Semiahmoo Junior Classic, October 8-9, 2016

Semiahmoo Junior Classic at Loomis Trail/ Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club

(October 8-9, 2016)

    On Thursday, October 6, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour arrived in Blaine, WA to host the Semiahmoo Junior Classic, which took place at two beautiful courses. Loomis Trail Golf Course played host to the tournament on Saturday before the field made the short 5 mile drive up the road to Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club for the second and final round. 25 junior golfers arrived early on Saturday morning ready to battle the elements as a wet and soggy day lay ahead of them. After a lengthy rain delay, the players returned to the course with hopes of finishing their rounds. The 16-18 year old boys, 14-15 year old boys and 11-13 year old boys were all able to get in 18 holes before dark, however the remainder of the divisions could only finish nine holes, which transformed their two day tournament into a 27 hole event. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were on the line for boys ages 14-18.   Boys 16-18 Division  

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The 16-18 year old age division consisted of three competitors this weekend, who were the first participants to get a taste of the rain on Saturday morning. Curtis Siemens of Sammamish, WA was able to stay composed during the downfall, and keep high numbers off of his card. He and Branden Vosburgh of Bellingham, WA returned after the rain delay to take on a soggy course. They were one of the few groups to finish 18 holes on Saturday. Jason Lowry of Bellingham, WA returned on Sunday with a better forecast to shoot a second day 87 to take home third place. Curtis Siemens put together rounds of 75 and 77 to take home first place and an invite to the HJGT national championships taking place in early December. Braden’s two-day total of 194 earned him a second place trophy. We are thankful for the patience shown by these players while battling a lengthy delay and we hope that there is more success and better weather in their golf forecast.  Boys 14-15 Division

 

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Eight players made up the Boys 14-15 division this week, all of whom showed up Saturday morning dressed in rain gear prepared to battle both the course and the elements. Six players trotted back out onto the course after the pause in play to finish their rounds. These players adapted to the wet conditions and scooted around the back nine in order to finish just before dark. Heading into day 2, Beau Fenton of Auburn, WA and Dylan Bercan of Vancouver, BC were staged for a showdown. Beau entered the day with a three-stroke lead, and the first place prize within reach. However, Dylan was able to put together 11 consecutive holes during his round without a bogey. His consistency put the pressure back onto Beau heading late into the round. A missed putt on 17 ended up being the difference as Dylan edged him out by a mere one stroke to earn his first victory on American soil. Trent Griessel of Redmond, WA put together a nice second round by recording three birdies on his way to a day two 79. He finished in third place after shooting a total score of 165. We wish these players the best of luck as they transition into the end of their high school seasons.  Girls 14-18 Division

 

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The Washington rain did not pick favorites as it was just as brutal to the six girls competing in the 14-18 divivion. Based on their position in the teeing order, This group was unable to complete 18 holes on the first day. Everyone in their division was able to get through nine holes however, which allowed us to transition into a 27 hole two-day event. The young girls adapted to the slight change without missing a step, ready to come back and compete on day two, crossing their fingers for more sunshine. Course knowledge proved to be a big factor for both Tiegan Taylor of Kelowna, BC and Claire Loven of Surrey, BC. These two players from the nearby Providence of Canada dominated on day two in order to take home first and second respectively. Mckena Mehlert of Gig Harbor, WA was playing in back-to-back events after making the trip up to Blaine after competing in Lakewood, WA last weekend. Her impressive day two 73 vaulted her into a thrid place finish. We hope that more juniors take Mckena’s lead and come out to multiple HJGT events.  Boys 11-13

 

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The boys from the 11-13 year old division provided one of the best stories from the tournament. By now you are aware of the massive rain delay and soaked course that has been referenced in each division write up. Well we are not quite sure if Ethan Evans of Mercer Island, WA even noticed it was raining. He went out under poor course conditions and shot a 3-under 69. A true testament to his poise and playing ability. His incredible first round score was tough to keep up with, but Connor Stockamp of Seattle, WA did his best to catch up. He was able to improve on his score from day one by several strokes but it was not quite enough to catch Ethan’s two-day total of 143. As the lone players in their division, they finished first and second respectively. We hope to seem them continue to go low as they continue their playing careers.   Girls 13 and Under 

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Lauren Kim of Surrey, BC was the lone participant in the Girls 13U division. As a very skilled athlete for her age, she did not hesitate to keep up with the older girls that she was paired up against for this tournament. She even played the same yardages as her fellow golfers. Her smooth swing gave her the ability to hit fairway after fairway as she was constantly in position to go flag hunting on the familiar course. She competed against both courses this weekend and came out victorious, taking home a first place trophy with a 27-hole score of 126. We will be on the lookout for Lauren Kim’s name to appear in future headlines as she showed the ability to compete at a very high level in the near future.       Boys Under 10 

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The Boys 10U division was filled with many familiar faces as three of the four players returned from last week’s Seattle Junior Open hosted at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. They picked up right where they left off, amazing us all with their ability to hit fairway after fairway all day long. Conrad Chisman of Stanwood, WA was the newcomer of the group, but he fit right in, shooting a first day 9 hole score of 38 to tie for the lead with Jeff Seong of Tacoma, WA. Conrad took his game to the next level on Sunday, pulling away from the competition en route to a round of two under par. That 70 was good enough to claim him the crown over second place finisher Jeff Seong. Floyd Villanueva of Shoreline, WA added a couple birdies of his own to the foursome on day two and brought himself home a third place trophy. We can only imagine the scores to come from these players as they develop the strength and size to go along with their existing talent.     Weather: October 8-9, 2016:

  Round 1: Low 41, High 55. Cloudy skies and steady rain, Wind 5-15 mph Round 2: Low 43, High 59. Partly cloudy, Wind 5-15 mph     Tournament Division Yardages:Loomis Trail GC/Semiahmoo G & CC

  Boys 16-18: 6,519/6,515 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,519/6,515 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,503/5,593 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,503/5,593 Yards Girls 13U: 5,503/5,288 Yards Boys 10U: 4,749/4,897 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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