Major Championship at Birdsfoot
(July 9-10, 2016)
Taming the Links at Birdsfoot
On Thursday, July 9 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the amazing Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to host the Major Championship at Birdsfoot at the amazing Birdsfoot Golf Club. Sunshine was abundant on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the high 80’s providing the players great playing conditions. The HJGT would like to thank Birdsfoot Golf Club for allowing us to host our tournament at this magnificent facility. The top performers and champions of the boys and girls divisions received valuable point for Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking. Also AJGA stars were up for grab. The winner of each division will be invited to play in the national championship held later this year in December. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. On Saturday morning the players were ready to take on the challenge of Birdsfoot.
Christopher Tanabe from Sewickley, Pennsylvania was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Tanabe started the day with a three shot lead and shot a final round of 76 to edge Colin Chapman by two shots. Colin Chapman from Washington, Pennsylvania finished in second place with a two-day total of 151. Jack Kremer finished in third place with a two-day total of 152. The longest bogey free streak goes to Christian Evanchec with 12 holes. Christopher Tanabe had the most birdies for the division with 9. It was a fun and challenging weekend for the players, where they enjoyed a competitive friendly competition at this challenging course.
For the boys 14-15 division the player who took home the first place trophy was Conner Stevens from Brookfield, Ohio. Stevens started the final round with a one shot lead. Stevens eagled the par 5 16th, which gave him enough cushion to edge Tre Bartony and win by one shot. Tre Bartony from Butler, Pennsylvania took home the second place with a two-day total of 156. Alex Kiepert from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania took home the third place trophy with a two-day score of 161 for the tournament. Bartony led the birdie category with 7 for the tournament. The largest bogey free streak goes to Connor Stevens with 10 holes. The players had an amazing experience competing in a very competitive field.
For the boys 11-13 division Carter Hassenplug, from North East, Pennsylvania took home the first place. Hassenplug started the day tied the lead with Rocco Salvitti. Hassenplug managed to shoot a final round of 79 to edge Salvitti by 6 strokes and take home the first place. Rocco Salvitti from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania finished in second place with a two-day total of 165. Jack Urban and Andrew Poon finished in a tie for third place with a two-day total of 179. The streak for most birdies goes to Salvitti with 4. Hassenplug had the most pars in the division with 18.
Katie James from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the champion for the girls 14-18 division. James started the day five shots off the lead, but shot a final round of 75 to tied Taylor Waller for the lead and then went into a playoff hole. On the first playoff hole, James managed to two putt for par and take home the victory. Taylor Waller from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania finished in second place with a two-day total of 158, which wasn’t enough to win in a one-hole playoff. Theresa Luu from Mullica Hill, New Jersey finished in third place with a two-day total of 161. Waller was the leader in the birdie category with 6. Katie James and Kayla Perkins tied for the longest bogey free streak with 7 holes. The girls had a lot of fun this weekend and enjoyed being surrounded by a lot of great players who made this tournament a competitive one.
Girls Under 13
Gianna Clemente was the champion for the Girls Under 13 division. Clemente shot a total of 180 for the tournament. She had a bogey free streak of 3 holes. She also had a total of 1 birdie and 11 pars. We foresee a bright future for this nine-year-old.
Weather July 9-10, 2016
Round 1: Low 69, High 78. Sunny Skies, wind 10-15 mph.
Round 2: Low 70, High 80. Sunny Skies, wind 10-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,741 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,741 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,658 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,658 yards
Girls Under 13: 5,075 Yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org