The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the state of Florida to host the National Championship at Reunion Resort. The resort featured three different golf courses. The boys 11-14 played on the featured Nicklaus course to determine their national champion. The course offered tough conditions, making it a challenge for the players to be crowned champion. It was well kept and always had a welcoming environment. The weather could not have been any better over the weekend. Being able to play golf in December is all you can ask for. Overall it was a tough but fair weekend for the players. The tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at stake, and winners in each division received an exemption into the 2016 Tour Championship, with top 20 finishers receiving points towards year-end honors, and AJGA PBE available. Being the National Championship the points and stake were higher than other tournaments this year.
The finish to the boys 13-14 division is what we would expect in the National Championship. Two players were tied for first, with a two-day score of four-over par. This meant it was time for a sudden death playoff. The two players ready to take on the first hole again were Johnny Bai, from Lake Mary, Florida, and Jim Cai, from Brandenton, Florida. Cai just barely reached the playoff round. Being four strokes off the lead after the first round, Cai knew he had to post something impressive on Sunday. Cai came out Sunday focused and shot a strong score of two-under par. Bai played pretty consistent over the weekend with a 75,73 respectively. Both players during the playoff hole were looking for the yardage advantage and blasted drives down-course. Cai unfortunately landed in a fairway bunker, causing him some trouble on the hole. Bai ended up finishing first in the playoff and becoming the boys 13-14 National Champion. William Mirams, from Stoudsburg, Pennsylvania, placed third with a two-day score just one behind the leader. Mirams also had a Sunday round of 70, thanks to his 50-foot putt on hole 4.
Even though the 11-12 boys did not go into a playoff, does not mean it was not close until the very end. The winner ended up being Jake Peacock, from Alpharetta, Georgia. Peacock led after round one with a score of 76, with a confident boosting birdie on the 18th hole. He knew he just had to play smart on Sunday and the trophy would be his. Peacock led the group in Par 3 scoring and in most pars of better. Logan Zum, Brendan Valdes, and Cristobal Sepulved all tied for second place in the National Championship. They were able to put together a two-day score of 159 on a long difficult course. Zum led the group with most birdies with six, with Valdes having five. Sepulveda went six holes without a bogey in his performance, leading the group. Weather: Saturday: High 70s, Partly Cloudy, Wind 20-25 MPH Sunday: Low 80s, Partly Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 11-14- 5.946 YDS 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.com Tyler Brecht Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference