The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled north to Bloomfield, Connecticut to host the Major Championship at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course. The golf course hosted some beautiful playing conditions, while also bringing a challenge for all age groups. The weather was perfect over the weekend, with a small breeze each day to keep it comfortable. Being a Major Championship, each player had the choice to elect a caddie to use in the tournament. The use of a caddie proved to be useful by helping players make decisions for their shot selection. The players had a lot at stake, with winners receiving an automatic bid in the 2015 National Championship December 5-6.
The Boys 15-18 division had a strong turnout in this weekend’s tournament with David Powers coming out on top. The Glen Spey, New York resident took home the first place trophy by coming out strong on Saturday shooting one-under par at 69. Powers had only one bogey on Saturday, with two birdies on holes 1 and 9. The bogey came from the proven difficult hole 15. Powers maintained his confidence through Sunday and posted another strong score of 72. A component that helped Powers stand out from the rest of the field was his ability to capitalize on birdies. Even with the difficult pin locations the course had to offer, Powers was able to have faith in his putter and sink six birdies over the course of the weekend. The second place trophy went to Harry Brenner out of Boca Raton, Fl. Brenner cam out on Saturday shooting a solid score of 73, just four strokes short of the lead. Brenner started off the back nine strong with two consecutive birdies on holes 10 and 11. This tied for the most consecutive birdies over the weekend. Brenner also had a good Sunday by posting a round of 76. The day started off strong for Brenner with two early birdies on holes 1 and 4, but a couple par putts slipped away causing Brenner to fall just a couple strokes short of the lead. Jack Kane out of Berlin, Connecticut took third place. Kane had many impressive shots over the weekend, including a drive on hole 5 that left him within 30 yards of the pin on a par 4. Kane shot a 38 on the front nine on Saturday, but problems rose on the very difficult hole 13, leaving a first round score of 78. Kane had high intentions for the Sunday round, but had a rough started shooting 5-over par through the first six holes. Kane got his groove back the rest of the round by shooting only 2-over par.
The Boys 13-14 division yielded great results with a very close first round between all players. Christopher Fosdick from Middlefield, Connecticut, took home the first place trophy with a first round score of 78. The pressure was still on for Fosdick with all competitors within four strokes after Saturday. Fosdick, knowing he shoots better the second day, came into Sunday with a lot of confidence. His confidence did not let him down as he posted an impressive Sunday score of one-over par. His success came from the four birdies he had on the difficult back nine. Justin Matthew took second place with an overall score of 15 over par. The back nine proved to be difficult for Matthew on the first day, while the front nine gave him problems on Sunday. Matthews’ impressive birdie of the weekend came on hole 11 on Sunday. Tommy Dallahan, from Ellington, Connecticut, finished third in the division. Dallahan played an impressive front nine all weekend shooting two-over par both days. Like many players, the back nine proved to be difficult for Dallahan. Dallahan finished seven strokes off of the lead.
The Girls 15-18 division had remarkable scores that came down to Sunday play. Sophia Bae, from Norwood, New Jersey, finished first with a score just 18 over par. Even though Bae was the youngest girl in her division, she did not let this affect her performance. Bae started off strong on Saturday, by being the only girl in her division to shoot in the 70s. She finished with a first round score of 78. Bae remained calm the second day, by posting another impressive score of 80. Gabrielle Herzig, from New York, New York, took second place this weekend. Herzig was only two strokes off the lead after Saturday. Herzig shot another great round on Sunday with an 82, but it was not quite enough to catch Bae. Herzig’s strength over the weekend came from her par 3 performance of shooting an average just over par. Deanna Confessore, from Greenlawn, New York, placed third with a solid weekend performance. Confessore was only four strokes off the lead after Saturday. Confessore shot 13 pars over the weekend to solidify her third place finish.
A young Titus Matthews took home the first place trophy in the Boys 11-12 year old division. Matthew had a six-stroke lead after Saturday with a score of 82. Matthews’ success came from his performance on the par 4s. He finished first in the group with an average score of 4.7 on par 4s. He also led the group with the most pars by shooting 17 over the weekend. He finished off Sunday with a score of 83 with trouble coming from the back nine. Robbie Herzig, from New York, New York finished the weekend 27 over par, taking second place. Herzig lead in birdies and finished second in pars over the weekend. The third place finish was Andrew Chen, from Whitestone, New York. Chen also led in birdies in his age group this weekend, by getting a birdie on the first hole on Sunday. Chen improved his score by four strokes on Sunday to guarantee his third place finish. Chen also led the group in par 3 scoring with an average of 3.5 strokes.
The Girls 11-14 age division was close to the very end. Mia Grzywinski and Sydney Nethercott were within one stroke of one another after Saturday. Both girls were very close until the final two holes. Nethercott, from Greenwich, Connecticut, had a tough triple bogey on hole 18 to end up taking second place. Grzywinski took a well earned, tough fought, first place finish. Grzywinski, from Farmington, Connecticut, led the group in par 4 scoring and number of pars over the weekend. Nethercott led the group in birdies. Grzywinski’s impressive Sunday score of 77 gave her the two stroke final lead. Logan Frame, from Middletown, Connecticut, held off the rest of the field to take third place. Frame’s ability to birdie and perform on par 3s helped her succeed in taking the trophy home. Weather:
Saturday: Low 80s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Mid 80s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages:
Boys 15-18- 6,525 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,072 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12- 5,619 YDS Girls 11-14- 4,970 YDS 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, 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, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference