This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made its first appearance ever in the state of Michigan. The beautiful Ravines golf course designed by the one and only Arnold Palmer was a test for our junior golfers, and it was a tough one. The course can play over 7,000 yards and features many holes with hazards on both sides, as well as numerous bunkers. The greens were rolling fast, but our junior golfers yet again proved that they have real talent that travels to any course. 27 young golfers of all ages accepted the challenge that Arnold Palmer’s Ravines provided and enjoyed a picturesque weekend in the small town of Saugatuck, Michigan. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 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.
Boys 15-18 Jeffrey Doty of Carmel, Indiana entered Sunday with a one shot lead over Fishers, Indiana’s Jack Juskow. Doty shot back to back 73s to win the division by 4 strokes. He birdied his first hole on Sunday and stayed consistent throughout the entirety of the tournament. Jeffrey finished first in front of Jack Juskow who came in 2nd and our 3rd place finisher Logan Price from Grand Blanc, MI. Price had the round of the tournament turning in a final round score of an even par 72 to jump from 5th to 3rd place. Jeffrey Doty led the tournament in birdies with 8 and Logan Price led the tournament in par 3 scoring, averaging an under par 2.9 strokes per hole on the par 3s. All the players impressed and proved they could conquer Arnold Palmer’s Ravines. Boys 13-14
After an eagle on the par 5 14th hole, Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Brando Petzak had officially roared back after starting Sunday with an eight shot deficit. However, his back nine -2 score of 34 was just not quite enough to catch our overnight leader. Ben Pejka of Richland, Michigan used two consistent rounds of 81 and 80 to capture the Major Championship at Ravines. Pejka witnessed his lead being cut to two strokes with Brando Petzak’s eagle, only to come back and birdie the par four 15th to solidify his place on the leaderboard and regain full control of the tournament with only 3 holes remaining. Pejka then parred out the very difficult finishing holes to win the tournament by two shots and take home the 1st place trophy. Blake McIntire of Greenwood, Indiana would come in 3rd. Petzak led the tournament in both birdies and eagles with 3 birds and his one eagle on the 14th. Pejka’s 21 pars prove that his overall consistency gave him the championship.
Girls 15-18 Megan Skoog of Ada, Michigan put together two great rounds to run away with the girls 15-18 championship. Skoog entered Sunday with a big lead and still shot seven shots better in the final round. Her final round 78 included 2 birdies and a front 9 37 that allowed her to coast to victory over the final 9 holes. 2nd place belonged to Alissa Waite from Lawton, Michigan who played well on the difficult Ravines golf course. Skoog led the tournament in almost every category including her division leading 4 birdies and 19 pars.
Boys 11-12 Elkhorn, Wisconsin’s Logan Zurn began the Sunday’s final round with a 2 shot deficit, but came back and shot seven strokes better than his first round to steal a victory. His final round 78 included 12 pars and a front nine 38 gave him the lead after 9 holes and he never looked back. Our overnight leader Luke Tedford of Lake Forest, Illinois came in 2nd place and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan’s Michael Zanoni came in 3rd. Tedford and Zurn led the field in birdies with 2 apiece. Zurn also led the field in par 4 scoring average with a 4.5 average on the par 4s.
Girls 11-14 Another come from behind win happened in our girls 11-14 division, where Sydney Leyerle came all the way from 5 shots back after 2 holes on Sunday to win the Major Championship at Ravines by two shots. Tied with 9 holes to go, Sydney used a birdie on the par 4 15th to power herself to victory. Our second place finisher Wynne Aldrich, who was our overnight leader, led the tournament in par 3 scoring with a 3.4 average. Wynne Aldrich who is from Valparaiso, Indiana also finished 3rd place last week in our tournament at Indiana University, so congrats to her on 2 solid weeks of golf. Our top 3 was rounded out by St. John, Indiana’s Dominique Colantuone. Congratulations to all our golfers this week and we hope to see you again! Weather: Day 1 - Low 41 Degrees, High 67 Degrees, Wind from 5-15 mph Day 2 - Low 45 Degrees, High 67 Degrees, Wind from 5-15 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6777 yards Boys 13-14 – 6187 yards Girls 11-18/Boys 11-12 – 5524 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, Florida, 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, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 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