Tampa Bay Junior Open – January 24-25, 2015
Doty fights back in round two to clinch victory Stone battles windy conditions to fight off field
(January 25, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, Florida to host the Tampa Bay Jr. Open. Day one was filled with gusty winds and light shivering rain as the first tee started off on time, and day two with the turnaround of sunny skies and light winds. The competition was close with six ties across the board in the 15-18 Boys Division. All the winners in each division received an invite to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan and the 2015 HJGT Championship.
Players struggled this week to get around the damp and windy conditions at Feather Sound. Despite the first round’s weather conditions, the Boys 15-18 division saw a close finish between three players. Jeffrey Doty of Carmel, Indiana came out on top with 38, +2 on the front nine, and 42, +6 on his back nine of day one. Doty also came out with an impressive 34, -2 in the front nine, and 40, +4 on the back nine of day two. Doty fought his way to first place with a first round 80, +8 and was able to fight back to a 74, +2 in round two. Jan Cernohorsky of Fort Myers, Florida and Juan Castellanos of Wesley Chapel, Florida both took second place this weekend with a two day score of 155. On day one Cerbohorsky punched in 82, +10 and 73, +1 on day two. Castellanos made it through with 74, +2 on day one and an 81, +9 on day two. At the end of it all, the Boys 15-18 division saw a gritty finish all the way down to the last hole.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Latanna Stone from Valrico, Florida lead the rest of the field by two with a two day total score of 157. Stone recorded an 82, +10 on day one but was able to battle back to a 75, + 3 on day two as she added two birdies and 21 pars to her score for the weekend. Claire Carlin, a native to our headquartered city Jacksonville, Florida and Teresa Conroy of our neighbor to the west Tallahassee, Florida both took second place this weekend. Carlin put down an 85, +13 in round one and finished strong with an impressive 74, +2 on day two. Conroy saw success in her first round while piecing together a 78, +6 but struggled down the stretch in the windy conditions to an 81, +9 on day two. It was exciting golf to witness here at Feather Sound Country Club.
While the older boy and girl divisions saw battles, the Boys 13-14 didn’t waiver from the gritty tournament here at Feather Sound. It was a close field early in the morning of round two. A common face around the Hurricane Tour events, from Saddlebrook Academy in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Lorenz Poerings was able to hang on for the victory. Although he wished to have played a little more consistently this weekend, Poerings recorded an 85, +13 in round one and an 89, +17, finishing with a two day total of 174. Common to the other fields, things were tight and there was also a tie for second in this division this weekend. In a tie for second place were Parker Sanderson of St. Pete, Florida and Ronnie Cao of Wesley Chapel, Florida, also from the Saddlebrook Academy. They both struggled with the windy conditions but showed resilience down the stretch and both ended up with a two day total of 180. They were all happy to receive some hardware and get warm in the clubhouse after the long and windy battle this weekend.
The Girls 11-14 division had some great scores across the board. Another familiar face around our tour was Sarah Scott of Oviedo, Florida. Sarah took first place with a two day total of 161. Scott was able to piece together a 39, +3 on the front nine and a 40, +3. Sarah had two birdies on the back nine of the first round helping her clinch her third victory on the Hurricane Tour. In second place this weekend was Georgie Ruffolo of Tampa Bay, Florida with a two day total score of 171. She showed flash on the course today, showing strong putting skills on the greens helping her hole out four birdies in her second round. And in third place, coming all the way from Larchmont, New York, Caroline Hodge was able to keep it together this weekend with a two day total score of 182. These three girls also showed their ability to fight through tough conditions to come out on top at Feather Sound Country Club.
The Boys 11-12 division was lacking in field size this weekend but that didn't stray Jake Daniel of Lithia, Florida away from hanging on to clinch a first place trophy. Jake took the whole field with a two day total of 192. Daniel struggled early on in day one and went on to finish with a 101, +29. Jake showed stamina in round two and was able to improve his round one score on day two by ten shots with a 91, +19. Daniel recorded two birdies and six pars for the weekend and was pleased to bring home the first place prize. Weather: Day 1- Low of 40 to high of 55, Partly Cloudy, winds 25-35 MPH Day 2- Low of 40 to high of 55, Partly Cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,606 yards Boys 13-14 -6,016 yards Girls 15-18- 5,556 yards Girls 11-14- 5,045 yards Boys 11-12- 5,045 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 five 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