South Florida Junior Shootout
Bonaventure Country Club
On Thurs., April 7, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Weston, Fla., to host the South Florida Junior Shootout at Bonaventure Country Club. Sunshine was abundant on both Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. The HJGT would like to thank the Bonaventure Country Club staff for aiding us in hosting a great event at a great venue. The Girls 13 and under division winner received AJGA Performance Stars, while all age division’s top performers, with exception of the Boys 10U division, received Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking points. Winners received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. The top three in each age division received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. The top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Amadeo Figus[/caption] Round one of the championship in the Boys 16-18 division quickly became a close race. Amadeo Figus, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Guidito Fraga, of Bernal, Argentina, led the field at the end of round one after posting scores of three-over-par 75. Floridians John Calvani of West Palm Beach and Jake Moscosco of Doral trailed by just one stroke after round one. In a tight competition, Figus continued to impress in round two, improving his score by two to shoot a 73. This put him in first at one-over for the day and four-over for the tournament (148). With a three stroke improvement from round one to round two, Mocosco finished just behind Figus at five over par (149), followed closely by Marco Lahmar of Palm Beach Gardens. Lahmar took third place out of 13 in the division after posting one-over 73 for round two and nine-over for the two-day championship. Amadeo’s brother, Rocco, was also a winner after taking the 14-15 division crown.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Rocco Figus[/caption] Rocco Figus, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., finished out round one strong with a comfortable lead after shooting six-over-par at 78 for the round. Floridians Christopher Dibetta of Boca Raton and Case Hinesley of Weston were tied in second place at 84. Both Figus and Dibetta shot an 83 during round two, securing the lead for Figus who finished six strokes ahead of the competition with a two-day total of 161. Dibetta took second place with a 167 and Ryan Dever of Davie, Fla., finished in third place out of seven with a 175. Rocco’s brother, Amadeo, was also a winner after taking the 16-18 title.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Christopher Calvani[/caption] Round one proved to be the tougher of two days for the Boys 11-13 division. West Palm Beach, Fla., natives Christopher Calvani and Carlos Rodriguez sat tied at the top following round one at 89 (+17). Ethan Keen, also of West Palm Beach, trailed seven strokes behind in third place out of five. Calvani and Rodriguez improved their scores by six and five strokes, respectively, giving Calvani a one stroke lead in the tournament to finish out at 172. Rodriguez finished second at 173 and Keen followed behind at 192.
Boys 10U Division
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Jonathan Elter[/caption] The Boys 10U age division provided us with yet another close race as Floridians Jonathan Elter of Naples and Christopher Zambito of West Palm Beach battled it out over the two day event. Zambito jumped out to an early lead with a first round score of 91 to Elter’s 95. However, Elter came back after round two to pull out the win by one stroke after finishing the event at 180.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Vasy Montague[/caption] One of the closest competitions of the weekend was found in the Girls 14-18 division. The three top golfers, Vasy Montague, Natalia Jimenez and Jillian Bourdage, combined for twelve birdies in rounds one and two in an impressive display. On No. 18 on Sunday, Jimenez of Aventura, Fla., sunk a crucial par putt to force a playoff with Montague of Naples, Fla after they both posted scores of 158. Montague (78-80) was able to fend of Jimenez (79-79) after a near perfect playoff hole in which she sunk an 18-footer for birdie and the win. Bourdage (84-76), a Tamarac, Fla., native finished just two strokes behind for third place out of 10 at 160 for the tournament and tallied five total birdies. Her 76 in round two was the low round of the division.
Girls 13U Division
Floridians Chloe Kovelesky, of Boca Raton and Makenna Rodriguez of Delray Beach, took a comfortable lead after round one in the Girls 13 and under age division, each posting five-over-par 77s in round one. However, Kovelesky improved by one stroke during round two to help secure her two-day total of 153 and a first place finish. Rodriguez was close behind at 158. Ainsley Mann (82-80) of Apopka, Fla., took third place out of nine at 162. This was Kovelesky’s third win in three starts on the HJGT.
Weather for April 9-10
Round 1: Low 64, High 82. Sunny Skies, Wind 5-15 mph Round 2: Low 63, High 79. Partly Cloudy Skies, Wind 15-20 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,720 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,720 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,645 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,645 Yards Girls U13: 5,266 Yards Boys U10: 5,174 Yards