Jung fires low for first Totland wins in tight two hole playoff
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Northern Virginia Junior Open in Lorton, VA on March 15-16. This tournament marked the first time that the HJGT has hosted a tournament in the state of Virginia. The competitive field of boys and girls took on a challenging golf course while playing in cold conditions. Headlining the tournament was a fourteen year old winning the Boys 15-18 division and an exciting playoff in the Girls 15-18 division. The Boys 15-18 division winner received four AJGA performance stars while the top five in that division each earned one. Winners from all the age divisions were invited to the Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. Additionally, each of the top ten finishers received points towards year end honors including state teams, all HJGT Team, and the Hurricane Cup. All divisions were also ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard.
Fourteen year old Sam Jung of Chantilly, VA played up a division and came out victorious in the Boys 15-18 division. He posted a total score of 139 through 36 holes of play. After five pars on Saturday, Jung was the only player to be at even par. Jung followed his first round performance with an even better score on Sunday. He fired a 68, 3 under par, including birdies on four holes on the front nine. Jung finished the tournament with an eagle on the par five 18th hole. He also led the division in birdies with nine. Brandon Yoon of Brambleton, VA finished in second place after scores of 76 and 69. After three bogies on his opening four holes on Saturday, Yoon bounced back and birdied two of his next three holes. He finished his first round with an eagle on eighteen. On Sunday, Yoon carded four total birdies on his way to a weekend total of 145. Erik Dulik of Great Falls, VA finished in third place, one stroke behind Yoon. Dulik played consistently throughout the weekend, posting two rounds of 73. He had a total of seven birdies in his two rounds.
After an exciting two hole playoff, Nicole Totland of Tinton Falls, NJ came out victorious in the Girls 15-18 division. Totland made three birdies on Saturday, including back to back birdies on holes eight and nine to card an 82. After trailing one stoke entering the final round, Totland was the only girl in her division to shoot in the 70’s. She finished her final round with a 79. She birdied holes three and eleven on Sunday that lead to the playoff with Ashley Dingman of Lorton, VA. Dingman kept it competitive with Totland, but ultimately finished in second place. She had rounds of 80 and 81 which included a birdie on the tough par three fourth hole on Saturday. Josephine Jung of Ellicott City, MD came in third place after firing dual rounds of 83. Jung made nine pars on Saturday and ten pars on Sunday, tied for most in the division.
Eli Newman of Leesburg, VA won the Boys 11-14 division after posting rounds of 77 and 75. Newman had back to back birdies on holes 13 and 14 in his first round that allowed him to take the lead into round two. Newman played consistent on Sunday and made a total of 12 pars to seal the victory by two strokes. Not far behind was TJ Repczynaski of Fairfax Station, VA. He finished in second place with a total score of 154. Repczynaski opened with a score of 79, and improved four shots on Sunday, firing a 75. After one birdie on Saturday, he was able to make three birdies during his final round. Gordon Brixi of Potomac, MD came in third place with scores of 79 and 80. He made a total of 20 pars, but the highlight of his tournament was when he birdied the eighth hole on Sunday.
In the Girls 11-14 division, Jaden Harman of Grottes, VA took home the first place title. She had a come from behind win after posting a score of 90 on Saturday Two birdies on Sunday helped Harman improve a total of ten strokes from her first round to second round. Harman made eight pars on Sunday along with her two birdies to fire an 80. Harman finished at 170 for the weekend. Ashley Nguyen of South Riding ,VA finished two strokes behind Harman at 172 for second place. She carded scores of 87 and 85. She got off to a fast start after a birdie on her first hole during her first round. Nguyen then made nine pars on Sunday but it was not enough to hold off Harman. Sydney Leyerle of Helena, OH finished in third place. She made three pars on Saturday and had an impressive stretch of three consecutive pars on holes twelve through fourteen on Sunday. Leyerle posted consistent rounds of 93 and 94 for a weekend total of 187. Weather: Saturday- High of 68, cloudy and windy Sunday- High of 46, partly cloudy and windy Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,728 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 15-18: 5,730 yards Girls 11-14: 5,187 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.