Major Championship at Lancaster – May 2-3, 2015
Taylor triumphs Jaycee edges Casey in battle of Bunner sisters
(May 3, 2015) The Buckeye State was once again home to an event presented by the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) this weekend. The Major Championship at Lancaster Country Club marked one of the first events of the 2015 HJGT season in the month of May, and the fifth month of the year got underway in grand fashion. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winners received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. 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.
Troy Taylor triumphed over the field of other 15-18 year old boys this weekend to win the division at this major event. Taylor, who just turned 15 a short while ago, etched his first victory of the 2015 HJGT season with his 148, +4 two-day total. He was two strokes ahead of the competition entering Sunday and emerged with a five-stroke win. Brayden Baldridge finished in second with a two-round total of 153, +9. This came despite nailing three birdies in a row on holes 15-17 on Sunday. Jack Perfett finished strong with a two-day total of 154.
A sibling rivalry took center stage at this event this past weekend. The Bunner sisters battled for supremacy in the Girls 15-18 Division and in the end, it was Jaycee who won over Casey by a total of five strokes to net the victory. Jaycee shot a two-round total of 163, +19 with an 82 and 82 highlighting her performances on Sunday and Saturday respectively. Casey can hang her hat on the fact that she outbirdied her sister over the course of the weekend 4-3 but unfortunately the difference in strokes was just too high of a wall to overcome. Maddie Thomas rounded out the podium tied for second with Casey Bunner with a score of 168.
The Boys 13-14 division was won by Grant Gobezie of Hunting Valley, Ohio. Gobezie, who leveled up this weekend, won by six strokes over Philip Wong of West Bloomfield, Michigan, picked up his second victory of the season after winning the Cleveland Junior Open on April 18-19. It’s also Gobezie’s third finish in the Top 3 after placing third in the Timacuan Junior Shootout on March 7-8. Wong, like Gobezie, won during the Cleveland Junior Open in his division but fell short of beating Gobezie out for first-place honors this week. Just one stroke behind him going into the day, Wong couldn’t make the mark after a disappointing 84 on Sunday.
Nicole Adam won the Girls 11-14 Division with a score of 154, +10. Adam posted identical rounds of 77 on Saturday and Sunday managing +5 each day, mounting an eight-stroke lead over Riley Dean, who finished in second with a 162, +18 two-day score. While Dean was merely one stroke behind Adam on Sunday with a 78, +6, her first round 84 would be her undoing. Despite that, Dean still performed well in getting two birdies over the course of the weekend. Secilia Ho finished third with a 179, +35 which marks her second consecutive third-place finish after her performance at the Toledo Junior Shootout last week netted her 550 points. Weather: Day 1- Low of 45 to high of 68, Sunny, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Low of 45 to high of 75, Sunny, winds 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 -6489 yards Boys 13-14 -6162 yards Girls 15-18 -5634 yards Girls 11-14 -5039 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. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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