Farmingdale, New York: October 19, 2014 – This week the (HJGT) visited the majestic Bethpage State Park. Home to five amazing golf courses, this venue was a treat for the players, staff, and spectators. The participants for this event were placed on Bethpage Blue, which posed a challenge for many individuals. Both days were blowing a steady wind fifteen miles per hour and gusting up to thirty. On top of that, the greens were running quite slick further reducing scoring opportunities. The layout of the course was simple to understand for those who played a practice round but a bit confusing for those who did not. HJGT recieved stellar reviews about the course. Though not the world-renowned Black course, the blue is still an astonishing display of golf architecture. As per usual, the fifty-eight player field was competing for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, a bid into the Tour Championship and points contributing to year-end honors for various state and HJGT teams. Boys 15-18
In the boys 15 – 18 division, Jack Faraci playing out of Port Jefferson Station would be crowned the champion for this weekends Major Championship at Bethpage with a two-day total of 149 (+5). Faraci earned this win by fighting serious conditions throughout the two days of play. Both rounds involved some brutal winds accompanied by frigid temperatures in the mornings. He did not let any of these outside factors control the outcome of the tournament and stayed in the moment. Faraci stayed consistent during his first round carding only four bogeys and a single birdie rounding out a solid 75 (+3). His unwavering play continued during the second round. He carded a few more bogeys but balanced them out with a few more birdies posting a 74 (+2). Keep in mind; the second round was much colder and windier exemplifying the heart this promising junior golfer displayed. Coming in second place with a two day total of 152 (+8) is Alex Gibson. Gibson had a chance to be a few shots closer to the top but it was just a little out of reach for him this weekend. Gibson’s two doubles, one each day, seemed to be the dagger that kept him from winning it all. But regardless, Gibson struck the ball well and clawed his way through Bethpage earning second place honors. Leonard Lee out of Wyckoff, New Jersey and Jonathon Granville out of Garden City, New York came in a two-way tie for third place with two-day totals of 153 (+9). Not much action was had here as they both shot the exact same score for the two rounds. Lee’s first day was a bit more sporadic but his four birdies seemed to be the glue that held his round together. Congratulations to all our winners this weekend! Boys 11 – 14
In the boys 11 – 14 division, Joseph Tammaro of West Islip, New York will earn individual medalist honors with a two-day total of 148 (+4). Being Tammaro’s second event this season, he sure showed that he can be a top competitor on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Although having a rough go of Bethpage on Saturday carding only two birdies, five bogeys and a double on the twelfth for a 77 (+5), he bounced back with the best round of the tournament. Tammaro showed up on Sunday ready to repay Bethpage for the unpleasant encounter had just a day before. He got off to a hot start going one under thru five holes. He had is only speed bump on six and seven putting two bogeys on the card but followed it up with a birdie on the eighth and sixteenth posting a jaw dropping 71 (-1). Tammaro was the only one to shoot an under par round out of the fifty-eight player field. Coming in second place out of Baltimore, Maryland is Mac Webster with a two-day total of 150 (+6). Just like Tammaro, Webster too had a bumpy first round. Making a couple of birdies, a double, and five bogeys put him in a tie with Tammaro with a 77 (+5) after day one. Looking to stage a second day charge, Webster put on a clinic during the front nine carding a 33 (-3). Two bogeys come on the tenth and eleventh holes then three more follow on the fourteenth, sixteenth, and eighteenth. He was able to make a birdie on the seventeenth but was not enough to erase some mistakes on the previous holes. Webster would end up with a very respectable 73 (+1), two shots short of the gold. Earning third place honors out of Lawrenceville, Georgia is the experienced Nicholas Gibson with a two-day total of 157 (+13). Coming off a top 10 finish at the Canongate Series #8 a month ago and a victory at the Canongate Series #7 a little over a month ago, Gibson was hungry for some more success. As to no surprise, Gibson starts off red hot going two under thru his first six holes. He caps it off with a string of pars posting a front nine total of 34 (-2). Losing a little of momentum, he throws a few bogies into the mix and comes out of round one with 73 (+1). Round two was a different story for the young righty. Gibson would finish his Sunday round five over thru his last four holes posting a disappointing 84 (+12). Girls 15 – 18
For the girls 15 – 18 division, a local girl out of Farmingdale, New York Alix Lowe will be this weekends victor with a two-day total of 149 (+5). Lowe did not let anything faze her during the two rounds at Bethpage allowing her to rise to the top of the leaderboard. She rolled in pars during round one like they were going out of style, carding eight of them on the front nine and another four on the back. Not satisfied with this, Lowe decides to put three birdies onto the card as well. On her way to posting a 71(-1), she makes an unfortunate double on the eighteenth bumping her up to a 73 (+1). Round two was much of the same consistent play from Lowe pumping out another thirteen pars and only a few bogeys. Lowe would end round two with a respectable 76 (+4). Coming in second place out of Wayne, Pennsylvania is Gabriella Kim with a two-day total of 158 (+8). Starting off hot during round one with a birdie on the first, Kim was looking for some magic. Unable to get any sort of heat going, Kim had trouble keeping her first hole birdie alive. She proceeded to make six bogeys throughout her round posting a 77 (+5). Round two for Kim was a greater success due to more birdies and fewer bogeys. Posting a consistent front nine of 37 (+1) with two bogeys and one birdie, Kim was trying to get back in the mix. Things were looking up as she rolled in a second birdie on the twelfth putting her in a tie for the lead. Immediately giving it back, Kim made a disheartening double taking her out of the running. She finished up the day with a well-balanced 75 (+3) and a second place finish. Katie Lee out of Ringoes, New Jersey with a two-day total of 154 (+10) would finish in third place. Girls 11 – 14
In the girls 11 – 14 division Caroline Hodge out of Larchmont, New York earned first place honors for the Major Championship at Bethpage with a two-day total of 159 (+15). Just coming off a third place finish at the Westlake Major, Hodge was determined not to let this one slip away. Opening her first round with an impressive front nine of 38 (+2), she was looking to start this major with a bang. Fizzling on the early back nine, Hodge cards a double on the eleventh and thirteenth hole. Her misfortune continues as she goes three over thru her last four holes finishing with an 81 (+9). Hodge added a little consistency to the second round with only three bogeys a side good enough for a 78 (+6). Tiya Chowdary out of Montgomery, New Jersey would come in second place with a two-day total of 165 (+21). Chowdary, a familiar face on the Hurricane Tour played like a veteran during this Major Championship. Despite not playing up to her previous set standards in other tournaments, she hung in there through the thick and thin of the brutality that Bethpage had to offer and squeezed out a second place finish. Another familiar face, Taylor Miano out of Dobbs Ferry, New York finished in third place. Miano started off her first round rolling in the pars going one over thru six holes. She had twelve holes finishing with an 84 (+12). The beginning of round two showed some hope with a birdie on the first, as Miano battled the intense wind, she rattled off six bogeys and five doubles posting a final 87 (+15). Weather: Saturday: Mostly sunny. Windy. Sunday: Partly Sunny. Windy. 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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, 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.