Northern Virginia Junior Shootout – April 25-26, 2015
Jung shoots under par to win Dingman plays strong for the win
Dulles, Virginia: (April 26, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Dulles, Virginia on April 25-26 for the Northern Virginia Junior Shootout at the 1757 Golf Club. Players battled cold and windy course conditions on Saturday and slightly warmer conditions on Sunday to finish out their 36-hole tournament. Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 National Championship December 5-6, 2015. The top three in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division all came down to the Sunday as Sam Jung of Centerville, VA and Teagan Stephenson of Frederick, MD were both tied at one over after the Saturday round. Both players played extremely well on Saturday, which included four birdies for Jung and three birdies for Stephenson. Both players were still tied after six holes on Sunday but that all changed when Stephenson bogeyed the seventh and Jung followed up with a birdie on eight. Jung never let off the gas peddle either and gave Stephenson no opportunity to catch back up as he birdied the tenth and the eleventh. Jung wound up having four birdies for the round and shot a one under 69, while Stephenson shot a two over 72 to finish three back of Jung. The real difference maker came of the three par 5’s on the course. Jung took advantage of the par 5’s and finished the tournament three under on the par 5’s while Stephenson finished two over on the par 5’s. Vishal Giri of Chantilly, VA managed to take third place despite not being in the final pairing by shooting a two over, 72 on Sunday. Jung finished the tournament with a 71, 69, 140, for a total round score of even. Stephenson finished with a 71, 72, 143 for second. Giri finished with a 76, 72, 148.
The Girls 15-18 division would see extremely strong play from the champion, Ashley Dingman of Lorton, VA. Dingman went into Sunday with a commanding lead by shooting a first round 78. Her first round was highlighted by birdies on 3 and 15. Dingman showed no signs of slowing down either as she matched her first round score by shooting another 78. She had two birdies again, which came on 10 and 16. Just like Jung of the Boys 15-18 division, Dingman’s best play came on the par 5’s of the course. She had two birdies and no bogeys, finishing two under for the tournament. Dingman also showed her pinpoint accuracy on the par 3’s by finishing the tournament even on the par 3’s with two birdies. Alexis Cadle of North Jackson, OH and Lexi Clark of Fairfax Station, VA battled it out on Sunday for second place as both were tied after Saturday. Cadle took advantage by a strong front nine and never let Clark catch up, who finished six shots back. Dingman finished with a 78, 78, 156. Cadle finished with a 96, 94, 190. Clark finished 96, 100, 196.
The Boys 13-14 division saw a strong battle between three players on Sunday, but the difference maker was the Saturday round played by the champion Nikita Gubenko of Great Falls, VA. After ending Saturday with a division low 76, Gubenko had a five shot lead going into Saturday and he needed every bit of that lead to hold off Pieter DeGroot of Potomac, MD and Will Hawley of Raleigh, NC. It was not easy by any means, as Hawley shot only one over, and DeGroot shot just a mere two over, but Gubenko was up to the task as he too shot just a one over. Sunday was going to be tight, and everyone was up for the challenge and competed to their utmost best. A great Sunday is what gave Gubenko the win, shooting a 76, 71, 147. Pieter DeGroot finished second with an 81, 72, 153, and Hawley right behind him shooting an 83, 71, 154.
The Girls 11-14 division saw Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills, NC pull away with first place here at the 1757 Golf Club in Virginia. Schuster came into Sunday as her division’s round leader after an 85 on Saturday and a lead over the second place finisher Sejal Sankaran of Chantilly, VA. Schuster would lead her division with the most pars with 11. Schuster finished with a great 85, 94, 179 for first, and Sankaran finished with a 121, 110, 231 for second.
The Boys 11-12 division saw another battle for a first place finish. After the Saturday round, Christopher Lee from New Market, MD held a commanding 10 stroke lead over the second place finisher Matthew Yun of Ashburn, VA. Yun was not to go down without a fight though, and actually out shot Lee on Sunday by a shot, but the commanding Saturday performance by Lee was just too much to overcome. Lee led his group in most birdies with three, as well as division leading 11 pars, to Yun’s 9 pars. Lee finished with an 81, 87, 168. Yun finished with a 91, 86, 177. Weather: Day 1- Mid 50’s and mostly cloudy, winds 5-10 MPH Day 2- High 50’s, sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,443 yards Boys 13-14-5,921 yards Girls 15-18, Girls 11-14, Boys 11-12-5,505 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. 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