Midway, Pennsylvania: October 26, 2014 – This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour braved the cold weather of Midway, Pennsylvania as we set up for the Pittsburgh Junior Shootout at Quicksliver Golf Club. The participants knew they would have their hands full this weekend with this venue, previously used for the PGA Senior Open. Fighting cold as well as tough playing conditions, the participants carded scores that were a little higher then usual. Both days presented the players with a steady wind of 15 – 20 mph causing some holes to lengthen and greens to quicken. Our staff had to switch a few pins and tee locations around on the second day to offset the external conditions. Scores improved during round two, pleasing everyone with the outcome of the tournament. Big congratulations to all our participants and winners for making it through a tough tournament. Boys 15-18
In the boys 15 – 18 division, first time Hurricane Junior Golf Tour competitor, Tanner Grzegorczyk of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania was crowned this week’s champion by way of playoff. At the end of the regulation thirty-six holes, Christian Ordonez out of Venetia, Pennsylvania was tied with Grzegorczyk with a two-day total of 165 (+21). It was a tough first day of wind and cold weather for everyone, but both managed to shoot some of the lowest numbers of the day. The course was played fast only adding to this already difficult venue. But nonetheless, Grzegorczyk and Ordonez found themselves only separated by one shot after day one. Winds calmed down during round two offering up a few more scoring opportunities. Our staff went out before the round and took an extra look at the course to see if we could to anything to make the course more playable. It seemed to have made a difference because scores lowered considerably for the majority of the field. Still faced with some tough winds and cold conditions, both players seemed to make some magic happen to reach the top of the leaderboard. After determining that they were in fact tied for the lead, they geared up and headed out to the first playoff hole. Just one short hole and it was over. Grzegorczyk was able to clinch the victory with a stellar up and down for par on the first. It was a great showing for our champion Tanner Grzegorczyk, as well as our runner up Mr. Ordonez. In third place was Brent Rodgers out of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania with a two-day total of 168 (+24). After talking to Rodgers at the conclusion of both rounds, it sounded as though he was not pleased with his play. However, no matter how disappointed he was, Rodgers was able to stick it out and take home a third place trophy. Winning most improved for the boys and also coming in fourth place was J.W. Cuningham playing out of McMurray, Pennsylvania. His first round 89 (+17) was reduced by a whopping nine strokes to a respectable 80 (+8). He will be taking home a brand new set of golf pride grips. Boys 11 – 14
In the boys 11 – 14 division, Tiger Hubbard out of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania claimed first place honors with a two-day total of 189 (+45). Unfortunately he was the only boy representing the 11 – 14 year old age group, and thus winning his division. He was grouped with the older boys and teed off from the older girls tees, which made for a very tough tournament for the young thirteen year old. He pushed forward and battled through every shot, making him a true champion today. Girls 15 – 18
For the girls 15 – 18 division, Mia Kness out of Venetia, Pennsylvania took the field by storm with a two-day total of 157 (+13). After finishing the first round in second place with a one-day total 85 (+13), five strokes behind the leader, Marissa Balish, she was in perfect position to make a run for the gold. Really showing some determination and will, Kness started out her opening nine by posting a 37 (+1). Starting off a little shaky with a bogey on the first and a double on the third, she turned up the heat carding three birdies on her last six holes. Kness carried this momentum over to the back nine rolling in two more birdies, one bogey and six pars for a back nine total of 35 (-1) and an eighteen hole total of 72 (E). She was the only player in the field that had an under par/even par score. Coming in second place was Marissa Balish out of Allison Park, Pennsylvania with a two-day total of 166 (+22). Balish was the leader after round one and was looking to maintain her dominance throughout day two. Unfortunately, she was no match for Kness’s game today. Balish had a few too many bogeys, putting her five shots over her day one total with an 85 (+13). But, she ended the day on a good note birdieing the tough par 4 eighteenth. In third place with a two-day total of 170 (+26) is Olivia Zambruno out of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. After having a disappointing round on day one firing an 88 (+16), Zambruno came back in a big way on day two shooting an 82 (+10) earning the third place trophy. She narrowly edged out this weekends most improved player Johnna Beehner by two shots. Beehner had a great second round of 80 (+8) improving by twelve strokes. She hardly made any mistakes or big numbers on the course today and is well deserving of the brand new set of golf pride grips. Girls 11 – 14
In the girls 11 – 14 division, Abby Zambruno, out of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, will won the first place trophy with a two-day total of 179 (+35). Good golf genes must run in the family as her older sister, Olivia Zambruno earned third place honors for the girls 15 – 18 division. The young Zambruno took it to her competitors, winning the division by a monstrous eight shots. She seemed to handle the conditions better then anyone this weekend, giving her the edge to win at Quicksilver Golf Club. Coming in second place was KK (Caroline) Wrigley out of Wexford, Pennsylvania. KK had some trouble carding birdies during her two rounds making it very difficult to catch Zambruno. Having fantastic back nine’s both rounds of the tournament kept her in the mix, allowing her to beat out Ritmiller for the silver. Joie Ritmiller out of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania would come in third place for the 11 – 14 year old girls division. Ritmiller struggled with the wind and the course this weekend and just as in Wrigley’s case, Ritmiller’s lack of birdies inhibited her from climbing the leader board. But her determination and “never give up” attitude helped her earn the bronze for the Pittsburgh Junior Shootout. Weather: Saturday: Overcast. Windy. Sunday: Mostly sunny. Windy. 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 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.