Southeast Florida Junior Shootout – March 21-22, 2015
Galluzzo wins after five-hole playoff
Roberts takes home trophy after two stroke victory
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Royal Palm Beach, Florida on March 21-22 for the Southeast Florida Jr. Shootout. The top three in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. Winners from each age division received an exemption to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. 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. The top finisher in the Girls 11-14 and the Boys 11-14 division received one AJGA Performance Star.
In the Boys 15-18 division we had consistent play from the beginning on Saturday. Andrew Wally of Lithia, Florida led the way shooting a 73 (+1) par. Wally made par or better on 13 of his 18 holes, only bogeying five. Sean Xiao of Orlando, Florida was in second after round one with a score of 75 (+3). Rounding out third place after round one with scores of 76 (+4), was Anthony Colombino from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Brian Stockman of Newberry, Florida. It was a very close first round for all the boys. Heading into the second round, Matthew Galluzzo of Planation, Florida gave Wally a run for his money. While Wally slipped back eight strokes, shooting an 80 (+8), Galluzzo rallied to tie for first shooting a 76 (+4). The two boys headed into a playoff to decide who would take home first place. Prior to the playoff Colombino secured the third place trophy with a two-day total of 154 (+10). Neck and neck through four holes of an intense playoff, Galluzzo made par on the fifth to take home first place while Wally took home second in two impressive showings.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Hannah Leiner of Pompano Beach, Florida had a strong two rounds posting a two-day total of 157 (+13) to take home the first place trophy. Leiner improved her form having no birdies the first round, to three birdies in her second round, improving from her first round score of 81 (+9) to a 76 (+4). Taking home the second place trophy was Sofia Cadavid Baron of Bogota, Columbia with a two-day total of 158 (+14) Baron parred or better 10 of her 18 holes in the second round. Chelsea Stilwell of Newberry, Florida took home third place with a two-day total of 159 (+15). It was very close competition with these three players finishing within 3 strokes!
In the Boys 13-14 division Austin Cherichella of Orlando, Florida dominated finishing with a 150 (+6). Cherichella had consistent play through both rounds shooting a 77 (+5) and a 73 (+1) to take the victory. Joseph Storey of Delray Beach, Florida took home second place shooting a two-day total of 162 (+18). Storey improved drastically from his first round score of 86 (+14) to 76 (+4). Taking home the third place trophy was Zander Kline of Jupiter, Florida with a two-day total of 168 (+24). Kline improved from his first round score of an 86 (+14) to 82 (+10), shaving off four strokes. All in all, it was great competition by our top players.
In the Girls 11-14 division, it was a tight race all the way through Sunday. Natalia Jimenez of Aventura, Florida and Britney Buckley of Weston, Florida were in a battle. Jimenez was in the lead after Saturday with a 77(+5) with Buckley just a few strokes behind, 83 (+11). Heading into the second round the tight race continued. Jimenez was off her game, leading to Buckley capitalizing. However it was not enough, Jimenez was able to secure first place with a two-day total of 161 (+17). Buckley fell just short, placing second only one stroke behind Jimenez with a two-day total of 162 (+18). Securing third place was Sarah Scott of Oviedo, Florida with a two-day total of 164 (+20).
The Boys 11-12 division stole the show on Sunday with consistent play from three impressive golfers. Brett Roberts of Coral Springs, Florida, Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, Florida, and Nicklas Staub of Boynton Beach, Florida all had impressive rounds. Roberts had two great rounds, with the low first round of 69, including a hole in one early on in his front nine! Roberts was able to secure first place with a three under par two-day total of 141 (-3), paring or better 31 of his 36 holes! Kournikova would not go away quietly, shooting an impressive second round score of four under 68, birding five of his 18 holes! Unfortunately it was not enough to surpass Roberts. Kournikova shot a two-day total of 143 (-1). Taking home third place was Staub. Staub pared or better 16 of his final 18 holes to give him a two-day total of 145 (+1). With friends, family and spectators it was a great way to end the 36-hole event for the Boys 11-12 division. Day 1- Low of 68 to high of 88, Partly Cloudy, winds 2-3 MPH Day 2- Low of 68 to high of 94, Sunny, winds 5-7 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,700 yards Boys 13-14-5,826 yards Boys 11-12-5,521 yards Girls 15-18-5,521 yards Girls 11-14-5,078 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention 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 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference