Nashville Jr. Shootout Recap - March 12-13

Nashville Junior Shootout

March 12-13, 2016


Music City Miracle: Weather Holds Off Just in Time

Travel Team No. 1 for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled up to Music City to host the Nashville Junior Shootout. Hermitage Golf Course featured the Generals Retreat as the shining course for our 93 competitors this week. With weather playing in everyone’s mind, golfers, spectators and staff worked quickly to get the tournament in. Even though the forecast indicated rain, it held off long enough to get the tournament in. Scores came in low despite the conditions and weather and the competition was stiff. Birdies and eagles snuck in there to keep things fun and exciting. The HJGT crew loved the course and hospitality from the staff at Hermitage was unblemished. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to all five age divisions. America Junior Golf. Winners in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 top three in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13. Top 10 finishers receive points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.

Boys 16-18 Division

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Jack Uselton

Jack Uselton[/caption] Jack Uselton entered the second round with a two-stroke lead, but that did not affect his aggressiveness. The Tullahoma, Tenn., native kept his foot to the pedal after a scorching four-under-par round of 68 and followed it up with a 69. Weather obviously was not a factor for him with his 10 birdies and 23 pars and perhaps most impressively, no scores worse than bogey. Luke Raines teed off just two strokes off the lead after his 70 in round one. The Mount Juliet, Tenn., native had seven birdies to cap off his weekend with a 145 overall, eight strokes back of Uselton. He ended the weekend tied for second with Martin Jensen. Jensen from Rome, Ga., used a 71 during round two to get him into a tie for second. His 74 during round one kept him within striking distance to make his move on Sunday. Four birdies made it possible for Jensen, including two in the last three holes.  

Boys 14-15 Division

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Hayden Blair

Hayden Blair[/caption] This division featured a tight battle entering the second round with Hayden Blair trailing the lead by one after posting a 72. Coming from Tullahoma, Tenn., Blair tied for the low round on Sunday with a 74 to finish at 146 for the weekend for a five-stroke victory over the field of 24 divisional competitors. His three birdies in round two helped him capture the title. Finishing with a 151 was Jake Allstun of Cohutta, Ga., who also shot 74 in round two. His two second-round birdies were enough to keep him in front of third place. He also had five birdies on the weekend. Rounding out the top three was Morgan Robinson. The Tennessee Ridge, Tenn., competitor played some stellar golf, which included an eagle on the par-5 eighth, part of a seven-hole stretch in round one that consisted of four birdies and the eagle en route to a 71 in round one and a 153 total.  

Boys 11-13 Division

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Riley Grindstaff

Riley Grindstaff[/caption] Tied with a 77 after one round in the Nashville Junior Shootout, Riley Grindstaff captured the victory after surging in round two. The Franklin, Tenn., native took a bogey on No. 14, but his birdie on No. 18 brought him back to even par for the round. He walked away with two birdies on the weekend. Coming in second was Coop Hayes of Strawberry Plains, Tenn. He ended the weekend with a 154 overall and three birdies overall; two of which, came on the front nine in round one. Third-place finisher out of nine divisional competitors was Sam Banks of Nashville. Banks posted a 79 in round one and climbed up three spots to third place after a 77 in round two.    

Girls 14-18 Division

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Elina Saksa

Elina Saksa[/caption] Elina Saksa took a commanding five-stroke lead into Sunday and did not look back. After a one-over-par 73 in round one, Saksa’s lead was cut into in round two, but she prevailed for a two-stroke victory. Traveling in from Chattanooga, Tenn., Saksa used three birdies en route to a 150 two-day total. Kiira Rihijarvi had five birdies on the weekend and the low score on Sunday to take second place out of 18 divisional competitors. The Rome, Ga., native had scores of 78 and 74 to nearly catch Saksa. Tying for third was Syd Garber of Fate, Texas, and Kelsey Cassada of Cleveland, Tenn., at 160. Garber was very consistent with both rounds coming in at 80. Cassada had an 82 in round two highlighted by two birdies.  

Girls 13U Division

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Sophie Linder

Sophie Linder[/caption] After an 83 in round one, Sophie Linder from Carthage, Tenn. had a hefty seven-stroke lead. With four birdies in round two, two coming on the final two holes, she finished with a 161 (83-78). The final margin of victory was 15 strokes, the largest of any division. The front nine in round two was an even par. Coming in second was one of two Johnson twins, Faith, with a 176 total. Her second round was four strokes better than her 90 in round one. Round two had her only birdie coming on the front nine. The second of the Johnsons from Evansville, Ind., Faith, and Macy Moses of Madisonville, Tenn., tied for third with a 190. Johnson had a round one 97 and her only birdie coming in round two. Moses also had a birdie in round two and her score improved by four strokes on day two.  

Weather for March 12-13

Round 1: Low 56, High 67, Winds 5-10 mph, Cloudy Skies, Sprinkles, Wet Conditions

Round 2: Low 57, High 72, Winds 10 mph, Cloudy Skies with Afternoon Rain, Cool, Wet Conditions

Tournament Yardages

Boys 16-18 Yards: 6,625 yards

Boys 14-15 Yards: 6,625 yards

Boys 11-13 Yards: 5,707 yards

Girls 14-18 Yards: 5,707 yards

Girls 13U Yards: 5,238 yards

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