Southwest Florida Jr. Challenge April 12-13

Wang outlasts the field Vazquez secures victory on final birdie

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bradenton, Florida on April 12-13 for the Southwest Florida Junior Challenge hosted at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club. The competitive field of both boys and girls posted low numbers during both rounds. Winners from all divisions were invited to the Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to all divisions as well as Florida Junior Tour Exemptions. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the winner of the Girls 15-18 division and one AJGA performance star was awarded to the winner of the Girls 11-14 division. Additionally, the top ten finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and The Hurricane Cup.

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Coming from behind to win the Boys 15-18 was Brandon Wang of Bradenton, Florida. He had a total score of 147. His first round 74 and final round 73 was enough for him to outlast the field by one stroke. Wang made three birdies on his front nine holes on Saturday and added three more birdies on Sunday. Guillaume Chalancon of Howey in the Hills, Florida and Landry Miller finished tied for second place. Both boys carded the same scores each round, a 75 for round one and a 73 for round two. Chalancon had an impressive four birdies on Saturday and posted 17 pars on Sunday. Those pars added to the 8 he fired on Saturday, for a total of 25, the most in the division. Miller carded four total birdies over the weekend, two in each round. Miller also posted 24 birdies, tied for second most in the division.

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Vivi Vazquez of Winter Garden, Florida held on to win the Girls 15-18 division by one stroke. She posted rounds of 75 and 78 for a weekend total of 153. Vazquez made three birdies on Saturday including two on the back nine. On Sunday, her lone birdie came on the eighteenth hole to secure the victory. Vazquez had 22 pars over the course of the tournament, the most in the division. Finishing in second place was Jenny Buchanan of Loudonville, New York. She fired a first round of 79 and did her best on Sunday to catch Vazquez, posting a 75. She came up just short, ending the weekend one stroke back with a total of 154. Buchanan had four birdies on the weekend and two of them came on the eighteenth hole in each of her two rounds. Kadi Pallastrone ended the weekend in third place after rounds of 82 and 77. She carded two birdies on the back nine during her first round, and then posted another birdie on the eighth hole during the final round. She finished with a total score of 159 in the closely matched field.

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Finishing under par was David Giandomencio of Lake Mary, Florida. He won the Boys 11-14 division with a weekend total of 139, 11 strokes better than the rest of the field. His first round score of 68 was the lowest of the tournament in all divisions and it featured six birdies, three on each nine. On Sunday, Giandomencio carded four birdies and finished with the most birdies in the division. Ending in a tie for second place was Miguel Maisterra of Apopka, Florida and Justin Rickerson of Eustis, Florida. Both boys posted a total score of 150. Maisterra had rounds of 73 and 77 while Rickerson carded duel rounds of 75. Maisterra finished the tournament with four birdies and an eagle on the 18th hole on Saturday. Rickerson ended the weekend with seven birdies.

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After scores of 149, Amy Zhang of Lake Mary, Florida and Cindy Kou of Windermere, Florida battled for the first place trophy in the Girls 11-14 division. The girls went back out on the course for a playoff at the conclusion of the second round. Zhang was able to make par on the first playoff hole while Kou made a bogey. Zhang was crowned champion of the division and took home the first place trophy. She had rounds of 73 and 76. Zhang carded two birdies during each of her rounds. Taking home second was Kou, she made two birdies on Saturday and three on Sunday. She also tied for most pars in the division with 24. Finishing the weekend two strokes off the lead in third place was Nancy Lian, of Lake Mary, Florida. She posted rounds of 74 and 77 for a total of 151. Lian made four birdies on Saturday and five on Sunday. Her nine birdies were the most in the division. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,852 yards Boys 11-14- 6,100 yards Girls 15-18- 5,814 yards Girls 11-14- 5,231 yards Weather: Saturday- partly cloudy, high of 85 Sunday- Sunny, high of 85 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 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, 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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