Virginia Junior Challenge
(July 13-14, 2016)
This Wednesday July 13-14 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia to take on Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. It was a hot and humid couple of days as the golfers were able to handle the tough challenges that come with the course. Thank you to Golden Horseshoe Golf Club for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. Three age divisions were in play this week as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were on the line. The winner of each division will be invited to play in the national championship held later this year in December. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. The golfers came out firing from the opening hole to the last hole.
Boys 16-18 Division
Karsen Rush was the winner of the boys 16-18 division. The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania native shot a 76 in the first round and a 75 in the second round to solidify his victory with a 151 overall. Andrew Withers from Roanoke, Virginia finished in second place after posting a 75 on Wednesday and an 80 on Thursday to finish with a total score of 155. Jay Yano out of Centennial, Colorado finished in third place and just one stroke behind Withers for second. Yano shot back-to-back 78’s to finish with a 156 overall. Rush led the division in birdies, with his total of seven over for the two-day tournament. Withers had a division leading 22 pars throughout the tournament. The golfers had a great time competing against some of the best golfers in the country and look forward to competing again in the future.
Boys 14-15 Division
Patrick Gallaher was the champion of the boys 14-15 division. Gallaher out of Midlothian, Virginia shot an 83 in the first round and an 88 in the second round to finish the tournament with an overall score of 171. Yida Wang from Potomac, Maryland finished in second place after shooting an 87 on Wednesday and a 90 on Thursday to finish the tournament with a 177 overall. Wang led the division with 17 pars throughout the two-day event. Gallaher had the only birdie in the division on the 18th hole of the final round. These golfers had great time competing against each other throughout the tournament and look forward to competing again in the future.
Girls 14-18 Division
Sarah Houle was the champion of the girls 14-18 division. The Sandy Hook, Connecticut, native shot a 76 in the first round followed by a 77 in the second round to finish the tournament with an overall score of 153. Amanda Hayes from Dayton, Ohio finished in second place in the division after shooting a 78 on Wednesday and an 86 on Thursday to finish the tournament with a 164 overall. Katie Thome out of Fredericksburg, Virginia came in third place after shooting an 82 in the first round and an 83 in the second. She finished the tournament with a 165 overall. Amanda Hayes led the division in birdies with a total of three over the two-day event. Houle had a nine-hole bogeyless streak to lead the division in this category. The golfers had a great time competing against each other and showed a great deal of sportsmanship throughout.
Weather June 13-14, 2016:
Round 1: Low 77, High 92, Mostly Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph
Round 2: Low 77, High 97. Mostly Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,743 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,743 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,749 yards
Boys 11-13: did not participate
Girls U13: did not participate
Boys U10: did not participate
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 email@example.com