Major Championship at Horseshoe July 16-17

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, VA to host the Major Championship at Horseshoe. The weather conditions were ideal for both days of the tournament this week. The tournament saw a lot of close competition in all divisions. All the winners of each division will get an invite to the 2015 HJGT National Championship at Champions Gate.

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The Boys 15-18 division saw some thrilling golf between all competitors with 14 strokes determining first through fourth. Sarit Suwannarut all the way from Thailand was able to post the best first and second round scores to give himself a two round score of -2 putting a 10 stroke gap between himself and the remainder of the field. He was able to battle the grueling course lay out throughout the week to play the best two rounds out all the competitors while making a division high six birdies. Chris North from Lancaster, PA was able to hold on to second place by saving his final 9 holes to only 4 over. Things were going according to plan for North on the front 9, but some trouble on the first six holes on the back nine in round two made things more interesting than I’m sure he would have liked. Tieng for third were both Roger Repasky, from Winchester VA and Aj Stouffer from Zion Crossroads, VA. Both those guys had a two round score of 12 over. Roger was able to get to 12 over by shooting an 81 on day one and a 75 on day two with the front 9 being his preferred set of 9 holes. Aj got to 12 over by shooting an 80 day one and a 76 on day two, however on Aj’s scorecard he seemed to do better on the back 9. The conditions were ideal for players, they were able to put together some great scores which made for a tight division from top to bottom.

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In the Girls 15-18 division Rachanok Rahulpan, from Thailand, led the rest of the field by 4 with a two day score of 151.  Sheets played very well on both Saturday and Sunday with her best score of 73, +1 on Saturday and a 78, +6 on Sunday.  Even though Rahulpan did not play as well on Sunday, she was very consistent as she scored par on 25 of the 36 holes during the tournament.  Boonapa Potisiwang finished second with a two day score of 155.  Potisiwang also from Thailand, had her best day of the tournament on Sunday with a 75, +3 and was able to keep a two stroke lead over third after going into Sunday tied with the eventual third place winner with a Saturday score of 80, +8.  Coming in with third place was Audrey Clawson, from Sarver Pennsylvania, with an 80, +8 on Saturday and a 77, + 5 on Sunday a total of 157.  As mentioned Clawson came into Sunday tied with the Potisawang, but struggled more on the front nine shooting with two more strokes than Potisawang which ended up being the difference between second and third place.  The fourth and fifth place players finished just one and two strokes behind Clawson respectively, which made for a very close and exciting finish to the tournament.

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In the Boys 13-14 division Jack Marcotte of Apex, NC was able to come away with the win after shooting a two day total of 150.  On day one, Marcotte shot a 73, +1 with an impressive 1 under par 35 on the back nine.  On day two Marcotte shot a 77, +5 highlighted by a hole out on the par 4 10th hole for eagle, on his way to the victory.  Coming in second this weekend was Carter Keller of Lynchburg, VA with a two day total of 155.  Keller opened the tournament with a 79, +7 on the first day and then followed it up on day two with the lowest score of the day in the division, a 76, +4.  Tying for third place this weekend was Patrick Gareiss of Chesapeake, VA and Gerry Jones of Suffolk, VA after both shooting two day totals of 156.  Jones shot a 77, +5 on day one and followed it up with a 79, +7, while Gareiss shot a 79, +7 on day one and improved with a 77, +5 on day two.  After an exciting couple of days here at Horseshoe, Jack Marcotte was able to claim the victory.   Weather:Day 1- Low of 70 high of 80, Partly Cloudy, winds 5-10 MPH Day 2- Low of 70 high of 80, Partly Cloudy, winds 5-10 MPH   Tournament Yardages:Boys 15-18-6,830 yards Boys 13-14-6,161 yards Girls 15-18-5,221 yards   About us: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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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