The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Miami, Florida from May 16-May 17, 2015 for the Miami Junior Challenge. Players enjoyed hot and humid conditions in the first round and an overcast, humid day two. Top three place winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and 1st place winners in each age division received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship. The Girl’s 15-18 champion received 4 AJGA stars while the top three finishers each received one. Our Girl’s 11-14 division champion winner received 1 AJGA star. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. The top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division was a close race with the top three individuals finishing within four strokes of each other. Consistency was key for winner, Anthony Colombino of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as he shot a day one 80 and a day two 79 for a two day total of 159. Coming in second was Gustav Tegel with a two-day total of 161 and in third was Brian Leikert with a cumulative two-day score of 163. Tegel and Colombino were tight coming in to the final nine and while both shot a seven over, 79 on Sunday, ultimately it was Colombino’s day one score of 80 that made the difference. This is Colombino’s first win this season after three top five finishes thus far.
After the first day of the Boys 13-14 division, it was anyone’s trophy to win, with only five strokes separating first from fifth. Ultimately, Miami native Ernie Perabeles’ 82 on Sunday distanced him from the pack and with a two-day total of 171, won by eight strokes. Coming in second was Christopher Dibetta with a two-day score of 179, and in third, Tucker Windham with a two-day total of 181. Perabeles’, who was tied for second coming into Sunday, powered through early, shooting a front nine 39 to partition himself from the rest of the field. This is Perabeles’ first win on the HJGT Tour.
In the boys 11-12 division, Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, Florida ran away with first place, shooting a final round 73 to win by seventeen strokes. After an opening round 75, Staub lead by five strokes and coasted on day two. Joining him in the trophy circle was second place finisher, Allan Kournikova with a two-day total of 165 and Feanor Valaquenta who shot 183 over the two days. Staub, who now has two wins under his belt for 2015, set the pace early on day two with birdies on holes four, six and nine for a front nine 33. The victory propels Staub into the top five in points for the season.
Kendall Johnson of Plant City, Florida coasted to a thirteen-stroke victory in the Girls 15-18 division shooting a one under 71 in the second round en route to a two-day score of 144. Coming in second with a cumulative score of 157 was Miami native Tanya Eathakotti and in third was Mimi Chen with a two-day score of 159. Johnson, who led the whole tournament, was the only under par round of any age division and also had the lowest score of any player. Her first round 73, only allowed for a three-stroke advantage over Eathakotti after Saturday, but three birdies on the front was the catalyst in Johnson securing her victory. It is Johnson’s first win of 2015 on the HJGT tour.
Natalia Jimenez of Aventura, Florida took the Girls 11-14 division crown by eight strokes with a two day total of 170. Jimenez was steady over the two days, shooting dual 85’s in route to the victory. Coming in a tie for second was Laura Lou who shot a final round 80 after struggling to a 98 the day before. The other tie for second came from Sarah Khan who also had a two-day total of 178. After struggling early with two double bogeys in the first five holes, Jimenez came back with two birdies on eight and nine to shoot a front nine 39. Her back nine 46 was enough to capture victory, her second straight on the HJGT tour. The win pushed Jimenez in the top 15 in points for the season. Weather: Day 1- Low of 85 to high of 94, sunny, winds 3-5 MPH Day 2- Low of 88 to high of 96, Isolated rain, cloudy, winds 10-12 MPH. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,848 yards Boys 13-14-6,191 yards Boys 11-12-5,793 yards Girls 15-18-5,793 yards Girls 11-14-5,276 yards About us:
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference