The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled north to Farmingdale, New York to host the Major Championship at Bethpage. The State Park has five 18-hole courses located on it premises, with the Hurricane Tour playing on the blue course. The black course at Bethpage State Park hosted the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2002. This brought excitement to the tournament and players, to be able to stand foot and play where PGA professionals played. As expected, the Bethpage course was in great conditions this weekend. The only setback was a minor frost delay in the morning. The weather was one of the colder days this fall, but did not set back the excitement to play. With it being a Major Championship, players were able to have caddies experience this wonderful course with them. The Major Championship even had a glimpse of snow on the second day. The tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at stake, and winners in each division received an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6 with top 10 finishers receiving points towards year end honors including ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
The winner of the boys 15-18 division was David Powers, from Glen Spey, New York. Powers led the division after Saturday with a score of two-over par. He did not perform as well Sunday, but his four-stroke lead from Saturday still ensured his victory. Powers shot a total score of 152 for the weekend. He captured four birdies over the weekend, with three coming on Saturday. Powers also led the group in most pars or better. The second place finisher was Jack Halleron, from Timonium, Maryland. Halleron was able to better his performance on Sunday with a 76. He was on of four players to shoot four-over par on Sunday. Luckily for Halleron, his Saturday’s of 78 was enough to secure his second place victory. Halleron had two birdies in each round and led the group in par 5 scoring thanks to his ability to hit the long ball. Jack Liberman, from Radnor, Pennsylvania, finished third in the tournament. He also shot a 76 on Sunday, with his only birdie on Sunday coming on the 16th hole. Liberman tied with Titus Sung, from Roslyn Heights, New York, for third place. Sung did not allow his rough start on Sunday stop him. He got his composure together and finished one-under par after the 7th hole.
Ray Gresalfi, from Lake Success, New York, was the winner of the boys 13-14 division. Gresalfi shot an impressive 151 over the weekend. He led the group in most birdies with four over the weekend. Alex Keener, from Bethpage, New York, was neck and neck with Gresalfi. Keener led after Saturday’s round with a 74, but finished just one stroke behind Gresalfi. Keener led the group in most par or better with 26 over the weekend. Garrett Engle, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, finished third in the tournament. Engle shot a 157 for the weekend, and led the group in par 3 scoring.
The winner of the girls 15-18 division was Lauren Peter, from Carmel, New York. Peter shot the lowest round of any age group with a score of just one-over par on Sunday. Peter could not get the putter going on Saturday. She took extra time on the putting green on Sunday during the delay to strengthen her putter. It paid off with three birdies on Sunday, with two of them coming back-to-back on holes 15 and 16. Jessie Kweon, from Little Neck, New York, finished second. Kweon led the group in most birdies with an impressive six. Katie Lee and Angela Tocco tied for third in the tournament. They both finished with an overall score of 157. Tocco had four birdies over the weekend, and Lee was able to par a majority of the holes.
Thomas Morrison, from Potomac, Maryland, took home the first place trophy in the boys 11-12 division. This trophy did not come easy. With the top three finishers playing in the final group, the trophy was up for grabs. Miraculously, the group all tied with an overall score of 162. This meant playoff time was coming. The sudden death playoff only lasted one hole, where Morrison won birdied the first hole. Zachary Ong and Andrew Chen gave it their best efforts, but could not conquer the first hole like Morrison. Zachary Ong, from Scarsdale, New York, led after Sunday with a 76. Andrew Chen, from Whitestone New York, led in par 4 scoring. Morrison led the group with most birdies with four, leaving no surprise when he was able to birdie the playoff hole.
Bailey Shoemaker, from West Edmeston, New York, dominated the girls 11-14 division to take home the first place trophy. Shoemaker led the group by only one stroke after Saturday, but nobody could compete with her 77 round on Sunday. Shoemaker captured all three of her birdies on Sunday with two coming back-to-back on the turn. Rylie Heflin, from Avondale, Pennsylvania, finished second with a two-day total of 165. Heflin’s ability to drive the ball helped her lead the group in par 5 scoring. Alice Hodge, from Larchmont, New York, finished third with a weekend score of 168. Hodge was able to capture two birdies over the weekend. Weather: Saturday: Low 40s, Partially Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Mid 30s, Partially Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6.674 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,252 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,713 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,713 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 Brecht Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference