Rispler wins by one stroke by shooting even-par on day two
Papell dominates the field by shooting four-over for the tournament
Orlando, FL(January 20, 2013) - This past weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled south to Orlando for the Orlando Junior Challenge. The event took place at the beautiful Rio Pinar Country Club. This, the third weekend of the busy 2013 HJGT schedule, featured temperatures hovering in the 70s. It was mostly cloudy throughout the two day event and winds gusted up to around 20 mph. This tournament was ranked by the junior golf scoreboard and the top ten finishers received points toward the Hurricane Cup and all-HJGT teams. Winners also received an automatic entry into the 2013 tour championship.
The boy’s 15-18 age division was won by Max Rispler of Alto, MI. Rispler won by shooting a consistent 73-72 over the two days which led to an overall +1 for the tournament. Rispler’s 29 pars, which led the field, propelled him to victory. Rispler gained most of his strokes on the par 4’s. North Carolina native, David Baker’s scores of 74-72 helped him earn second place honors in the event. Baker’s score was aided by par 3s where he averaged a 2.88. Three players, Jerry Zhu, Nico Parra, and Lucas Parret, tied for third place by shooting 3-over for the two day event. Zhu’s day two 71 and Parret’s day one 71 helped lead them to third place. Parra fought his way to third place by shooting six birdies in the tournament which led his age division. T
he girl’s 15-18 age division was dominated by Boca Raton, FL native Alexandra Papell. Papell shot four-over for the tournament which led her division by 8 strokes. Papell led in almost every major category including most birdies, pars, and best par-three performance with a 2.75. Minta Yin and Maho Hayakawa finished a distant second tied at 12-over par. Hayakawa finished second in both par-four and par-five performance with a 4.40 and 4.88 average respectively. Yin did most of her strong work on Sunday by shooting a 75.
In the most exciting division of the weekend, the boys 11-14 age division, Winter Park, FL native Jake Grula beat Kyle Flexsenhar in a one-hole tiebreaker. The two boys finished in a tie at +6 before Grula shot a par and Flexsenhar shot a bogie on the 1st hole. Grula was consistent on all different types of holes finishing in the top three in average on par 3s, 4s, and 5s. Flexsenhar did most of his work on par 4s where he led with the lowest average. Anthony Hunter finished just one shot back at plus-seven. Hunter had the best pars or better percentage at 77.8%
Lucy Hou of the girls’11-14 age division had easily the most dominant performance of the weekend. Hou was the only golfer that finished the two day tournament at under par. Hou finished at minus-one by shooting nine birdies and had the best pars or better percentage at 80.6%. Sabrina Hoskins continued her impressive season by coming in second place at plus-seven. Hoskins shot an impressive 25 pars over the weekend. Coming in third place was South Korea native, Annie Kim, who shot a plus-ten. Kim did most of her damage on the par 5s where she finished a 5.12 average. Weather: Saturday: Mostly cloudy early, low to mid 70s, winds gusting to 20 mph Sunday: Mostly sunny early, mostly mid 70s, winds around 15 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,883 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,179 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,854 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,340 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Nico Parra Boy’s 11-14 division: Thomas Allkins Girl’s 15-18 division: Alexandra Papell Girl’s 11-14 division: Lucy Hou About Us:
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.