On July 14th and 15th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Yardley, Pennsylvania to host the Major Championship at Makefield Highlands Golf Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great after some rain, and also a well-challenged tournament for the long weekend of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was a little rain that came in during the middle of the round, but cleared up for the end of the round. On Sunday, we were battling the weather for the first few hours of the tournament, which caused a delay and a shotgun start, but we were able to get both rounds of golf in which was a great cap to the weekend. Winners in all three-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boy's 15-18 division, the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida resident, Anthony Colombino took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole all weekend, Colombino ended the tournament just five strokes over par. Saturday was a great day of golf for Colombino as he ended the round in first place, and with a very impressive score of a 73, one stroke over par. On Sunday, Colombino made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 76, another great round of golf. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, Colombino featured one unbelievable hole in one, which really helped him finish in the top spot. This is the first hole in one that the Hurricane Tour has seen in a while, and it sure was an awesome experience for all. Colombino had a total of four birdies on the weekend. There were two-second place finishers on the weekend, which included Brent Shoeller, from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and Brendan Hansen, from Spring Lake, New Jersey. Shoeller finished the first round tied for second place, and was only six strokes over par after Saturday. Finishing the tournament just four strokes out of the first place spot, Shoeller finished the first round with a great score of a 78. Shoeller then ended the second round shooting a 75, a very impressive score, just three strokes over par. Displaying a very impressive six birdied holes this weekend, Shoeller fell out of the first place spot by just a few strokes. Also going home with hardware, and finishing tied for second place was Brendan Hansen. Hansen really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Hansen shot his best score on the weekend, a 75 on Sunday which added to his good work on Saturday, his 78. Hansen’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie two holes this weekend, and eagle one hole in the first round. Finishing in third place was Ronnie Robinson, from Hartfield, Pennsylvania. Robinson ended the tournament just eleven strokes over par, and should be very proud of his play this weekend. Robinson finished the first round shooting a great score of a 78, and then came back on Sunday to shoot another impressive score of a 79. Robinson had a total of one birdie this weekend, and an eagle coming in the first round, as his powerful drives really put him in great position on every hole. As all four of the top finishers have a golf game that is extremely well rounded, it is easy to tell that they all have a great future of golf ahead of them. Overall, the Boy's 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the Boy's 13-14, division, It took one playoff hole to declare the first place spot. Phillip Wong finished the tournament in the top spot after the playoff hole. The West Bloomfield, Michigan resident played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of an 80 on the first round, and an even better 76 on the second round. Wong featured a very strong short game this weekend, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and on the putting green on almost every hole. Wong was in second place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead in a big tournament get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Wong featured five birdies this weekend, two of which coming on par fives. Finishing right behind Wong, and in second place was William Mirams, from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Mirams brought a lot of confidence with him from Stroudsburg, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer inside of our Hurricane events. That being said, we were pleased to welcome him back onto our tour for the weekend. Mirams finished round one with a very impressive score of a 77, and in first place, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with another good score, a 79. Mirams also featured eight birdies on the weekend, and his game off of the tee box was polished. On the playoff hole between Mirams and Wong, Wong won by one stroke. Both competitors drove into the sand trap off of the tee, punched out, and were on the green in three shots. Mirams missed his eight foot put, which gave Wong the opportunity to end the playoff with his four foot put for par. Wong took the challenge with strength and sunk the put under pressure to take home the first place trophy. Going home in third place was Phil Bancroft, from New Hope, Pennsylvania. Bancroft, a very familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, displayed great golf all weekend long as he finished the first day with an 84, and in third place. Bancroft came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of a 93. Bancroft featured one birdie this weekend to make his scores stand out just a little bit more. The Boy's 13-14 division had a very exciting weekend, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole weekend was Lauren Peter, from Carmel, New York. Peter is a familiar face on our tour, and we were excited to see her at our tournament as she defiantly has the ability to bring some great talent to all of our tournament play. Peter finished the tournament in first place in the Girl's 15-18 division, and also had one of the most impressive scores of the entire tournament, even including the older boys division. Her Saturday score, a 73, was one of the lowest scores of the entire weekend, including every competitor. A score of a 73 coming from the Carmel, New York native, is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Peter shot a 73 on Saturday, which put her in first place after the first day, and she then brought her talents with her into Sunday as she shot a 75 in the second round. Peter had a total of two birdies this weekend, and an awesome eagle coming on a par five, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Peter, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Jennifer Cleary, from Wilmington, Delaware, and Adelyn Deery, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Cleary played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting a 79 on Saturday, and another great score, a 77 on Sunday. Cleary really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Deery was also very impressive this weekend, as she showed a lot of confidence, and some fire while competing. Deery featured five birdies this weekend, and two great scores, of 78 on both rounds. Deery is another player whom we see on our tour often, and she always comes to play very quality golf. Leaving the course in third place, was Minuette Laessig. Laessig finished the weekend just 14 strokes over par, displaying an 82 on the first round, and an even better 76 on the second round. Laessig, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box all weekend, as her drives were powerful, and really turned some heads. Laessig really took a very competitive edge to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Laessig had par after par this weekend to help her take home some hardware. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this weekend as their scores almost matched the boys, which is always great to see. Weather: Saturday: Low 80’s, Rain, Wind 0-5 MPH Sunday: Low 80’s, Heavy Rain, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,820 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,711 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,180 YDS 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 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.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference