Final day comeback for Max Rispler
Navis' dominating performance earns her a victory
Daphne, Alabama was the destination for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s sixth Major Championship of the season. The Major Championship at Timber Creek featured perfect weather conditions and some of the South’s greatest junior golfers. The tournament was hosted by the Timber Creek Golf Club and was be ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Winners in all four divisions received an invite to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Top 20 finishers received considerably more points than a standard HJGT event that go towards all end of the year honors. Those include All-HJGT teams, state teams, and points for the Hurricane Cup. A $50 Kikkor gift card was also awarded to each winner. With this being a major championship, players in all divisions were allowed to use a caddie.
It was a comeback story for Grand Rapids, Michigan player and champion Max Rispler in the boys 15-18 division. Christian Bosso from Pensacola, Florida, led by two strokes after the first day. Starting four over par after the first three holes, he completed a comeback with six birdies. Rispler completed a comeback of his own on Sunday by shooting a 39 on the front nine and a 31 on the back nine. He had eight birdies, one eagle, and 19 pars on the weekend. Rispler also had a field best performance on par 4 holes with a 4.0 scoring average. Bosso couldn’t overcome his three bogeys and a double on the front nine to stay with Rispler. Bosso would earn the EFX Birdies challenge winner with 9 birdies. Also contributing to his final score of 149 was an eagle and 13 pars. Rounding out the top three was Chip Willoughby from Albertville, Alabama, who shot rounds of 77 and 74. Chip had 25 pars and seven birdies on the weekend. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week was Daniel Kemp who improved his score by 13 strokes.
In the girls 15-18 division, Cynthia Navis’ great play on the back nine helped her claim the title. Navis, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, shot rounds of 76 and 72 for a final score of 148. Shooting even par on the final day to hold off her competitors, Navis had three birdies and 27 pars. She also had the best performance on par 4 holes with a 4.0 scoring average and par 5’s with a 5.2 scoring average. Kolby McWilliams finished in second with a final score of 162. McWilliams had 24 pars on the weekend and a field best performance on par 3 holes with a scoring average of 3.1. Finishing two strokes behind McWilliams was Madison Sanders from Clanton, Alabama. With rounds of 78 and 86, Sanders had five birdies, which earned her the title of EFX Birdies Challenge winner. Katelyn Gilmore was this weeks Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week when she improved her score by 8 strokes.
The final day set apart Ray Navis from the other players in the field for the boys 11-14 division. Navis, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, finished the first day tied with Will McFadden but his eight birdies led him to victory. His 6th win this season, Navis also won the EFX Birdies Challenge with 10 birdies for the weekend, eight of them coming on the second round. Navis also had 20 pars and a field best performance on par 4 holes with a 3.8 scoring average. He also tallied a 3-hole streak of three birdies. Finishing second was Will McFadden from Mobile, Alabama who shot rounds of 74 and 78 to finish 12 shots behind Navis. McFadden tallied an eagle, three birdies, and 22 pars. He also had a 4.2 scoring average on par 4 holes. Finishing in a tie for third was Bryce Roush and Chris Hughes, both shooting rounds of 78 and 77. Hughes had a field best 23 pars and an eagle while Roush added 4 birdies to his scorecard. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week was Jeremy Collins when he improved his first round score by 15 strokes.
Skylar Thompson dominated the field in the girls 11-14 division. The Buford, Georgia native led after the first day, finishing with eight pars. She struggled to start the second day and had four bogeys on the front nine, however she recovered on the back nine shooting even par to win. Thompson’s 22 pars contributed to her final score of 160. She had the field best performance on par 3 holes with a 3.1 scoring average. Finishing in second was Julie Baker who shot rounds of 91 and 80. She started strong with four birdies on the front nine, but could never catch Thompson. Baker was the EFX Birdies Challenge winner with four birdies and was also the Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week when she improved her first round score by 11 strokes. She had a field best performance on par 4 holes with a scoring average of 4.5. Rounding out the top three was Carson McKie from Hoover, Alabama with a final score of 184. McKie had 14 pars on the weekend and a 3.6 scoring average on par 3 holes. Weather: Day 1— Upper 80’s mostly sunny, high humidity Day 2— Lower 80’s mostly cloudy, slight breeze Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6856 yards Girls 15-18: 5600 yards Boys 11-14: 6203 yards Girls 11-14: 5600 yards EFX Birdies Challenge Winners (# of birdies) Boys 15-18- Christian Bosso (9) Girls 15-18- Madison Sanders (5) Boys 11-14- Ray Navis (10) Girls11-14- Julie Baker (4) Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week Boys 15-18- Daniel Kemp (13) Girls 15-18- Katelyn Gilmore (8) Boys 11-14- Jeremy Collins (15) Girls 11-14- Julie Baker (11) 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 the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. For more information regarding the Major Championship at Timber Creek, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.