Panhandle Junior Classic
March 26-27, 2016 Hurricane Battles Marcus Pointe “Hurricane”
On Thurs., March 24, the HJGT traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to host the Panhandle Junior Classic at Marcus Pointe Golf Club. Thunderstorms threatened the area all weekend, but fortunately round one was completed with only one delay. On Easter Sunday, however, the tournament was called shortly after the beginning of the round, rendering first round scores as final. The HJGT would like to thank Marcus Pointe for allowing us to host a great event in trying circumstances. Winners in each age division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 34. Top three finishers in each division were also awarded invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 1113.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Marcus Pointe is the home course to Boys 16-18 division winner, Cameron Bonner and he used his local knowledge to find the winner’s circle. The Cantonment, Fla., was able to take an early lead over the rest of the pack at one-over-par at the turn. Bonner then put the pedal down on the back nine, sinking four birdie putts to secure his lead and finish with an impressive round one total of one-under-par 71. Cody Argade of Deatsville, Ala., and Cameron Little of Baton Rouge, La., finished five strokes behind the lead and tied for second place out of nine in the division. Argade and Little made the turn tied with Bonner, but would not be able to catch him. Little recorded three birdies with two on the second nine. Argade recorded one birdie and 12 pars. With round two being called shortly after the start, Bonner took home the win at 71 and both Little and Argade shared second place at 76.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Dawson Garrett, of Fort Payne, Ala., was our Boys 1415 division winner and did not let the gloomy weather stop him from playing well. “The weather actually benefited my game, I believe,” Garrett said. “It made the greens softer and I was able to putt very well”. Garrett finished his first round at two-over-par 74. With the weather uncooperative during round two, Garrett took home first place after recording three birdies during his round. Trailing only one stroke behind the lead was Noah Zediker of Fort Payne, Ala., who began his front nine with only one bogey to make the turn at one-over-par. Zediker recorded one birdie on the back to allow him to finish in second place out of five at three-over-par 75. Beginning very strong, sinking a birdie putt on No. 1, Harrison Davis, showed he was here to play. However, with a few trouble holes on the back, Davis would fall short of his buddy, Garrett, finishing with an 80.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Madison Heideman, of Largo, Fla., showed up ready to play. Heidman stated that the weather was able to help her round because it made her concentrate more on the shots that she was trying to accomplish. Heideman recorded two birdies and 10 pars during her round en route to a three-stroke victory. Elise Schultz of Pace, Fla., started off a little rocky, but was able to step up and put together a solid score. Schultz recorded one birdie to put her at eight-over-par 80 for a second-place finish out of five. Camille Simon of New Orleans came in with an 82 to take third place.
Weather for March 26-27 Round 1: Low 64, High 70. Scattered Thunderstorms, Wind 2-15 mph
Round 2: Low 64, High 70. Thunderstorms, Wind 5-20 mph
Tournament Division Yardages Boys 14-15/16-18: 6,680 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,670 Yards