South Florida Junior Open – February 7-8, 2015
(February 8, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Royal Palm Beach, Florida on February 7-8 for the South Florida Junior Open. Players battled windy, but sunny conditions during both rounds until all players finished 36 holes. Top three place winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and the winners of each division received an invitation to the National Championship. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Scores were tight in the Boys 15-18 division from the beginning on Saturday. Jan Cernohorsky of Fort Myers, Florida and Caleb Hughes of Jupiter, Florida were just one shot apart through 18 holes. Cernohorsky shot a 74 (+2), while Hughes shot a 75 (+3). Cernohorsky and Hughes both carded two birdies through their first 18 holes. Rounding out Saturday, Tyler Pearson was just one stroke behind the two leaders with a 76 (+4). Heading into the second round, strong play continued for Cernohorsky. Starting off slow, Cernohorsky bogeyed two of his first three holes, but improved his game sinking back-to-back birdies on holes seven and eight. Hughes fell short of Cernohorsky by eight strokes shooting a 75 the first round and an 82 the second. Pearson fought hard but came up just short to Cernohorsky with a two-day total of 154. Cernohorsky took home first place with a two-day total of 151. Shanney Brienen of Durban, South Africa took home third place with a two-day total of 155. All in all, great play from the Boys 15-18 division.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Valerie Hernandez of Bogota, Columbia had a strong two rounds posting a two-day total of 152 (+8). Hernandez birdied two of her first 18, which were on her front nine. Heading into the second round there was strong play throughout the division. Hernandez continued her consistency, shooting a 75 (+3) keeping her first place position to win the division. Katya Barahona of Pembroke Pines, Florida shot a 77 (+5), improving from her round one score of 83 (+11) by six strokes. Katya carded two birdies to help her achieve second place. Brianna Buckley of Weston, Florida earned her way to the podium shooting a two day total of 164.
The Boys 13-14 division had strong play throughout both days. Seventh-grader Richard Jacobs of North Palm Beach, Florida took home the first place trophy with two solid rounds, shooting a 77 (+5) the first day and a 79 (+7), the second, for a two-day total of 156. A. Jacks Green of Franklin, Tennessee tallied a total of four birdies throughout his 36 holes, taking home second place with a two-day total of 160. Joseph Storey of Delray Beach, Florida improved from his first round 85 by three strokes shooting an 82 (+10), to earn him third place.
In the Girls 11-14 division, Britney Buckley of Weston, Florida overcame huge odds from her first round total of a 92 (+20), to a 76 (+4) in the second round to win first place. Britney tallied four birdies total in her second round, two on the front and two on the back. This was a great comeback victory for Buckley. Natalia Jimenez of Aventura, Florida fell just short of Buckley only losing by one stroke with a two-day total of 169. Jimenez improved her birdie performance from day one to day two tallying one birdie on her last hole of the tournament. Third place was awarded to Caroline Wrigley with a 172 two-day total. Wrigley had consistent play with 13 pars on the weekend.
The Boys 11-12 division was extremely close throughout both days. Fourth-grader Allan Kournikova, younger brother of former tennis player Anna Kournikova, of Palm Beach, Florida was in the lead on Saturday with a 75 (+3). Only one stroke behind were Brendan Valdes of Orlando, Florida and Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, Florida with a 76 (+4). Heading into the second round all three players continued their consistency; however, it was Kournikova who pulled away with the victory with a two-day total of 147. Brendan Valdes came up just short, losing to Kournikova by one stroke to take home second place with a two-day total of 148. Staub secured the third place trophy with a two-day total of 150. Staub showed improvement from day one to day two shaving off two strokes. Day 1- Low of 68 to high of 74, Sunny, winds 5-7 MPH Day 2- Low of 70 to high of 78, Sunny, winds 3-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,815 yards Boys 13-14-6,196 yards Boys 11-12-5,614 yards Girls 15-18-5,614 yards Girls 11-14-5,614 yards About us: 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 HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the HJGT headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org