Southwest Florida Junior Open, Oct. 27-28

Robinson run’s the field for first place

Odaiyar wins with a consistent performance

 

Bradenton, FL(October 27-28) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bradenton, Florida this weekend to host the Southwest Florida Junior Open.  The event was held at the prestigious Preserve Golf Club at Tara.  The event featured 90 players from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama, as well as several international players from all over the world.  The tournament was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index, as well as offering Florida Junior Tour Exemptions for the first place winners of each respective division.  The event also offered AJGA performance stars to the winners of each division.  The weather was gorgeous all weekend as sunny skies brought temperatures in the low 70’s, although the upcoming forecast for Hurricane Sandy did bring some unfavorable gusts for the junior golfers.   The Boys 15-18 Division was won by Clark Robinson, a local product from Bradenton, FL.  Robinson shot a solid 77 during the opening round on Saturday, while finishing the weekend strong with an impressive 71 during the final round which solidified his position in first place.  Robinson also led the older boys division in several statistical categories with birdies (6), most par breakers (16.7%), and par 3 performance (2.88).  The battle for the second place trophy was extremely tight with a four way tie between Claudio Correa, Tony Jiang, Charles Wang, and Peiyun Zhou, each finishing the two day tournament with two day totals of 151.  Correa, an international player from Chile, shot a 77 on Saturday followed by a 74 on Sunday.  Jiang had mirrored results starting the weekend with a 74 and then finishing with a 77 on Sunday.  Jiang was also able to earn some recognition in several statistical categories including most pars (25) and most pars or better (75%).  Wang, another local product from Bradenton, shot 75-76 to earn second place.  Zhou, also from Bradenton, shot 75-76.  Li Zongfan of Bradenton led the group with 1 eagle over the weekend.   The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Kristine Odaiyar from Ocala, FL.  Odaiyar shot a consistent 74 on Saturday, but earned her first place trophy after posting a phenomenal 68 on the final round on Sunday.  Odaiyars weekend was so stellar that she led the ladies in each statistical category.  Odaiyar had 7 birdies, 19.4% in most par breakers, 25 pars, 88.9% most pars or better, a 3.12 average in the par 3 performance, 4.00 in the par 4 performance, and finally an excellent 4.62 in the par 5 performance.  Coming in second place at Bradenton was Maria Rodriquez.  Rodriquez also had a consistent weekend after posting a 74 on Saturday and an even better 73 on Sunday.  Gaby Coello of Winter Garden, FL rounded out the group in third place.  After stumbling to an 85 on Saturday, Coello finished strong and earned herself a third place trophy after shooting a 73 on Sunday.   The Boys 11-14 Division was won by Robby Eisch from Tampa, FL.  Eisch shot a 154 total for the weekend after shooting a 78 on Saturday, followed by a 76 on Sunday.  Eisch led the boys in the par 4 performance with a 4.15 average.  Josh Lewis of Lake Mary, FL finished a shot back in second place with a two-day total of 155. The third place trophy was earned by Raj Chekuri from Winter Garden, FL. Chekuri shot an impressive final round 72 Sunday and finished with a 156 total for the weekend.  Chekuri also led the boys in a few statistical categories including birdies (8), most par breakers (22.2%), and par 5 performance (5.12).  Tyler Carlson from Bradenton also finished on top in a few statistical categories including most pars (27), most pars or better (75%), and par 3 performance (3.12).   The Girls 11-14 Division was won by Kanyanat Saithip, an international player from Thailand.  Saithip had a quality 83 on Saturday followed by a 76 in the final round for a total score of 159.  Saithip led the young ladies in a few statistical categories including most eagles (1), most birdies (3), most pars or better (58.3%), par 3 performance (3), most par breakers (11.1%), and par 5 performance (4.75).  The second place trophy was earned by Amy Zhang of Lake Mary, FL.  Zhang had a very steady weekend shooting 83 both Saturday and Sunday to finish with an overall score of 166.  Zhang led the ladies in par 4 performance with 4.55.  Coming in third place of West Palm Beach was Paige Lee Garris who shot 184 overall for the weekend.  Garris led the girls with pars with 17.   Weather: Saturday: Temperature in the low 70’s, windy Sunday: Temperature in the low 70’s, windy Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6858 Boys 11-14 Division: 6212 Girls 15-18 Division: 5770 Girls 11-14 Division: 5770   Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division:

EFX Birdie Challenge: Clark Robinson Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Kaito Onishi Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Zihao Wu, Clark Robinson Girls 15-18 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Kristine Odaiyar Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Kristine Odaiyar Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Kristine Odaiyar Boys 11-14 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Raj Chekuri Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Robby Eisch Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Raj Chekuri Girls 11-14 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Kanyanat Saithip Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Amy Zhang Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Kanyanat Saithip   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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division.  Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast, with stops in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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