Major Championship at Pumpkin Ridge
April 1st & 2nd, 2017
On Thursday, March 30th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Portland, OR to host the Major Championship at Pumpkin Ridge, which took place at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Fourteen junior golfers arrived early on Saturday morning ready to battle the weather and the very difficult course. The tournament consisted of five divisions: Boys 16-18, Girls 14-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13 and Girls 13 and Under. The entire tournament field was battle tested against a tough course. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were on the line for the Girls 14-18 division. Boys 14-15 Division
The Boys 14-15 Division consisted of two golfers, who were ready to take on a very challenging course, given the conditions. Isaac Buerger won the division and did this by posting the two best rounds of the tournament. Isaac shot a 74 on the first day and a 77 on the second day, for a two-day total of 151. Given the course conditions and rough that was near impossible to hit out of, shows the accuracy and adaptability that Isaac showed in his performance this weekend. Coming in second place was Jaden Speiser, who posted round of 87 and 81, for a total of 168. Jaden also played well in the cold and rainy weather, in route to a solid performance this weekend. We would like to thank Isaac and Jaden for playing with us this weekend and we hope to see them soon! Girls 14-18 Division
The Girls 14-18 Division had seven junior golfers who came out and competed this weekend. Coming in first place by 13 strokes this weekend was Kallie Sakamoto. Kallie shot rounds of 83 and 84, for a grand total of 167. These consistent scores put her at the top of the division and with this victory, she receives an invitation to our National Championship this December in Orlando, FL. Kallie was very fun to watch, as she has tremendous power off the tee, while still being able to keep the ball in the fairway. Finishing in second place was Natalie Kinney, who had a first round score of 96 but followed that up with an 84 on the final round. This strong finished propelled her into second place and some momentum to carry with her in her next event. We would like to thank each golfer who participated this weekend and we wish them the best of luck in their future tournaments. Boys 11-13 Division
The Boys 11-13 Division had just one golfer, Connor Stockamp. Connor posted round of 92 and 86. Connor also improved his score on the second round and this shows he came ready to play on the second day and created a great game plan to attack this difficult course. Connor was able to keep his shots in the fairway which helped him play from the short grass, which was key this weekend! Connor avoided the punishing rough as much as possible and we would like to thank him for participating with us this weekend. Girls 13 and Under Division
The Girls 13 and Under division had two young golfers and they were a joy to watch on the course! Coming in first place was Jacinda Lee, who had rounds of 91 and 99. Jacinda had a fantastic weekend and even with the swampy conditions, she was able to take some yardage off by staying in the fairway. Her drives were seldom off the fairway and her short game was precise! Coming in second place was Lucena Villasenor, who had round of 103 and 109. Lucena is a promising young golfer that has a lot of talent. Her drives have a natural draw, that helps her attack the course in ways that other golfers cannot. We would like to thank both golfers for participating with us and we hope to see them again!
Weather: April 1-2, 2017:
Round 1: Low 41, High 59. Rain and cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph.
Round 2: Low 54, High 69. Cloudy and windy, Wind 10-20 mph.
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,478 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,478 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,737 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,737 Yards
Girls 13 and Under: 5,139 Yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. In 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.