TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic
(June 25-26, 2016)
Beating the Heat
Following the LPGA Junior Challenge on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Jacksonville team traveled to Coral Springs, FL to host the TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic at the beautiful TPC Eagle Trace. Despite the two weather delays due to lightning, the temperature remained in the 90s all weekend allowing the players to play in the sunshine. The HJGT would like to thank the TPC Eagle Trace staff for allowing us to host our tournament at a great venue. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings will award each divisions 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 was enjoying the company that they had out on the golf course.
Boys 16-18 Division
Austin Durand of West Palm Beach, FL was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Second place went to Emmett Caskey of Uniontown, OH, and third place was awarded to Tyler Failla of Hollywood, FL. After shooting a first round score of 75 in the heat, Durand improved his score by 2 (73) in order for him to get the win. Durand started the second round with only a 4 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 two weather delays, 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 Ryan Dever of Davie, FL for clenching the win at TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic. Great job to Thomas Christensen III of Coral Springs, FL for getting second place, and Ernie Perabeles of Miami, FL for coming in third place. Christensen III and Dever both shot 8-over on the second day, however, due to Dever’s great playing on the first day, he was named the champion. There was only a five stroke gap between first and second place coming into the second round of the event, but Dever stayed patient 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.
Girls 14-18 Division
Coming in fourth place at LPGA Junior Challenge a few days before the TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic was just a warm-up for Marisa Urrutia of Miami, FL as she was named the champion of the girls 14-18 division this weekend. She was paired with our second place winner Lauren Skrabonja of Boca Raton, FL, and third place winner Jamila Gowdy of Miami, FL for both rounds. Having to know how her competitors are doing all day can either be a good or bad thing. Urrutia 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, Urrutia did not let that stop her from getting that win. All the girls who competed in the TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic were not only competitors, but great friends.
Girls 13 Under Division
Sophie Anand of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Bela Mead of Aventua, FL were tied at the top after two rounds. After a very exciting sudden death playoff on the 13th hole, Anand was named our girls 13 under champion for the TPC Eagle Trace Junior Classic. Anand made a clutch 12-foot par putt to win over Mead in the playoff. Third place went to Gabriella Chavez of Miami, FL who was only one stroke away from being in the playoff as well. 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 delays made it very tough on everyone, but that did not stop any of them from playing some good golf.
Weather June 25-26, 2016:
Round 1: Low 82, High 91. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 5-10 mph
Round 2: Low 80, High 90. Mostly Cloudy, Wind 10-15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org