Northeast Florida Junior Classic
(July 17-18, 2017)
On July 17th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour landed in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to host the Northeast Florida Jr Classic. The first round was off to a good start before the storm came making the players wait on a rain delay of two hours. The kids fought through the rain until the lightning came. The second round was much better with sunny sky and the temperatures staying in the 80’s and a few clouds here and there keeping the field shaded. The staff at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour would like to thank Marsh Landing Country Club for allowing us to host this event at their facility. Important factors that were at risk for the players were; Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking (JGS), top 3 in each division will receive an exemption into the 2017 National Championship December 2-3, 2017, top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. As soon as the first ball left the tee at eight o’clock Monday morning, the players were ready to fire away at the course. Boys 16-18 Division
Alec Ryden from Moorestown, New Jersey came out on top of the Boys 16-18 division after firing an impressive 73 on Monday and then followed it up with an equally as impressive 74 on Tuesday for a 147 total. This was the score to beat and his fellow competitors were not able to catch him. August Kinder was tied after the first round but came out with a 78 for a 151 total, finishing in 2nd place. Coming in 3rd place was Conner Kellogg not too far behind shooting a (79, 74). These boys demonstrated great skill while attacking this difficult course. Boys 14-15 Division
Brayden Brooks from Lake Mary, Florida was the winner of the Boys 14-15 division, his first round was a little rough with an 83 but came back strong the second round to shoot a 73 for a 156 total. Coming in second place shooting an 84 the first round and a 75 during the second round for a 159 total was Trent Davis of Georgia. Rounding out the top 3 was Luke Atkinson of California who shot a (82, 84) for a 166 total. These boys showed tremendous fortitude while trekking through a difficult course. Boys 11-13 Division
Andrew McLauchlan from Neptune Beach, Florida, took home the 1st place trophy for the Boys 11-13 division. Andrew shot a (79, 77) for a 156 total. Second place was awarded to Dylan Zhang of Hong Kong who shot a score of (80, 83) for a 163 total. Coming in third was Bradley Firtel of Beverly Hills, CA who shot a (97, 88) 185. These boys showed maturity beyond their years as they took on this difficult course. Girls 14-18 Division
Bringing home the championship trophy for the Girls 14-18 division is Sara McKevitt from right here in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida. Sara shot a 76 the first round even with the storm. She improved the second round shooting a 74 for a 150 total. There was a tie for second between Aubrey Guyton of Cordova, Tennessee and Mariah Moon of LaQuinta, CA who both shot a total of 164. Rounding out the top three was Lucy Bloomstran of Saint Louis, MO who shot a (82, 87) 169. These girls showed excellent sportsmanship all throughout the tournament.
The Champion for the girls 13 under was Marie Tesiero from Saint Johns, Florida. She shot a 110 the first round and the second round she improved by 18 strokes by shooting a 92. Excellent job this weekend Marie, thank you for coming out and competing with us.
Weather July 17-18, 2017:
Round 1: Low 80, High 101. Rainy, Afternoon storms, Wind 8-10 mph
Round 2: Low 75, High 92. Sunny, Wind 10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,756 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,756 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,842 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,842 Yards
Girls U13: 5,098 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