Pittsburgh Jr. Challenge April 12-13

Rodgers wins in windy final round Vincent completes comeback

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Freeport, Pennsylvania on April 12-13 for the Pittsburgh Jr. Challenge. This tournament marked the first event the HJGT has ever held in the state of Pennsylvania. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top ten finishers received points towards end of the year honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to the field as well.

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Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania dominated the opening round of the Boys 15-18 division. Rodgers carded a two under, 70 to lead all players by seven strokes going into round two. Rodgers went on to win the division by six strokes. He fired a 76 in the second round for a weekend total of 146. On Saturday he tallied six birdies and followed that up with one more on Sunday. His seven birdies were the most in the division. The highlight of Rodgers tournament was his eagle on the par five, sixteenth hole on Sunday. Finishing in second place was Alec Stopperich of Venetia, Pennsylvania. He posted rounds of 79 and 73 for a weekend total of 152. Stopperich finished with four birdies. Will Kurtz of Hudson, Ohio pulled a huge comeback to finish in third place. Kurtz posted 72 on Sunday, which was nine strokes better than his Saturday round. Kurtz posted three birdies throughout the weekend but the his best hole was the par five, fifth hole which he posted eagle on during the final round.

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The Girl’s 15-18 division was won by Micah Vincent of Columbus, Ohio. Vincent improved her first round score of 86 by six strokes on Sunday to secure the win. She posted one birdie in the tournament during the final round and 16 total pars, the most in the division. Vincent finished with a weekend total of 166. Marissa Balish of Allison Park, Pennsylvania fell a couple strokes short of first place but managed to end the weekend in second place. Balish was consistent both days, posting duel rounds of 85. She finished the weekend with a total score of 170 with the help of 15 pars. Ending the weekend in third place was Johnna Beehner of Monroeville, Pennsylvania. She was unable to hold onto her one stroke lead during the final round ending with a total score of 174. Beehner secured third by posting one birdie and 12 pars.

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It came down to a playoff hole for the Boys 11-14 division. Cole Christman of Canfield, Ohio and Ben Foltz of Solon, Ohio were tied at 162 at the conclusion of the tournament. Christman came out on top with a par on the first playoff hole. He was able to reach the playoff with the help of two of his three birdies occurring on holes 16 and 17 during the final round. His three birdies were the most in the division. Christman’s scores showed off his consistency, posting duel rounds of 81. Foltz came up a little short in the playoff but still took home second place. Foltz finished with two total birdies in both rounds. He also had 16 pars, the most in the division. Like Christman, he also posted duel rounds of 81. Tejas Sinha of Pickerington, Ohio finished four strokes off of first place at 166. Sinha carded rounds of 84 and 82. He tallied two birdies, both of which occurred on par fives.

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Winning the Girls 11-14 division was Lauren Freyvogel of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania with a score of 171. Freyvogel posted one birdie in the tournament during the final round. She carded rounds of 86 and 85 to complete the comeback and win. Allison Appleton of Millersville, Pennsylvania finished in a close race for second with a two day score of 175. She bettered her first round score of 90 by five strokes during the final round. Appleton finished with 10 pars, tied for most in the division. Taylor Waller of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania held the lead into the second round of competition. However she was unable to hang onto it finishing in third place with a weekend total of 176. She had rounds of 84 and 92. Her first round was spectacular with four birdies including two back to back on the front nine. She had the most birdies in the division. Weather: Day 1- High of 76, low of 48 with heavy fog in the morning and wind gust of 8 mph Day 2- High of 83, low of 58 with no precipitation and high wind gust of 20 mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,689 yards Boys 11-14: 6,078 yards Girls 15-18: 5,678 yards Girls 11-14: 5,082 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention 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 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. 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 info@hjgt.org.

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