Leffew holds on for victory in exciting playoff hole
Papell wins her second tournament of the young HJGT season
Wellington, FL (February 10, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour ventured to Wellington to hold the Palm Beach Jr. Challenge, the Tour’s second tournament of the month. The tournament was hosted by the recently redesigned Binks Forest Golf Club. The weather couldn’t have been better on Saturday, with a high of 79 and the sun shining throughout the day. Sunday proved to be a bit cloudier, but reached a high of 75 nonetheless. Both days saw average wind speeds of about 15 mph. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the top ten finishers in all divisions received points towards All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane Cup. All winners also received an entry into the 2013 Tour Championship.
Jake Leffew took home the gold in the boy’s 15-18 age division after an exciting sudden-death playoff. Leffew registered a 78 on Saturday, which left him two strokes ahead of his closest competitor. After shooting an 80 during the final round, Leffew found himself in a sudden death playoff. Leffew kicked it up a notch and finished the playoff after a dramatic par on the first hole. Leffew registered the most pars among the boy’s 15-18 age division with a total of 22. Second place went to playoff runner-up, Ryan Lynch. Lynch managed to record a staggering 6 birdies throughout both rounds of the tournament. Tied for third place were Andrew Chambers and Cole Sposato, who both finished only 2 strokes behind the leader.
Alexandra Papell won the girl’s 15-18 age division in impressive fashion. Papell stayed consistent, firing a 78 and 79 in consecutive days to take home her second HJGT tournament win of the year. En route to her victory, Papell led the field in total birdies with 3, and total pars with 18. Megan Turnquest placed in second, with a final score of 175. M. Turnquest scored par or better on 41.7% of the 36 holes she played this weekend. Ashley Turnquest came in third, and finished only one 1 stroke behind her sister.
Alberto Martinez was crowned champion in the boy’s 15-18 division after building a dominating lead on Saturday. Martinez shot par on Sunday, and tallied a total of 5 birdies throughout the tournament. Martinez also led in par 4 and par 5 performance, registering average scores of 4.10 and 5.12, respectively. In second place was Miles Castoro. Castoro totaled a remarkable 20 pars during his tournament and led in par 3 performance with an average of 3.25. Coming in third was Clay Gibbs, who scored par or better on 58.3% of his holes, including impressive birdies on the 4th and 11th holes.
Sabrina Hoskins continues her tear as she won her second consecutive and fourth HJGT tournament of the year in the girl’s 11-14 age division. Sabrina led all players in total pars, racking up 23 in the duration of the tournament. Sabrina shot par or better on 66.7% of her holes was really able to enforce her will on par 5s, where she averaged 5.12 strokes. Sydney Jones came in second place, and did most of her damage on par 3s, where she averaged 3.25 strokes. In third place was Sydney Hoskins, who tied for first in total birdies with 3. For more information, please visit: http://hjgt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/hjgt13/event/hjgt137/index.htm Weather: Saturday - Sunny, low of 61 and high of 79, winds 15 mph with gusts of up to 22 mph Sunday - Overcast, low of 63 and high of 75, winds 15-20 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,887 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,143 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,850 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,275 Tournament Awards: EFX Birdie Challenge: Boy’s 15-18 division: Ryan Lynch Boy’s 11-14 division: Alberto Martinez Girl’s 15-18 division: Alexandra Papell Girl’s 11-14 division: Hannah Foster, Sydney Hoskins 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.