Owensboro, KY: (June 21, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Owensboro, KY on June 20-21 for the Major Championship at Owensboro. Despite heavy rain leading up to the tournament, the opening round began on schedule on Saturday afternoon. Owensboro Country Club staff put in a great effort to prepare the course for the weekend’s field of 72 junior golfers. Sunday’s weather was beautiful, with a steady breeze to complement temperatures in the 80s. Trophy winners in all four divisions 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. Certain Divisions of play were also eligible for AJGA PBE stars and JGS Rankings.
Billy Cason played excellent golf on his way to a wire-to-wire victory in the Boy's 15-18 division. The Owensboro native opened with a 68 – good for the best round of the weekend across all divisions – and followed that score up with a 73 to win by a comfortable five strokes. Cason led the field with 9 birdies or better on the weekend and had a streak of 13 holes without a bogey. Second-place finisher Addison Greenwell of New Albany, IN also finished the first round under par, but was not able to close the gap and finished with a 146. Cason would lead par 3 and 4 scoring, averaging 3.2 and 3.9 on those holes, respectively. Quinn Eaton of Benton, KY would average 4.4 shots per hole to lead the field in par 5 scoring. Hopkinsville, KY’s Austin Knight would take third in the division with a 147. Congratulations to Billy Cason on his Major Championship victory!
The Major Championship would see another wire-to-wire winner in the Girl's 15-18 Division in Lewiston, NY’s Victoria Parker. Parker would enter the final round with six competitors within 6 strokes of her lead, but would outlast them to finish with a 36-hole total of 147. She would sink 9 birdies to propel herself to victory, the most of any player in the division. This was Parker’s third start of the season and her second win. Ashley Gilliam of Manchester, TN would give chase to the leader in the final round, with 4 birdies of her own on Sunday, but would be forced to settle for a 148 and second place. Gilliam would lead par 3 scoring (3.2), Parker would lead par 5 scoring (4.6), and the two would share the lead on par 4 scoring (4.2). Congratulations to Victoria Parker on her second win of the season!
Daniel Love would not relinquish his lead as he cruised to victory in the Boy's 13-14 age division. Love, playing in his hometown, would use 6 birdies in the first round to shoot a 2-under 70 and open up an overwhelming 10 shot lead over his closest competitors. He would finish at +1 overall after a Sunday 75 that saw him add another three birdies to bring his division-leading total to 9. He would take the victory over second place finisher Evan Bone (156 – Louisville, KY) and third place finisher Alex Heck (158 – Greenwood, IN). The Major Championship would mark Love’s third tournament of the season and his first win. Congratulations to Daniel Love on his first win and personal best round of the HJGT season!
The Girl's 11-14 Division would see Hallie Riley of Calvert City, KY open a commanding lead after the first round of play in the Major Championship at Owensboro. She would shoot 78-83 on the weekend to win by 9 strokes. She would minimize her mistakes on the weekend and mix in 4 birdies over the course of the tournament on her path to victory. She would build her lead on Owensboro Country Club’s par 3s and 4s, averaging scores of 3.4 and 4.3 on those holes, respectively. Molly Bebelaar and Jacqueline Steler, both hailing from Louisville, KY, would take second and third place in the field. Congrats to Hallie Riley on her Major Championship victory! Weather: Day 1: Low 61. High 85. Fair. Wind 5-10mph Day 2: Low 63. High 89. Fair. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,512 yards Boys 11-14: 6,109 yards Girls 15-18: 5,679 yards Girls 11-14: 5,269 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 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, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. 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.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference