Massachusetts Junior Challenge
(July 30-31, 2016)
Hurricane Storms the Bay State
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour closed out the month of July with six tournaments across the country, including hosting the Massachusetts Junior Challenge at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, MA. Saturday was beautiful with minimal wind and sunny skies, on the contrast Sunday was cloudy with scattered storms. The tour would like to thank Sandy Burr Country Club for their hospitality, the course was fantastic and made for a great tournament. The top three winners in each age division were awarded an exemption into the 2016 National Championship in Champions Gate, FL on December 3-4th, and the top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors. Each player was fill with excitement and couldn’t wait to show their competitors what they had in stored.
Tyden Wilson from Winchester, MA won the boys 16-18 division crown this weekend. Despite shooting par on Saturday, Wilson trailed by three strokes heading into championship Sunday. Wilson road a 12 hole bogey free streak spanning over both rounds to the title. Wilson finished with a tournament score of 148. Mario Oliva from Wellesley, MA finished in second place with a two day total of 149, he posted a score of 69 on day 1. Ryan Kinkead from Lakewood Ranch, FL finished in third place with a two day total of 151. Oliva was the leader in total birdies with 8. The division as a whole posted some great scores, even when faced with rainy weather on Sunday.
The boys 14-15 championship trophy belongs to Brendan Frain from Sudbury, MA. Frain was Mr. Consistency this weekend posting a score of 75 for both days. Even further displaying his consistency was the fact that he shot par or better for 28 holes, this is a 36 hole tournament. Frain won by four strokes, his two day total was 150. Henry Bartony from Butler, PA finished in second place with a two day total of 154, he was tied for the lead after day 1. Trevor Reilly from Westwood, MA took home the third place trophy with a two day score of 166. Bartony had the most birdies with 4. Frain was the leader in total pars with 26. The weather for both days was completely different. However, the players were able to battle through the conditions and post similar scores to their day 1 totals.
John Broderick from Wellesley, MA is the 2016 Massachusetts Junior Challenge boys 11-13 division champion! In his first ever Hurricane event he put on quite a show, shooting in the 70’s for both days. Broderick finished with a total score of 155. Thomas Singleton from Canton, MA finished as runner-up with a score of 160. Juan Pablo Oliva from Wellesley, MA won the third place trophy, scoring 173. Category leaders included Singleton with 22 pars, Broderick with 4 birdies, and Singleton also had the longest bogey free streak with 7. It was a great group of players, they were very enthusiastic and respected each other as well as the game of golf.
Madison Kingsley from Manlius, NY won the championship trophy for the girls 14-18 division. Kingsley trailed by six strokes coming into Sunday, she ended up winning by two strokes thanks to a nine stroke improvement between day 1 and 2. Her total for the tournament was 169. Charlotte Kwong from Columbus, OH finished in second place with a two day total of 171. Emily Rodricks from South Yarmouth, MA finished in third place with a two day total of 172. Kingsley went 6 straight holes without a bogey, and had 14 pars. It was a classic finish with the top four players finishing within four strokes of each other, very entertaining!
Weather July 30-31, 2016
Round 1: Low 87, High 92. Sunny Skies, wind 5-10 mph.
Round 2: Low 74, High 79. Rainy, wind 10-15 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,383 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,383 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,750 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,750 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT 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