Pensacola Junior Classic – February 14-15, 2015
Richards wins after a one-hole playoff
Hermann holds off two to take the trophy
(February 15) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Pensacola, Florida from February 14-15 for the Pensacola Junior Classic. Players battled early wind conditions but the wind would part ways to lead to a beautiful afternoon. Top three winners in each divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and first place winners in each age division earned an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. 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.
Scores were tight in the Boys 15-18 division from the beginning and would be tight by the end of the first round with five players within two strokes of the leader, Kevin Choe of Pensacola, FL. Day one would start off close as the future winner Brian Richards of Gulf Breeze, Florida would battle back and forth with day one leader, Choe and future third place finisher, Cameron Bonner of Cantonment, FL for the outright lead after the first nine. Bonner wound up leading by just one stroke after posting a 38(+2). In the mix was Mark Connelly of Niceville, FL. The back nine would get interesting as Choe would settle down posting a round low of 79 (+7) to lead after one. Not far behind were Bonner and Richards both posting an 80(+8). Bonner would go two under through the first three holes with an eagle on the second. After the first nine on day two, Choe and Richards would remain separated by a stroke as Bonner wound up dropping back a stroke. With the leaders paired up on the final day, the golfers knew their own destiny. With nine holes to play Choe and Richards would battle back and forth to see who was going to take home the trophy. Richards would end up tying the leader after a bogey by Choe on 13. With the pressure on, the two exchanged shots through hole 15. Bonner wound up taking home the third place trophy with a grand total of 157(+13) on the weekend. Congratulations to all our 15-18 boys on impressive rounds this weekend!
In the Girls 15-18 division, Abby Herrmann of Pensacola, Florida had two strong rounds posting a two-day total of 156(+12). Posting a round low 79(+7) and ending the day with a five stroke lead, Herrmann looked poised as she won her first tournament of the year. With two players within five strokes of the lead Herrmann looked for consistency on day two to take the trophy. That’s just what was in store for her as she would go on to finish day two with another low round of 77(+5). With a birdie and an eagle on her first nine of day two, Hermann looked to further the distance between her and the rest of the field by posting a score of 36 (E) through the first growing her lead to seven strokes. Ultimately, Herrmann’s practice rounds would pay off as she would take home the trophy by nine strokes. Strong performances by Rachael Stewart of Franklin, KY and Sarah Pabst of Niceville, FL made for an interesting battle for the second trophy. Ultimately the girls would end up tied with a combined score of 165(+21). Congratulations to all of our 15-18 girls on their performances this weekend.
The Boys 13-14 division was a one man show by Cole New of Carrollton, GA. Consistency was his game as he posted an 82(+10) on day one and an 86 (+14) on day two for a grand total of 168 (+24). An interesting front nine on day one from New and Jackson Weatherall of Santa Rosa Beach, FL as New would only lead by one. A strong back nine by New with six pars, would give him the eight stroke lead after day one. News’ ability to scramble over the weekend is what led him to win. Knowing that the yardage was longer required him to chip exceptionally well. With seven pars on day two the trophy was in News’ grasp. The consistent 46’s would not be enough for Weatherall to overcome News’ lead. The only birdie on the weekend of the Boys 13-14 division belonged to William Sluder of Columbus, GA. Congratulations to all of our boys 13-14 players on a their strong performances on such a tough course this weekend!
In the Girls 11-14 division, a strong push from Marybeth McGuire of Lynn Haven, FL on day two wouldn’t be enough to take the trophy from Alia Scotka of Crestview, FL. Scotka lead after day one by five strokes over Madison Tenore of Destin, FL. Day two would start out exciting as McGuire had different plans for Scotka. With a strong push on the front nine, she would only be six back heading in to the final nine holes. With the pressure on both girls, they would go on to bogey the next three holes to keep things interesting. McGuire went on to par three of the next four holes to put some serious pressure on Scotka. With the lead cut to four, McGuire would record a par on 17 to get two more stokes back on the leader, Scotka. Ultimately, Scotka would overcome the pressure and would hold off McGuire to take home the trophy. Tenore wound up taking home the third place trophy leading the Girls 11-14 division with two birdies on the weekend. Congratulations to all of our 11-14 girls on their strong performance this weekend! Day 1- Low of 45 to high of 64, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Day 2- Low of 55 to high of 65, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,596 yards Boys 13-14-6,596 yards Girls 15-18-5,624 yards Girls 11-14-5,624 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com