The Disney Junior Classic
(June 30-31, 2016)
Beating the Heat
Following the Jim McLean Junior Classic on Thursday, July 30, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Jacksonville team traveled to Kissimmee, FL to host the Disney Junior Classic at the beautiful Walt Disney Golf Resort at the Magnolia Course. The temperature remained in the 95s throughout the weekend allowing the players to play in the sunshine. The HJGT would like to thank the Walt Disney Golf Resort staff for allowing us to host our tournament at a great venue. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were awarded to each division winners with an exception into the 2016 Tour Championship on December 3-4, 2016. The Top 10 players will also receive points towards year-end honors which include, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Other than going out there and playing some good golf, everyone kept a smile on their face and enjoyed the company that they had out on the golf course.
Boys 16-18 Division
Thomas Brasco of Winter Springs, FL was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. For the second place trophy, there was a tie between Yaseen Le Falher of Muqabah and Branimir Nikolich. After shooting a first round score of 73 in the heat, Brasco played pretty consistent the second day with 74 in order for him to get the win. Brasco started the second round with only a 1 stroke lead and created an even larger gap between the other players throughout the day by shooting a one-under, 35 on the front nine. Even with the heat playing a damper in his game, he kept his game and mindset together and brought home the trophy. There were many talented players at this event, and despite the results, everyone came off the 18th hole with a smile on their face.
Boys 14-15 Division
Congratulations to our boys 14-15 division champion Austin Greaser of Vandalia, OH for clenching the win at Disney Junior Classic. Great job to Drew Lanier of Maitland, FL for getting second place, and Morgan Tournemire of Delray Beach, FL for coming in third place. Greaser and Lanier both shot even on the first, however, due to Greaser’s great playing on the second day, he was named the champion. There wasn’t any gap between the first and second place on the first day, but Greaser stayed patient and confident and came home with the win by the end of the day. Great golf was played, and friendships grew stronger between all of the players.
Boys 11-13 Division
Andrew Clark of Winter Park, FL came in first at the Disney Junior Classic. Carson Enright from Longboat Key, FL got the second place trophy. Clark and Enright were tied for first at the end of the second round, so they went to a playoff. They both shot the same score on the first playoff hole. Andrew Clark won the second hole by shooting a par for that hole while Carson Enright shot a Bogey for that hole. Carson and Andrew both had a great weekend at the Disney Junior Classic. Even though the both fought so hard against each other, Clark and Enright came off the hole with smiles.
Girls 14-18 Division
Valreia Mendizabal from Guatemala was smiling as she was named the champion of the girls 14-18 division this weekend at the Disney Junior Classic. She was paired with our second place winner Vasy Montague of Naples, FL, and third place winner Danielle Moreno of Bogota, Columbia for the first round. Mendizabal stayed positive all weekend, and did not let anything bother her. Although the weather was a huge factor for these girls these couple of days, Mendizabal did not let that stop her from getting the win. All the girls who competed in the Disney Junior Classic were not only competitors, but also great friends.
Girls 13 Under Division
Sophie Zhang-Murphy of Beijing was the top place finisher at the Disney Junior Classic.Emily Staples from Orlando, FL came in second as our girls 13 under runner-up for the Disney Junior Classic. Zhang-Murphy was 1 stroke behind Staples coming into the second and had a great shooting 2-under par (70), while Staple shot a 76 for the second day. Third place went to Elle Folland of Oxford, FL who played alongside the two young girls in the second round. The scores were very close in the girls 13 under division all weekend, and all players played to the best of their ability and stayed patient in the process. The weather made it very tough on everyone, but that did not stop any of them from playing some good golf.
Boys U10 Division
Frank Wu was your boys 10 & under division this weekend at the Disney Junior Classic. Wu shot a 73 the first day and 82 the second day for a total of 155 for the weekend. Frank Wu was the only competitor in the boys 10 & under division, but with these scores, he will for sure making some noise when he starts to compete in the boys 11-13 division. Look out for Frank Wu at the national championship December 3-4 in Orlando, FL.
Weather July 30-31, 2016:
Round 1: Low 85, High 97. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 1-5 mph
Round 2: Low 82, High 95. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,759 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,759 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,783 Yards
Girls U13: 5,133 Yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 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