Orange Lake Junior Open (April 22-23, 2017)

Orange Lake Junior Open

(April 22-23, 2017)

  This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour took the road to Kissimmee, Florida, to host the Orange Lake Junior Open at the Reserve at Orange Lake. Sunshine and clear skies with temperatures mid to high 80’s accompanied the tournament this weekend. The HJGT would like to thank the Reserve at Orange Lake the for letting us host at such a nice course. There was quite a bit at stake during this tournament for the top 3 finishers of each division. One was that the top 3 of each division would get exemption into 2017 National Championships which take place December 2-3, 2017. The next was that the top 3 would also get exemption into the Mid-Season Invitational at Sea Island Plantation June 11-13, 2017. The top ten finishers also were rewarded points towards end of the year honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.   Boys 16-18 Division 

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Nick Bessire of Orlando, FL was the Boys 16-18 champion after a three person play off. The three boys all scored 144 respectively. Nick shot a 71 for the first round then scored a 73 for the second round. Ryan Stolys of Richmond Hill, ON and Yaroslav Ilyenko of Stouffville, ON were both awarded second after the playoff.           Boys 14-15 Division 

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Bruce Huang of Windermere, FL was the Boys 14-15 champion after a playoff for first. Bruce was able to grab an impressive score of 69 the first round. His second-round score ended up as a 75. He ended up with an overall score of 144. Justin Ortiguera of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL was able to snag second place after the playoff. Justin’s first round score was a 72 then he turned around and posted another 72 for the second round. Danny Nguyen of Windermere, FL and Ty Brinker of Wilmington, DE both tied for third place with a score of 145 each. Danny scored a 77 for the first round, then turned around and shot an impressive 68 for the second round. Ty scored a 75 for the first round then turned around and shot a 70 for the second round.   Boys 11-13 Division 

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Cooper Tate of Winter Garden, FL was the Boys 11-13 champion. Cooper shot a 73 the first round then secured first with a score of 77 for the second round. He finished this weekend with an overall total of 150. Anthony Chen of Wesley Chapel, FL finished second after posting a 77 for the first round and a 76 the second round. He finished the weekend with a score of 153 overall. Caden Burr of Windermere, FL finished third place after getting an 81 the first round then turning around and shooting a 73 for the second round.         Boys 10U Division 

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Vlad Bercea of Indialantic, FL was the Boys 10U Champion. Vlad scored a 92 the first round then a 91 the second. Bercea had fun playing with the older girls both days. He ended the weekend with an overall total of 183. Thank you very much for playing with us this weekend, Vlad!               Girls 14-18 Division 

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Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, DE was the Girls 14-18 champion. Phoebe shot a 70 the first round then turned around and scored a 74 the second. Her overall total was 144. Megan Ikeda, of Windermere, FL finished second place after scoring 155 through both rounds. Celeste Valinho, of Jacksonville, FL finished in third place after posting a 156 for the weekend.           Girls 13U Division 

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Greta Hope Gobezie was the Girls 13U champion. Greta had fun playing with the older girls both days. Greta scored a 95 for the first round then earned a 92 the second round. She ended with a 187 for the weekend. We look forward to seeing you at our tournaments in the future, Greta!            

Weather April 22-23, 2017 2017

Round 1: Low 63, High 90. Mostly Clear, Wind 5-10 mph E

Round 2: Low 61, High 89. Sunny and clear, Wind 5 mph NE

Tournament Division Yardages

Boys 16-18: 6188

Boys 14-15: 6188

Girls 14-18: 5539

Boys 11-13: 5539

Girls 13U: 4914

Boys 10U: 4914

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About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

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.

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

For more information regarding the 2016 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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