The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled north to the state of New Jersey to host the Major Championship at Blue Heron Pines. The tournament was located at the Blue Heron Pines West golf course in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It was the infamous Ron Jarworski’s course that held beautiful playing conditions. The course brought challenging playing conditions with numerous bunkers and fast greens. The weather also challenged the players with very gusty wind conditions. Other than the wind, the temperature was perfect for a weekend of golf. 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 boys 15-18 division had a 23-player field with Harry Brenner, from Boca Raton, Florida, claiming the first place trophy. This victory did not come easy for Brenner. Brenner had to beat out another strong competitor, Derek Li, from Hillsborough, New Jersey, in a sudden death playoff round. Li posted the first score of a bogey in the playoff round, just barely missing his par putt. Brenner did not the pressure get to him. With his winning par putt on hand, he steadied his putter and sunk the putt. Brenner and Li both shot just 3-over par on Sunday, with an overall score of 156. The third place trophy went to Shea Wolfe, from Sewell, New Jersey. Wolfe fell just five strokes short of first place with an 80 on Sunday. Wolfe had 21 pars over the weekend.
The boys 13-14 division was a battle over first and second pace over the weekend. Even though there was not a great turnout for this age division, these two competitors put on a show. Gage Wolfie, from Sewell, New Jersey, finished on top by playing consistent golf with an 86 on both days. He had two hard fought birdies over the weekend. Steven Weider, from Bronxville, New York, improved his score on the second day, but wasn’t quite enough to catch Wolfe. It was a great tournament for these two young boys to earn experience. With the playing conditions that were at hand, it was amazing to see how ell they handled the task at hand.
The girls 15-18 division had five girls within three strokes of the lead after Saturday’s round. Rylie Heflin, from Avondale, Pennsylvania, was able to come out on top by being the only girl to break 80 over the weekend. The key to her 79 Sunday round was her ability to hit the long ball. She led the group in par 5 scoring and most birdies. The second place finisher was Camille O’Halloran, from Northfield, New Jersey. She battled throughout the weekend, but fell just one stroke short to Heflin. O’Halloran improved her score by five strokes on the second day with an 81. She led in par 4 scoring and the most pars with 19. Theresa Luu, from Mullica Hill, New Jersey, was two strokes behind the leaders after Saturday. She came back on Sunday ready to perform. She improved her score by four strokes, securing her third place finish. The strongest part of her game was to remain focused through the 18 holes and shooting better on the back nine.
Bailey Shoemaker, from West Edmeston, New York, finished first in the girls 11-14 division. She shot the lowest score both rounds of the tournament, including an impressive 77 on Sunday. Shoemaker led the group in most pars and birdies. One of those birdies came on the very first hole on Sunday, giving her the confidence to win. Finishing second place was Emily Luu, from Mullica Hill, New Jersey. She was just two strokes shy of the lead after the first round, but couldn’t catch Shoemakers amazing performance. Luu’s success came from her ability to string together birdies. She finished Saturday with a birdie, and then came back after a night’s rest to start the round with another birdie. Megha Ganne, from Holmdel, New Jersey, improved her score by ten strokes to secure her third place finish. She was able to birdie the long par 5 on the third hole.
Zachary Ong was the only player in the boys 11-12 division. Even though he did not have any competition, it did not stop his competitive spirit from coming unleashed. He finished off the tournament shooting an impressive 80 on Sunday. He collected two birdies and 19 pars over the weekend. This will be great experience for such a young player. It will be interesting to see where this kid will end up from seeing the skills he presented over the weekend. Weather: Saturday: Mid 70s, Cloudy, Wind 25-25 MPH Sunday: Mid 70ss, Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,680 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,142 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,753 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,123 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