Gfeller wins on final birdie putt Brauckmuller holds onto her lead
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Poinciana, Florida on March 29-30 for the Stonegate Junior Classic Presented by GolfDotz. Despite severe weather that forced the conclusion of round one to be postponed, all players completed 36 holes to determine champions. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Midseason Invitational and 2014 Tour Championship. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Florida Junior Tour Exemptions were awarded to all divisions as well. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the Girls 15-18 division winner and one performance star was awarded to the Girls 11-14 winner. Additionally, the top ten finishers received points toward year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
In a very competitive Boys 15-18 division, it came down to the 18th hole. Evan Gfeller of Howey in the Hills, Florida came out on top by one stroke, posting a 145. He was able to seal the deal over Bryce Burke of South Africa and Kyler Tate of Winter Garden, Florida by birdieing hole 18 while the other two fired pars. Overall, Gfeller had two very consistent rounds, scoring 72 and 73 on a very tough course. Gfeller also had 24 pars and six birdies throughout the weekend, which was second most in his division. At the conclusion of the tournament, Burke and Tate ended up tying for second place with a weekend total of 146. Burke had duel rounds of 73 which included 25 pars and five birdies, two of them occurring on hole nine. Tate fired a first round score of 74 and was able to improve upon that by two strokes scoring a 72 on round two. The even par, 72, on Sunday was attributed to going nearly bogey-free. Tate also had six birdies and 24 pars over the course of the weekend. The most improved player among the boys was Adam Poulin who improved upon his first round score by seven strokes.
Holding onto the lead in the Girls 15-18 division throughout the entire tournament was Shelby Brauckmuller of Auburndale, Florida. She started and ended round one hot by birdieing the first hole and the 18th hole to total a 77. On round two she bettered her score by two strokes to post an impressive 75. Brauckmuller’s 20 pars and five birdies over the course of the weekend ended up being the difference maker. In the end, Brauckmuller’s 152 edged Anne Yu of Lake Mary, Florida by one stroke. Yu posted a round one score of 78 and improved it by three strokes on Sunday to score a 75. She had six birdies over the course of the weekend, tied for most in her division. Most notable was Yu’s great sportsmanship toward her fellow competitors. Finishing in third place was Elizabeth Kim of Gainesville, Florida. Kim fired an 80 on Saturday with either bogies or birdies on nearly every hole. On Sunday she came out with determination and scored a 76 with 12 pars and two birdies. Siena Shirer of Adamsville, OH was the most improved player among the girls after improving upon her first round score by 21 strokes.
In the Boys 11-14 division, Zach Brown of Bermuda Run, North Carolina completed the come from behind victory. After round one he trailed the leader by one stroke after firing a 76. Brown’s round one was highlighted by five birdies and an eagle on the par five, ninth hole. On Sunday he posted 11 pars and four birdies to score a one under, 71. This score was tied for the lowest of the tournament in all fields. Overall, Brown had nine birdies, the most in the division, and posted a total score of 147. Finishing one stroke behind Brown was Amadeo Figus of Port St. Lucie Florida. Figus came from behind to end up in second place. His round one score was a 77 including one birdie. He started hot on Sunday by birdieing the first hole and continued to birdie four more on his way to firing a one under, 71 on the day. He finished with a total score of 148. In third place was Ryder Sutcliffe of Jupiter, Florida. He had two great rounds of 77 and 73 for a weekend total of 150. Sutcliffe had three birdies in the tournament and 24 pars, the most in the division.
Remaining atop the leaderboard throughout the tournament in the Girls 11-14 division was Alyssa Lamoureux of Seminole, Florida. This is her second HJGT tournament win this season. Lamoureux had five birdies during round one where she posted an impressive even par, 72. On Sunday she maintained her lead by firing a 75 with two birdies. Her seven birdies was the most in the division. Finishing three strokes behind Lamoureux was Cindy Kou of Windermere, Florida. Kou had rounds of 74 and 76 with three birdies. Her 25 pars over the course of the weekend was the most in the division. In third place was Jennifer Zhou of Lake Mary, Florida. Zhou was consistent with rounds of 78 and 77 for a total of 155. She improved on Sunday in part due to her three birdies. Weather: Day 1- Low 80's and humid. Severe thunderstorms in the afternoon. Day 2- High 50s in the morning, high 60's in the afternoon, wind gusts of 20mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,844 yards Girls 15-18: 6,135 yards Boys 11-14: 5,818 yards Girls 11-14: 5,176 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 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 email@example.com.