Tampa Bay Junior Open, September 15-16

Parra steals the show

Lellyo cruises to take home first place

        Wesley Chapel, Florida (September 15-16) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to wonderful Wesley Chapel this weekend, right outside of Tampa, to host the Tampa Bay Jr. Open. The event was held at the Palmer Golf Course at the luxurious Saddlebrook Resort. This weekend was all about the junior golfers in town looking to improve their standings in the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the Florida Junior Tour Exemptions, in addition to going home with some medal for the trophy case. The tournament featured over 60 of the southeast’s best players with competitors from Florida, . The weather was impeccable all weekend as the rain was able to hold out long enough for the event on both days. Temperatures were in the mid 80’s this weekend with nothing but clear and sunny skies. Nico Parra; out of Windermere, Florida, took home the grand prize for the Boys 15-18 Division. Parra shot an overall score of 141 (-1) after posting a solid 74 on Saturday and an even better 67 on the final round on Sunday. In addition to the 1st place trophy, Parra was also able to lead the field in several statistical categories: 8 total birdies, 22.2% most par breakers and an 88.9% most pars or better. Two players tied for second place after shooting a modest 147 overall after the weekend. Nilo Sanchez; out of Lutz, Florida, and Ryan Gendron from nearby Tampa went neck to neck all weekend but were ultimately splitting the second place trophy for the older boys division. The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Madison Lellyo of Windermere, Florida. Lellyo could have hung with the boys after posting an outstanding 145 overall on the weekend. Lellyo lead the ladies in most pars with 31. Coming in second place was local Pia Jaeger out of Wesley Chapel. Jaeger shot a respectful 78 and 76 during the weekend. Jaeger also finished tops in the Par 3 Performance with a 3.25 par 3 averages. Amanda He; out of Windermere, Florida, finished in third place for the ladies by shooting a 158. He came in first place with most birds with 3. The highlight of the weekend goes to Josh Lewis; a local product out of Lake Mary, Florida. The Boys 11-14 Division champion sat comfortably in first place after the first round on Saturday by posting a very strong score of 72. Lewis’ final Sunday round was not so comfortable however, despite another brawn performance of a 73, Lewis’ was faced with a tie for first place with Kyle Flexensahr, another Lake Mary product. The juniors were set for a 1-hole playoff after both players finished the weekend with an overall score of 145. Taking place at hole 1, Par 4, Lewis’ took the honors by stroking a gorgeous shot straight down the fairway. Flexensahr was not as lucky as his tee shot faded to the right of the fairway. Nonetheless, the savvy Flexensahr was able to recover with a lovely chip to land him on the fairway and back in business. Flexensahr was ultimately able to reach the green in 4 shots. Lewis was on the green in 3 and faced a par putt and the 1st place trophy with his ball laying 13 feet from the hole. After 37 holes Lewis was as clutch as anyone this weekend sinking the putt and taking home the first place prize. Flexensahr put on a wonderful performance as well just finishing short and going home with the second place trophy. The playoff was able to overshadow the tight battle going on for third place in the boys’ younger division. Third place was ultimately a tie after Michael Spinger of Trinity and Justin Kim of Winter Garden each finished +6 overall on the weekend. Emily Black from Naples, Florida was able to take home the first place prize for the Girls 11-14 Division by posting an 86 and an 82 over the weekend respectively. Coming in second for the young ladies was Madyson Moy. Black finished with 1 birdie and 18 pars Weather: Saturday: Temperature in the 80’s, clear and sunny skies Sunday: Temperature in the 80’s, clear and sunny skies Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6658 Boys 11-14 Division: 6060 Girls 15-18 Division: 5616 Girls 11-14 Division: 5154 Tournament Awards: Boys 15-18 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Jordan Miller Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Nico Parra Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Pierce DeBalgo Girls 15-18 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Pia Jaeger Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Madison Lellyo Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Madison Lellyo Boys 11-14 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Kyle Flexensahr Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Josh Lewis Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Josh Lewis Girls 11-14 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Emily Black Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Emily Black Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Emily Black 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast, with stops in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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