McCormick Woods Junior Masters
April 9-10, 2016
On Thurs., April 7, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Port Orchard, Wash., to host the McCormick Woods Junior Masters. With great weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s Northwest region. The weather for the tournament was decent: partly cloudy with a breeze during round one and cloudy with heavy winds for round two. Despite the occasionally challenging weather, the kids were eager to get started. On both days, the field of players received nearly similar conditions, which led to some great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the McCormick Woods staff for allowing us to host our Junior Masters at a great venue. Winners from each age division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 and top three in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded for boys 11-13, 14-15 and 16-18, and to girls 14-18.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Arnold Ha[/caption] The first place trophy of the McCormick Woods Junior Masters went to Arnold Ha of Mill Creek, Wash. Ha was tied for first going into round two and took home the first place trophy at 13-over-par after shooting a clutch 76 that included a birdie on the par-5 No. 18 to close his tournament in style. This was Ha’s second win in three starts on the HJGT. Brandon Hazel of Auburn, Wash., was the second place finisher out of seven in the division after shooting a 166 for the weekend. Hazel was tied with Ha for the lead going into round two and led the division with four birdies. Washington native Joseph Carey took third place with scores of 85 and 83 to miss out on second place by just two strokes.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Preston Bebich[/caption] The Boys 14-15 division champion was Preston Bebich of Gig Harbor, Wash. Bebich improved by five strokes on Sunday to close with an 83 and a four-stroke victory at 11-over-par. Close behind him in second place was Danny Lin of Bellevue, Wash. Lin was within two strokes of the lead on the back nine, but could not mount a rally. Local Port Orchard native Noah Gould took third place out of seven with scores of 89 and 104 to finish at 32-over-par.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Ethan Evans[/caption] The first place trophy in the Boys 11-13 division went home with Ethan Evans of Mercer Island, Wash. Evans shot a 79 in round one and locked up the title with an 83 in round two to finish at 18-over-par. Gabriel Lau of Gig Harbor, Wash., gave Evan a run for his money by also posting an 83 in round two, but he fell short by four strokes to take second place out of nine. Wes Salimian of Seattle, Wash., grabbed third place with a 171 (84-87) for the weekend. The division’s birdie leader was a three-way tie between Evans, Lau, and Connor Stockamp with two each.
Boys 10U Division
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Jeff Seong[/caption] The Boys 10U division was championed by Jeff Seong of Tacoma, Wash. Seong posted scores of 81 and 79 to breeze to post 16-over-par and a 27-stroke victory, his third on the HJGT, over fellow competitor Sergio Sanchez. Sanchez, of Newcastle, Wash., posted scores of 93 and 94. His weekend was highlighted by an eagle two in round one on the par-4 No. 16.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Grace Xu[/caption] Grace Xu earned her second HJGT victory in as many starts this weekend in Port Orchard. The Federal Way, Wash., native dominated the field of seven golfers in posting scores of 87 and 86 (+29) to nail down a 19-stroke victory. Annie Hay of University Place, Wash., took second place in what was a tight battle for the second- and third-place trophies. Hay made a marked improvement with an 87 in round two after a 105 to jump from fifth to second place. Not far behind her was Haley Bittner of Puyallup, Wash., who carded rounds of 103 and 92 to finish three strokes clear of fourth.
Girls 13U Division
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Claire Xu[/caption] Claire Xu met her older sister, Grace, in the winners circle after prevailing in the Girls 13 and under division for her second HJGT victory in as many starts. The Federal Way, Wash., native posted scores of 80 and 78 to finish at 14-over-par, 17 strokes clear of her nearest opponent. Sarah Lin of Bellevue, Wash., took second place out of four after rounds of 87 and 88. Makena Mahlert of Gig Harbor, Wash., finished in third thanks to rounds of 95 and 91. The division’s birdie leader was Xu with three.
Weather for April 9-10
Round 1: Low 55, High 64. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze Round 2: Low 49, High 58. Chilly Morning, Partly Cloudy, Slight Breeze
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,334 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,334 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,663 Yards Boys U10: 4,859 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,353 Yards Girls U13: 5,353 Yards