The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Dickson, Tennessee on May 24-25 for the Nashville Junior Shootout at Greystone Golf Club. Both days featured a beautiful sunny sky that allowed for exciting play from our juniors. This translated into competitive scores for all of our age divisions in the field of competition of around 35 players. The tournament began with a later start on Saturday afternoon followed by an early morning Sunday final round finish, which lead to thrilling play between all age divisions. Players competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, All HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Winners in each division will receive an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship December 6-7 and Mid Season Invitational June 22-24.
The final round of the Nashville Junior Shootout presented by Golfdotz for the Boys 15-18 division, finished in a dramatic fashion at Greystone Golf Club. Bradley Durand of Oak Ridge, TN, held off Jared Barclay of Weston, Fl. Bradley shot a final round 75 after posting a 70 on day one. Jared finished Sunday with an even par 72 after shooting a 74 on Saturday. Barclay fired 4 birdies on the back nine while Durand bogied the last 3 holes, because he shot 2 under par Saturday, he was able to finish with a score of 1 over, and a 2-day total of 145. Barclay finished just one stroke behind at 2 over 146. Both players had 8 birdies within the weekend tournament. Rounding out the top three was the Australian Jack Clark who finished with a strong 150 two day total. Clark had a strong shot a strong 73 on Sunday after posting 77 on Saturday. Jack made a terrific eagle on the par 5 17th on Sunday to solidify his third place finish. Overall, the level of play increased on Sunday from Saturday with the scoring average dropping from 81.3 to 79.7.
Bethany Burns of Signal Mountain, Tennessee outlasted her competitors in the Girls 15-18 division at Greystone through the two days of competition. After fighting off a tough first day of 85, Burns came back to shoot a 78 and in the final round to cruise to a victory for a total of 163. Burn’s two birdies came in round two as well as nine pars. Burn’s improved by avoiding fewer single and double bogeys in the second round. Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Annika Blanton of Dacula, Georgia tied for second place. Berman also improved by only having two bogeys on Sunday, compared to her five bogeys and five double bogeys on Saturday. Along with reducing her bogeys she also had a total of four birdies, three of them were on consecutive holes. Berman was able to reduce her first round score of 92 by twenty strokes for a total of 72 on Sunday. This lead to an overall score of 164. Blanton had her first birdie of the tournament on the tenth hole in round two. Blanton had a remarkable comeback after having nine bogeys and two double bogeys on Saturday. Blanton’s overall total for the tournament was 164 for the weekend.
Jacob LeCroy of Anniston, Alabama became the Boys 11-14 division after two days at Greystone in Dickson, Tennessee. He had the lowest one day score of the tournament with a 69, and came back the second day to shoot a 75, giving him a total of 144. He also recorded the most birdies in the 11-14 division with eight birdies total on the weekend. In second place, with a total score of 148, was Coleman Jones of Franklin, Tennessee. Jones had great rounds both days, scoring 75 the first day and 73 the second. He had six total birdies on the weekend. Rounding out our 11-14 champions in third place was Luke Raines from Mount Juliet, Tennessee. The Tennessee native scored a weekend total of 158. Raines shot even par the first day and 86 in the second round. Weather: Day 1- High of 83, low of 64 with sunny skies and a slight breeze Day 2- High of 87, low of 63 with sunny skies and a slight breeze Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,707 yards Boys 11-14: 6,073 yards Girls 15-18: 5,557 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention 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 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 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.