Victor, New York: (October 4, 2015). The beautiful Ravenwood Golf Club welcomed 20 junior golfers to the Rochester Junior Challenge. The course was in perfect scoring condition for both days of the tournament, but the weather was not. The players’ first rounds on Saturday were impacted by 40 degree weather that came with light rain and a constant cool wind. After playing in tough conditions on day one, the final round was greeted with perfect weather. A beautiful sunny day around 60 degrees with a slight wind and the players took advantage of a very playable golf course. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 15-18 Nick Oosterhof of Cobourg, Ontario shot a final round three under 69 to run away with the older boys trophy at the Rochester Junior Challenge. Oosterhof entered the final round with a 3 shot lead over Tom Dzwonczyk after Saturday rounds of 74 and 77 respectively. Both players bettered their Saturday rounds in the perfect conditions, but Oosterhof’s under par round just put the tournament too far out of reach for Dzwonczyk. Dzwonczyk fired rounds of 77 and 75 to finish in second place and Jeremy Sisson came back from an 86 to shoot 76 on Sunday and take home third. Oosterhof led the field in birdies with 9 in the 36 hole tournament and Tom Dzwonczyk led in par 3 scoring with an average of 3.1.
Boys 13-14 The boys 13-14 division was as competitive as it has ever been. The top 3 players were all within 3 shots of one another heading into Sunday and it stayed tight all day. Jake Rivers headed into the final round with a two shot lead over Ian Rivers and Shawn Colella one stroke behind him. Ian Rivers started with 4 straight pars while Roach had two bogeys in his first 4 holes and the tournament was tied with 14 holes to go. Then Roach came back to take a three shot lead with nine to go and Ian did everything he could on the back to catch Roach as they both played their final three holes in one under. In the end, Roach held on for a one shot lead and took home first place in the 13-14 divison, with Ian Rivers second and Shawn Colella third.
Girls 15-18 Manlius, New York’s Madison Kingsley crushed the field at Ravenwood Golf Club and took home the first place trophy in the girl’s division. Kingsley entered Sunday with a 15 shot lead and doubled that lead on Sunday. Kingsley led the field in birdies with one, and par 4 scoring averaging 5.0. Olivia Durant led in par scoring with an average of 3.8.
Boys 11-12 Seth Conway of Elmira New York used consistent rounds of 81 over the weekend to come in first place at the Rochester Junior Challenge. He had one birdie and led the field in pars with 18. Conway entered the round with an eight shot lead and used his consistent play to stretch his lead out on Sunday. Conway also led the field in par 4 scoring averaging 4.5, as well as par 5 scoring with a 5.5 average. Anthony Maglisco from Syracuse, New York came in second place and Zach Locke of Horseheads, New York rounded out the top 3. Weather: Day 1 - Low 30 Degrees, 48 High Degrees, Wind from 5-15 mph Day 2 - Low 42 Degrees, High 61 Degrees, Wind from 5-15 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18 – 6548 yards Boys 13-14 – 5792 yards Girls 11-18/Boys 11-12 – 5449 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 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