Major Championship at Compass Pointe – April 11-12, 2015
Stephenson shoots under par on Sunday to win McGarrity plays strong to clinch the win
(Pasadena, MD)The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Pasadena, Maryland on April 11-12 for the Major Championship at Compass Pointe South-West Course. Players battled cold and windy course conditions for the two rounds until all players finished 36 holes. Winners of each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 National Championship December 5-6, 2015. The top three in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Teagan Stephenson of Frederick, MD shot a tournament best of 71 on Sunday to win the Boys 15-18 division. The windy weather caused the scores to be tight going into Sunday as Stephenson shot an 83 on Saturday and was tied for third and four strokes behind the leader Matthew Galindo of Smithtown, NY who shot a 78. The real battle came down to the back nine on Sunday between Stephenson, Nicholas Mejia of Woodstock, GA, and Stefan Suh of Herndon, VA as they were all tied for first heading into the tenth.. Stephenson played his best golf as he had three birdies and no bogeys and was able to pull away for the victory He is also coming off a strong performance at the College Prep Series at VA Tech where he was able to pull off a three shot victory. Stephenson finished the tournament with an 83, 71, 154. Mejia finished with an 83, 79, 162 for second. Suh finished with an 83, 81, 164 for third.
The Boys 13-14 division saw a showdown between Sean McGarrity of Bethesda, MD and Brandon Yau of Dacula, GA. Yau started off strong on Saturday by shooting three straight pars and had a three stroke lead over McGarrity through four holes. Things quickly changed and Yau double bogeyed the fifth while McGarrity got a par. McGarrity continued his strong play and Yau saw his lead evaporate by the sixth hole and was never able to recapture it. McGarrity played strong golf for the rest of the round and it was highlighted by three birdies. McGarrity showed no signs of slowing down either and registered three more birdies, for a total of six for the round. His round was highlighted by back-to-back birdies on the fourth and fifth. Yau played better golf on Sunday but it was not enough to catch up to the lead that McGarrity had established. McGarrity finished with an 84, 87, 171. Yau finished with a 97, 90, 187.
The Girls 11-14 division witnessed strong play from Rylie Heflin of Avondale, PA. Heflin was able to overcome the weather on Saturday and establish a lead that she would never relinquish. The wind played a factor into her day one score as Heflin was able to play much better in the nicer conditions on Sunday and was able to shoot a 78. Heflin was also able to make two birdies during the tournament, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Heflin finished first with an 85, 78, 163 and Sierra Fink of West Palm Beach, FL finished with a 110, 106, 216 for second.
Weather: Day 1- Low 60’s and scattered clouds, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Low 60’s, sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,780 yards Boys 13-14-6,185 yards Girls 15-18, Boys 11-12, Girls 11-14-5,628 yards About us:
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference.
Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1.
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