On September 12th and 13th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Gadsden, Alabama to host the Silver Lakes Junior Classic. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long two days of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, there was lots of sunshine and a nice breeze to make the first day even more enjoyable. On Sunday, we were blessed to have some great playing conditions again, but with a stronger wind, which was a great cap to the tournament. Winners in all four-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 division, Cody Maddox, from Guin, Alabama, took home the first place trophy as he really expressed his talent on the beautiful front nine. Maddox started the tournament great by turning in a Saturday score of 76, followed by a Sunday score of 75 (151). Through the first and second round, he made the turn at even, and one over. It really helped him gain an advantage on the field. Maddox found success on the par fives, recording a birdie on two of them. Maddox had a total of four birdies throughout the tournament. Finishing in second place was John Snoddy from Birmingham, Alabama. Snoddy finished the first round in third place but surged through on Sunday to claim second place as his own. He posted scores of 80 and 82 (162). Snoddy was paired with the champion Maddox on Sunday and the two were battling hard the entire day, but Snoddy could not shorten the gap. Three different players finished within one stroke of finishing in third place. Jackson Anglin was the one that pulled away at the end to bring home the third place trophy. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the boys 13-14 age division, Brock McNeely from Glencoe, Alabama, finished the tournament in the top spot. McNeely submitted two strong rounds of an 80 on Saturday, and an 82 on Sunday, with a total of 162. McNeely started the day in third place, and an impressive five birdies on Sunday helped him bring home the first place trophy. He played very competitive and professional golf this tournament as he made smart shots to set himself up for great scores hole after hole. His consistent play throughout the tournament gave him a comfortable but necessary cushion to edge out the first place position by one stroke. Finishing right behind McNeely was, and in second place was Lindsey Cordell, from Rome, Georgia. He started the day in third place, and was able to gain an edge. Cordell finished round one with a very strong score of a 77. He had an impressive 10 pars, and two birdies on Saturday. He then brought that confidence into play on Sunday for round two. He birdied hole 17 to pull within two strokes off the lead, but just pulled up short at the end. Finishing with a total of 163. William Wethington finished the tournament in Third. He started out with a strong Saturday, posting a score of 75. He had either a par or birdie on all but just four holes. He was able to build momentum on both rounds by birdieing the difficult par 5 both times.
In the boys age 11-12, Robert Alan Lyle from Ringgold, Georgia took home first place by posting and 82 and an 84 (166). He was able to gain momentum of the four par fours on Saturday, He was able to get two birdies, and two pars, which really helped him gain an advantage over the field. The course was challenging for these youngsters, but they did not let it faze them. He kept his composure and made clutch shots when he needed to. Going into the day, Lyle had a three-stroke lead on Austin Ingram. Ingram, who is from Mentone Alabama, posted scores of 85 and 91 (176). His second place finish was helped when he started the tournament off huge by birdieing the difficult par five first hole. He and Robert played tough and were back and forth all day. Lyle played well all tournament and made a lot of strong approach shots that put him in great putting position.
In the girls age 15-18, Kiira Rihijarvi was able to overcome tough competition to win first place. She played excellent golf and had a ton of resiliency all weekend long. She posted a first round score of 78, and a second round score of 77 (155). Consistency was key throughout the whole tournament for Rihijarvi. A great turning point in her first round was at hole four and five. On the par three hole four, she made an excellent tee shot, and great putt to get the birdie. Then on the par five hole three, she made a great approach shot, to set her up for birdie. Half way through the second round, the leaderboard had no one being able to pull away. Rihijarvi obtained a one-stroke lead at hole eleven, and never looked back. On the back nine she was one under (35) and helped her clinch first place. Sophia Kalusche came in 2nd place. She was side by side with Rihijarvi the whole tournament, but just fell short at the end. She posted scores of 78, and 81 (151). Her first round was very impressive; She was able to get into a grove by shooting par on all but 5 holes. Coming in third place was Emily Lankford from Huntsville, Alabama. A three birdie first round helped her post an 82 on the first round, and making some well-timed, difficult shots helped her post and 84 (166) for the tournament. Weather: Saturday: Mid 70’s, Clear, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Lower 70’s, Clear, Wind 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages:
Boys 15-18- 6,712 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,610 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,173 YDS Boys 11-12- 5,610 YDS 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, 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, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 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 Jared Lappa Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference