Major Championship at Worthington Manor
Worthington Manor Golf Club – Urbana, Md. May 7 - May 8
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ventured to historic Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, Md. The Ault-Clark signature golf course provided for a fantastic weekend of golf. With a 19th century clubhouse, rolling hills, bright green bent grass, and a beautiful countryside view, Worthington Manor was an ideal venue for a major championship. It was also voted one of the top 50 must-play golf courses within 125 miles of the White House in 2012 by GolfStyles. Lush landscape, the winding hills, and an abundance of sand traps present unique challenges at every turn. Weather was ideal for the first half of the weekend as Saturday brought a wonderful day for golfing. Sunday, on the other hand, proved to write a different story. Gusting winds prevailed and the course played difficult as the first stage of 2016 U.S Open local qualifying was set to take place on Monday. The greens played extremely fast, but the juniors fought through. The top three finishers in each division received invitations to the 2016 HJGT Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13 and winners also received invitations to the 2016 HJGT National Championship on Dec. 3-4. All boys competitors received Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Chase Miller[/caption] The Boys 16-18 age division came down to the last hole. Chase Miller of Bernville, Pa., and Colin Caporal of Gainesville, Va., finished the event only one stroke apart. After shooting a 74 in the first round, Caporal could not keep up the pace after a 79 on Sunday. He finished at 153 (+9). As the second round drew to an end, Miller took advantage of every opportunity on the course. Miller trailed Caporal at the turn to the back nine, but managed to step it up as the tournament came to a close. Shooting a 78 in the first round on Saturday, Miller greatly improved his game. Battling the fast greens and gusting winds, he managed to shoot a 74 on Sunday for a 152 total (+8). Benton Weinberg of Potomac, Md., played consistent golf to take home third place out of 36. He posted a 155 (76-79, +11) total, including a pair of birdies and 21 pars.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Nikita Gubenko[/caption] The Boys 14-15 age division belonged to Nikita Gubenko of Great Falls, Va. Although he took home first place, it was a hard fought race. He (78-77) and Pieter DeGroot (77-78) of Potomac, Md., were neck-and-neck for much of the day and were deadlocked at the end of regulation. Both finished 36 holes with a two-day total of 155 (+11). In the sudden death playoff on the par-4 14th hole, Gubenko stuffed his third shot within inches of the cup. DeGroot, on the other hand, had a 10-foot putt for par. Missing slightly to the right, DeGroot finished the hole with a bogey, while Gubenko made par for the win. Taking third place out of 16 was first round co-leader Mikey Brennan of Leesburg, Va. Brennan, a two-time HJGT winner, finished three back of the playoff after rounds of 77 and 81.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Kayla Perkins[/caption] The Girls 14-18 age division featured only three competitors this weekend: Kayla Perkins of Bethesda, Md., Hannah Jonely of Ashburn, Va., and Tori Downey of Oxford, Pa. After posting scores of 83 and 90 (+29), Perkins took home the championship. Following with a 186 (98-88, +42) for the weekend, Jonely earned the second place trophy. Downey took third place with scores of 100 and 104 (+60).
Boys 11-13 Division
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The Boys 11-13 age division highlighted a great group of competitors. Among the division were Marylanders Bach Ngo of Frederick, Tommy Morrison of Potomac and Ryan Feldman of Rockville, MD), the division's first, second and third place finishers out of eight in the division. This group was fun to watch all weekend. They proved to be three completely different golfers, with different strategies, different approaches and different routines throughout the round. Ngo showed to be a very methodical golfer en route to posting scores of 76 and 81 (+13) to claim his second HJGT win this season. Morrison, on the other hand, was a much quicker golfer and excelled with his approach shots in finding greens in regulation. He finished five back of Ngo after rounds of 79 and 83. Feldman did well off the tee throughout the event and his driver seemed to be on his side as he continued to hit fairways. He posted 82 on both days, missing out on second by two.
Girls 13U Division
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Julie Shin[/caption] The Girls 13U age division was up for grabs as three players, Julie Shin of Brambleton, Va., Ester Choi of Midlothian, Va., and Rita Liu of Potomac, Md., competed in the division. Shin took control on day one and built upon it. Shooting a 182 (90-92, +38) was enough to keep distance from Choi and Liu, who finished second and third, respectively. Shin had 11 pars to lead her charge. Choi made two birdies and six pars and scored a 193 (97-96, +49). Liu shot a 198 (98-100, +54), including a few bogeys and four pars on the weekend.
Saturday: Mid-High 60s, Mostly Cloudy, Winds 5-10 MPH
Sunday: Mid-High 60s, Mostly Sunny, and very windy with Winds 10-20 MPH
Boys 16-18 - 6,687 YDS
Boys 14-15 - 6,687 YDS
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13 - 5,749 YDS