Southeast Florida Jr. Shootout March 22-23

Cernohorsky goes under par to win Ding holds off tough field

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to West Palm Beach, FL on March 22-23 for the Southeast Florida Junior Shootout. The event was played at Madison Green Golf Club and was highlighted by highly competitive fields. Winners from all the age divisions were invited to the Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. Additionally, each of the top ten finishers received points towards year end honors including state teams, all HJGT Team, and the Hurricane Cup. All divisions were also ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and received Florida Junior Tour Exemptions.

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Honza Cernohorsky of Fort Myers, FL won the Boys 15-18 division after posting scores of 69 and 76. The 69 was the only under par score of the weekend for the entire field. Cernohorsky was able to go bogey free during his Saturday back nine including three consecutive birdies on holes nine through eleven and another birdie on hole 15. Starting fast on Sunday, Cernohorsky carded a birdie on the second hole. He was able to hold off second place finisher, Carl Chidambaram of Wellington, FL by seven strokes to claim first place. Chidambaram ended the weekend in second place with a total score of 152. After an opening round score of 80, he improved by eight strokes and fired an even par 72 on Sunday. Chidambaram made four birdies on Sunday, including back to back birdies on eleven and twelve. His Sunday improvement allowed him to surpass third place finisher Kelly Sun of Bradenton, FL. Sun finished in third place, just two strokes behind Chidambaram. Sun had rounds of 75 and 79 that included three total birdies for the weekend.

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Holding off her competitors was Amy Ding of Lexington, MA. She was able to score low on Sunday to win the Girls 15-18 division. She had round scores of 77 and 74. Ding made two birdies on Saturday, and two again on Sunday. Ding also had a bogey free back nine on Sunday, two under par. Her impressive finish down the final stretch allowed her to win by four strokes. Hot on Ding’s heels were Marisa Messana of Plantation, FL and Hannah Leiner of Pompano Beach, FL Messana and Leiner finished tied for second place with weekend totals of 155. Messana carded a total of five birdies for the tournament, including three on Sunday. She fired rounds of 77 and 78. Leiner made all four of her birdies during her Sunday final round. She carded scores of 79 and 76. Annelisse Siena of Wellington, FL won a set of Golf Pride grips after improving by a total of 15 strokes from Saturday to Sunday.

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Winning his second HJGT tournament of the year was Ryder Sutcliffe of Jupiter, FL, who took home first place in the Boys 11-14 division. He had a total weekend score of 149. Sutcliffe’s consistency was key to his win, firing rounds of 75 and 74. Allowing him to score low were the three birdies he had on Saturday, including two on the back nine. During his second round he had birdies on holes four and eight. Sutcliffe had the most birdies and the most pars in his division. He won by four strokes over second place finisher Clay Gibbs of Wellington, FL. Gibbs posted scores of 76 and 77. He had a total of four birdies during the tournament, two on each day. Finishing in third place with a total score of 163 was Joseph Storey of Delray Beach, FL. Storey played well with rounds of 82 and 81. He had back to back birdies on holes 16 and 17 on Sunday. He nearly made it three birdies in a row, but his putt on hole 18 was just wide.

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In the Girls 11-14 divison, Cindy Kou of Windermere, FL won in commanding fashion by a total of thirteen strokes. Kou made a total of four birdies over the course of the weekend, including back to back birdies on holes 15 and 16 during her Sunday round. She carded impressive scores of 76 and 79 for a weekend total of 155. Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, NJ came in second place posting scores of 78 and 90. Gianchandani cared a birdie on the front and back nine on Saturday, and birdied hole 17 on Sunday. Despite a good first round, Gianchandani was not able to catch Kou partly due to several double bodeys during Sunday’s round. Finishing in third place was Sarah Beqaj of Palm Beach, FL. She fired rounds of 85 on Saturday and 92 on Sunday. Beqaj had no birdies in the event was posted 13 pars in her third place run. Weather: Saturday: High of 81, windy and rain in the morning Sunday: High of 89, sunny and slightly windy Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,801 yards Boys 11-14- 6,150 yards Girls 15-18- 5,827 yards Girls 11-15- 5,188 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 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.

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