New Jersey Kickoff at Twisted Dune
Twisted Dune – Egg Harbor Township, NJ (April 2-3)
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ventured to the one and only Twisted Dune in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Mimicking its name, Twisted Dune is a links style course with twisting landscapes, unpredictable elevation changes, skewed fairways, and more sand than any beach. Designed by Archie Struthers, the course required massive amounts of earth to be moved just to create this sandy experiene. The course was created to bring a taste of the Scottish style and feel to the Jersey Shore. The weather was less than ideal, but the juniors battled through the conditions. Rain and wind mixed to wreak havoc on players’ shots. The HJGT would like to thank the staff at Twisted Dune in aiding to host what was a great event. All division winners at the New Jersey Kickoff received invitations to the 2016 HJGT Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three in each division also received invitations to the 2016 HJGT Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded for the Boys 11-13, 14-15 and 16-18 divisions and Girls 14-18.
Boys 16-18 Division
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The Boys 16-18 age division was a three-man battle between William Mitchell of Moorestown, N.J., Nicholas Stewart of Cranbury, N.J., and Sean Siegman of Port Washington, N.Y. A dismal final day weather-wise helped Mitchell pull away from his competition and bring home the trophy. Behind four birdies and 16 pars for the weekend, Mitchell controlled his game and focused on consistency. Scoring a two-day total of 159 (+15), Mitchell trailed Siegman by one stroke after round one before his Sunday surge. Stewart edged out Siegman for second place out of 10 in the division with clutch shots down the stretch. Stewart shot a 167 (+23), while Siegman managed a 169 (+25). Stewart ended with two birdies and 14 pars, while Siegman made only one birdie, but had a division-high 18 pars.
Boys 14-15 Division
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The Boys 14-15 division was a tightly contested race to the finish. Sean Choi of Ramsey, N.J., came up clutch with a marvelous final round to edge out his competitors. Choi knocked in 15 pars for the entire tournament, including one on No. 18 on Sunday, to seal the deal. Posting a 171 (+27) total was just enough to finish ahead of second place finishers Brandon Valvano of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Raymond Gresalfi of Lake Success, N.Y. Both finished at 174 (+30). In total, the division featured six golfers.
Girls 14-18 Division
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The Girls 14-18 division was extremely tight as Sunday came around, with four players within two strokes. Sunday separated the leaders from the rest as Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pa., took the reigns to the conclusion. Coming in down one stroke to eventual second place finisher, Amanda Tully of Brewster, N.Y, Heflin knew she needed to make her move and was rewarded for it. A pair of birdies and 10 pars for the tournament paced Heflin to a 175 (+31) total. Tully saw her lead disappear as she made one too many mistakes on Sunday. Tully did have division-highs in pars (13) and birdies (four) on her way to shooting a 179 (+35). Deanna Confessore of Greenlawn, N.Y, took third place out of eight in the division with a 182 (+38) total. Two birdies and eight pars kept her in contention, but not within striking distance.
Boys 11-13 Division
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The Boys 11-13 division featured a playoff for first place involving Marshall Meisel of Chevy Chase, Md., and Calen Sanderson of Skillman, N.J. A birdie by Meisel and bogey by Sanderson on No. 18 led to the extra hole. Both trailed third-place finisher Garrett Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., by one stroke entering Sunday’s final round. Sanderson relied on consistency, while Meisel made it to a playoff thanks to a solid 79 in round one. Both scored a 164 (+20), while Engle shot a 169 (+25). Meisel needed only one hole to capture his victory from Sanderson. Engle led the division of six competitors with three birdies and in pars with 19.
Girls 13U Division
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The Girls 13 and under division was dominated by Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmeston, N.Y. Shoemaker took a five-shot lead after Saturday and never looked back. Shooting a very impressive 159 (+15) total, Shoemaker was a par-maker, carding 20 for the weekend to go with two birdies. Believing in herself, her swing, and her clubs were enough to push her to the top of her game and the leaderboard. Angela Lee of Hillsdale, N.J., scored a 174 (+30) to put her in the second place slot out of four golfers. Lee had two birdies and 13 pars. Caitlin Tully of Brewster, N.Y., rounded out the top three by posting a 181 (+37) total. She completed the tournament with 12 pars.
Saturday: High-Low 40-50s, Mostly Overcast & Rainy, Winds 10-20 MPH
Sunday: Low-Mid 40s, Sunny, Winds 25-40 MPH (gusts up to 60)
Boys 16-18 - 6,504 YDS
Boys 14-15 - 6,504 YDS
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13 - 5,428 YDS
Girls 13U - 5,017 YDS