The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Port St. Lucie Trail in Port St. Lucie, Florida to host the PGA Golf Club Jr. Shootout. Day one was filled with water logged courses and a small field size of competitors. However, the first tee started off on time, and day two was turnaround with sunny skies and drier courses. The competition was close with six ties across the board in the 15-18 Boys Division. All the winners of each division will get points and trophies for their outstanding achievement.
Players struggled this week to get around the wet and muddy conditions at Port St. Lucie Trail. Despite the first round’s weather conditions, the Boys 15-18 division was won convincingly by Bryan Teoh Wiyang. Bryan scored 36, on the front nine and 38, +2 on the back nine. Bryan was trailed by Thomas Gerard of Johns Creek, GA who shot a total of 159, +15 in both rounds. Thomas was much more impressive during the first round scoring three Birdies but finished the second round with ten Bogeys. Troy Stribling from Jupiter, FL finished third in the Boys 15-18 division. Troy finished today’s round with very solid score. He almost edged out Thomas for second place, but he finished third by a slender one point margin. Troy scored 81, +9 during the first day of play and 79, +7 during today’s final round. To round off the 15-18 Boys age group, Jack Boyland of Palm Beach Gardens, FL improved on his poor performance in the first round by scoring 78, +6 in the second round. At the end of it all, the Boys 15-18 division saw Bryan Teoh Wiyang win the division comfortably.
In the Girls 15-18 division had only one pair of competitors. Cosette Anderson from Windermere, FL and Katherine Jakeway of Saint Augustine, FL did battle in this division. Katherine lead Cosette during the first round but lost her confidence during the second round as she posted 89, +17 and Cosette scored an impressive 80, +8 to win the division. Cosette’s total score was 166, +22 which saw her won the division by seven points. It was exciting golf to witness between these two girls who competed passionately with each other here at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club.
The Boys 13-14 was similar to the Boys 15-18 group as Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, FL won his age group comfortably. Nicklas blew the field away and showed consistency during both rounds as he scored a scintillating 74, +2 in round. The final three competitors shared closer scores compared to Nicklas’ score. Allan Kournikova came in second with a total score of 163, +19 while Tiaan Mattiace scored 164, +20 and Richard Jacobs scored 168, +24. It was noted that Tiaan Mattiace drastically improved his round one score during the second round. His robust second round performance almost pushed him into second place but he was edged out by Allan in the end. The boys struggled with the damp conditions but showed resilience down the stretch.
The Girls 11-14 Division had some great scores across the top three. Zoey Iglesias of Port Saint Lucie claimed first place with a total score of 174, +30. She finished the second round convincingly to win the division by four points. Frances Mendez was the runner up for this division. She had the lead after the first round as she posted a score of 85, +13 after round one. However, she lost pace and Zoey took the lead during the second round. Another familiar face around our tour was Sarah Scott of Oviedo, Florida. Sarah took third place with a two day total of 179. Scott was not at her very best but managed to finish third ahead of Brooklyne Pimpo. Brooklyne struggled throughout both rounds but managed to score a total score of 217, +45. These girls showed their ability to fight through tough conditions to come out on top at difficult St. Lucie Port Trail.
The Boys 11-12 division was comprised of one pairing. Yuzhe Zhang comfortably won the pairing. Zhang of Windermere, FL improved on his first round score by five points. He scored 84, +12 on his final round which secured him a total score of 173. Jeffrey Paul Jacobs of North Palm Beach, FL struggled throughout both rounds but improved on his second round score as well. He had a total of 218, +74 for both days. The St. Lucie Trail was difficult for both young golfers but the completed both rounds to the best of their ability. Weather: Day 1- Low of 71 to high of 89, Partly Cloudy, winds 4 MPH Day 2- Low of 71 to high of 87, Partly Cloudy, winds 8 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6536yards Boys 13-14-6042ards Girls 11-18-5600yards Boys 11-12-5600yards 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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference