On December 5th and 6th 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Champions Gate, Florida to host the HJGT National Championship Boys 15-18 division at Champions Gate Country Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf. Both Saturday, and Sunday, the weather was perfect. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams and all HJGT teams.
In the Boys 15-18 Division Hao Hua Zhang from Howey in the Hills, Florida took home the championship behind some incredible ball striking and clutch putts. Zhang finished the tournament at a plus one 145 behind two incredible rounds of golf. Saturday saw Zhang shoot a plus two 74, which included a single birdie, and was good enough for second place heading into Sunday. Peyton Manning once said “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.” It was clear Zhang knew what he was doing. The pressure was high on Sunday, but someone forgot to tell Hao Hua. He would come out and solidify his championship with a remarkable Sunday score of minus one 71, which included four birdies. In second place we had a tie between Carlos Marrero from Howey in the Hills, Florida and St. Augustine’s own Hunter Layne. Carlos Marrero was one of the biggest stories of the tournament, after shooting a five over 77 on Saturday, which saw Marrero unable to get in any kind of rhythm. He then follows it up with a tournament best two under 70 on Sunday to take home second place. Our other second place finisher Hunter Layne played some spectacular golf this weekend. After shooting a one over 73 on Saturday, with the overnight lead heading into the final round, Layne battled all day neck and neck with Zhang. They both were tied heading into the final hole of the tournament. Unfortunately for Layne, a rough 18th doomed him to second, but that shouldn’t take away from the great golf he played over the weekend. Just like second place we also had a tie for third place. In third place Won Jun Choi and Tennoshin Ogawa were a notch above the rest. Ogawa came out of the gates with a plus three 75 and only got stronger as the tournament continued. Sunday saw Tennoshin shoot a fantastic one over 73 which included three birdies on his way to finishing in third. Our second third place finisher was Won Jun Choi who, like Tennoshin, also shot rounds of 75 and 73 to finish at a two day total of 148. Choi was very consistent for the tournament making par on 30 of the 36 holes he played which lead him to his third place finish. Overall the boy’s 15-18 division was very competitive with all of our top finishers proving they are some of the top junior golfers around. Weather:
Saturday: High 70’s, Sunny, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: High 70’s, Sunny, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages:
Boys 15-18 – 6,657 Yards 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 Dusty Pittman Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference