Maryland Spring Challenge May 9-10
A Very Competitive Group Shows Fight
On May 9th and 10th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Urbana, Maryland for the Maryland Spring Challenge Tournament at the Worthington Manor Golf Club. The competitors were lucky to play in beautiful weather, and perfect conditions on the Golf Course for the Saturday-Sunday tournament. Winners in all age divisions will receive and automatic bid to the Tour Championship tournament on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The top three finishers in each division will also receive an automatic bid to the 2015 Mid Season Invitational, at Chateau Elan on June 20-22. It was a great weekend for golf, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end-year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 division, Kurtis Grant lead from early on Saturday, and took control of the tournament winning by 11 strokes, and never looking back. The Herndon, VA resident expressed his talent on all three aspects of the game. Grant lead the pack from the 9th hole in the first round in Saturday all the way throughout the remainder of the tourna ment. Grant, a very well known player in the Virginia area, really turned some heads this weekend finishing with a score two strokes under par on Sunday and finishing even overall, on a very tough course, featuring extremely fast greens. The Second place winner, Jackson Mote from Alexandria VA, also played well throughout the whole tournament, but really made up some ground on Sunday to put himself holding the second place trophy. After the first day of the tournament, Mote was tied for 6th place. Mote shot nine over par both days of the tournament finishing with an overall score of an 81. The third place finishers, featuring Lennard Long, Joe Miller and Dylan Rotter were also very impressive. Long was most was impressive in his Sunday round at the Maryland Challenge. The Washington DC resident was tied for 11th place after the first round, but worked hard to shoot an 80 on Sunday with three birdies. Miller shot an impressive score of 81 on Saturday and a strong score of 82 on Sunday to finish with an overall score of 19 over par. Rotter was in second place after day one with a score of 78, but felt the pressure, and shot an 85 in day two putting him in third place.
The Boys 13-14 division was extremely competitive in the first round. After Saturday, Mikey Brennan from Leesburg, Virginia and Edward Coffren from Owings, Maryland were tied for first place, both shooting scores of an 84. Coffren was leading by four stokes thro ughout the first round of the tournament, but Brennan came back in the last three holes in the first round to tie Coffren after day one. Coffren did not compete in day two of the tournament due to sickness, which gave Brennen the outright first place trophy. Brennen shot a very impressive 85 on Sunday, just one stoke more than his 84 on Saturday. Brennen featured two birdies throughout the tournament, and expressed much confidence on both days, which helped him take the first place award.
In the boys 11-12 year old age division, Chistopher Lee finished with the first place trophy. The 12 year old from New Market, Maryland finished with some breathing room as he was adding to the lead on almost every hole. Lee finished with a 91 on Saturday and an 85 on Sunday, which were some of his top scores so far this year. He was 32 strokes over par overall, but it was enough to top his only competitor, and the second place finisher Ryan Feldman. Feldman, the Rockville Maryland resident worked hard, and battled to finish his first tournament with us in second place. Both players competed, and played good golf through both rounds. Whether: Day 1- Mid 80’s, Partly Cloudy, Wind S-SW 5-10 MPH Day 2- High 80’s, Partly Cloudy, Wind S 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,821 yds Boys 13-14/Boys 11-12- 5,942 yds About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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