San Diego Junior Open, October 22-23, 2016

San Diego Junior Open at Carlton Oaks Golf Club

(October 22-23, 2016)

                On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in San Diego, CA to host the San Diego Junior Open, which took place under nearly perfect weather conditions. Carlton Oaks Golf Club played host to the tournament, which featured 20 players competing across 5 separate divisions. A course featuring narrow fairways and very small greens had players eager to get out and compete. These aspirations were not left unfilled as many birdies were to be had over the two-day span. Low scores and exciting finishes came as a result of these conditions. Boys and Girls in the 14-18 year old divisions were competing to earn Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings.   Boys 16-18 Division  

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The Boys 16-18 division was made up of seven competitors all fighting for the top spot. Returning HJGT player Davis Harris of Chula Vista, CA was in control of the weekend after shooting a par 72 on Saturday. Davis ended Saturday with a strong four-stroke lead over Sebastian Winfield of Fallbrook, CA. This lead over all competitors proved to be strong enough to take home the 1st place trophy. As four second place, Christian Schrodt of Mission Viejo, CA and Cameron Marshall of Ramona, CA split the honor with impressive scores of 73 and 75 respectively. Christian improved on his day one score by 6 strokes to sneak up on fellow competitors and take home the shared silver. Cameron improved by two strokes, keeping a pretty consistent weekend of impressive scores on a very tough course. We look forward to seeing more battles from these impressive athletes.  Boys 14-15 Division

 

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The top three finishers from the five player field that made up the Boys 14-15 division were only separated by a few strokes after the completion of round one. The players were ready to get back to work after getting a feel for the course on day one. Chang Xie of Carlsbad, CA held onto a slight three stroke lead as the final threesome teed off on Sunday Morning. Gabriel DeCasas of Pachula Vista, CA stole the show, however, on Sunday with a division best 75 for the weekend. Gabe’s astounding three birdies over the last five holes proved to be enough to capture the trophy. Joseph Morgan of Lakeside, CA put up two respectable scores to earn the 3rd place trophy in a very competitive division. These players put on a show for all of the spectators and will continue to do so for years to come.  Girls 14-18 Division

 

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The Girls 14-18 division came down to the very last putt. Reina Iiizumi of San Diego, CA recorded an impressive 73 On Saturday and a day two 77 to narrowly edge out fellow competitor Stephenie Fernandez of Chula Vista, CA. Stephanie improved on her day one score by seven strokes to card a day two even par 72. Reina had a nearly perfect recovery shot on 18, hitting the pin and leaving an eight-foot putt for first place. Reina would go on to sink a bogey save and beat Stephanie by one stroke. Camilla Chung traveled all the way from San Francisco, CA and placed in third place after improving her day one total by 4 strokes. These ladies proved to be top competitors after posting some of the competition’s best scores over the weekend.   Boys U10 

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The Boys U10 division may have been lacking in field size this week, but they were not lacking in talent. Kent Karlstrom of Rancho Mirage, CA put on a show this weekend as he tallied the tournament’s best two day total of 149 after a day one 74 and a day two 75. Kent bounced back impressively after a double bogey on five to earn back-to-back birdies on six and seven. Kent also recorded another two birdies in his final four holes. Andre Chung of San Francisco, CA put up a fight with a respectable two-day total of 163. These two guys found the fairways on virtually every drive and had a blast competing for first place. We enjoy having these two at our tournaments and cannot wait to see them at the next tournaments.   Girls U13 

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The Girls U13 group had two competitors that navigated the tough course in an impressive way. Meghan Royal of Carlsbad, CA proved in the end to be the lead dog in the race for first place. Meghan scored consistent scores with a difference of just a stroke between days. Meghan’s scores would have even earned her a 3rd place trophy in the Girls 14-18 division. Yilanna Fernandez of Anaheim, CA enjoyed her time at Carlton Oaks while also improving her score by five strokes on Sunday. We have two future Girls 14-18 champions here and look forward to seeing them compete in that division in the future.  Weather: October 22-23, 2016:

  Round 1: Low 70, High 85. Clear and Sunny Skies, Wind 5-7 mph Round 2: Low 64, High 70. Cloudy Skies and Light Rain, Wind 7-10 mph     Tournament Division Yardages   Boys 16-18: 6,614 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,614 Yards Boys U10: 5,355 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,663 Yards Girls U13: 5,663 Yards     About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.   For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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