Timacuan Junior Shootout – March 7-8, 2015
Zhang wins after a two-hole playoff
Kentucky native Kehoe travels to take home trophy
(March 8) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Lake Mary, Florida on March 7-8 for the Timacuan Junior Shootout. The top three place winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and the winners from each age division received an exemption to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. The top finisher in the Boys 15-18 division received four AJGA performance stars and the top five received one performance star. The top finisher in the Girls 15-18 division received four AJGA performance stars and the top three received one performance star. Additionally, the top finisher in the Girls 11-14 and the Boys 11-14 division received one AJGA performance star.
The Boys 15-18 division had consistent play throughout the weekend. Brett Beazant of Orlando, Florida led the way shooting a 72(E). Beazant tallied five birdies on his 18 holes, only bogeying two. Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, New Jersey and Eric Shelly of Fernandina Beach, Florida were tied after round one with a score of 75 (+3). Rounding out Saturday, Linus Samuelsson of Heathrow, Florida and Carl Yuan of China were tied for third, shooting 76 (+4). It was a very close first round for all the boys. Heading into the second round, strong play continued for Beazant. Beazant pared or better 15 of his 18 holes shooting a 73 (+1) to earn first place and take home the trophy with a two-day total of 145. Yuan fought hard to narrow the gap, shooting the clubhouse low of 70 (-2), a 146 total, but it was not enough to knock out Beazant. Taking home third place honors was Eric Shelly with a two-day total of 147. Shelly had an impressive 15 pars or better during his final round. All in all, great play from the Boys 15-18 division.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Ellen Kehoe of Campbellsville, Kentucky had a strong two rounds posting a two-day total of (-2) 142. Kehoe played an untouchable round and birdied seven of her first 18, shooting an astonishing (-6) 66! Heading into the second round there was strong play throughout the division. Kehoe continued her consistency on day two, shooting a (+4) 76. The University of Louisville signee, Kehoe held her own and was untouched by competitors in the division. Cindy Kou of Windermere, Florida shot an even par (E)72 improving from her round one score of (+4) 76 by four strokes. Cindy carded two birdies to help her achieve second place. Clementina Rodriguez of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina took home third place with a two-day total of 152. Rodriguez showed consistency only missing out on second place by only four strokes.
In the Boys 13-14 division Johnny Bai of Lake Mary, Florida dominated finishing with a (+2)146. Bai had consistent play throughout both rounds shooting a (+1) 73 on both days to take the victory. Pyae Phyo Thu of Myanmar and Alan Klenor of Longboat Key, Florida, Jason Jin of Windermere, FL and Fulton Smith of Pinehurst, North Carolina all tied to take home second place shooting two-day totals of 154. Thu birdied two of his 18 holes, while Klenor improved from his first round score of (+7) 79 to (+3) 75. Jin also improved from his first round score by one stroke shooting a (+4) 76. Smith improved his birdie performance from one birdie on day one, to two on day two. All in all there was great competition this weekend.
The Girls 11-14 division was a tight race all the way through Sunday. Katie You of Windermere, Florida, Izzy Pellot of Apopka, Florida and Jenny Kim of Heathrow, Florida were in a battle. Kim was in the lead after Saturday with a (+7)79 with You only one stroke behind, (+8) 80 and Pellot only two (+9, 81). Heading into the second round the tight race continued. Pellot and You improved from their day one scores while Kim fell behind. Katie You was able to secure the victory with a big improvement from day one shaving six strokes with a (+2) 74 and a two-day total of 154. Pellot secured second place with a two-day total of 160. Pellot made fewer mistakes, paring or better ten of her 18 holes.
The Boys 11-12 division stole the show on Sunday with a two-hole playoff between Brendan Valdes and Aaron Zhang. Prior to the playoff Grant Gobezie of Hunting Valley, Ohio secured the third place trophy with a two-day total of 163. Gobezie showed improvement from day one to day two shaving off three strokes. Both boys involved in the playoff, tied through 36 holes with a 155 two-day total. The first playoff hole ended in a par for both boys, moving to the second hole to decide who was going to take home first place. Zhang pared on the second playoff hole to take home the trophy. Valdes secured the second place trophy. With friends, family and spectators it was a great way to end the 36-hole event for the Boys 11-12 division. Day 1- Low of 56 to high of 72, Cloudy, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 57 to high of 79, Sunny, winds 3-5 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,766 yards Boys 13-14-6,178 yards Boys 11-12-5,763 yards Girls 15-18-5,763 yards Girls 11-14-5,112 yards 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 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, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com