Northern Virginia Junior Open, (April 22nd-23rd, 2017)

Northern Virginia Junior Open–

1757 Golf Club

(April 22nd-23rd, 2017)

  The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to 1757 Golf Club in Sterling, VA to host the Northern Virginia Junior Open. This weekend’s event featured one of the larger fields for any HJGT tournament with 99 players teeing off on the first round Saturday. Saturday was not enjoyable for players or spectators alike, as rainfall did not stop from the first time until through the conclusion of the last. Fortunately, Sunday came with a bit of sun, which allowed the players to perform up to their capabilities. The HJGT would like to thank the staff at the 1757 golf club for being so accommodating and providing an excellent course for the 99 competitors to play at. At stake during this tournament was an exemption into the 2017 National Championship December 2-3, 2017 and exemption into the 2017 Mid Season Invitational at Sea Island Plantation, June 11-13 for the top three finishers in each division, 2017, guaranteed AJGA stars, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, and points for top 10 finishers that go to end of the year honors. Play was exceptional all across the leaderboard, making for a competitive event.   Boys 16-18 Division

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The Boys age 16-18 Division teed off Saturday with 40 players ready to play through challenging conditions and a very trying course. Over a weekend where a score in the low 80’s on Saturday could earn you a great spot for Sunday, Kevin Johnson from Bethesda, MD set himself apart from the rest of the competition. Johnson posted a first round score of 80 to find himself one stroke off the leader. He came back Sunday with a 72, the lowest score of his age division for the weekend. While Johnson carded 6 bogeys on Sunday, he also recorded 4 birdies to post the winning round. Coming in second place from McLean, VA was Matthew Feinstein with a two-day total of 154. Much like Johnson, Feinstein was in contention Sunday after a first round 81, but couldn’t find any birdies on the backside come Sunday, leading to a second round 73 to finish 2 strokes off the leader. Rounding out the Boys 16-18 Division was Justin Shim from Herndon, VA with a two-day total of 156. Shim ended the first round with a one-stroke lead after a very impressive 79 in the given conditions, but couldn’t improve much on his round Sunday, resulting in a second round 77. Shim played very well all weekend, earning himself an invitation to the HJGT National Championship.     Boys 14-15 Division

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The Boys 14-15 division was our second largest division this weekend, with 30 players turning in cards on Sunday. Your first place champion, Nikita Gubenko from Great Falls, VA, played lights out all weekend. With an opening round of 75, Gubenko claimed a one-stroke lead over the field and he took that confidence into Sunday. Gubenko struggled on the front 9 during his final round but finished even par on the back 9 to separate himself from the field. Coming in second place with back-to-back rounds of 76 was George Duangmanee from Fairfax, VA. Duangmanee put pressure on Gubenko, back a crucial triple bogey on his 53rd hole ended his chances at taking home the first place trophy. Wrapping up the Boys 14-15 division was Marshall Meisel from Chevy Chase, MD. Meisel posted the lowest round of any division with a second round 71, featuring 6 birdies, to put himself right in the mix of things yet again. With so many fantastic players, the Boys 14-15 division was the one to watch all weekend.     Boys 11-13 Division

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The Boys 11-13 division was a tight race amongst the top of the leaderboard yet again. Earning the first place victory on his home course was Mehrbaan Singh from Ashburn, VA. Singh has posted great scores over his last 5 tournaments, always ending near the top of the leaderboard but falling just shy on that first place spot. This weekend, Singh saw his opportunity yet again, and did not let it slip away from this time as he posted dominant scores of 75-73 for a two-day total of 148. Putting the pressure on Singh and finishing in a second place tie was Jean-Phillippe Parr from St. Celestine, PQ and Josh Duangmanee from Fairfax, VA. Both players finished seven strokes off the leader with two-day totals of 155. Parr struggled on Saturday, posting a first round score of 83 but settled down along with the weather on Sunday to come back with an incredible 72, which was enough to earn him a tie for second place. Duangmanee played fairly consistently all weekend, posting scores of 79-76, but couldn’t find a breakout streak at any point to really get into Singh’s mind. Top to bottom, the Boys 11-13 division played very well this weekend.     Girls 14-18 Division

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The Girls 14-18 division consisted of 12 players competing for a HJGT National Championship invite and AJGA stars. Shocking the field with a first round 72, the lowest of any competitor on the rainy first round Sunday, was first place champion Shreya Ganta from Ashburn, VA. Ganta earned herself an eleven-stroke lead over the field with her opening round two-over 72 and she continued to grind Sunday with a second round 79. Ganta’s impressive play gave herself a decisive twelve-stroke victory over her very talented field. Finishing in second place with a two-day total of 163 was Abby Bloom from Ashburn, VA. Bloom posted a first round score of 86, which was still impressive given the conditions, and came back Sunday with a second round 77 to put herself into contention for second place. Taking home the third place trophy with a two-day total of 163 was Danielle Suh from Herndon, VA. Suh found success early Sunday, starting just four over par, but struggled to keep momentum on the back 9. As the season rolls on and as weather continues to improve, expect to see even better things from all three of these players.    

Weather: 

Round 1: Low 45, High 57. Rain and clouds

Round 2: Low 50, High 63. Sun with partial clouds

Tournament Division Yardages

Boys 16-18: 6,405 yards

Boys 14-15: 6,405 yards

Boys 11-13: 5,508 yards

Girls 14-18: 5,508 yards

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About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

In 2017, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.

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 2017 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org

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