On July 1st and 2nd, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Phillipsburg, New Jersey to host the New Jersey Summer Classic at The Architects Golf Club. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf. On Wednesday, the first day of the tournament, there was a little rain that came in during the first tee times, but cleared up right in time for the tournament. On Thursday, we were lucky to have some marvelous sunshine, which was a great cap to the weekend. Winners in all five-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 Wycoff, New Jersey Resident, George Cultraro 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, Cultraro ended the tournament just two strokes over par. Saturday was a great day of golf for Cultraro as he ended the round in second place, and with a very impressive score of a 74, only three strokes over par. On Sunday, Cultraro made it interesting as he finished the second round shooting a 70. Playing phenomenal golf on Sunday, he featured five birdies, really turning some heads as his puts ended almost every hole with strength. Cultraro had a total of six birdies on the weekend. The second place finisher on the weekend was Brendan Hanson, from Spring Lake, New Jersey. Hanson finished the first round tied for second place, and was only three strokes over par after Saturday. Hanson played great golf all throughout the weekend finishing the tournament just three strokes out of the first place spot. Hanson finished the first round with a great score of a 74, and ended the second round shooting a 73, just two strokes over par. Displaying a very impressive four birdied holes this weekend, Hanson fell out of the first place spot by just a few strokes. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place was Reid Bedell, from Fair Haven, New Jersey. Bedell really opened some eyes this weekend, as he was impressive in all three major aspects of the game. Bedell shot his best score on the weekend, a 71, on Sunday to add to his work on Saturday as he shot a 77. As the top three spots were decided by just seven strokes, Bedell fell out of the second spot by just one stroke, and finishing the weekend with two very impressive scores. Bedell’s drives were unmatched, as he proceeded to birdie five holes this weekend. As all three 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 Boy’s 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this weekend, and all of the top finishers played very impressive, quality golf.
In the Boy’s 13-14, division, Sean Vowells finished the tournament in the top spot. The Chatham, New Jersey resident played very competitive golf this weekend as he shot a great score of a 76 on the first round, and an 81 on the second round. Vowells 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. Vowells 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, Vowells featured three birdies this weekend, two of which coming on par fives. Finishing right behind Vowells, and in second place was Joseph Lustumbo, from Flemington, New Jersey. Lustumbo brought a lot of confidence with him from Flemington, 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. Lustumbo finished round one with a very impressive score of an 81, and then took his talents, and his confidence into the second day as he finished Sunday with an even better score of 78. Lustumbo also featured three birdies on the weekend, and his game off of the tee box was polished. Going home in third place was Brandon Valvano, from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Valvano, 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. Valvano came to the course with confidence again on Sunday as he shot another low score of an 83. Valvano 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 Allyson Wentworth, from Stewartsville, New Jersey. Wentworth 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. Wentworth 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 Akron Golf committee, is something that makes our tour even more competitive. Wentworth shot a 74 on Saturday, which put her in first place after the first day, and she then brought her talents with her into Sunday as she shot her 73 in the second round. Wentworth had a total of two birdies this weekend, which helped her finish in the top spot. Finishing behind Wentworth, and leaving the course with the second place trophy was Wenyan Ma, from Windermere, Florida. Ma played great golf this weekend as she competed in both rounds, shooting a 75 on Saturday, and another great score, a 76 on Sunday. Ma really has a future in golf ahead of her as she showed great talent all throughout her game this weekend. Ma’s highlight of the weekend was her first round of the tournament, which included three birdied holes, and also one of the best scores of the entire weekend, her 75. Ma also birdied two holes in the second round, coming on two of the toughest holes on the course. Leaving the course in third place, was Gabriella Kim, from Wayne Pennsylvania. Kim finished the weekend just 11 strokes over par, displaying a 78 on the first round, and an even better 75 on the second round. Kim, 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. Kim really took a very competitive attitude, and game of golf with her to the course this weekend and she didn’t fail to impress. Kim had four birdied holes this weekend to help her take home some hardware. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this weekend as their scores almost matched the boys, which is always great to see.
In the Boy’s 11-12 year old division, Franklin Zhu went home with the first place trophy. Zhu, the Warren, New Jersey resident, was very impressive this weekend as he was strong in all major aspects of the game. Zhu shot a very good score of an 84 on the first round, and then finished his second round on Sunday with another great score, an even better 74. Zhu’s drives were his strongest aspect of his game this weekend as he was out driving the ball further than the competitors in the older division. Zhu really has a future in golf ahead of him, as he featured a polished golf game this weekend all around the course. Finishing right behind Zhu, and in second place, was Robbie Herzig, from New York, New York. Herzig has an experienced golf game, and he showed it off well this weekend on the putting green. Herzig Finished the first round with a 78, and just seven strokes over par. Herzig came to play again in the second round as he shot another great score of an 81, with two birdies to show for it. Finishing behind Herzig, and leaving the weekend with the third place trophy was Jeremy Edmunds, from Penfield, New York. Edmunds had a very impressive weekend as he ended Saturday’s round with a 98, and the second round with a 96. Edmunds, a very quality golfer, featured one birdie this weekend to make his scores look even better.
In the Girl’s 11-14 Division, all competitors in the age group played great golf. Going home with the first place trophy, was Bailey Shoemaker, from West Edmeston, New York. Shoemaker was very impressive this weekend, as she showed off her talents in all aspects of the game. Shoemaker’s short game was unbeatable this weekend, as she made some very difficult chips look easy. Shoemaker finished the first round shooting an 82, and then came back to the tournament on Sunday two strokes better, as she finished with an 80. Displaying two birdies this weekend, Shoemaker really showed that her game is filled with talent. Shoemakers closest competitor, and finishing in second place was the Jersey City, New Jersey resident, Meghan Ganne. Ganne was also very impressive this weekend as she birdied two holes, and showed very accurate and controlled drives off of the tee box. Ganne finished both rounds shooting an 86, two very talented scores. Two birdies on the weekend really helped Ganne finish in the second place spot. Ganne, 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 Katie Li, from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Li, 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. Li finished the first round shooting a 90, and the second round with an 88. Li 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, Clear, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Wind 0-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,538 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12- 5,623 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,133 YDS Girls 11-14- 5,200 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