Grove City, OH (May 5, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made its second trip to Columbus, OH for the Major Championship at Phoenix. The event was played at the Phoenix Golf Links in Grove City, Ohio. Since this was a Major Championship players were allowed to use caddies for the third time this season. The links style course presented an unusual challenge to players for this weekend’s tournament which led to higher scores on day one. The weather for the tournament was as good as we could have asked for in Ohio during early May. Both Saturday and Sunday were in the low 70’s with very few clouds in the sky. The Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked this event and the winners of all four divisions received automatic bids to the 2013 Tour Championship. HJGT points were also earned which will go towards year-end honors including All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Frequent top ten HJGT finisher Zach Hoskins pulled off his first victory of the season in the boy’s 15-18 age division. Hoskins was extremely consistent over the two days shooting an impressive 76-75 (151) for a two-stroke victory. Hoskins secured his two stroke victory by sinking a 6-foot birdie putt on the challenging 18th hole. Hoskins led the division in most pars with 23. Hoskins was most impressive on par threes where his 3.00 average was a quarter of a stroke better than anybody else in the division. Luke Campbell took home second place after finishing with a two-day total of 78-75 (153). Campbell led the division in Par 4 Performance (4.20) and had the most birdies in the field with five. Third place was captured by Zach Zediker with scores of 77-78 (155). Zediker, winner of the first Nike Cup Series event, fired a 37 on the back nine Sunday to secure his third place finish.
Jaclyn Fanola of Monroe, MI won the girl’s 15-18 age division by 5 shots after posting impressive scores of 83-77 (160) on the difficult course. Fanola dominated the division in most major categories including most pars (17), Par 4 Performance (4.50) and Par 5 performance (5.25). Fanola’s par four-performance was a quarter of a stroke better than second place finisher Emily Hughes which helped propel Fanola to victory. Hughes improved greatly from her first day total and came away with second place after shooting 88-77 (165). Hughes led the division in Par 3 Performance (3.12) and also had the second most birdies in the division with three.. Third place was won by Jenna McGuire, who shot 89-83 (172). McGuire finished second in the division with 13 pars.
Brandon Petzak from Michigan won the boy’s 11-14 age division by 12 strokes with a 36-hole total of 83-77 (160). Petzak was the division leader in all statistical categories including most birdies (1), most pars (22) and Par 5 Performance (5.00). This was Petzak’s third top four finish of the young 2013 season. Coming in second place was Noah Zediker who shot a two day total of 81-91 (172). Zediker also had one birdie and had the lowest score after day one before a few rough holes on day two derailed his chance at victory. Third place belongs to Ohio native Kyle McCafferty with scores of 96-87 (183). McCafferty shot an impressive nine pars over the two day tournament.
Sabrina Hoskins from Orlando, FL won her eighth tournament this year in the 11-14 year old girls. Hoskins day two 71 was her lowest round of the year and helped propel her to a nine shot victory. Hoskins led the division in pars with 23. Hoskins also led the field in par 3, par 4, and par 5 Performance. Coming in second place was younger sister Sydney Hoskins with scores of 80-80 (160). Sydney Hoskins had the most birdies in the division with a total of five over the two days. Lizzie Win finished in third place with scores of 80-83 (163). Win had an up-and-down round which included 3 birdies, but also 10 holes of bogey or worse. Weather: Saturday: Sunny and warm, high 50’s to low 70’s with 15-25 mph winds Sunday: Mostly cloudy, high 50’s to high 70’s with 10-20 mph winds Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,866 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,282 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,607 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,607 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Luke Campbell Boy’s 11-14 division: Brandon Petzak, Noah Zediker, Max Lepley Girl’s 15-18 division: Jaclyn Fanola Girl’s 11-14 division: Sydney Hoskins Golf Pride Most Improved Player: Boy’s 15-18 division: Ben Liberatore Boy’s 11-14 division: Max Lepley Girl’s 15-18 division: Emily Hughes Girl’s 11-14 division: Lara Van Staden About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.