North Jersey Junior Open – April 18-19, 2015
Hansen Clinches Victory In a Playoff Li Holds Off Ganne for the Win
High Bridge Hills, New Jersey: (April 19, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to High Bridge Hills, New Jersey on April 18-19 for the North Jersey Junior Open at the High Bridge Hills Golf Club. Players battled some windy course conditions late in each round, but for the most part, it was a beautiful weekend for 36 holes. Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 National Championship December 5-6, 2015. The top three in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015. 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. The winner of the Boys 15-18 Division and the winner of the Girls 15-18 Division will receive one exemption into a Hurricane Collegiate Golf Tour event of their choice, within 2015.
The Boys 15-18 division came down to the wire as Brendan Hansen of Spring Lake, NJ and Griffin Carroll, of Chatham, NJ ended up battling it out on four playoff holes trying to find a winner. Carroll came into Sunday down four strokes to Hansen, needing a strong performance on Sunday to take home the hardware. Hansen and Carroll would spend all of Sunday in a duel as they made their way around the course in the same pairing. The two battled back and forth through the front nine, with Carroll gaining two strokes on Hansen thanks to some miscues by Hansen. Carroll tied it up on hole twelve with a birdie, after Hansen bogeyed on the tenth. Hansen took a one stroke lead on fifteen with a birdie, only to bogey it away on sixteen. The two birdied on seventeen, as well as pared eighteen to finish even. What followed was an intense four hole playoff that neither would give an inch in. With the wind really picking up and whipping around, Hansen played it safe, while Griffin gambled a bit. Both ended up paring the hole and brought us to hole two. Hansen hit his ball into the fescue and chipped out a ridiculous shot in order to save his par on the hole. Carroll bombed his drive and pared hole two as well. Onto hole three they battled, where Brendan hit into the hazard, but ended up saving himself with a nice shot, and ending up just a mere ten feet form the hole on his third shot. Meanwhile, Griffin’s shot was just a bit short of the green. Brendan burnt the lip on his birdie attempt, and both ended up with par, still tied, leading us to a par three fourth hole. Hansen’s shot ended up left of the pin, setting up a tough downhill putt. Carroll’s was off to the right of the green, and set up a difficult putt himself. A heavy shot led him to a bogey, while Hansen pared in order to secure the victory. Hansen finished the tournament with a 73, 76, 139. Carroll finished with a 77, 72, 139 for second. Coming in third was Nicholas Maff of Bethlehem, PA who scored a 72, 80, 152.
The Girls 15-18 division wouldn’t see as tight of a finish as the Boys 15-18 division, as champion Carolyn Wang of Basking Ridge, NJ would win with a ten stroke victory over second place finisher Arianna Palmeri of Holmdel, NJ. Wang was a wire-to-wire winner, but not before Palmeri gave her a run for her money on Sunday. Sunday would come down to which player could be the most consistent and play more mistake free, and that would prove to be Wang as she pared 13 of her holes, while Palmeri pared or birdied ten of her holes. Isabel Gonzalez finished third, just one stroke behind Palmeri. They were battling all day, while Palmeri ended up improving from round one to two, while Gonzalez played a consistent eighty two each round. Wang finished with a 77, 76, 153. Palmeri finished with an 84, 79, 163. Gonzalez finished 82, 82, 164.
Keeping with the pattern set by the Girls 15-18 division, the Boys 13-14 division champion William Mirams of Stroudsburg, PA finished thirteen strokes ahead of second place finishers Kyle Zere of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Liam Boyle of Baldwin, NY, who tied. After ending Saturday with a division low 76 and as the leader in the clubhouse, Mirams was focused to not give up the lead, as he would top himself on Sunday with a 73, also a division low for round two. Mirams led the top four finishers of the division with six birdies, and tied with Boyle for most pars amongst the group with eighteen apiece. Following up behind Mirams, Zere and Boyle for a third place finish was Michael Paduano of Shrewsbury, NJ. William Mirams finished with a 76, 73, 149. Zere finished with a consistent 81, 81, 162. Boyle finished with a 79, 83, 162. Paduano finished with a 78, 85, 163.
The Girls 11-14 division saw Katie Li of Basking Ridge, NJ edge out a first place finish here at the High Bridge Hills Golf Club in High Bridge Hills, NJ, with some consistent play. Li shot a 92 both Saturday and Sunday as her division’s round leader after Saturday and a four stroke lead over the eventual third place finisher Zara Jacob of Summit, NJ. A strong Sunday finish by second place finisher Megha Ganne of Jersey City, NJ, would give her the second place trophy after shooting a division leading 87. Li finished with the most birdies, and the most pars or better, with two and eight, respectively, while Ganne and Jacob tied for the second most pars or better with seven. Li finished with a consistent 92, 92, 184 for first; Ganne finished with a 99, 87, 186 for second; and finishing third was Jacob with am 96, 93, 189.
The Boys 11-12 division saw another Zere take home some hardware, as Tyler Zere from Ronkonkoma, NY won first place, and his brother Kyle tied for second in his division. After the Saturday round, Evan held a commanding 22 stroke lead over the second place finisher Joaquin Matti of Union, NJ. Matti would do all he could to get back into it, shooting an improvement of thirteen strokes in the second round. Zere led the group in most pars with thirteen, averaging six and a half per round. Zere finished with an 86, 87, 173. Matti finished with a 108, 95, 203. Weather: Day 1- High 70’s and sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low 60’s, cloudy, winds 15-20 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,507 yards Boys 13-14-6,043 yards Girls 15-18, Girls 11-14, Boys 11-12-5,598 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com