Phoenix Junior Challenge at Hillcrest Golf Club
(October 15-16, 2016)
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Sun City West, AZ to host the Phoenix Junior Challenge, which took place under nearly perfect weather conditions. Hillcrest Golf Club played host to the tournament, which featured 18 players competing across 4 separate divisions. A course featuring open fairways and very large greens had players chomping at the bit to get out and compete. These aspirations were not left unfilled as many birdies were to be had over the two-day span. Low scores and exciting finishes came as a result of these conditions. Boys and Girls in the 14-18 year old divisions were competing to earn Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings.
Boys 16-18 Division
The Boys 16-18 division was made up of six competitors and played host to some Sunday drama as we had a tie through 35 holes of play. Returning HJGT player Justin Fischer of Rio Rico, AZ was in control of the weekend after shooting a one under 71 on Saturday. That landed him in the final pairing with playing partner John Menne of Surprise, AZ. John was 4 strokes back as play began on Sunday. He was able to chip away at Justin’s lead by recording an impressive six birdies on the day. The two players walked to the 18th tee box knowing what was needed to break the tie. John was able to complete his comeback story by paring the hole and recording a Sunday score of 68 to edge out a one-stroke victory. Tommy Zumtobel of Reno, NV took home third place with a two-day total of 155. We hope to see some more great competition out of this age group when we return to the state of Arizona on November 12-13 at the Sundance Junior Open.
Boys 14-15 Division
The five player field that made up the Boys 14-15 division was only separated by a few strokes after the completion of round one. The players were eager to get back out there and compete after getting a feel for the greens on day one. Jack Homer of Scottsdale, AZ held onto a slight two stroke lead as the final threesome teed off on Sunday Morning. Joshua Tunac of Surprise, AZ battled his way back into contention, aided by his 3.2 scoring average on Par 3’s over the course of the tournament. However, Jack was able to out score him on Par 4’s, gaining 6 strokes in that category alone. Jack took home first place as well as an invite to the National Championships in Orlando, FL. Joshua and Jackson Huether of Tucson, AZ finished 2nd and 3rd respectively with two-day totals of 163 and 167. We’re sure that we will be hearing more from these players as they grow and move up to our 16-18 division.
Girls 14-18 Division
If you were able to watch any of the Girls 14-18 division this weekend, it should come as no surprise that the lowest cumulative score of the tournament came out of this field. That score belonged to Ashley Menne of Surprise, AZ who bested her brother John (16-18 Champion) by two strokes with a two-day total 141. Her vicotry did not come easy as Madeleine Laux of Goodyear, AZ finished her second round at an impressive even par. She edged out Annabelle Huether of Tuscan, AZ by 8 strokes to take home the second place trophy. The division as a whole finished the tournament with 99 pars and 17 birdies. Stats like these let us know that these ladies have a bright future ahead of them.
Boys 11-13 Division
The Boys 11-13 division may have been lacking in field size this week, but they were not lacking in talent. Cameron Kaiser of Scottsdale, AZ put on an absolute show this weekend as he tallied 9 total birdies and the only eagle of the tournament. As you might imagine, those stats helped him stay under par for the weekend as he tallied a cumulative score of 142. Paul Klander of Phoenix, AZ added two birdies of his own on the weekend as he recorded a two-day total of 172. We will be on the lookout for these young golfers as they continue to work on their games.
Weather: October 15-16, 2016: Round 1: Low 65, High 90. Clear and Sunny Skies, Wind 5-7 mph Round 2: Low 64, High 91. Clear and Sunny Skies, Wind 5-7 mph Tournament Division Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,614Yards Boys 14-15: 6,614 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,663 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,663 Yards About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 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