CHAMPIONS GATE – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Champions Gate Junior Open presented by RecruitMe at the Champions Gate Golf Resort from June 17-18. Boys and girls traveled from around the world to participate in the 36-hole tournament. The event had four divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13 and Girls 14-18.
First place in the boys 16-18 division was William Tang from Hong Kong, China. Tang had an exceptional scorecard for the weekend. With two eagles on the weekend, he had a round 1 score of 72 and 67 in round 2. Tang finished with a total of 139 strokes taking home the win. This was his second tournament of the year and his first win. Newcomer to the HJGT, Packy Mokris places as our runner up honors. Mokris, from Winter Park FL, had five birdies on the weekend and a total score of 149. Finishing up top three honors, Oliver Pritchett from Haines City, FL brought in a total of 150 strokes.
In the boys 14-15 division, Alex Shelley from Mexico City, Mexico placed first. Shelley finished the weekend with a round 1 score of 74 and 82 in round 2, ending the weekend with 156 strokes. This is Alex’s second event of the year and his first win. The runner up honors went to Ryo Murata from Nagano, Japan. He brought in impressive scores of 82 and 76 for a total of 158 strokes. Jonathan Brubaker from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL finishes up the top three honors. Brubaker finished the weekend with 162 strokes in his second tournament of the year.
In the boys 11-13 division, Dylan Desjarlais from Leesburg, VA finished the weekend as our champion. Dylan secured his victory with scores of 81 and 86 totaling 167 strokes. This was his second HJGT tournament, he is currently within the Top 50 of HJGT point rankings. Josh Halpern from Palm City, FL played in his first HJGT tournament this past weekend. He took home the runner up honors with two birdies and a total score of 184.
To finish off a great weekend, Mckinley Holding from Reunion, FL was the first place finisher in the girls 14-18 division. With five birdies on the weekend she brought in scores of 80 and 74. She took the victory with a weekend total of 154 strokes. Holding has participated in 15 HJGT tournaments, this was her first win. The runner up honors went to Mia Zalsman from New Providence, Bahamas. Zalsman put up scores of 84 in round 1 and 78 in round 2 totaling 162 strokes. Mia Bustos from Lakeland, FL and Michelle Su from Windermere, FL tied up the top three honors. Both players were able to bring in impressive scores of 165 strokes.