Tour Championship (Upper Divisions), December 8-9

Ferguson Wins Two in a Row

Serrano Runs Away with the Victory


Orlando, FL (December 9)  In the grand finale to a great 2012 season, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed to Orlando, Florida for the 2012 HJGT Tour Championship.  This year, over 200 junior golfers participated in the final tournament over the year. Of those 200, players from 12 states and 18 different countries took to both the National and International Courses of the Championsgate Golf Resort poised to win the highly coveted HJGT Tour Championship trophies.  Despite a minor delay on the International Course due to heavy fog on Saturday morning, each and every junior golfer gave it their all as they were inspired by both professional golfer Jim Thorpe and mental coach Dr. Bob Winters at the Tour Championship Awards Dinner, which took place on Friday night.  As usual, competition remained at a high throughout the two day tournament as rankings for the AJGA, Golfweek, and JGS were at stake.   In the Boys 15-18 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland claimed the division.  Ferguson, who gave an impromptu speech at the Tour Championship dinner, narrowly pulled out the victory as he came from behind after trailing by two strokes following the first round.  In the end, Ferguson shot a two day total of 140(-4), adding to his impressive resume which included four other victories on the tour including the Identi Club Junior Challenge just last weekend.  Ferguson, began his second round with two birdies in his first five holes, and only recorded one bogey during the round despite moderate gusts of wind. In addition to the challenging narrow fairways of the International Course and competitors at his heels, determination fueled him.  Although he only fired one bogey as said before, Ferguson trailed Michael Mattiace of Jacksonville, Florida by one stroke heading into the last 3 holes.  Mattiace, who is 14 and has been playing in the older division since January, was unable to hold the lead as he double bogeyed the 13th hole which dropped him to second place in the standings.  Although he did not win, Mattiace shows great potential as he came in second with a total score of 141(-3)  in addition to sinking the most birdies (11) throughout the two days of play. Rounding out the top three for the Boys 15-18 Division was Chase Cutshall of Melbourne, Florida. Cutshall, who was one of the most consistent players in the second round, shot a two day total of 142(-2), and sank three birdies and 15 par shots in his second round.  One other notable player in the Boys 15-18 Division was Toks Pedro of Bowie, Maryland.  Pedro, who has also won an HJGT tournament this year, shot one under par in the second round while also winning the Par 5 Performance Challenge with an average of 4.75.   Winning the Girls 15-18 Division was Camilla Serrano, representing the country of Columbia.  Serrano, who attends the IMG Academy, dominated her division as she held a two stroke lead after the first round only to expand that lead to six strokes by the end of the tournament.  In the end Serrano finished with a combined score of 141 and was three under par.  Knowing she had a comfortable lead heading into the second round, Serrano fired two birdies early followed by seven straight par shots.  In addition to her impressive victory, Serrano posted the most birdies (8), and won the Par 4 Performance Challenge with an average of 3.70.  Second place in the Girls 15-18 Division was a split between Taylor Dodson of Aiken, South Carolina and Emmy Martin of Odessa, Florida.  Both Dodson and Martin finished the tournament with a two day total of 147(+3).  Dodson, who has won four tournaments, as well as four second place finishes on the HJGT this year was very consistent throughout the front nine in the second round as she was at even par, however, was unable to finish strong as she bogeyed three of her last five holes.  Despite her struggles later on in the second round, it should be noted that Dodson finished in the top 5 in both the Par 4 and 5 Performances with averages of 4.05 and 5.00 respectively.   Just as Dodson struggled finishing her second round, Martin faced the same problem.     Although she was even going into the 17th hole, Martin double bogeyed  to end up two over par in the second round.  Despite her late struggles, Martin was able to sink the most par shots (29) in addition to placing second in the Par 4 Performance Challenge.  One other notable competitor in the Girls 15-18 Division was Lauren Gros of Windermere, Florida.  Gros fired an impressive eagle on the third hole of the National Course, and narrowly missed finishing in the top three by only one stroke.   Weather: Saturday: Fog in the morning, sunny and bright in the afternoon, temperatures in the mid to high 70's Sunday: Temperature in the mid 70′s, sunny skies, moderate wind Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6880 Girls 15-18 Division: 5896 Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division:

EFX Birdie Challenge: Chase Cutshall Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Austin Truslow Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Toks Pedro Girls 15-18 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Emmy Martin Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Emily Kurey Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Camilla Serrano 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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