This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour endured the cold weather of Richmond, Virginia as we set up for the Richmond Junior Challenge at Providence Golf Club. Fighting cold as well as tough playing conditions, the players scored a bit higher normal. Day one presented a mix of high speed winds, rain, and cold temperatures. Day two presented much of the same except for the welcome absence of rain. The weather was awfully cold and windy in the morning but calmed down as the afternoon went on. Providence Golf Club was in awesome shape for the field and the staff was tremendously helpful throughout the entire tournament. Our staff could not have run a successful event without them. Thank you to all the parents and players for participating in the Richmond Junior Challenge! We look forward to another great tournament next year. Boys 15-18
In the boys 15 – 18 division, Brett Loy out of Stephens City, Virginia took home the gold for the Richmond Junior Challenge with at two-day total of 146 (+4). Loy set himself up for success after he finished round one with a phenomenal 72 (+1). Carding only three bogeys and two birdies, Loy was looking to maintain his position atop the leaderboard during round two. Opening with a beautiful 35 (E) on Sunday, his plan was coming together quite nicely. Misfortune found Loy on the back nine as he carded three bogeys and a double. He was able to balance it out with two much needed birdies and rounded out his day with a 74 (+3). Nipping at Loy’s heels and coming in second place was Salil Ghamande of Evans, Georgia with a two-day total of 147 (+5). Ghamande did not play as well as Loy during round one, carding seven bogeys and only two birdies ending up with a 76 (+5) four stokes back of Loy. Not allowing himself to be discouraged by the tough playing conditions, he bounced back in a big way during round two. Ghamande made a statement after the front nine by posting the low nine of the day with a 33 (-2). Unfortunately he stumbled during the early back nine holes carding a couple of bogeys. Finishing with authority and consistency, Ghamande put together a beautiful string of six pars to fire the low second day total of 71(E). Finishing in a tie for third place was Phil Colevas out of Rockville, Maryland and Boyd Peete out of Richmond, Virginia with two-day totals of 149 (+7). Colevas and Peete played a very steady tournament over the course of the two days. In the mix throughout the thirty-six holes, they fought and clawed their way to the top of the leaderboard. The conditions were harsh inhibiting both of them to post the scores needed for the gold. A few too many bogeys and not enough birdies during round two lead to their third place finish. Boys 11 – 14
In the boys 11 – 14 division, Graham Chase out of Charlotte, North Carolina cleaned up with a two-day total of 161 (+19). With another small field of four participants, Chase did not show any mercy as he rocked the competition by ten shots. Not having the best first round, he carded multiple bogeys, four doubles, and just one birdie. He would end up firing a disappointing 86 (+15). Chase’s opening nine on the second day did not show any promise for improvement and could have led to another unsatisfactory round. But trudging onward and battling the course, Chase bounced back to post a 35 (-1) to finish round two with a 75 (+4). This was by far the best round shot for this division during round two and also earned him most improved recognition. Benjamin Guo out of Oakton, Virginia would be crowned the runner up with a two-day total of 171 (+29). Guo played two very similar rounds during the Richmond Junior Classic. Bogeys and doubles seemed to be amongst his favorite scores but was able to sneak in a birdie or two to level out his total. The amount of pars Guo made saved him during the tournament and earned him the second place finish he received here today. Finishing in third place is Lane Bazzle out of Harrisonburg, Virginia with a two-day total of 179 (+37). Bazzle had a heck of a time trying to figure out Providence Golf club over the course of round one. Only making a single par, one could only guess he was less then excited about his day one total. Bazzle brushed off his rough day like a seasoned veteran and put all his focus into round two. Making less mistakes and fewer big numbers during Sunday, Bazzle would pump out an 85 (+14) almost earning him most improved. It was a valiant effort by the young lad and we will look forward to seeing him in upcoming events. Girls 15 – 18
In the girls 15 – 18 division, Nicole Totland out of Tinton Falls, New Jersey was crowned the champion for the Richmond Junior Challenge with a two-day total of 167 (+25). Totland was not the favorite to win after round one as she went through all eighteen holes without a single birdie. This would leave her with an 87 (+16) and a four shot deficit to make up during round two. Rising to the challenge, Totland came out guns blazing, shooting an 80 (+9) lowering her day-one total by seven shots. This was the lowest second round score and good enough to earn her the title of most improved. Maddie Keane out of Newtown, Pennsylvania would place runner-up with a two-day total of 171 (+29). Keane fired a wonderful round of 83 (+12) on day one and was favored to continue her consistent play during day two. However, she failed to do so when she shot an 88 (+17), carding five doubles, six bogeys and only five pars. She did finish quite strongly with two birdies coming down the stretch at the seventeenth and eighteenth hole. Finishing in third place out of Wayne, Pennsylvania is Bridget Pyott with a two-day total of 192 (+50). Pyott struggled consistently throughout the two days of play battling the challenging conditions. The course fought back at every turn and did not allow her to advance up the leaderboard. She kept her head held high and showed some serious character and poise. Girls 11 – 14
In the girls 11 – 14 division, it was a two-girl showdown between Rory Weinfurther out of Midlothian, Virginia and Parker Perry of Richmond, Virginia. Both of these girls had a very solid tournament and played the tough course like professionals. But Weinfurther would end up playing it just a tad better shooting a two-day total of 168 (+26). Her absence of mistakes earned her this eighteen shot victory as she limited her amount of doubles bogeys. Perry had a slim chance to catch Weinfurther after day one but lost her opportunity when she started her second day of play with three straight double bogeys. This immediately took her out of contention and allowed Weinfuurther to waltz her way to the gold. Perry has a lot of potential to be a great player, but just needs to practice a bit more and get a few more tournaments under her belt. I expect we will see her in more of our upcoming events! Weather: Saturday: Overcast, rain, and Wind. Sunday: Overcast in the morning then slightly sunny in the afternoon. 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.