St. Louis Kickoff, June 3-4, 2017

St. Louis Kickoff

(June 3-4, 2017)

  The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Alton, Illinois June 3rd and 4th for the St. Louis Kickoff. The players, mostly from Missouri and Illinois, came out to Spencer T. Olin in search for a tournament victory. We would like to thank the Spencer T. Olin Golf Course for allowing us to host such a great event. The first round weather conditions were excellent which provided a great opportunity for players to turn in a low score. The second round was met with some afternoon thunderstorms which suspended play for over two hours. Fortunately, the thunder and lightning passed and the players were able to finish their rounds. In spite of the weather on Sunday the players had great attitudes and showed professionalism throughout the weekend. The top 3 finishers in each age division will receive an exemption into the 2017 National Championship December 2-3 2017 and the top 10 finishers from each age division receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.   Boys 16-18

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In the Boys 16-18 division, Brandon Wagner of Park Hills, MO shot an impressive 72 to finish even par on Sunday and secure the victory. Wagner’s 72 on Sunday was also the low round of the day. Wagner was behind six strokes going into the second round but was able to bear down and put together a comeback on Sunday. Brandon ended up shooting 77-72-149. Zach Williams of Mt. Vernon, IL and Jonathan Bell of Jackson, MO finished tied for second place with identical rounds on Saturday and Sunday, both shooting 74-76-150. Rounding out the Boys 16-18 division, finishing in fourth place was Michael Bugyis of Des Peres, MO. Bugyis shot a remarkable 71 on Saturday which was the lowest round of the weekend. Michael would finish with an 81 on Sunday which gave him an overall score of 152 and a solid fourth place finish.   Boys 14-15      

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For the Boys 14-15 age division, Ben Fey of Woodstock, GA was able to turn his first round lead into a victory on Sunday. Fey, one of the few players not from Missouri or Illinois, shot 76-78-154 and was able to protect his two stroke lead going into the second round. Right behind Fey was Sean Minor of Columbia, MO who was five strokes back going into the second round after posting an 81 on Saturday. Minor was able to apply some pressure to the leader on Sunday shooting a 75 but came up just two strokes short and finished with an overall score of 156. Rounding out the Boys 14-15 age division was Curtis Hastie of Frontenac, MO who posted solid scores of 78 and 81 for an overall score of 159. These were not the only highlights however; Cole Verhulst of Chesterfield, MO had a day to remember on Saturday. Verhulst shot an ace on number 8 in a moment that he will surely never forget.   Girls 14-18

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For the Girls 14-18 age division Sarah Bell of Jackson, MO took home the first place trophy. Bell had an impressive weekend shooting 74-76-150 and coasted to a seven stroke victory. Despite the weather delay and having to finish her round in the rain, Bell was unfazed posting a 38 on the back nine on Sunday. Finishing in second place was Parker Perry of St. Louis, MO who shot 80-77-157. Perry had a very nice second round finishing only one stroke behind the leader for the low round of the day. Finishing in third place was Allison Miller of Princeton, IA. Miller had a very consistent weekend shooting 81-80 for a solid overall score of 161 and third place.     Weather June 3-4, 2017 Round 1: Low 73, High 87. Sunny, Wind 0-5 Mph Round 2: Low 71, High 87. Sunny, Wind 10-20 Mph   Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18: 6,713 Boys 14-15: 6,713 Girls 14-18: 5,765 Boys 11-13: 5,765  

About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.

For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT 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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