The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Stafford, Virginia to host the Northern Virginia Junior Shootout. The tournament was held at the gorgeous Augustine Golf Course. The golf course featured many different elevation changes, making it a challenging course for the participants. Overall, the course was in nice condition, with well cut grass. The weather could not have been anymore perfect over the weekend, making it a perfect weekend for golf. This week the tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6, and top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors including the Hurricane Cup.
The boys 15-18 division had a huge 30-player field this weekend. Top of this field was Eli Newman, from Leesburg, VA. Newman led the division the first day shooting even par. He continued his performance on Sunday shooting just one over par. Newman led in most pars, with 25, and par 3 scoring. He was able to use his putter to secure three birdies on Saturday and two on Sunday. Oliver Whatley was another top performer and took second place in the tournament. Whatley is from Potomac, MD. He was two strokes off the lead after Saturday. He maintained his second place standing by shooting a strong 74 on Sunday. Whatley tied for the most birdies over the weekend with seven, including a key birdie on the 18th hole during the second round. Basil Boyd, from Martinsville, Virginia, had the lowest round score of anyone. He was able to shoot an amazing one-under par on Sunday, bettering his first round performance by eight strokes. Boyd had an eagle on the 18th hole, helping him get to an under par score.
Kevin Smith led the boys 13-14 division, from Wallingford, PA. Smith led after the first day with a 78, and finished with an overall score of 165. He led with the most pars with 18. Finishing only two strokes behind was Aryan Tandale , from Leesburg, VA. Tandale finished one stroke higher than Smith in both rounds. Tandale tied for the most birdies over the weekend with two. With an overall score of 176, the third place finisher was Kellen Pluntke, from Leesburg, VA. Plunkte was able to key in on his game and improve his performance by two strokes on the second day, including a well earned birdie on hole 15.
The girls 15-18 division came down to the wire. There was a battle between Erica Whitehouse, from Mechanicsville, VA, and Johnna Beehner, from Monroeville, PA. Whitehouse had a seven stoke lead over Beehner after Saturday. This did not stop Beehner from coming out on Sunday and shooting the lowest score of any girl of even par. Unfortunately, this was not enough for Beehner to take the first place trophy from Whithouse. She stayed consistent over the weekend by shooting awesome 77 both days. Abby Bloom, from Ashburn, VA took third place by shooting an improved 82 on Sunday to just hold off her competitor by one stroke. Whithouse led the group with eight birdies over the weekend.
Garrett Engle, from Harrisburg, PA, shot the lowest round both days with a 75 and 73 respectively. He held off the competition by 10 strokes. Engle led the group with seven birdies, with four coming on the second round. Second place ended in a tie between Connor McGarrity, from Bethesda, MD, and Christopher Lee, from New Market, MD. Both individuals shot an 80 on Saturday and 78 on Sunday. They went back and forth competing with one another throughout the day matching each other’s scores. McGarrity had a needed par on 18 to keep him from falling to third place.
Audrey Yim, from Great Falls, VA, competed in her first HJGT tournament this weekend. She had a rough start with nerves on Saturday. She did not let her performance stop her from competing on Sunday. She improved her performance by an astonishing ten strokes on Sunday. This gave her the experience she was looking for in competing in future tournaments. She hopes to compete in more, and being so young she could easily be a front runner in the future. Weather: Saturday: Mid 80s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Mid 70s, Sunny, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,537 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,084 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,539 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,111 YDS The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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 Tyler Brecht Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference