The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at East Lake Woodlands – South Course in Oldsmar, Florida to host the Tampa Bay Jr. Open. The entire weekend was filled with threats of poor weather including delays each day, but all 36 holes were successfully completed. We saw close finishes between the top two in each division by two strokes or less, resulting in suspenseful finishes throughout Sunday, including a playoff for 1st place in the Boys 15-18 Division.
After the recent rain in the area, the course conditions left the field playing lift, clean, and place through the green which was taken advantage of especially by the Boys 15-18 Division. The lowest round seen throughout the weekend was by Khavish Varadan with a second round score of 68 (-4) which included four birdies and a no bogeys which gave him a score total of 144 (E) to go into a playoff. The opponent in the playoff would be Maxim Zarudny from Orlando, FL with scores of 71,73. The playoff lasted two holes and Varadan won the second hole with a par to take the victory. Gustav Tegel from Wesley Chapel, FL took third place after shooting a final nine hole score of 33 to go 75,71 for a 146 (+2) total.
The older boys weren’t the only ones putting up red scores on the leaderboards this weekend. The Girls 15-18 Division had a round of 69 (-3) scored by Kendall Johnson of Plant City, FL in the opening round of the tournament which gave her a good enough cushion to shoot 77 and retain her win with a 146 total (+2). Amanda Gartrell from Lakeland, FL had a consistent two day tournament with back to back scores of 74 for a second place finish. Speaking of consistency, she parred all nine holes on the back nine Saturday and Sunday. With a 156 total (+12), Shelby Brauckmuller from Auburndale, FL took third place after shooting a solid one-over 73 for her first 18 holes.
The Boys 13-14 Division had a small, yet condensed field that resembled great competition. With yet another tight finish, Maxwell White out of Tampa, FL found a way to shoot an even-par 36 on his final nine to capture the win in Oldsmar with a total of 155 (+11). One stroke behind White, Connor Murphy from the nearby Land O Lakes, FL had nine hole scores of 40 or less throughout the tournament to come just short of forcing a playoff for the win. John Mosher shot scores of 76,84 for a total of 160 (+16) to come in third at East Lake Woodlands. Mosher’s 76 was the lowest round in the Division. Weather: Day 1- Low of 73 to high of 83, Partly Cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 75 to high of 86, Rainy, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6658 yards Boys 13-14-6246 yards Girls 15-18-5750 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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference