Major Championship at the Wilds, October 8-9, 2016

Major Championship at the Wilds

(October 8-9, 2016)

This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Prior Lake, Minnesota to take on the Wilds Golf Course. It was a beautiful weekend as the golfers were able to handle the tough challenges the course had to offer. Thank you to the Wilds Golf Course for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. Three age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were on the line. Additionally, the winner of each division will be invited to play in the National Championship held later this year in December.    Boys 16-18 Division   Preston Kopel from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota was the winner for this division. finishing with a 72 in round 1 and a 73 respectively during the 2nd round. Second place there was a tie between Gus Grunau and Sawyer Bailey. The HJGT only does playoff holes for first place so both young man each takes home a second place trophy. The most Birdies in this age division was 9 by Dylan Hanson. Trenton De Haan finished with 24 holes shooting par. Kopel was able to hold the lead throughout play by being the only contestant in the division to have an Eagle and he managed to get two this weekend. The Front 9 leader was Max LaBine while Kopel finished strong to hold back any competition from taking his trophy. All the young men showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the tournament. It was a pleasure to watch all participants this weekend.   Boys 14-15 Division   Our champion in this division is no newbie to the winner’s circle. First place went to Matthew Garside, he was the only participant this weekend to finish a round under par. The first round Garside finished with a 69 and finished day two shooting 73 to finish (-2) for the tournament. He led all players in all of the divisions. In second place Payton Miller finished shooting even for round 2 with a 72. Third place was Ben Warian out of Stillwater, Minnesota. The most birdies in division was Warian with 7 followed by Miller who finished with 6. Garside shot par or better on over 30 of the 36 holes this weekend. There were not any eagles this weekend. The front and back 9 were both controlled by Garside in his attack on the course. All of the golfers had a great time competing against one another and look forward to competing again in the future.  Girls 14-18 Division

  Emily Kratz was the winner in this division. She was able to finish round 2 shooting a 79 bettering her round 1 score by 9 strokes. In second place Crystal Cariveau bettered her first round score by 1 stroke. Rounding out the top three was Sidney Lamb, out of Helena, Montana. Our champion Kratz finished with the only birdies in the division and finished with 4 for the weekend. the front and back 9 were each run by Kratz during this tournament. The young ladies were all able to finish with a smile on their faces. It was a great pleasure to meet all of them this weekend and we hope to see them all again.  Boys 11-13 Division

  This weekend the champion was not decided in just 36 holes. The playoff would be between Brock Snyder and Teddy Kaste. Both finish play this weekend with scores of 160. During the playoff Kaste was able to better the young Snyder. In third place was Braeden Sladek from Alexandria, Minnesota. Snyder finished with the most birdies this weekend with 3 followed by Kaste who finished with 2. Kaste led the division in the amount of holes he shot par on with 18 and Snyder finished with 17 throughout the tournament. The front and back 9 were split between the top two finishers Snyder would jump out to an early lead on the front 9 while Kaste was able to finish strong and pull through and grab the win. Do not be surprised when we are watching these guys on the television in a few years. Each participant throughout the competition showed their love for the game.   Girls U13 Division   This division had two young girls participating. In first place was Camille Kuznik and in second place was Neely Adler. Kuznik was very consistent with her scores this weekend with an 82 and 84 to end play. She was able to remain consistent with shooting par on just about half of the holes during the tournament. Adler and Kuznik each finished with the exact same amount of birdies with 3. Kuznik had led the way on the front and back 9 scoring for the weekend. Adler made her mark on the par 3 holes she shot very well consistently and hardly ever shot bogey on the holes. The tournament was very lucky to been able to work with all three of these young women. Each of the competitors showed excellent sportsmanship and pride in their golf play.    Tournament Division Yardages

  Boys 16-18: 6,449 yards Boys 14-15: 6,449 yards Boys 11-13: 5,712 yards Girls 14-18: 5,712 yards Girls U13: 5,074 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.   For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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