Seattle Junior Open, October 1-2, 2016

Seattle Junior Open at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club

(October 1-2, 2016)

                On Thursday, September 29, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Lakewood, WA to host the Seattle Junior Open at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. Forty-three junior golfers arrived on Saturday morning in hopes of taking home the first place prize in their respective divisions. Girls competing in the 14-18 division and the 13 and under division were competing for AJGA stars as well as junior golf scoreboard rankings. The remainders of the divisions were playing for junior golf scoreboard rankings. Boys 16-18 Division  

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The 16-18 year old boys were the first ones out of the gate on Saturday morning as they were the first pairings to experience the ultra quick greens that troubled golfers all weekend long. Players were forced to battle difficult conditions on day one as rain plagued the field for a good hour and a half midway through the round. Wet conditions led to scores a tad bit higher than players were hoping for. Luckily for Drew Halili of Port Orchard, WA there was another day of golf to be played. He started off his second round by birdieing three of his first four holes. He rode that momentum to an incredible 66 on the day, which earned him a first place prize. Jordan Baird of Tumwater, WA and Dallon Bennett of Auburn, WA took home the second and third place titles by shooting 159 and 162 respectively. We expect big things from these young men as they finish up their high school seasons this fall.  Boys 14-15 Division

 

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Some of the better play on day one came from the Boys 14-15 division, which happened to be the largest division in terms of field size for the tournament. Michael Came of Olympia, WA and Danny Smith of Kent, WA headed home after day one tied for the lead at a score of 8 over par. Danny was able to put the pressure on his opponent early on in day two with a birdie on the first hole. He was able to ride this momentum all the way to a first place finish and a birth in the HJGT national championships. Although Michael could not edge out Danny on day two, he was able to grind out a second place finish over Anand Akshay of Redmond, WA who placed third with a two-day total of 160. We look forward to seeing more of these players in the near future for more exciting finishes and quality play.    Girls 14-18 Division

 

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The Girls 14-18 division provided us with the best score posted on Saturday thanks to Cassie Kim of Yakima, WA. While so many others throughout the tournament field struggled with the weather conditions, Cassie managed to put toghether an incredible round of two under par; 70. But day two brought with it some better weather and hungry competitors. Adidthe Anand of Redmond, WA started the second day 8 strokes behind cassie, but put together a round of 71 to gather a come from behind victory. Kennedy Knox of Normandy Park, WA shot a respectable two day score of 163 to take home the third place crown. We wish these ladies the best of luck with the rest of their fall season and hope to see them in future events.  Boys 11-13

 

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The Boys 11-13 division was a fun group to watch this weekend, as a close competition seemed to bring the best out the young players. Max Herendeen of Bellevue, WA’s first round 76 was one of the better scores shot throughout the entire tournament on day one. Coming in just behind him was Owen Price of Tacoma, WA and Jack Christensen of Tacoma, WA who managed to put themselves into striking distance on day two. Max was able to withstand the pressure of holding a lead and ended up taking the crown with a two-day score of 147.  Finishing runner up was Owen Price with a two-day score of 165. Jack took home the third place trophy after recording a day two score of 89 for a tournament total of 179. We hope to see some familiar faces from this age group when we move up to Blaine, WA in the upcoming week.   Girls 13 and Under 

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The girls in the 13 and under division weren’t just competing amongst themselves this week but also against some older competition in order to take home some AJGA stars to go along with the shiny HJGT trophies. Gihoe Seo of Mercer Island, WA came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as she strung together an impressive day 1 score of 73. Her ability to adjust to the quick greens helped her lower that day one total to an unbelievable 69 on day two. That two-day total of 142 was enough to separate herself from the rest of the competition and bring home the first place prize. Kasey Maralack of Snoqualmie, WA took home second place fairly easily with a two-day total of 166. The race for third place got a tad bit more exciting as there were many players vying for that final trophy. Jillian Breedlove of University Place, WA was able to outlast her competitors down the stretch and pull away with the 3rd place finish of 192. We hope that the next time we host this division that scores will come in just as low.   Boys Under 10 

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The final group to tee off on Saturday and Sunday was the Boys under 10 division. They did their job of reassuring us that the future of golf is in good hands. Watching them hit fairway after fairway was impressive to say the least. The group headed into the second day with a good battle for first place underway. Andre Chung of San Francisco CA, Jeff Seong of Tacoma, WA and Floyd Villanueva of Shoreline, WA were separated by just 6 strokes before Sunday’s matchup. Andre’s consistency off of the tee allowed him to separate himself from the rest of the pack en route to a first place finish following a second day 78. Jeff had the low round of the day for his age group with a 75 but it was only good for a second place trophy. Floyd totaled a two-day score of 175 to take home third. We look forward to watching these golfers grow up and continue to grow their games.  Weather: October 1-2, 2016:

  Round 1: Low 45, High 58. Mostly Cloudy with scattered rain, Wind 5-15 mph Round 2: Low 43, High 56. Mostly cloudy with scattered rain, Wind 5-15 mph     Tournament Division Yardages   Boys 16-18: 6,521 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,521 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,511 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,511 Yards Girls 13U: 5,511 Yards Boys 10U: 4,829 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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