Alexander wins in tight finish Baggarly takes home trophy in dominant fashion
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kingsport, Tennessee on March 29-30 for the Major Championship at Cattails. Players battled the elements throughout the weekend to finish 36 holes in each division. Winners in each division received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were awarded to all divisions. Additionally, the top 20 finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
At the end of the first round for the Boys 15-18 division, Spencer Alexander of Port Charlotte, Florida held a lead over the field. Alexander, fired a 74 on a wet Saturday afternoon that could not stop him from carding a 3 over par, the low round of the day. Alexander would come back on Sunday, fighting the cold instead of the rain, and post another 74. Consistency was the name of the game as he was the leader in pars made, and birdied the par five 16th hole both days. Additionally, he was the leader in par four and par five scoring. Jack Rhea of Jonesborough, Tennessee finished one stroke behind Alexander with a weekend total of 149. Rhea started his tournament right with a birdie on the par five first hole and finished with a 75 on Saturday. Rhea did not get off to a good start on Sunday, carding his worst nine on the front side with a 41. He fought back with his best nine hole score, a 33 on the back nine with two birdies on back-to-back holes, 15 and 16. Rhea was the par three scoring leader as well as the back nine scoring leader. Tanner Owens from Milton, Tennessee finished in third place just two strokes behind Alexander for a total of 150. Owens finished his first nine of the tournament with the lead, but sputtered on the back with three double bogies. Owens bounced back with the low round of the tournament for the division with a 73. Owens had the most birdies in the field with five and completed the weekend as the front nine leader in scoring.
Addie Baggarly of Jonesborough, Tennessee won the Girls 15-18 division in convincing fashion by six strokes. This is her second HJGT tournament win this season. She had rounds of 72 and 76 for a weekend total of 148. The signs were there early that Baggarly was in for a good tournament when she started the weekend with an eagle. She bookended the weekend by finishing on Sunday with a birdie on the par four 18th hole. Baggarly led the field in most statistical categories including par three, four and five scoring as well as pars made. Sybil Robinson finished in second place with rounds of 74 and 80. Robinson, from Dublin, Ohio, was only two strokes behind after the first round but the cold weather and wind of Sunday seemed to affect her play. On Saturday, where she made mostly pars, Sunday was very up and down with some birdies but more bogies and other big holes. Robinson did string together two birdies on the 13th and 14th holes on Sunday. Skylar Thompson of Buford, Georgia finished in third place. Thompson had two birdies each day and highlighted her weekend with a front nine 39 on Sunday, her best nine hole score of the weekend. Thompson bettered her score the second day of play by five strokes, earning her the most improved award for our girls division.
In the Boys 11-14 division, the winner would not be determined until there were two holes left in the final round. Cody Carroll, of Jacksonville, Florida took home the first place trophy after a one shot victory over Jake Hall of Knoxville, Tennessee. Carroll held a one stroke lead heading into Sunday, but the lead would sway back and forth throughout the round. Finally, when Hall made triple bogey on the par three 15th, Carroll capitalized and held onto the lead the rest of the way. Carroll carded rounds of 72 and 73 for a weekend total of 145. Hall finished with 73 and 73 for a total of 146. Carroll was the par four scoring leader in the field, birdieing two of the par four’s each day, mostly on the back nine where he led in scoring. Hall was even on Sunday before that treacherous 15th hole, which put him in line for a one stroke, second place, victory. Hall was the field leader in par five scoring for the weekend. Connor Creasy fought his way back into contention with an even par, 71, and finished in third place, just three strokes behind Carroll. The difference in Sunday’s round for Creasy was eliminating bad holes, he did not bogey any holes after the first hole of the day. Creasy bettered his score by six strokes on the second day, and had the most pars in the field after 16 on Sunday.
Lizzie Loy from Jamestown, Kentucky emerged victorious in the Girls 11-14 division after 36 holes of play. Loy won by four strokes after rounds of 81 and 87. She led the field in pars made as well as par three and par four scoring. Loy did most of her damage on the front nine where she was the leader in scoring. Tabytha Robinson of Dublin, Ohio finished in second place and had the most birdies in the field with two. Robinson put her length to good use, scoring the best in the division on the par five’s at Cattails. Sophia Burnett took home the third place trophy and highlighted her weekend with a birdie on the tough par three 15th hole. Weather: Day 1: Low to mid 50’s, Rain throughout the day Day 2: Mid 30’s in the morning, high 50’s in the afternoon, wind 10-20 mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,560 yards Boys 11-14: 6,000 yards Girls 15-18: 5,500 yards Girls 11-14: 5,500 yards 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 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 Major Championship at Cattails, 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.