The Major Championship at Lake Jovita, in Dade City, Florida took place on May 31st - June 1st, 2014. The tournament was a two day, 36 hole tournament. At stake during this event was JGS rankings, an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship, as well as the opportunity to earn more points than a normal tournament.
Boys 15-18 The Boys 15-18 division had some spectacular play throughout the tournament. Kyler Tate of Winter Garden, Fl, played an outstanding second round, to outlast Spencer Alexander of Port Charlotte, Fl, Tyler Dierwecther of Oldsmar, Fl, and Zachary Bariso of Boca Raton, Fl. Tate shot a fantastic final round 67 after posting a 71 in the first round, and finished with a 6 under par 138. Alexander had a final round that consisted of 7 birdies and shot a 68, but came up 3 shots short after shooting a 73 the first round for a two day total of 141. There was a tie for third place at even par 144. Tyler Dierwecther shot one under 71 in the second round after posting a 73 in the first round. Zachary Bariso also finished at even par after shooting 72 consecutively. The tournament was long and grueling after a weather delay on both Saturday and Sunday. Tate was off to a hot start on Sunday with an eagle 3 on the first, and birdie 2 on the second, which extended his lead right from the start. The rest of the field improved as a whole by lowering the scoring average from 79.6 to 78.8 on Sunday.
Girls 15-18 In the Girls 15-18 division, consistency proved to be the winning recipe Tori Higgins of Dover, Florida. Higgins scored a 74 and a 76 for a two day total of 150, which led her to victory. With three birdies through both rounds, nobody was able to catch Higgins. Two strokes behind Higgins was Kayla Poff of Odessa, Florida. Poff shot an impressive 70 on the first day and an 82 on Sunday. She carded 7 birdies through both rounds, having the most in her division. The highlight of Poff’s tournament was her consecutive birdies on holes 8 and 9 Saturday, putting herself in position to place. Taking home third place was Mao Young of Orlando, Florida. Young posted a first round score of 78 and followed that with an improved round of 77 on Sunday, for a two day total of 155. The most improved player among the girls was Kendall Johnson of Plant City, Florida who improved upon her first round score by nine strokes.
Boys 11-14 Cody Carroll of Jacksonville, Florida became the Boys 11-14 division winner at Lake Jovita, in a very impressive showing. He fired an even 72 in round one, which included 5 birdies and closed out his round with 3 straight. In his final round, Carroll carded a two under par 70, giving him a tournament total of 142. He took home a three shot victory, which included a tournament high of 12 birdies on the weekend, including five on the back nine. This is Carroll’s third win of the calendar year in HJGT events. Ryder Sutcliffe of Jupiter, Florida took home second place, by carding an even 72 in his first round. Included in that round was a 2 under 34 front nine, with 2 birdies. Sutcliffe shot a second round 73, which included 5 birdies, bringing his total of the weekend to 7 birdies and a total score of 145. Kyle Jarrett of Lakewood Ranch, Florida finished in third place with a total of 148. Jarrett shot a first round 2 under 70, which included 5 birdies. In his second day, Jarrett shot an eight over 78, which included a very consistent first nine, with eight holes being par or better.
Girls 11-14 After a competitive second round on Sunday, Mimi Chen of Longwood, FL took home the championship for the 11-14 Girls Division at Lake Jovita. After shooting a 76 on Saturday, Mimi rallied to shoot 70 on Sunday, giving her a 146 total. Along with a six shot difference, she had five birdies in the second round after two in the first round. There was a tie for second place between Lillian Berry and Amelia Root with scores of 150. Berry, of Dover, FL, shot even in the second round to keep her at +6, and Root, of Jacksonville, FL, shot even par in the first round, and 78 in the second round. Weather: Day 1- High of 89, low of 70 with scattered thunderstorms and a slight breeze Day 2- High of 87, low of 68 with scattered thunderstorms and a slight breeze Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,800 yards Boys 11-14: 6,133 yards Girls 15-18: 5,835 yards Girls 11- 14 5,5154 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 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, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania. 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.