Northeast Florida Jr. Classic in St. Augustine, FL
(July 18 – 19, 2016)
Swinging Through the Heat
On Monday, July 18, 2016 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to St. Augustine, FL to host the Northeast Florida Jr. Classic at the stunning St. John’s Golf and Country Club. There was plenty of sunshine to go around for both rounds with temperatures in the 90’s with temperatures in the 100’s. The HJGT would like to thank The St. John’s staff for allowing us to host our tournament at a great venue. Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking were up for grabs this weekend. Also winners in each division will receive an exemption into the HJGT Tour Championship on December 3-4, 2016 and the top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors. Once that first tee shot sored through the air, the golfers were ready to put their clubs to the ball and make their mark on the course.
Boys 16-18 Division
Afnan Mahmud of St. Augustine, FL was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Mahmud was able to hold off his competitors for the victory after shooting a 72 in the first round and a 77 in the final round. Alex Austin and Rjay Gross were not far behind after they tied for second shooting a 151 for the tournament, only 2 strokes behind Afnan. The 3rd place trophy went to Dragon Theam of Jacksonville, FL. Dragon had a par on the last 5 holes on his way into the clubhouse to secure 3rd place by one stroke. Each player played well on a very challenging golf course.
Boys 14-15 Division
Jake Davis of Gainesville, FL was the champion of the boys 14-15 division. Jake was tied for the lead after the first round when he and Eric Poehlman of Green Cove Springs, FL both shot an impressive even par 72. The next day, Jake was able to string together another solid round of golf by shooting a 73 to secure the victory. Taking home the 2nd place trophy was Matthew Soucinek of Lake City, FL with a two-day total of 152. Placing 3rd was Nicholas Quintero of Colombia with a two-day total of 157. The wind tested the abilities of all the contestants, but these boys didn’t seem phased by it and their score attest to that.
Girls 14-18 Division
Margherita Di Carlo of Bradenton, FL was the champion of the girls 14-18 division. It was a one on one duel in this division with both ladies in the same pairing for both rounds. Margherita was leading the ladies at the end of the first day with a day one score of 78. She finished out with a day two score of 75 and a two-day total of 153. Sara McKevitt of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL was only six strokes behind Margherita after round one with a score of 84, but was unable to close the gap shooting an 88 in round two for a two-day total of 172. Both ladies played great despite the extreme Florida heat that was present for both rounds.
Boys 11-13 Division
Cason Cavalier of Saint Simons Island, GA was the champion of the boys 11-13 division. Cason was in the lead by five at the finish of the first round with a day one score of 74. He managed to take the victory by shooting another impressive 74 on day two, completing the weekend at a total of 148. Taking second was Andrew McLaughlin of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Andrew finished day one with a 79 and day two with a 74 for a two-day total of 153. Not far behind these two was Sebastiano Pelosin of Genova, Italy who had a great tournament with a two-day score of 160. It was a lot of fun to watch these boys battle it out in the final round. They are great golfers and even better young men. Although it was close, Cason made it his mission to overcome the heat and secure the victory.
Elizabeth Kondal of St. Augustine, FL was the champion of the girls U13 division. Elizabeth was in the lead by a comfortable 10 strokes after the first round. She managed to take it the finish line shooting another 80 in the second round, completing the weekend at a total of 160, which was good enough for first place. Taking second was Marissa Cardenas of St. Augustine, FL and in 3rd place was Nathalie Borg who was only two strokes behind Marissa after the final round with a two-day total of 176. The heat was a big factor in this weekends tournament, these ladies didn’t seem to be phased by the conditions and were able to post some great scores.
Weather July 18-19, 2016:
Round 1: Low 77, High 90. Mostly Cloudy, Wind 10-15 mph
Round 2: Low 75, High 89. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,800Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,800 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,750 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,750 Yards
Girls U13: 5,222 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 email@example.com