On November 11th and 12th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the beautiful island of Amelia just northeast of Jacksonville, FL. Originally having rain in the forecast; the weather cooperated the entire weekend with an average temperature of 69 degrees. In spite of the 30 mph winds in the early morning, wind speed died down by midday and all of our participants recorded some excellent numbers for both rounds of the Amelia Island Jr. Challenge.
Matthew Soucinek of Lake City, FL took home the champion hardware for his division after two impressive rounds; scoring 74-77 for a total of 151. Although he played against other skilled golfers during both rounds, Soucinek edged out the competition with 5 birdies and holed 22 pars to claim first place. As for second a third place, the two placeholders were neck-in-neck and finished with only a one stroke difference. Ty Sullivan of Toronto, Canada claimed second shooting +12 while Johnny Tucker shot +13. (Sullivan: 78-78-156 / Tucker: 79-78-157)
After an intense couple of rounds, Cason Cavalier of Saint Simons Island became the official champion of his division. Scoring 78-81 respectfully, Cavalier adapted quickly to the windy conditions to bring home the first place trophy. Placing second was Californian Luke Atkinson; shooting 94-81 for a total of 175. Improving his score for round 2 by 7 strokes, Atkinson finished with his head high and a trophy in his hand. As for third place, Cameron Meek of West Palm Beach placed after scoring 95-90-185. Although these three young men were the only ones playing in their division this weekend, they played as if there were a dozen other competitors.
There were four players who were awarded trophies in the Boys 11-13 division. Carson Brewer of Jacksonville, FL claimed the champion spot after shooting +6 in Round 2. This division was specifically competitive having the top four placeholders all within five strokes. Brewer shot a total of +19, second placeholder Luke Block, shot +21 (83-82), and Roy Boyd tied Luke Guthrie who both shot +23 to both bring home a third place award.
The Girls 14-18 division was an entertaining spectacle as all of the young ladies involved showed off their potential the entire weekend. Hailing from Bremen, Germany, the returning Katerina Hesse claimed first place after shooting the best scores of all of our participants this weekend. Shooting an inspiring 71 in Round 1 and following with a 73 for Round 2, Hesse finished the weekend with 7 total birdies and 23 holes par. Finishing the weekend with a total of 154, Lacey Tucker of Jacksonville, FL took home second place after scoring 79-75 respectively. Tucker fought until the very end to edge out third placeholder Yeon Joo Kim by just one stroke. Kim, who shot +11 overall, competed prominently to claim third place just 2 strokes under the two others who had tied scores for the fourth place position.
As for the youngest division this weekend, the Girls U13 division was an entertaining display. Jonna Hubbs from Palm Beach Gardens, FL was crowned champion after shooting 81-83 for a total of 164. Finishing the weekend holing 15 pars and 3 birdies, Hubbs showed great ability at a young age. As for second place, Staci Pla of West Palm Beach, FL claimed the spot after shooting 83-84. She finished just 3 strokes shy of Hubbs with a total of 167. Third place went to Parker Jules of St. Simons, GA. Jules put in a great couple of rounds and scored within 1 stroke of her two placing counterparts’ second rounds (+13).