New Jersey Fall Challenge Oct. 10-11 Ewing, NJ

Ewing, New Jersey: (October 11, 2015). Mountain View Golf Club welcomed 40 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour participants to Ewing, New Jersey. Both days of the tournament featured great weather and pristine scoring conditions for all the players. The course was wide open for the most part, but the small, narrow greens provided a great challenge. Iron play and ball striking were key to the New Jersey Fall Challenge because of the size of the putting surface. We thank Mountain View Golf Club for a tremendous weekend for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.  

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Boys 15-18 A final round 72 by Randor, Pennsylvania’s Jacob Liberman allowed him to come from 4 shots back to win the boys 15-18 New Jersey Fall Challenge. Liberman teed off in the second to last group on Sunday four shots back of the leading score. He used three birdies in his final round on Sunday to come from behind and take the tournament. 2nd place went to the tournaments overnight leader Brendan Hansen. Hansen, from Spring Lake, New Jersey, carded a 75 on Saturday and headed into Sunday with the lead only to see Liberman shoot the round of the tournament and take first place away. There was a tie for 3rd place as William O’Neil and Patrick Boles both shot a tournament score of 155. Tanner Grzegorczyk led the field in birdies with 6 and Hansen led the tournament in par 3 scoring with an average of 3.2.    

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Girls 15-18 Allyson Wentworth and Haley Bookholdt entered Sunday’s round tied after firing first round scores of 80, but a final round score of 74 separated Allyson Wentworth from the field. She used two birdies on an even par backside to pull away from Bookholdt and the rest of the players for her victory at the New Jersey Fall Challenge. The top 3 was rounded out by Esther Park from Wilmington, Delaware Wentworth from Stewartsville, New Jersey led the field in par 4 scoring with an average of 4.3. Bookholdt who finished in second led the field in par 3 scoring averaging 3.2.    

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Boys 13-14 The top two players were separated by only 1 shot heading into Sunday’s final round in the boys 13-14 division. Garret Engle led TY Brinker by one after carding a first round 75. Engle of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began round two with a bang by birdieing his first hole. He then went on to birdie the par 3 4th hole and take a commanding lead with 14 holes to play. Brinker would give chase birdieing the par 5 14th, but by then Engle had pulled away. This is Enlge’s 3rd win of the season and second straight week bringing home a victory on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Brinker would come in 2nd place and Joseph Lostumbo from Flemington, New Jersey came in 3rd. Engle led the field in birdies with 4 total for the tournament.    

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Boys 11-12 Calen Sanderson dominated the boys 11-12 division with round of 77 and 79 at a very difficult golf course. Sanderson used consistent golf to win the New Jersey Fall Challenge. Sanderson’s impeccable putting helped him shoot those back to back rounds in the 70s. 2nd place went to Zachary Ong of Scarsdale, New York led the field in birdies with 3 and Calen Sanderson had the best par 3 scoring average of the tournament with a 3.2 average.      

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Girls 11-14 Lauren Chen entered Sunday two shots out of the lead, but came back from a first round 85 to shoot a final round 78 and win the tournament by 5 strokes. Her impressive final round 78 included 2 birdies, one on her first hole and one on her final hole. Her accuracy with her driver was pivotal to her success at the New Jersey Fall Challenge. Rounding out the top 3 was Regina Garvey and Megha Ganne.  Garvey led the field in birdies with 5 for the tournament and Chen led the field in par 5 scoring with an average of 5.1     Weather: Day 1 -   Low 48 Degrees, 65 High Degrees, Wind from 0-5 mph Day 2 -   Low 50 Degrees, High 69 Degrees, Wind from 0-5 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6644 yards Boys 13-14 – 6175 yards Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12 – 5625 yards Girls 11-14 – 5326 Yards 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, 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, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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