Richmond Junior Shootout
The Club at Viniterra – New Kent, VA (March 12 - 13)
Rich Win in Richmond
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the wooded winery course in New Kent, Va. The Club at Viniterra features rolling hills and winding paths that will test every player’s endurance levels. Long walks and the up-and-down terrain provided for a trying test. Tough hole locations, surrounding woods, and hazards challenge a player’s arsenal and mental toughness. The 18-hole championship course was designed by Rees Jones and was ranked the sixth best course to play in Virginia by Golfweek. The course builds itself on natural features and multiple tee angles that present new challenges with every hole. The possible rain in the forecast held off and the HJGT staff could not have asked for better weather for the middle of March. All four divisions qualified to receive Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking. Also, each division winner received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three in each division received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13.
Boys 16-18 Division
[caption id="attachment_20152" align="alignleft" width="200"]
The Boys 16-18 division belonged to Dru Richter of Midlothian, Va., on Sunday. Richter came into the day tied for second out of 21 divisional competitors with eventual second-place finisher, Cam Barackman of Virginia Beach, Va. After one round they trailed eventual third-place finisher, Colin Caporal of Gainesville, Va. Richter put together the only under par round of the tourney to net the win. Nailing a division-high seven birdies and knocking down 19 pars was enough to put Caporal and Barackman in his rear view mirror. All grouped together, the three amigos challenged each other hole in and hole out. Richter (147 total, +3), Barackman (150 total, +6), and Caporal (151 total, +7) all shot well and kept pushing each other, but one too many bogeys on the the final stretch separated the trio. Barackman made six birdies and 19 pars, while Caporal ended up with four birdies and 21 pars.
Boys 14-15 Division
[caption id="attachment_20153" align="alignleft" width="200"]
The Boys 14-15 division crown was captured by Patrick Gareiss of Chesapeake, Va. Consistency was key for Gareiss as he began with a one-stroke deficit on Saturday and turned it around on Sunday to shoot a division best three-over-par 75. Shooting a 152 (+8) total, Gareiss drained three birdies and 22 pars to put him past his fellow competitors. Gareiss held off Jaron Leasure of Nashville, Tenn., Caleb Choe of Virginia Beach, Va., and Gus Haglund and Nicholas Roberson, both of Chevy Chase, Md., to seal the victory by five strokes. Leasure staved off the other three to score a second-place finish out of nine divisional competitors with a 157 (+13) total. Leasure added 20 pars for the week to position himself ahead of the others. Choe, Haglund, and Roberson made it interesting with a three-way tie for third. The trio fired a 158 (+14) total, but could not stop the double-bogeys from adding up and pushing their names down the list.
Girls 14-18 Division
[caption id="attachment_20154" align="alignleft" width="200"]
Katherine Schuster[/caption] The Girls 14-18 division featured a youngster as the winner in the form of Katherine Schuster, from Kill Devil Hills, N.C. After two 13U division wins on the HJGT this season, the 12-year-old decided to play up and take the challenge. Taking a first day lead of eight strokes over eventual second-place finisher, Erica Whitehouse of Mechanicsville, Va., Schuster never allowed her opponents to catch up. The youngster broke 80 on day one and was consistent on day two to take home a win over her nine other divisional competitors, just two weeks removed from another victory. Shooting a 162 (+18) two-day total, Schuster won the par battle by four with 19 made. Whitehouse made two birdies and 12 pars to steadily hold her position, but too many bogeys kept her from challenging Schuster. A better day two led Whitehouse to a 171 (+27) overall as she held off Katie Thome of Fredericksburg, Va. Thome made more pars (15) and birdies (three) than Whitehouse, but couldn not get off the bogey train down the stretch.
Boys 11-13 Division
[caption id="attachment_20155" align="alignleft" width="200"]
Marshall Meisel[/caption] The Boys 11-13 age division posted Marshall Meisel of Chevy Chase, Md., as the champion. Taking a day one lead and building on it was key for Meisel as he outshot second-place finisher Anthony Maglisco of Syracuse, N.Y., and third-place finisher Seth Conway of Elmira, N.Y. Marshall was very consistent in his approach to the weekend as he shot an 80 on Saturday and a 79 on Sunday for a two-day total of 159 (+15). Division highs in both birdies (five) and pars (15) led him to a nine-stroke advantage over his competitors. A strong back nine finish allowed him end the tournament in a groove. Maglisco did as much as he could to stay within contention, but bogeys ended that dream. Still, posting two birdies and 12 pars tallied him a total of 168 (+24) for the tournament. Round one was kinder to Maglisco, but he stayed within himself to come away with a top-two finish out of the five in the division. Conway tried to pass Maglisco for second, but had to settle for third with a 169 (+25) total. A triple bogey and double bogey down the stretch wiped away his chance and caused him to slip on the leaderboard.
Weather for March 12-13
Saturday: Mid-Low 60s, Mostly Cloudy, Winds 10-20 MPH
Sunday: Low-Mid 70s, Sunny, Winds ~5 MPH
Boys 16-18- 6,595 YDS
Boys 14-15- 6,595 YDS
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13- 5,630 YDS