On July 11th and 12th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Uniontown, Pennsylvania to host the Nemacolin Junior Open at The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. 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, we were lucky enough to have some marvelous weather to make the weekend even better. Winners in all four-age divisions received an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boy's 15-18 division, the Venetia, Pennsylvania resident, Tanner Johnson took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the putting green. Out putting his competition on almost every hole all weekend, Johnson ended the tournament just seven strokes over par. Saturday was a great day of golf for Johnson as he ended the round tied for Second place, and with a very impressive score of a 74, only four strokes over par. On Sunday, Johnson made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 73, definitely his better round of golf. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, he featured two birdies, really turning some heads as his putts ended almost every hole with strength. Johnson had a total of four birdies on the weekend. There were two second place finishers on the weekend. Jarrod Kasunick, from, Massillon, Ohio was the first to go home with second place hardware. Kasunick finished the first round five strokes out of the first place spot, and was only seven strokes over par after Saturday. Kasunick played great golf all throughout the weekend. Finishing the tournament just one stroke out of the first place spot, Kasunick finished the first round with a great score of a 77. Kasunick then ended the second round shooting a 71, a very impressive score, just one stroke over par. Displaying a very impressive two birdied holes this weekend, Kasunick sported high quality golf all weekend. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in second place was Ryan Mallette, from North Canton, Ohio. Mallette really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was very impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Mallette played his best golf on both days of the tournament as he ended both rounds shooting a 74. As the top two spots were decided by just two strokes, Mallette fell out of the first place spot by just one stroke, and finishing the weekend with two very impressive scores. Mallette’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie five holes this weekend. Finishing in the third place spot was Chris Rust, from Wexford Pennsylvania. Rust played great golf all weekend as he shot a 75 in the first round, and then a 75 in the second round. Featuring two birdies this weekend, Rust was a great competitor on our tour this weekend. As all four of the top finishers have a golf game that is extremely well rounded, it is easy to tell that they all have a great future of golf ahead of them. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very impressive, and quality golf.
In the Boy's 13-14, division, Richard Jacobs finished the tournament in the top spot. The North Palm Beach, Florida resident played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of a 78 on the first round, and an 81 on the second round. Jacobs featured a very strong short game this weekend, as he was unmatched close to the hole, and on the putting green on almost every hole. Jacobs was in first place after the first round, and then finished the second round with the best score, as he didn't let the pressure of a lead in a big tournament get to him. To add to his impressive finish, Jacobs featured one birdie this weekend, which came on a par five. Finishing right behind Jacobs, and in second place was Parker Johnson, from Venetia, Pennsylvania. Johnson brought a lot of confidence with him from Venetia, as he has been a very strong, and competitive golfer inside of our Hurricane events. That being said, we were pleased to welcome him back onto our tour for the weekend. Johnson finished round one with a very impressive score of an 83, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with an even better score of a 82. Johnson also featured three birdies on the weekend, all coming in the first round, and his game off of the tee box was polished. Going home in third place was Geoffrey Poon, from Venetia, Pennsylvania. Poon, a very familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, displayed great golf all weekend long as he finished the first day with an 87, and in third place. Poon came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of an 85. Poon featured one birdie this weekend to make his scores stand out just a little bit more. The Boy's 13-14 division had a very exciting weekend, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole weekend was Marissa Balish, from Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Balish is a common face on our tour, and we were excited to see her back as she always has the ability to bring some great talent to our tournament play. Balish finished the tournament in first place in the Girl's 15-18 division, and also had one of the most impressive scores of the entire tournament, even including the older boys division. Her Sunday score, a 73, was one of the lowest scores of the entire weekend, including every competitor. A score of a 73 coming from the Allison Park, Pennsylvania resident is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Balish shot a 78 on Saturday, which put her tied for second after the first day, and she then brought her talents with her into Sunday as she shot her 73 in the second round. Balish had a total of four birdies this weekend, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Balish, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Caroline Wrigley, from Wexford, Pennsylvania. Wrigley played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting a 78 on Saturday, and another great score, a 74 on Sunday. Wrigley really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Wrigley’s highlight of the weekend was her second round of the tournament, which included three birdied holes, and also one of the best scores of the entire weekend, her 74. Wrigley also birdied one hole in the first round, coming on one of the toughest holes on the course. There were a total of three third place finishers this weekend. First leaving the course in third place, was Marissa Kirkwood, from New Castle, Pennsylvania. Kirkwood finished the weekend just 15 strokes over par, displaying a 83 on the first round, and an eleven stroke better score, a 72 on the second round. Kirkwood, another familiar face on the Hurricane Tour, was very impressive off the tee box all weekend, as her drives were powerful, and really turned some heads. Kirkwood really took a very competitive attitude, and game of golf with her to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Kirkwood had four birdied holes this weekend to help her take home some hardware. Also finishing in third place was Bella Petrone, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Petrone displayed very competitive golf this weekend as she was outmatched on the teebox. Petrone featured a very impressive five birdied holes this weekend, three of which coming on par fives. Also finishing in third place was Minuette Laessig, from Barto, Pennsylvania. Laessig brings a ton of talent with her to the course at every Hurricane event that she plays. Laessig was consistently good this weekend as she shot a 78 in the first round, and a 77 in the second round. With three birdies to show for, Laessig was great all around the course. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this weekend as their scores almost matched the boys, which is great to see
In the Girl's 11-14 Division, all competitors in the age group played great golf. Going home with the first place trophy, was Kayla Perkins, from Bethesda, Maryland. Perkins was very impressive this weekend, as she showed off her talents in all aspects of the game. Perkins short game was unbeatable this weekend, as she made some very difficult chips look easy. Perkins finished the first round shooting an 85, and then came back to the tournament on Sunday five strokes better, as she finished with an 80. Displaying one birdie this weekend, Perkins really showed that her game is filled with talent. Perkins closest competitor, and finishing in second place was the Tyrone Country, Ireland resident, Emma Forbes. Forbes was also very impressive this weekend as she birdied two holes, and showed very accurate and controlled drives off of the tee box. Forbes finished both rounds playing great golf, as she shot an 87 in the first round, and a 79 in the second round. Two birdies on the weekend really helped Forbes finish in the second place spot. Forbes, a new face on our tour, really brings competitiveness and confidence with her to the course, and is a talented golfer who we hope to see back on our tour in the near future. Finishing in third place was Tatum McKelvey, from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. A golfer who you can count on to play well in almost every round that she plays with us, really showed off her talents this weekend. McKelvey finished the first round shooting an 89, and the second round with an 88. McKelvey had one birdie coming on one of the toughest holes of the course this weekend to help her finish in the top three spots. The Girl's 11-14 year old age division featured some very quality golfers this weekend, and we hope to see them all back on our tour soon. Weather: Saturday: Low 80’s, Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Wind 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages:
Boys 15-18/Boys 13-14- 6,528 YDS Girls 15-18/Girls 11-14- 5,524 YDS About Us: 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.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference