Ohio Kickoff at Delaware Golf Club
April 2-3, 2016
Hold on to Your Hats Folks!
The Hurricane Jr. Golf Tour started its Ohio circuit at the “Birthplace of Aviation” in Delaware, Ohio, at the beautiful Delaware Golf Club this past weekend and what a weekend it was. Winds gusted upwards of 20 miles per hour, making for a sizeable challenge for the field. A field of 56 golfers braved the elements, which ranged from wind, rain, wind, sleet and snow at times. Nonetheless, the crew at Delaware Golf Club had the course in pristine condition. There was not a dead blade of grass and the fairways were manicured perfectly. Competition was stiff with low scores throughout each division. The HJGT would like to thank the Delaware staff for aiding us in hosting a great event. Players had a couple things on the line this weekend. Junior Golf Scoreboard points went to the Boys 14-15 and 16-18 divisions, as well as Girls 14-18. Winners in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 and the Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Top 10 finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Battling the wind was something everyone had to battle during round one and Zach Chapman of Culloden, WV did it the best. Chapman was tied for the lead after the first round and used an impressive 77 during the second round to give him a 160 overall. Zach used five birdies in the two rounds to help his score stay at the top of the board; his best hole was the dog-leg left No. 17 that he birdied each day. Coming in second out of 19 in the division was hometown player Grant Godfrey of Delaware, Ohio. Godfrey came in just two strokes off first after rounds of 83 and 77. His 162 was highlighted by three birdies during the second round, two of which came on the back nine. Third place trophies were a popular prize this week as three players scored a 166. Howie Peterson of Weirton, W.V., Dylan Cervantes of Moline, Ill., and Zane Browning of Cincinnati, Ohio, each improved from day one to day two. Par for the weekend was 142; 71 per round.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Taking home the top hardware in the Boys 14-15 division was Grant Engle. The Springfield, Ohio, native posted three birdies in round one to get out an early lead with an 80. Though three of his four birdies on the weekend came in round one, he improved for a 77 in round two thanks to 11 pars on the card. His 157 total would have also won the Boys 16-18 division, which was played at the same yardage. The par-5 No. 5 was the nicest hole to Engle as he birdied it each day. Second and third place was a tight battle between Ohioans Ethan Snyder of Dublin and Alex Cabungcal of Lewis Center. Snyder escaped with a 169 total and a one-stroke margin between third place. Cabungcal posted rounds of 86 and 84 to take third place out of 18 in the division.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Friends from the start to the finish, the boys 11-13 saw four buddies from Ohio battled it out for the title. Topher Reed of Fairview Park conquered the par 71 course to take home the title. After an impressive 73 in round one, the best out of everyone for the weekend, Reed followed it up with an 81. After taking a four-stroke lead into Sunday, Reed only added to it in winning by six strokes. Blaze Tanner from Aurora grabbed second place, also by a six-stroke margin. Tanner shot a 77 first round thanks in part to three birdies. Rounding out the top three was Ben Basta from Hudson. Basta finished the weekend with a 172 overall and had 20 pars total.
Girls 14-18 Division
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The Girls 14-18 division saw a lot of movement from round one to round two. Sophia Trombetta traveled from Independence, Ohio, to take home the gold this weekend. A seven-stroke improvement from 82 to 75 brought Sophia from second to first out of 14 in the division. Trombetta made par on the last four holes, along with two birdies in the second round, to get the victory. Jacinta Pikunas of Youngstown, Ohio, had a good weekend, too. Finishing four strokes off the lead, Pikunas finished with three birdies on the weekend. The par-4 No. 15 was her favorite and best hole as she birdied it each day. After a 78 in round one, her 83 round two was still enough for second. Rounding out the top three was Emily Knouff of Minster, Ohio, who battled through some knee pain to take home the third place trophy. Knouff had a 171, which was two strokes clear of fourth place.
Girls 13U Division
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The big winner for the Girls 13 and under division was Nicole Whatley of Northville, Mich. Whatley is a brave soul as she entered Buckeye Country with her Wolverine gear. Luckily, everyone was still nice to her despite the rival colors and logo. The course was also nicer on the second day of competition, where she improved her score by seven strokes. She finished round one with a 101 and the tournament with a 195 overall.
Weather on April 2-3 Round 1: Low 30, High 47, Wind 25-30 mph, 50 mph gusts, Very Cold, Wet, Rain/Snow Round 2: Low 45, High 53, Wind 15-25 mph, 40 mph gusts, Partly Sunny, Cold
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18 yards: 6,655 yards Boys 14-15 yards: 6,655 yards Boys 11-13 yards: 5,645 yards Girls 14-18 yards: 5,645 yards Girls 13U yards: 5,233 yards