San Diego Junior Shootout
On Thurs., Feb. 18, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Oceanside, Calif., to host the San Diego Junior Shootout at Arrowood Golf Course. With great weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s first ever tournament in the San Diego area. The weather for the tournament days could not have been better. Saturday was sunny with a breeze, which made for a great way to start out the tournament. The weather stayed the same on Sunday, making it beautiful for some golf. On both days, the field of players received near ideal conditions, minus some slight wind during the day, which led to great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the Arrowood staff for aiding us in hosting a great event.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Christian Schrodt[/caption] The Boys 16-18 division featured a couple golfers in the mix for the title. Christian Schrodt of Mission Viejo, Calif., ended up taking the trophy thanks to consistent scores of 77 and 76, including two birdies in his first round. Finishing in second was Sebastian Winfield of Fallbrook, Calif. Winfield shot a 76 in round one for a one stroke lead, but was passed by Schrodt after a 79 to end up at 13-over-par for the tournament. Alec Mower of Scottsdale, Ariz., took third and finished at 175. Winfield led the division of nine golfers in birdies with three.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Tanner Pixley[/caption] The Boys 14-15 division was dominated by one standout player, Tanner Pixley of Phoenix, Ariz. Pixley played consistently, shooting a 76 in round one and followed it up with a 77 to finish at 11-over-par. Pixley carded three birdies in the event, including two in a row on No. 8 and No. 9 in round one. Connor Tran of Gilroy, Calif., placed second out of five golfers at 174 (92+82) and Caleb Lattin of Cave Creek, Ariz., placed third at 179 (90+89).
Boys 11-13 Division
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Charles Goetschel III[/caption] There were only two participants in the Boys 11-13 division at the San Diego Jr. Shootout: California residents Billy Davidson of Ladera Ranch and Charles Goetschel III of Trabuco Canyon. It was Charles Goetschel III who came out on top though. Goetschel III shot a 92 in round one and improved by five for an 87, resulting in a 37-over-par score of 179 for the tournament. Davidson entered the second round nine shots off Goetschel III’s pace, but edged him by one in the second round for a 187 total.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Khameryn Utu[/caption] Once again, the Girls 14-18 division was very competitive, but one golfer stood out among the rest of the division. Khameryn Utu of Santa Ana, Calif., took home the first place trophy after shooting an 83 in round one and an impressive 74 in round two, good for a 15-over-par 187 for the tournament. Utu breezed to a nine-stroke victory, but the battle for second and third was tight. Danielle Kinder of Lemoore, Calif (166) edged out Tongtong Wu (167) of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif by one stroke. Wu gained five strokes in the last five holes to nearly complete the comeback. Utu finished as the division’s birdie leader with a five for the tournament.
Weather on February 20-21
Round 1: Low 40, High 67. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Round 2: Low 52, High 72. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,472 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,472 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,608 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,608 Yards