Orlando was the latest stop for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando hosted the Summer Classic at Eagle Creek on July 6-7. Players were presented with gorgeous weather both days that made it a great event. As players were finishing their rounds, the winds picked up and made it difficult to score well on the beautiful, par 73, Eagle Creek. There were AJGA Performance Stars available for champions in the Boys 15-18 and Girls 15-18 divisions. Champions in those divisions will also receive an exemption into a Florida Junior Tour event. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. In addition, top ten finishers also came away with points that go toward the inaugural Hurricane Cup as well as other end of the year honors like All-HJGT teams and state teams.
In the Boys 15-18 Division, it was won by Anton Li of Lake Mary, FL. Li trailed by one stroke after the first round as there was a three way tie for the lead at -3. Li responded on day two by shooting a 69, fueled by a 33 on the front nine. Li ended up with a two day total of 140 (-6). Li was tied for the lead in par four performance in the division with a 3.94 average. Li carded a total of seven birdies and one eagle for the weekend. In second place was Jorge Villar of Mexico. Villar was one of the players tied for the lead after a round one 70. Villar was consistent, but couldn’t hold on as he shot 72 in the second round, two shots behind Li. Villar finished the event with a solid seven birdies. Wocheng Ye of Bradenton, Fl came in third place after a two day total of 143 (-3). Ye led in par five performance with a 4.30 average on the par fives. In other awards, Alvaro Escalada of Spain won the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet with nine birdies. Didar Bashikov took home the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week after his 15 stroke improvement.
The Girls 15-18 Division came down to the final hole before it was clear who would be crowned the champion. Maho Hayakawa and Nagisa Miura were tied after the tenth hole on day two, and would match each other on each hole until the final group came to the difficult, par five, 18th hole. After both were in the fairway with their second shots, both faced a pitch shot over water to a front right pin location. Miura, who went first hit her third shot close to the pin and set up a decent look for a birdie. Hayakawa would find the greenside bunker and would be forced to to try to get up and down for par. Hayakawa would miss her par effort and Miura would have two putts for the win. Miura, from Bradenton, FL would make her par and seal the victory with a score of 150 (+4). Miura would lead the division in par four performance with a 4.06 average and would make 24 pars and four birdies over the two days. Hayakawa, who is from Mexico City, would come up one shot short at 151 (+5). Hayakawa held a two shot victory coming into Sunday and made birdie on the first hole to set a positive tone, but she found trouble on the third hole as she made a double bogey. Hayakawa led the division with 26 pars. In third place was Ashley Mangan of Clermont, FL. Mangan finished with a score of 152 (+6) after a Sunday 75. Mangan had four birdies and averaged par on the Eagle Creek par threes. Michelle Hawkins would win the EFX Birdie Challenge with five birdies. Abbey Huber would take home Golf Pride grips after a 14 stroke improvement.
Ray Navis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL used a solid, consistent 72 on both days to win the Boys 11-14 Division by six strokes. Navis, who averaged 2.75 on the par threes, held a one shot lead coming into Sunday and didn’t seem to be pressured by the lead as he cruised to the six shot victory. Navis tied with two others for the most birdies with seven. There was a three way tie for second as Cody Carroll of Jacksonville, FL, Tomas Millet of Spain, and Kyle Spencer of Mt. Pleasant, SC each shot 150 (+4). Carroll shot a two under 70 on day two but it wasn’t enough to catch Navis. Millet shot 78 in the first round and 72 in the second round and had seven birdies. Spencer was consistent as he shot two rounds of 75. Spencer finished the tournament with 24 pars. Navis, Millet, and Carroll each tied for the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet with seven birdies. Cody Carroll also won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the week with a ten shot difference from Saturday to Sunday.
Finally, in the Girls 11-14 Division, Sabrina Hoskins used consistency to win the division at a 150 (+4) total, three shots in front of second place finisher Amy Zhang. Hoskins, an Orlando native shot 74 and 76 respectively as she won her 11th tournament of the season. Hoskins had four birdies and led in pars with 24. Hoskins also led the division with a 4.06 average on the par fours at Eagle Creek. Zhang, of Lake Mary, FL shot 153 (+7). Zhang was tied with Hoskins after day one at one over, but she struggled in round two as she shot a 79. Zhang led the division with five birdies. In third place was Erika Smith of Orlando, FL. Smith was one shot behind Zhang and four shots behind Hoskins with a total of 154 (+8). Smith led in par five performance with her par average on those holes. Zhang took home the EFX Bracelet with her five birdies. Ximena Gonzalez won Comeback Player of the Week honors and Golf Pride grips as she improved Saturday’s 88 to a 77 on Sunday. Weather: Saturday: Partly Cloudy, high 80s low 90s, winds 15-25 mph Sunday: Partly Cloudy, high 80s low 90s, winds 10-20 mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,885 yards Girls 15-18: 5,846 yards Boys 11-14: 6,224 yards Girls 11-14: 5,316 yards Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boys 15-18: Alvaro Escalada Girls 15-18: Michelle Hawkins Boys 11-14: Cody Carroll, Tomas Millet, Ray Navis Girls 11-14: Amy Zhang Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18: Didar Bashikov Girls 15-18: Abbey Huber Boys 11-14: Cody Carroll Girls 11-14: Ximena Gonzalez 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, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio.