Denner holds off field Win stays true to her name
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio on April 26-27 for the Toledo Junior Shootout at Stone Ridge Golf Club. Playing 36 holes over two days through windy conditions, a champion was crowned in each of our four age divisions: Boys and Girls 15-18 and Boys and Girls 11-14. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and 2014 Tour Championship. The top ten finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, all divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard.
In the Boy’s 15-18 division, Michael Denner of Ottawa Hills, OH took home the first place trophy with a one stroke win over Trey Walker III from Bowling Green, OH. Denner carded a 74 on Saturday and slept on a one stroke lead. During round one he had a bogey free streak for 10 straight holes from seven to 16 with one birdie coming on the 7th hole both days. Denner only bogied three holes on Saturday, with pars on 14 of his 18 holes. His consistency and ability to save pars from around the green was the biggest factor in his win this weekend. Other players in the field were able to make more birdies than Denner’s two, but nobody was able to make more pars than his 25. Walker finished in second place with rounds of 77 and 75, a total of 152. Walker began the day tied for third and three strokes behind the leader, Denner. Despite the windy conditions he was able to score one of the better rounds of the weekend. Walker also showed a great ability to save pars, finishing behind only the leader with 22 pars made. Walker favored the back nine at Stone Ridge, or at least his scorecard did as he was the field leader in scoring on the second nine averaging a 35 during both rounds. Grant Godfrey of Delaware, OH earned his second third place finish with the HJGT this season after carding rounds of 75 and 78 for a total of 153. Godfrey was the leader in birdies made in the field with six. Godfrey proved that he has a short memory coming back on Sunday and posting birdies on holes seven and 11, which he was a combined four over par on the day before. Godfrey also led the field in par three and par five scoring. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Win from Sylvania, OH stole the show in Toledo
. Win made the most birdies in the field with six, four of which came on Sunday afternoon in windy conditions. Win was also the field leader in par four and par five scoring over the weekend, recording only one over par on the par five’s and two under par on the long holes on Sunday. Finishing in second place was Sarah Noto of Tampa, FL with duel rounds of 82 for a total of 164. Sarah did not make a ton of birdies on the weekend, but it was her consistency and ability to stay away from big numbers that earned her the second place finish. Not only did she have similar rounds of 82 but two holes she did birdie were par five’s and she fired equivalent nine-hole scores of 41 on both sides Sunday. There was a tie for third place in the Girls 15-18 division between Monica Torda of Oregon, OH and Ashley Knight of Sylvania, OH who both had weekend totals of 168. Torda preferred the short holes at Stone Ridge dropping in both of her weekend birdies on par threes. Torda also liked the statistically harder front nine finishing in second in scoring for the weekend. Knight, on the other hand, preferred the back nine especially on Saturday. Knight fired a 37 on the closing nine of round one, including an eagle on the par five 12th hole and a birdie on the 14th during a bogey free five hole stretch where she fired three under par. Knight finished day one only one stroke behind Win but the tougher conditions on Sunday got to her, finishing the weekend with a round of 87.
In the Boys 11-14 division, Adam Filo of Norton, OH and Ben Foltz from Solon, OH battled head to head throughout both rounds with numerous lead changes occurring over the weekend. Paired together both days, Foltz took the upper hand early with a one stroke lead after nine holes. Filo closed with a one under par 35 to score a 79 and take a three stroke lead over Foltz into the second day of play. Similarly, Foltz started off hotter than Filo carding an opening nine 38 to Filo’s 44 and opening up a three stroke lead of his own. The battle would come down to the final hole with the players tied after Filo fought his way back again. Filo would bogey the final hole of the weekend, which was good enough to beat the double bogey made by Foltz, and earn him the win by 1 stroke. Both players posted impressive weekend scores of 161 and 162, respectively.
Hailey Katona of Ontario, Canada finished the weekend atop the leaderboard in the Girls 11-14 division. Katona carded rounds of 85 and 95 for a total of 180. Many of the younger girls were affected by the windier conditions on Sunday, and Katona was no exception. She finished the weekend the leader in birdies made, with both coming on Saturday afternoon. She lengthened her lead on Sunday despite the higher score because of the effect the conditions were having on the young field. Pinya Pipatjarasgit of Sylvania, OH started the second round four strokes behind Hailey and finished the weekend only behind her by nine strokes. Pipatjarasgit also fell victim to the tough conditions of the second day scoring 11 strokes higher than her Saturday 89. Sydney Leyerle of Helena, OH made a strong showing on her home course, finishing in third place. She posted rounds of 100 and 94, one of the few players to better their score on Sunday. Leyerle added a birdie to her scorecard on one of the toughest holes on the course, the par three 13th that has almost as much water as land. Weather: Day 1: Mid 60’s, sunny and breezy Day 2: Mid 50’s, sunny, wind gusts up to 20 mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 15-18: 5, 656 yards Boys 11-14: 6, 100 yards Girls 11-14: 5, 656 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14, and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org or call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.