/caption] The first place trophy for the Boys 14-15 division went to Samuel Pyon of Happy Valley, Ore. Pyon posted a pair of 75s and only had one score of double-bogey or worse en route to the low score of the tournament and his second victory in as many starts on the HJGT. Isaac Buerger of Redmond, Ore., finished in second, shooting a 161 (80-81) for the weekend. In third place out of four was Connor Targonski of Waxhaw, N.C. Buerger led the division with three birdies.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Ethan Tseng[/caption] Ethan Tseng of Portland, Ore., grabbed the top spot of the Boys 11-13 division. Tseng posted scores of 84 and 80 and carded two birdies on Sunday to cruise to 32-stroke victory over his lone competitor. Griffin Thoreson also competed, posting scores of 106 and 100.
Boys U10 Division
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Luke Montoya[/caption] Finding the winners circle has become common for Luke Montoya, who grabbed his third Boys 10 and under victory on the HJGT. Montoya carded two birdies en route to posting scores of 79 and 87 for a 14-stroke victory. The second place finisher out of four was Alexander Tseng (87-93) of Portland, Ore, brother of Boys 11-13 division winner, Ethan Tseng. The third place trophy went to Nolan Xiong (125-108) of Happy Valley, Ore. The division’s birdie leader was Montoya with two.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Alexis Browne[/caption] Alexis Browne of San Ramon, Calif., is the champion of the Girls 14-18 division. Browne edged out her lone competitor Kailee Welch by six after competition was tied heading into No. 17. Browne posted scores of 88 and 90. Welch, a Huntington Beach, Calif., native posted 92 in both rounds.
Girls 13U Division
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Natalie Yen[/caption] The champion of the Girls 13U division is Natalie Yen of West Linn, Ore. Yen (100-97) finished the weekend with a score of 197 and earned a 10-stroke victory. The second place trophy went to Jade Gruher of Camas, Wash., who recorded scores of 101 and 106. Taking third place out of three was Morgan Lee of Kirkland, Wash. Lee improved by 20 strokes between round one and two.
Weather for April 2-3, 2016
Round 1: Low 46, High 70. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze Round 2: Low 45, High 71. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,542 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,542 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,296 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,542 Yards Girls 13U: 5,296 Yards Boys 10U: 4,822 Yards