Upstate New York Junior Classic
(August 6-7, 2016)
One Swing at a Time
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour opened the month of August by hosting the Upstate New York Junior Classic at Timber Banks Golf Club & Marina in Baldwinsville, NY. Talk about golf weather, Baldwinsville had plenty to offer and even the high winds couldn’t ruin the perfect weekend. The tour would like to thank Timber Banks Golf Club & Marina for their hospitality, it was a wonderful course and they were great to work with. The top performers and champions from each division received valuable points toward their Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking. Competitive would be the word to describe this tournament. No lead was safe and no deficit unsurmountable. I hope the golfers had half as much fun as we did!
Stephen Hetterich from Rochester, NY came out on top of the boys 16-18 division this weekend. Hetterich won the tournament by two strokes, shooting 160. Nick Barney from Apalachin, NY finished in second place with a two day total of 162. Louis Chen from Columbus, OH finished in third place with a two day total of 163. Chen posted a score of 76 for the first round, the lowest round score for the division. Chen and Hetterich tied for the most pars or better with 22 each. Adam Brandstadt had a 10 hole bogey free streak. The guys took playing for the love of the game to a new level this weekend. All the players seemed to be enjoying themselves at all times, and were very respectful towards each other.
The boys 14-15 championship honors go to Drew LaCongo from Holland, NY. LaCongo entered the final round holding a three-stroke lead. He managed to extend that lead to six strokes. LaCongo posted a two day score of 166. Maxwell Dec from Baldwinsville, NY finished in second place with a two day total of 172. Nicholas Adair from Kingston, ON took home the third place trophy with a two day score of 173. LaCongo had the most birdies with 3, he also added an eagle. Adair and LaCongo both managed a 4 hole bogey free streak. The course was difficult, mixed with the wind made for a lot of trouble. All the golfers faced the obstacles head on and emerged victorious.
Johnny Gruninger from Syracuse, NY put together a tremendous tournament and left carrying a championship trophy. Gruninger posted a final round score of 70, the lowest score of any golfer in the entire tournament. He finished with a total score of 154. Anthony Maglisco from Syracuse, NY finished as runner-up with a score of 156. Martin Cryan from Forty Fort, PA won the third place trophy, scoring 161. Gruninger didn’t bogey a single hole on day two, leading to his fourteen stroke improvement from round 1. Cryan recorded the only eagle for the division. All the players seemed to be great friends throughout the tournament, they were also very competitive. Every time they got the chance they shared scores just to get a feel for where each player stood. They were a joy to watch.
Madison Kingsley from Manlius, NY won her second straight Hurricane event, having won the championship last weekend at Sandy Burr Country Club. Kingsley never trailed, posting a final score of 176. Kiley Rodrigues from Kingston, ON finished in second place with a two day total of 185. Emily Kase from North Tonawanda, NY finished in third place with a two day total of 191. Kingsley had the most pars with 11, while Rodrigues had the most birdies with 4. The girls managed to put together two days of solid golf and expect these girls to have bright futures!
Weather August 6-7, 2016
Round 1: Low 85, High 92. Sunny Skies, wind 15-25 mph.
Round 2: Low 80, High 85. Sunny Skies, wind 10-20 mph
Tournament Division Yardages:
Boys 16-18: 6,739 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,739 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,734 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,734 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