New York Summer Challenge
(July 9-10, 2016)
Pars on the Pines
On July 9, 2016 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour took on Pine Ridge Golf Club in Coram, New York. Despite harsh weather predictions, the rain was able to hold off for a nice and cool summer weekend in Long Island. Thank you to Pine Ridge Golf Club for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. All six age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were on the line. The winner of each division will be invited to play in the national championship held later this year in December. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. The course was challenging for these young golfers, but they lived up to the test throughout the weekend.
Boys 16-18 Division
Ben Pirro was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. The Heathrow, Florida, native was able to shoot back-to-back 75’s to solidify his first place finish with a 150 total. Jack Boyland from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida finished in second place after shooting an 80 in each round for a total score of 160. Chris Ayers out of Weathersfield, Connecticut shot an 83 in the first round followed by a 79 in the second to finish in third place with a total score of 162 for the weekend. James Bao of Pennington, New Jersey led the division with three total birdies for the tournament. Chris Ayers had a six hole bogeyless streak to lead the division in this category. All of the golfers had a great time competing against some of the best golfers in the world.
Boys 14-15 Division
Saurav Bhasin was the winner of the boys 14-15 division. Bhasin from Plainview, New York was able to finish at the top of the division after shooting an 83 in the first round and an 82 in the second. He finished with an overall score of 165. Kyle Zere out of Ronkonkoma, New York finished in second place, just one stroke behind Bhasin for the lead. Zere shot an 82 on Saturday followed by an 84 on Sunday to finish with a 166 overall. Jacob Fain finished in third place after shooting an 89 followed by an 82. The Port Washington, New York native had the highlight of the tournament after he was able to hole out from about 210 yards on the 18th hole in the second round. Kyle Zere led the division in pars with a total of 17 over two rounds. Bhasin had a five hole bogeyless streak to lead the division in this category. The golfers showed a great deal of competitiveness and sportsmanship throughout the weekend.
Girls 14-18 Division
Lauren Chen was the winner of the girls 14-18 division. After tying with Ashley Harding with an overall score of 180 after the second round, Chen from Manhasset, New York was able to edge out Harding for the victory in a playoff. Harding from Glen Cove, New York took home second place after shooting a 93 on Saturday and an 87 on Sunday. Lucy Lamb out of Palo Alto, California finished in third place with an overall score of 192, after shooting a 93 and 99. Harding led the division with a total of three birdies. Lamb had 10 total pars to lead the division in this category. Isabella Landry was the winner of the girls U13 division. She competed at the girls 14-18 division yardages because she was the only competitor in this division. Despite playing from a longer yardage, the Manotick, Ontario native was able to hold her own. She shot a 93 in the first round followed by a 99 in the second round and finished the tournament with a total score of 192. She will be invited to play in the national championship held in December. With great competition, comes challenges and each player help their own.
Boys 11-13 Division
Matt Messenger was the champion of the boys 11-13 division. Messenger, a Moorestown, New Jersey native shot an 86 in the first round and an 85 in the second round to finish with a total score of 171. Tyler Zere from Ronkonkoma, New York finished in second place after posting an 89 on Saturday, followed by a 90 on Sunday for a 179 overall. Bijah LaFollette out of New York, New York finished in third place, after shooting a 101 in the first round and a 93 in the second round for a total score of 194. Messenger led the division with a total of 14 pars. He also led the division with an eight hole bogeyless streak. Kyle Zere took home our Kind Player of the Week Award for his exceptional sportsmanship and the excitement he had throughout the weekend. All of the golfers had a great time competing against each other and look forward to competing again in the future.
Boys U10 Division
Kyle Hahn was the champion of the boy U10 division. The New York, New York native was able to solidify his victory after shooting a 114 in the first round and 116 in the second to finish with a total score of 230. Dane LaFollette also from New York, New York shot a 124 on Saturday, followed by a 110 on Sunday to finish the tournament with a 234 overall. LaFollete led the division averaging a 4.9 on the difficult par threes this course has to offer. Hahn averaged a 56 per nine holes to lead the division in this category. These two young golfers had a great time competing against each other and look forward to competing again in the future.
Weather June 11-12, 2016:
Round 1: Low 63, High 71, Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph
Round 2: Low 63, High 78, Partly Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,569 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,569 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,748 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,748 yards
Girls U13: 5,748 yards
Boys U10: 5,102 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org