The Northern Virginia Junior Shootout Stafford, VA Sept. 20-21
Stafford, Virginia: September 21st, 2014 – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) set up shop in Stafford, Virginia on September 20th through September 21st for the Northern Virginia Junior Shootout. This sure was an eventful week with highly spirited, friendly competition and absolutely astonishing weather. Not a drop of rain was present for the entirety of the 36-hole event. Everyone involved with this tournament, including parents, players and course staff made this possible and we could not be more grateful. Per usual, there was quite a bit at stake for the participating juniors. Winners in each division will receive an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship December 6th and 7th at ChampionsGate Golf Course in Florida. The top 10 finishers will receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup coming up in the end of November. Tarheel youth Golf Association Points (TYGA) were also awarded. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and we hope everyone enjoyed it! Boys 15-18
In the Boys 15 – 18 Division Sam Jung out of Chantilly, Virginia was crowned the 2014 Northern Virginia Junior Shootout Champion with a two day total of 140 (-2). From watching Jung play both days and looking at his scorecard, not much can be said about the fifteen year olds tournament except for one thing; consistency. Jung’s opening nine was a bit misleading as he rattled off five bogeys, one birdie and only three pars for a disappointing 39 (+4). He fought through and posted a bogey free 32 (-4) on the second nine bringing him to level par for the day. Continuing this spectacular play, Jung started off his second round two under through four holes. Unfortunately, three bogeys found their way on to his card sending him back over par for a 36 (+1). However, showing perseverance and determination yet again, Jung rolled in an eagle on the eleventh and a birdie on the thirteenth instantly erasing the three bogeys. He finished his round well, carding five consecutive pars shooting a 69 (-2). Noah Moss out of Rockville, Maryland gave Jung a run for his money. Moss was the leader after day one firing a 70 (-1). Moss had a very balanced round with four birdies and three bogeys. But with Jung nipping at his heels, he knew he had to come out on day two and put up another solid number. After Moss’s opening nine of 38 (+3), tensions were beginning to rise as Jung held the upper hand with a one shot lead. Desperately needing to make a few birdies coming down the stretch, Moss kicked it into overdrive. Rounding out day two with a bogey free 34 (-2) on the back nine, hopes were high for the young righty. Unfortunately, even with a wondrous finish, Moss just did not have the edge today. In other tournament news, David Rabil out of Fairfax Station, Virginia wins honors for most improved. After firing a round one 86, Rabil rallies back with a round two 70 (-1). Boys 11 – 14
In the 11 – 14 Division, Aj Stouffer out of Charlottesville, Virginia will earn first place honors for the Northern Virginia Junior Shootout with a two day total of 158 (+16). It was a rocky first day for Stouffer firing an opening 81 (+10). Carding zero birdies, a double, and a handful of bogeys is not the recipe for success he was hoping for. However, day two was a bit more upbeat and exciting. Stouffer managed to squeeze two erasers and a plethora of pars into the mix, helping offset some of the larger scores from round one. Stouffer did struggle on the front nine shooting a 40 (+5) but rallied back to fire a 37 (+1) on the second nine. He finished round two with a pair of hockey sticks 77 (+6) good enough for the gold. Patrick Gariess from Chesapeake, Virginia came within inches of the title shooting a two day total of 160 (+18), two back of Stouffer. Gariess played very steadily throughout the two-day event putting up a lot of good scores. It seemed that his two shot lead over Stouffer after the first day would have been good enough to keep him ahead during day two, but Aj was not going to let anything stand in his way. These two gentlemen put a great effort forth and both should be proud of the outcome. Girls 15 – 18
Though not many participants were in this division, it did not take away from the competition. Only three ladies played this week, but what a show it was. Erica Whitehouse was the 15 – 18 girls champion by way of a sudden death playoff. Her opponent, Johnna Beehner put up quite the fight but in the end was not enough to win. Both with two-day totals of 159 (+17), Beehner and Whitehouse were at each other all weekend. Trading off shots each hole and always within a shot or two of each other, these two girls put on one the best shows of the tournament. Katie Reilly was also a part of this scenario coming in third place with a two-day total of 162 (+20). Not to be undermined, Reilly ferociously competed with these two until the thirty sixth hole. By the looks of it, it seems an arrant double bogey on the fifteenth set her back by just enough to keep her out of the playoff. Girls 11 – 14
In the Girls 11 – 14 Division, Rory Weinfurther out of Midlothian, Virginia ousted her only competition Parker Perry of Richmond, Virginia with a two-day total of 167 (+25). Weinfurther absolutely ran away with the title beating Perry by a whooping nineteen strokes. After day one, it was pretty much a lock for Weinfurther as she held an eighteen-stroke lead over Perry. Despite a very large deficit, Perry tees it up on the second day with the hopes of gaining a few shots on her competitor. Too big of mountain to climb, Perry falls yet another shot to Weinfurther after the conclusion of the second round. Perry would end up with a two-day total of 186 (+44). Though it was a tough tournament for Perry, she showed a lot of heart and character out on the course and should be very proud of that. For Weinfurther, it was an inspiring display of golf and a great victory. Weather: Sunny and mid 80’s 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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 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.