Ohio Kickoff at Delaware – April 4-5, 2015
Battle to the Finish in Ohio
(April 5, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Delaware, OH on April 4-5 for the Ohio Kickoff at Delaware. Players faced cold temperatures and difficult winds both days. Trophy winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. The Boys 15-18, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14 divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. The Boys 15-18 Division and Girls 11-14 Division also had guaranteed AJGA PBE Stars at stake. 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 title in the Boys 15-18 division was a battle to the finish. Oliver Whatley of Potomac, MD would grab the lead on Saturday after posting a 76 (+5). Three players sat just two shots behind Whatley entering the final round on Sunday. On Sunday, Whatley would add to his lead with a birdie on the opening hole followed by four consecutive pars. Whatley; however, would stumble on the par five sixth hole while Charlie Toman of Chardon, OH played steady golf to close in on Whatley’s lead. Toman, a two time winner in 2014, would birdie the par four third hole on Sunday and add two more on the twelfth and thirteenth holes to grab the lead in the clubhouse. Whatley meanwhile remained in control of the lead until his closing holes. After 36 holes Toman and Whatley were tied and went into a sudden death playoff. On the playoff hole Toman’s drive found the right rough while Whatley’s tee shot rolled just inside the hazard. Both players gave themselves good looks at par on the playoff hole, but it would be Toman who would capitalize and secure the win. Tejas Sinha of Pickerington, OH would round out the top three after posting two rounds of 78 over the weekend. Whatley would lead statistically in several categories including most birdies made (7) and par 4 scoring (4.1). Sinha added the most pars over the weekend with a total of 23 made. Parker Barnes of Aurora, OH would lead in par 3 scoring (3.2) and Keldon Fukunaga of Dublin, OH would lead in par 5 scoring (4.8). Toman’s win earned him a spot into the 2015 HJGT National Championship while Toman, Whatley and Sinha all earned spots into the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Hannah Lemons of Canton, OH took a four shot lead into the final round. Sunday proved to be a tight battle between Lemons and Emily Knouff of Minister, OH with the two players distancing themselves from the rest of the field. Knouff would apply pressure to Lemons after a birdie on the first hole on Sunday. Lemons had a difficult time out of the gates on Sunday, but five consecutive pars on a difficult stretch midway through the final round helped Lemons hold the lead heading into the final nine holes. After 36 holes, Lemons and Knouff were tied and would need one extra hole to decide a winner. Knouff would earn the win on the first playoff hole! Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda, NY would round out the top three in the Girls 15-18 Division. Knouff, Lemons, and Kase would all tie for most birdies made over the weekend while Knouff would lead in most pars made (17). Knouff and Lemons would tie in par 4 scoring average (4.5) and Salmika Wairegi of Columbus, OH would lead in par 3 scoring (3.1). Knouff would lead in par 5 scoring averaging 5.3 over the weekend. This win was the first for Knouff in the 2015 season!
Miles Patterson of Chicago, IL in the Boys 11-12 division earned his second win of the 2015 season this weekend after leading wire to wire. Patterson, who previously won the 54 Hole Challenge at Eagle Harbor in February, won by an impressive 24 shots. Michael Shyu of Grove City, OH would finish in second place after a 36 hole total of 192. Patterson would lead in several categories including par 3 scoring (3.8), par 4 scoring (4.7), and par 5 scoring (5.8) over the weekend. Patterson made a total of 15 pars in the extremely difficult scoring conditions while Shyu added 7 pars himself. Patterson credited his win in February at Eagle Harbor to giving him confidence coming into the event. The Chicago native looks to continue his strong play in two weeks at the Chicago Kickoff at Cantigny.
In the Girls 11-14 division, Nicole Adam of Mansfield, OH would take a five shot lead over Haley Barclay of Strathroy, Ontario heading into the final round after posting an 81 on Saturday. Barclay would apply pressure on Sunday after opening with three consecutive pars on the difficult stretch of holes. The lead would change hands several times between Adam and Barclay on Sunday and after 14 holes both players shared the lead once again. After the thirty-sixth hole, Adam and Barclay would remain tied. On the first playoff hole both Adam and Barclay found the fairway with their tee shots and traded a score of five on the difficult par 4. On the next playoff hole, Adam would apply pressure to Barclay after a long drive leaving herself a short shot into the green. Adam’s second shot would miss the green long leaving her a very difficult downhill chip shot. Barclay, however, applied pressure herself with two putts to secure the win over Adam. Sophia Trombetta of Independence, OH would round out the top three after a 171 two day total. Trombetta would lead in most birdies made over the weekend with a total of three and also lead in par 4 scoring (4.5). Nicole Adam and Sydney Leyerle would lead in par 3 scoring (3.5) while Barclay would lead in par 5 scoring (5.5). Barclay would also add 18 pars over the weekend. Weather: Day 1- Low 32, high 48. Sunny. Winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low 39, high 60. Sunny. Winds 10-20 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,659 yards Boys 11-12-5,678yards Girls 15-18-5,678 yards Girls 11-14-5,261 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. 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 HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call HJGT headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience #TheHurricaneDifference