The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Cahoon Plantation Golf Course in Virginia Beach, Virginia to host the Michelle Holmes School of Golf Jr. Classic. Both days proved to be nearly perfect days of golf with high temperatures and slight winds that resulted in good scores on a tough course. The 15-18 Boys age group had a tight race throughout Sunday having 10 out of 16 players imporving their scores for the second round creating a suspenseful day and the rare occurrence of the Gareiss brothers winning two different divisions. All the winners of each division will get an invite to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan and the 2015 HJGT Championship.
Players this weekend witnessed the challenges created by Cahoon Plantation’s golf course but figured out the course to improve their scores on Sunday . Our largest division in field size, the Boys 15-18 division, saw great competition through the two days. Colin Caporal of Gainsville, VA started off consistently on day one with a pair of 37s on both the front and back nine, giving him a 74, +2 and a two stroke lead to lead the tournament. Caporal’s second round is where things got interesting, firing a 33,-3 with three birdies and no bogies for his opening 9 nine holes on Sunday but followed with a 41, +5 on the back to finish day one with a respectable 74, +2 which was enough to come out on top with a score of 148 and a four stroke win. Second and third place came right down to the wire. Ward Wilkinson of Ashland, VA finished second with a consistent weekend of back to back 76s, +4 for a total of 152, +8. Throughout the weekend, he found his way around the front nine very well playing it one over through Saturday and Sunday. Third place went to Brett Loy of Stephens City, VA after shooting 77,76 for a 153, +9 total which was one stroke behind Wilkinson. He made the race exciting on Sunday by scoring three birdies on the front nine which resulted in an even par, 36.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Becca DiNunzio won by a single stroke by shooting 75,82 for a total of 157, +10. Her first round started without a birdie until the back nine that seemed to be a tough test of golf. DiNunzio continued to birdie 14, 15, and 16 for three consecutive birdies on all different pars. Her last nine holes of the event included seven pars, showing poise and composure after a tough front nine. Jessica Thornton of Virginia Beach, VA shot 79,79 for a total of 158, +14 to miss out on the top spot by one. Three times throughout the two day event, she followed a bogey or worse with a birdie. Erica Whitehouse shot rounds of 79,82 for a total of 161 which was only four strokes off the lead. She did not have any birdies on Sunday but showed good damage control to stay in the mix and receive a trophy. The 15-18 Girls Division was the most competitive of the four at Cahoon Plantation being decided on the 36th hole.
The older boy and girl divisions may have showed great competition between the many players but the smaller field for the Boys 13-14 Division showed just as much promise. Patrick Gareiss of Chesapeake, VA had an exciting weekend to say the least. Gareiss won the event by five strokes firing 76,72 for a total of 148, +4. Round one seemed simple enough including five bogies and a single birdie on the 18th hole, but the second round resembled something of a rollercoaster. Shooting a 35, -1 on the front and 37,+1 on the back, he had five birdies and five bogies in total which seemed to be a back and forth battle with Cahoon Plantation’s challenging course. Taylor Hubbard from Aylett, VA shot 76,77 and a 153, +9 total for the weekend. Hubbard started off with a solid first nine on Saturday with a 36 including seven pars with a birdie and bogey a piece. Taylor shows consistency shooting all nine hole scores of 40 or under. Pieter DeGroot placed in the Boys 13-14 Division with a pair of 78s and a total of 156, +12 to fall eight strokes behind the lead and three strokes behind second place. DeGroot had only one birdie in each of his two rounds, but saved his birdie on Sunday for the spectators on the 18th hole.
The final, but definitely not the least Boys 11-12 Division had half of its players shooting a round in the 70s. Leading the way, Luke Gareiss of Chesapeake Bay, VA combined scores of 80 and 76 for 156, +12 and a four stroke win. His highlight would include his concluding nine holes score of 36 which included a single birdie and bogey to hold off the rest of the field. Second and third places showed great suspense and came down to the final hole but leaned in favor of Luis Park that shot 84, 76 for a 160, +16. Luis had a rollercoaster weekend having more than twice the amount of birdies than anyone in his division with seven. Trent Sveum took third place with rounds of 82,79 and a +17 total of 161. With no birdies throughout the weekend, he stayed consistent enough to take third place. Weather: Day 1- Low of 75 to high of 90, Sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 72 to high of 93, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6835 yards Boys 13-14-6311yards Boys 11-12/Girls 15-18-5781yards 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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 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.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference