Space Coast Junior Classic – February 28- March 1, 2015
Llinas comes from behind
Kehoe wins in 5 hole playoff
(March 1, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Melbourne, Florida from February 28-March 1, 2015 for the Space Coast Junior Classic. Players battled very tough conditions on Saturday but storms parted ways to a beautiful Sunday with light winds and a small chance of rain. The top three winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and the first place winner in each age division received an invitation to the National Championship. All divisions, except Girls 11-14, were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. The winner of the Girls 15-18 Division received four AJGA performance stars while the top three in the Girls 15-18 Division received one AJGA performance star. 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 and would be tight by the end of the first round with five players within four strokes of the leader, Leo Oyo of Lake Mary, FL. Oyo would post a day one total of 74(+2) despite terrible weather conditions. The weather didn’t seem to be much of a problem for the rest of the field either. A strong, consistent showing by Amadeo Figus of Port St. Lucie wouldn’t be enough to take the trophy from Xisco Llinas of Spain. Down two stokes of the leader, Oyo, Llinas would have to make a strong push to take home the first place trophy and that is exactly what happened. As the lead slowly started to slip from Oyos’ grasp, the trophy was up for grabs. With two birdies on the front nine, Llinas would obtain the lead for a short period of time. Figus and Llinas both posted front nine scores of 37(+1) with two birdies a piece. With Llinas leading through nine holes by just one stroke, fireworks would explode on the back nine. A bogey on ten would leave the two tied going into the final eight holes. They would go on to par the next five holes. With three holes to play, which player would fall under the pressure? The two would exchange the lead in the next two holes with Llinas eventually paring the eighteenth hole to take home the win. Congratulations to Chi Hou Lok who was just three strokes back of the leader and took home the third place trophy.
Our Girls 15-18 Division would be the most exciting division of the weekend with four girls tied for first place with two day totals of 152(+8). With a chip in on the eighteenth hole, Jennifer Zhou of Longwood, FL would punch her way into the playoff to make it a total of five girls battling for the first place trophy. The five girls made their way to the first hole where three would eventually be eliminated. Pars by Isabella Cardenas of Colombia, Zhou, and Tania Nunez of Mexico would not be enough to continue in the playoff and would earn each of them second place trophies. That left two girls battling for the first place trophy. Ellen Kehoe of Campbellsville, KY and Ariadna Fonseca of Winter Garden, FL would battle for the next three holes until there was one girl left. With impressive shots from both Kehoe and Fonseca the trophy would come down to the putter. Kehoe wound up sinking her birdie putt for the win while Fonseca would just push her putt past the hole. Congratulations to Kehoe on an impressive win! Thank you to all of our Girls 15-18 golfers on an exciting weekend.
The Boys 13-14 division was run by Evan Bone of Louisville, KY with a two day total of 157(+13). Bone jumped out to a seven stroke lead over the second place finishers Austin Cherichella of Orlando, FL and Rocco Figus of Port St. Luice, FL. Bone finished his first round with two birdies to score a total of 79(+7). Going into Sunday Bone would not let off the petal and would continue his strong round. With the first place trophy in the hands of Bone, the battle for second place had just begun. At the end of day one Cherichella and Figus would be separated by just one stroke. The final round would end up interesting for the two. Chierchella came out with a strong showing going three over through the first nine holes with birdies on holes three and five. As the dust settled on the front nine Cherichella would grab a two stroke lead over Figus heading to the back nine. Coming off a birdie on the ninth hole, Figus would record a par on hole ten to put the pressure on Cherichella. They would go on to battle back and forth for the rest of the tournament and ultimately end up tied for second place. A strong showing by both boys created excitement to end the weekend. Congratulations to Evan Bone and Austin Cherichella on both recording three birdies on the weekend!
In the Girls 11-14 Division an extremely strong first round by Juli Camargo of Windermere, FL would build her confidence to hold off the strong push from Sarah Scott of Oviedo, FL. Despite the extreme weather conditions, Camargo ended day one recording a 75(+3) posting two birdies on the front nine. Although she was behind eleven strokes after day one posting a score of 86(+14), Scott would find her rhythm to make a strong push. Posting a day two total of 79(+7) would not be enough to take over the day one leader, Camargo. Scott would cut her score by seven strokes on the second day to lead the girls 11-14 division on the final day ultimately landing her in second place with a two day total of 165(+21). Congratulations to Sloan Lanier on her third place finish and two birdies for the tournament. Thank you to all of our girls 11-14 Division golfers on a wonderful weekend!
The Boys 11-12 Division was just exciting as the rest heading in to the final round. Two players were within two strokes of the day one leader, Allan Kournikova of Palm Beach, FL. Brendan Valdes of Orlando, FL and Luke Clanton of Miami Lakes, FL both posted first round scores of 82(+10). Clanton would start off his round very strong recording two birdies in the first seven holes. As the weather worsened, Clanton would find trouble on the final three holes to finish the front nine with a 38(+2). Valdez’s consistency on the front would keep him in contention by posting a 36(E) on the front nine. The most impressive round of the day was posted by Luke Sample of New York, NY who made the turn at two under while birding the final three holes. Strangely enough, our eventual division winner finished the front nine with a 41(+5). Things would change as Kournikova would find his rhythm and post a round low 39(+3) to end his day with a total of 80(+8). As the weather cleared on Sunday our boys would get in to a heated battle to take home the trophies. A strong bogey free final nine holes from Sample would not be enough to take the throne of Kournikova who finished the final round with four birdies bringing his two day total to 156(+12). An additional push from second place finisher Luke Clanton would also not be enough. He finished the round with a two day total of 160(+16). Coming in third place was Sample with a two day total of 161(+17). Congratulations on Grant Gobezie who improved his score by eight strokes on Sunday. Congratulations to all our Boys 11-12 golfers for an impressive weekend! Day 1- Low of 65 to high of 70, Heavy rain, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 65 to high of 78, Partly cloudy, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,791 yards Boys 13-14-6,085 yards Boys 11-12-5,721 yards Girls 15-18-5,721 yards Girls 11-14-5,142 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 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com