Tacoma Jr. Open Recap - March 26-27

Tacoma Junior Open

Whispering Firs Golf Club - McChord, WA Oakbrook Golf & Country Club - Lakewood, WA

(March 26-27, 2016)

Hearts and Minds

On March 26-27, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Tacoma, Wash., to host the Tacoma Junior Open. The first day of the tournament was held at Whispering Firs Golf Club. Although, being a little wet, the course was in good shape for an enjoyable round of golf. Sunday’s competition was held at Oakbrook Golf & Country Club. The wind was strong but the sun was shinning, which capped off a great weekend. Winners in all six age divisions received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 and top three finishers received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. The weekend was unbelievable all around and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors. This includes all HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Thank you to Whispering Firs and Oakbrook for aiding us in hosting a phenomenal event!

Boys 16-18 Division

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Arnold Ha

Arnold Ha[/caption] In the Boys 16-18 division, Arnold Ha, from Mill Creek, Wash., took home the first place trophy. Ha played two beautiful rounds of golf in posting scores of 78 and 75 to cruise to victory. He had a three-stroke lead going into day two and never looked back. Ha had three total birdies. Coming in second place out of three was, Jordan Baird of Turnwater, Wsh. Baird posted scores of 81 and 86 for a two-day total of 167 and made five birdies on the weekend. Finishing right behind Jordan in third was Gabe Curhan from Seattle. Curban made a late push for second place, but could not close the gap. He posted scores of 87 and 82 for a two-day total of 169.

Boys 14-15 Division

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Costas Panay

Costas Panay[/caption] In the Boys 14-15 division, Costas Panay of Redmond, Wash., finished atop the leaderboard. Panay was in second entering day two, but his stellar play helped claim first place. He opened up day two strong, with a birdie on the first hole. Costas posted scores of 81 and 77 for a total of 158 that erased a three-stroke deficit entering round two. Finishing right behind him in second was Clayton Thatcher of Tacoma, Wash. Thatcher played very consistent golf all weekend long, which helped earning second place. He posted scores of 78 and 82 for a two-day total of 160. Seattle natives Hayden Hunskor and Jack McMullin tied for third place. Hunskor shot an 89 on day one, but was able to turn it around and shoot a strong score of 79 on day two. His second day charge helped bump him up into a tie for third out of nine golfers. McMullin also showed improvement, following up an 87 with an 81 on Sunday.

Boys 11-13 Division

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Zachary Miller

Zachary Miller[/caption]

In the Boys 11-13 division, Zachary Miller of Buckley, Wash., was able to overcome tough competition to win first place. He played excellent golf and had ton of resiliency all weekend long. He posted scores of 86 and 79 for a 165 total. Miller was in second place entering day two, but kept his composure to erase the one-stroke deficit. Wes Salimian of Seattle came in second place out of eight. Salimian’s 85 put him in first place after one round, but his 86 in round two was not enough to stave off Miller. Finishing in third place was Matthew Mehlert of Gig Harbor, Wash. Mehlert climbed from fifth place thanks to a 17-stroke improvement between his 95 in round one and 78 in round two.

Boys 10U Division

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Jeff Seong

Jeff Seong[/caption]

In the Boys 10 and under division, Jeff Seong of Tacoma, Wash., claimed first place to grab his second HJGT title this season. Seong came out strong and posted a first round score of 79 and never looked back. He played very competitive golf this tournament as he made smart shots, which set him up for great scores. Seong finished with a 162 total. In second place out of four was Sergio Sanchez of Everett, Wash. Sanchez was in fourth entering day two, but was able to post a round two score of 89 for a total of 190, which was crucial in him climbing up the leaderboard. In third place was Shane Soo of Issaquah, Wash. Soo posted consistent scores of 95 and 97.

Girls 14-18 Division

In the Girls 14-18 division, Grace Xu of Federal Way, Wash., prevailed. Xu shot an 85 to give herself an eight-stroke lead that stayed firm. On day two she took control of the tournament when she made the turn at one-under-par for the day and finished the day with three birdies. Xu posted a total score of 163 to finish eight ahead of Lauren Eagan, who matched Xu’s 78 on Sunday. Eagan, a Seattle native, moved up from fourth place to second. Lauren was in 4th after day one, but she kept her composure and battled her way into second. Her 12 pars and one birdie helped second day rise. In third place out of five was Anna Patricia from Gig Harbor, Wash. She posted score of 91 and 86, for a total of 177. Xu joined sister Claire in the winner’s circle as Claire took the Girls 13U title.

Girls 13U Division

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Claire Xu

Claire Xu[/caption] In the Girls 13 and under division, Claire Xu, from Federal Way, WA, came in first place and made it a family affair as her older sister Grace won the Girls 14-18 division. Xu entered day two tied for first, but she was able to gain momentum on day two. She posted scores of 88 and 82, for a total of 171. Makena Mehlert of Gig Harbor, Wash., came in second place. Makena and Claire were side by side after day one, but she fell just short at the end after an 85 in round two. In third place out of six was Sarah Lin of Bellevue, Wash. She posted scores of 96 and 90 for a total of 186.

Weather Saturday: High 50’s, clear, wind 5-10 mph Sunday: Low 50’s, clear, wind 20-25 mph

Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18: 6585 & 6480 Boys 14-15: 6585 & 6480 Boys 11-13: 5777 & 5415 Boys 10U: 5777 & 5042 Girls 14-18: 5777 & 5415 Girls 13U: 5777 & 5415

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