On the weekend of May 16th and 17th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host the Philadelphia Junior Open golf tournament, at Linfield National Golf Course. It was yet another beautiful weekend for golf as the weather was stunning. The conditions on the course were no less than perfect, and the participants used that to their advantage. Winners in all age divisions received an automatic bid to the Tour Championship tournament on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The top three finishers in each division received an automatic bid to the 2015 Mid Season Invitational, at Chateau Elan on June 20-22. The weekend was very much enjoyed by everyone out on the course, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end-year honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 year old division brought a very tight match-up between two players until the very end. John Foley and Connor Boham were tied after the end of their two rounds at a score of 75. Each player continued play after their round on Sunday in a playoff, to battle for the first place trophy. John Foley worked his way to par the playoff hole, while Boham bogied, naming Foley the champion! Though Foley came out on top, both players played extremely well throughout the weekend ending five strokes over par after the two rounds of golf. On the first day, Foley, Boham, and Nicholas Stewart were all tied after the first round at an even par score of 71. On Sunday, Quinn Guzman who was three strokes behind Stewart, Boham, and Foley on Saturday, battled his way up to tie Stewart after both rounds, and also tied Stewart for the shared third place finish. The field was very competitive and the score differential was very slim. Foley was very impressive this weekend and he will also be turning some heads at the next level as he just committed to play golf at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
William Mirams was the champion of the Boys 13-14 age division. Mirams was impressive throughout both rounds of golf finishing the tournament with an overall score just four shots over par. Mirams finished the first day shooting a score of 72, one stroke over par. On the second day, Mirams shot a 75, which lead to his overall finish of five strokes over par. Mirams finished the tournament tied with both Foley, and Boham with the best finishing score of the whole tournament, all age divisions included. Finishing in second place behind Mirams was Jupiter, Florida resident, Zander Kline. Kline shot an 82 on Saturday and an 89 on Sunday giving him the second place trophy. Kline was behind the second place competitor on Saturday by seven strokes going into the 11th hole, but battled the rest of the day Saturday, and into Sunday to take over the second place spot. Kline finished with an impressive overall score of 18 strokes over par after the weekend was complete. Finishing in third place was TY Brinker, from Wilmington, Delaware. Brinker shot a 92 on Saturday, and an 85 on Sunday giving him the third place trophy. Brinker carried his momentum from his last three parred holes on Saturday, into his round on Sunday. All three competitors in the 13-14 age division competed, and finished out their rounds with strength to really show out in the tournament.
Phoebe Brinker, the twin sister of TY Brinker, found herself holding the first place trophy at the end of the tournament for the Girls 15-18 division. Phoebe was arguably the most impressive of all competitors this weekend as she was also the youngest. The 13-year-old 7th grader took over the competition this weekend shooting a 77 on Saturday, and a 78 on Sunday. Brinker finished both rounds with a final score of 13 strokes over par, a comfortable three strokes ahead of second place winner, Gabriella Kim. Kim, the Wayne, Pennsylvania native also played incredible golf throughout all 36 holes this weekend. Kim finished three strokes behind Brinker with an overall score of 16 strokes over par. On Saturday, Kim shot an 81, following with an even better round on Sunday shooting a 78. After the first round, Kim was four stokes behind Brinker, but kept up the battle to gain a stroke on Brinker on the second day to finish with the second place trophy. Right behind Kim was the third place winner, and Mars, Pennsylvania resident, Casey Morrow. Morrow finished the tournament 18 strokes over par after shooting an 81 on Saturday, and a lower score of 79 on Sunday. Morrow is a familiar face to the Hurricane tour as she always brings quality rounds of golf with her to the tournaments. Weather: Day 1- High 80’s, Partly Cloudy, Wind S- 5 MPH Day 2- Low 80’s, Cloudy, Wind S-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,445 yds Boys 13-14- 6,079 yds Girls 15-18- 5,609 yds 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference