The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Longaberger Golf Course in Nashport, OH to host the Major Championship at Longaberger. Despite the damp conditions the course was able to be played thanks to the helping hands of the maintenance staff. All the winners of each division will get an invite to the 2015 HJGT National Championship.
The Boy’s 15-18 division saw some exciting action between all competitors with one stroke separating 1st and 2nd place finishers. Brian Terlesky from Youngstown, OH was able to post a clutch second round score of an even par to jump up to first place. He was able to fight through the front nine and birdie holes 6 and 7. On the back nine Brian struggled with two bogeys. Overall Brian’s round had three birdies and three bogeys with pars filling in the rest of the round. In second with a two round total of 149 which is equal to 5 over, Patrick Steffen from Westlake, Ohio. Steffen had an impressive front nine shooting even par with two birdies and two bogeys. On the back nine Steffen bogeyed four holes, and also double bogeyed 18. In third place from Medina, Ohio, Andrew Grayson shot a two round total of 154 with a final round of two over. On the front nine Andrew struggled with four bogeys and two birdies and then on the back nine Andrew battled and came back to finish out just 2 over. Overall the field was very competitive with some low rounds despite the layout of the course playing difficult and long.
In the Girls 15-18 division Alyssa Burritt of Bellbrook, OH came out victorious after sharing the lead after round one. Burritt shot a 76, +4 in the first round after recovering from a double bogey on the first hole to put herself in a share of the lead. Burritt improved on her round one score with an impressive 74, +2 in round two, again recovering from a double bogey on the first hole, on her way to a commanding 10 stroke victory. Coming in second place this weekend was Abigail Vietmeier of Pittsburgh, PA who held a share of the lead with Burritt after round one after shooting a 76, +2. Vietmeier was not able to keep pace on the second day and had to settle for second place, after shooting an 84, +12. Coming in third place this week was Emily Knouff of Minster, OH who recorded a 79, +7 on day one and an 82, +10 on day two, after recovering from a rough front nine. In the end Burritt was able to come out on top of a very competitive field.
The Boy’s 13-14 division was won by William Mirams from Stroudsburg, PA with the help of the lowest Thursday round in the whole tournament of 69. William struggled during his final round shooting 78 but still taking home the victory with a two round total of 147. On his final round William shot a 39 on the front nine with four bogeys and one birdie. On the back nine William shot a 39 finding a different way to do it with one bogey and one double bogey on the last two holes. William was able to keep fighting through even after all the trouble with a combination of pars, bogeys, a birdie, and a double bogey allowing him to keep his first round lead to win. Drew Salyers was able to claim second with a similar round as William by fighting through the bogeys and shooting 40s on both the front and the back nine. Drew shot a two round total of 163. The biggest determining factors between the first two places was that William played great on the first day shooting three under. The gap between 2nd and 3rd was closer with only two strokes separating the players. Collier Curd from Bowling Green Kentucky, had a rough final front nine with two bogeys and two double bogeys. Collier fought back though and started his back nine with a birdie and finished with only three bogeys and one double bogeys. Collier shot a first round of 82 and a final round of 83 with a two round total of 165. Although there was some more distance between the top three in this age division this was still some of the best golf being played throughout the day.
In the Girls 11-14 division Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, ON was able to claim victory after firing rounds of 85, +13 and 76, +4 to comeback from a one stroke deficit after round one. Kehoe recorded an impressive 12 pars during the second round to propel herself to a 12 stroke victory. Coming in second place in the division this week was Gabriella Gilrowski who held the lead after round one by recording an 84, +12, but was unable to maintain the lead on day two after shooting an 89, +17. Coming in third place this week was Katie Carlson of Ben Avon, PA. Carlson shot a 94, + 22 in round one and was able to come back and improve on her performance with an 86 + 14 in round two. After an exciting day of golf, Kehoe was able to win the Girls 11-14 division. Weather: Day 1- Low of 57 to high of 75, Mostly cloudy, winds 1-6 MPH Day 2- Low of 59 to high of 77, Mostly cloudy with light rain, winds 3-12 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6734 yards Boys 13-14-6160 yards Girls 15-18-5508 yards Girls 11-14-5009 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 www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Experience #TheHurricaneDifference