World Golf Village Junior Shootout Aug 13-14, 2016

World Golf Village Junior Shootout

(August 13-14, 2016)

Beating the Rain

  On Saturday, August 13th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Jacksonville team hosted a junior event at St. Augustine, FL. The event was called the World Golf Village Junior Shootout, and was held at the beautiful World Golf Village – Slammer and Squire. Despite the two weather delays due to lightning, the temperature remained in the 90s all weekend. Although it cooled off later in the day, the heat and humidity was most definitely a challenge for all players. HJGT would like to thank the World Golf Village – Slammer and Squire staff for allowing us to host our tournament at such a great venue. The golf course was in great condition, and there was no better place to have this event. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings will award each division 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. Despite the long first round due to the rain delay, everyone stayed positive and calm. There is nothing better than seeing a smile on a player’s face at the end of the day.  

Boys 16-18 Division

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Matthew Kreider of Ephrata, PA was the champion of the boys 16-18 division. Second place went to Charles Collings of Jacksonville, FL, and third place was awarded to Alex Austin of Jacksonville, FL. After shooting a first round score of 76, Kreider came in with a 75 the second day. He started the second round with a one-stroke lead over Collings. At the end, there was a tie for first between Kreider and Collings. The two boys headed to the par-4 ninth hole for the playoff. Both hit great tee shots, and Kreider was able to clench the win by hitting his approach shot.. Even with two weather delays, he kept his game and mindset together. He was hitting the ball exceptionally well all weekend, and that helped him bring home the hardware. There were many talented players at this event, and despite the results, all competitors were very supportive of each other.    

Boys 14-15 Division

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Congratulations to our boys 14-15 division champion Will Spivey of Douglas, GA for clenching the win at the World Golf Village Junior Shootout. Another job well done for Matthew Soucinek of Lake City, FL for getting second place, and Pope Arline of St. Simons Island, GA for coming in third place. Spivey had a great first round of one over par, and led the field by four strokes heading into the second day. Soucinek and Arline both played well on the second day to put the pressure on Spivey, but he remained patient. He went out there with a great attitude, and was rewarded with a big trophy at the end of the day. Great golf was played, and friendships grew stronger between all of the players.      

Girls 14-18 Division

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Another great weekend for Tianyi Zhuang of Windermere, FL. Over the past few weeks, she has played in multiple events and did really well. Zhuang won by four strokes over Sara DeMarco of Lakewood Ranch, FL. As for third place, we had a four-way tie between Taylor Waller of Canonsburg, PA, Katherine Jakeway of St. Augustine, FL, Jesse Dalton of Vidalia, GA, and Sara McKevitt of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The scores were very close between all the players this weekend. Zhuang stayed consistent and got the job done. Everyone was extremely supportive of each other, and that’s what makes this all worthwhile. All the girls who competed in the World Golf Village Junior Shootout were not only competitors, but also great friends.      

Boys 11-13 Division

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Jack Lovely of Orlando FL is our boys 11-13 division champion this weekend at the World Golf Village Junior Shootout. Lovely was two strokes behind Will McGriff of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL who came in third place along with Andrew McLauchlan of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Second place went to Andy Lonsdale of Green Cove Springs, FL. It was a very close match between all the competitors, and it came down to a tie for first place. Lovely and Lonsdale went to the ninth hole for the sudden death playoff. Both players hit great shots, and Lovely ended up winning with a par. Even those who were not in the top three stayed to watch and support their fellow competitors during the playoff. No matter what the result was, everyone was happy with how everything went.      

Girls 13 Under Division

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Bela Mead of Aventura, FL is your girls 13 under champion! Victoria Tan of Subang Jaya, FL was awarded with second place, and Marissa Cardenas of St. Augustine, FL went home with the thrid place trophy. Mead played extremely well this weekend, and improved her score by three strokes on the second day. She was in the lead by one after the first round and got the job done in the end. She played with the second and third place winner for both rounds, and was able to stay patient throughout the weekend. She did not want to worry about her score too much, and wanted to go out there and have some fun. The scores were very close in the girls 13 under division, and all players played to the best of their ability. The weather delays made it very tough on everyone, but that did not stop any of them from playing some good golf.    

Boys 10 Under Division

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Gavin Flemming of Jacksonville, FL won the World Golf Village Junior Shootout. He was consistent all weekend shooting an 84 the first round, and 85 the second round. He played with a couple boys in the 11-13 division and did great. Although they played from different tees, he was not far from doing as well as the older boys. Flemming always had a smile on his face, and was a pleasure to watch.        

Weather August 13-14, 2016:

Round 1: Low 88, High 90. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 10-15 mph

Round 2: Low 81, High 88. Mostly Sunny Skies, Wind 10-15 mph

Tournament Division Yardages

Boys 14-15/16-18: 6,737 Yards

Girls 14-18/ Boys 11-13: 5,746 Yards

Girls U13: 5,083 Yards

Boys U10: 4,785 Yards

About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

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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 info@hjgt.org

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