Black Sets Pace Early to Win at Wildcat Jr. Challenge
Kehoe Holds on to Win in Kentucky
Lexington, KY (July 24-25) - The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour journeyed to the University Club of Kentucky for the Wildcat Junior Challenge. The Club features two premier courses, the Wildcat Course and the Big Blue Course. Competitors got to play the Big Blue Course and they could not have asked for much better weather. On both Wednesday and Thursday temperatures never rose to 75 degrees and not one rain cloud threatened the course. Both days started out a bit chilly, but evened out to a desirable 70 degrees by about 10am. With this great weather, players were able to play the course to its fullest and many rounds below 80 were posted. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). Winners also receive an automatic bid to the 2013 Tour Championship. The top 10 finishers in the age division were awarded performance points as well. These points will go towards end of the year honors including HJGT State teams and the Hurricane Cup.
In the Boys 15-18 Division, Ian Black of Elizabethtown, KY dominated the field on the first day leading to an easy win. Black shot the only round under par during the tournament at 2 under, 70. On Thursday, Black cooled down a bit, but still shot the second best score of the day. All Black had to do on the second day was keep pace with his playing partners, the other leaders, and he was able to handle that tying one and losing by one stroke to the other. Black’s overall score of 1 over par was fueled by his play on par three and par four holes. He was the only player in the field to shoot an average of par or better on these holes. Black was also the most successful player on the greens sinking numerous 20 foot or more putts. This phenomenal putting allowed Black to save par or make birdie many times which allowed him to lead the field in pars with 23 while also carding 6 birdies to give Black 29 out of 36 holes with par or better. Second place finisher, Jimmy Kev Clements of Louisville, KY, was the most consistent competitor of the tournament firing a 74 both days. Clements was in the top three in par three, par four, and par five performances and was in a three way tie to lead the field with 7 birdies. Carter Skipworth of Richmond, KY took third place finishing one stroke behind Clements. Clements, Skipworth, and Kyle Jury would lead the division with seven birdies, which won them the EFX Birdie Challenge. Kyle Jury of Elizabethtown, KY and Brett Brown of Sagamore Hills, OH tied to take the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with a 7 stroke improvement.
In the Girls 15-18 Division, Ellen Kehoe withstood two late charges by the eventual second and third place finishers to win the Wildcat Junior Challenge. Kehoe led for basically the entire tournament after shooting one of only three rounds below 80 on Wednesday. To follow up this great performance, Kehoe improved by 3 strokes to shoot an even par 72 on Thursday. Kehoe was spurred to victory by stellar play on par four and par five holes, leading the field in average score on both. She also led the field in pars with 27 and pars or better finishing 30 out of 36 holes with a birdie or par. Second place finisher Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, KY was within striking distance all day until the par 5 sixteenth on which Nowlin carded an 8. Despite this triple bogey, Nowlin still finished the day at an impressive 76, 4 over par. Nowlin finished second in par three and four performance and pars to go with her second overall finish. Allie Legeb of Lexington, KY posted the second best round of the day with a 74, 2 over par. Legeb, Elizabeth Cason, Meredith Moir, and Kie Purdom would lead the division with four birdies, which won them the EFX Birdie Challenge. Legeb also won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with a 7 stroke improvement.
The Boys 11-14 Division was dominated the whole way by Zach Miller of Richmond, KY. Miller shot 75 both days which was 8 strokes better than any round by any of his competitors. Miller led the division in birdies, pars, par four performance, par five performance and finished second in par three performance. Finishing in a distant second place was Joseph Steier of Louisville, KY. Steier finished first in par three performance, but finished second in each of the aforementioned categories. Placing third was Samuel Nolan of Frankfort, KY. Nolan finished four strokes back of Steier while finishing third in par three, par four, and par five performances. Miller would lead the division with four birdies, which won him the EFX Birdie Challenge.
The Girls 11-14 Division featured only two girls, but both were looking to win. Sydney Hoskins of Orlando, FL and Ryan Bender of Louisville, KY both came out firing, but a string of poor luck put Bender out of contention early giving Hoskins the comfortable win. On the second day however, Bender came back to compete with Sydney for top Thursday score. In the end Hoskins won the day by three strokes and won the tournament by 18 strokes. Sydney led all of the statistical categories carding 2 birdies and 20 pars. These two birdies were enough to win Sydney the EFX Birdie Challenge. Bender won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with an incredible 14 stroke improvement. Weather Wednesday: Partly Cloudy, low 70s, winds 5-15 mph Thursday: Sunny skies, low to mid 70s, winds 5-10 mph Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18: 6,744 yards Girls 15-18: 5,800 yards Boys 11-14: 6,128 yards Girls 11-14: 5,197 yards Tournament AwardsEFX Birdie Challenge
Boys 15-18: Jimmy Kev Clements, Carter Skipworth, and Kyle Jury Girls 15-18: Allie Legeb, Elizabeth Cason, Meredith Moir, and Kie Purdom Boys 11-14: Zach Miller Girls 11-14: Sydney Hoskins Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week Boys 15-18: Kyle Jury and Brett Brown Girls 15-18: Allie Legeb Girls 11-14: Ryan Bender 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 as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.