Minneapolis Junior Open
(September 24-25, 2016)
Let’s create a Legacy
This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Fairbault, Minnesota to take on the Legacy golf course. It was a beautiful weekend as the golfers were able to handle the tough challenges the course had to offer. Thank you to Legacy Golf for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. Six age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were on the line. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the winner of each division will be invited to play in the National Championship held later this year in December.
Boys 16-18 Division
Our champion for this age division was Tate Arends. The Iowa native finished with a total score of 145 after two rounds. The second place finisher was Parker Reddig out of Minneapolis. Reddig shot a 146 to claim second. After the first round Reddig shot a 72 while shooting a 74 during the second round to finish with a 146. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Buffington with a 147. The top three scores were only split by 2 strokes. Two individuals this weekend were able to Eagle a hole this weekend in the age division. Eight players this weekend shot more than 5 Birdies. Griffin Joseph finished with the most, concluding with 8 total for both rounds. Arends was able to pull away on the Front 9 this tournament while Buffington was making his run for the trophies later in the Back 9. Every young man this weekend showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the tournament. It was a pleasure to meet each contestant this weekend and HJGT hopes to see all of them very soon.
Boys 14-15 Division
The champion of this round was not declared after the first 36 holes. Matthew Garside and Noah Boraas were determined to keep a tight race to the very end. After 36 holes both young men were tied at 148, it was time for a playoff. They would be starting from hole 1 and proceed through the course until there was a winner. One playoff hole was not enough to declare a champion. On hole two Garside took two shots to come within 60 yards of the pin and on the third shot he got a great roll for the ball to drop into the hole. It was not over just then after Boraas second shot he was in the bunker 50 yards from the pin, on the third shot he came within 6 inches of sending the playoff to another hole. Garside was able to claim first after the playoff and Boraas finished second. Coming in third was Ben Warian finishing with a final score of 152 only 4 strokes behind the leaders. To begin the day, Daniel Zhou, our contestant from Beijing, China was able to sink the ball from beyond 100 yards to eagle the whole it was bound to be an interesting final day for the tournament. Garside was able to finish with nearly 30 holes shooting par or better this weekend to solidify his claim as the champion for the Boys 14-15 division. Many of the young men this weekend have dreams of playing at the next level, if they keep up the hard work and dedication they will be on their way to signing letters of intent.
Girls 14-18 Division
Sophia Yoemans, out of Red Wing, Minnesota was our champion for this age division. She was very consistent this weekend, first round she shot a 76 to follow that up she shot a 77 and finished with a 153. Second place was Brooke Newell, after shooting a 159 to close the tournament. Coming in third place was Camille Kuznik from Orono, Minnesota shooting a 161. Our champion was able to finish very strong and lead all competitors on the Back 9. There young women showed greats sportsmanship and showed their love for the game throughout both rounds to finish a great weekend of golf.
Boys 11-13 Division
Our champion of this age group was out of Deephaven, Minnesota. Ian Meyer was able to capture the Boys 11-13 division by finishing two strokes better than the second place finisher Brock Snyder. During the champion interview, Meyer said he did not play up to his standards. He was still very appreciative and thankful he was able to compete in this tournament and bring home the trophy. It was a very tight competition between the two finishers. Coming in third with a 169 score was a young man by the name of Teddy Kaste from Apple Valley, Minnesota. The most Birdies in this tournament for the age division was Landon Buckanaga with 3 while two other contestants were also to compete at least a hole with a Birdie. The champ was able to finish over half of the holes Par of better. All of these young men showed excellent sportsmanship toward one another.
Boys U10 Division
Out of Windsor Heights, Iowa our U10 champion was Tony Song. Song was in a competition all by himself. The first round Landen posted a 113, then to close the second round he bettered his score by 5 stokes it was a positive reflection of the second half effort he demonstrated. The Front 9 was better than the Back 9 for this young individual. Song was very enthusiastic throughout both days there were only smiles from this young man. He really knows where it is time to turn up his game in the latter half of competition. HJGT really hopes to see more of Song and progress his talents more and more each event.
Weather September 24-25, 2016: Round 1: Low 63, High 81, Partly Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph Round 2: Low 60, High 70, Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph Tournament Division Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,400 yards Boys 14-15: 6,400 yards Girls 14-18: 5,672 Boys 11-13: 5,672 yards Girls U13: did not participate Boys U10: 4,960 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 email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference