The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Orlando, Florida for the final stop of the 2013 season. The Tour Championship is a highly competitive event that features champions from tournaments throughout the year. Over 10 countries and states were represented at this tournament. The boys 15-18 division was played at the Reunion Resort’s Nicklaus Course. The greens were a challenge, but the golfers were still able to shoot impressive rounds. Eight AJGA Performance stars were awarded to the winner as well as an exemption for the Florida Junior Tour and the top five received four performance stars each. The boys 11-14, girls 15-18, and girls 11-14 divisions Tour Championship were all played at Champions Gate. The boys 11-4 winner received one AJGA performance star as well as Florida Junior Tour exemption. The girls 15-18 winner was awarded eight performance stars and one Florida Junior Tour exemption. The winner in the girls 11-14 division walked away with one AJGA performance star. After the first round in the boys 15-18 division it was Ryoto Furuya from Wesley Chapel, Florida who shot an impressive 68 to lead the field by three strokes. His impressive play continued into the second round when he added four more birdies on the day and sealed his four-stroke victory and finish five under for the weekend. Furuya led the field in par-4 performance with a 3.9 scoring average and also had a 4.6 scoring average on par-5 holes. Finishing four strokes behind Furuya was Michael Mattiace from Jacksonville, Florida. His rounds of 71 and 72 equaled to a final score of 143 for a one under weekend. Mattiace had 6 birdies, 26 pars, and had a 4.0 scoring average on par-4 holes. Michael also had the fields longest bogey free streak when he completed 17 holes without a bogey. Finishing in a tie for third was Won Jun Lee from Wesley Chapel, Florida and Bryce Burke from South Africa. Their 145 final score finished them at one over and two strokes behind Mattiace. Burke had 8 birdies, 21 pars, and a 4.0 scoring average on par-4 holes. Lee led the field in the amount of pars with 29 and with scoring average on par-3 holes at 2.9.
The 2013 HJGT Tour Championship went to Ellen Kehoe on Sunday after playing against a star studded field at Champions Gate Resort. Ellen had a great start by shooting an even par 72 on Saturday that included sixteen pars, a birdie, and only one bogey. Sunday was more up and down for Kehoe as she had a great front side shooting one under with two birdies but struggled on the back side as she bogeyed six of the final nine holes for a 39 on the back. Anita Uwadia of Nigeria also shot a 147 through the two rounds on the weekend. Like Ellen, she had a good start by shooting one under on the front side that included two birdies, six pars, and only one bogey; however on the backside she had issues with two double bogeys and another bogey to shoot a 38 on the backside. On Sunday, Anita started off really strong again by shooting a 34 on the front side which included three birdies and an eagle. Then like the day before she had small problems on the backside that included a double bogey and two bogeys that helped aid her to a 39 on the backside. In the sudden death playoff Ellen was the victor after birdying the first playoff hole while Anita would settle for a par. Diana Gonzalez of Columbia placed third on the weekend after posting a two round score of 149. Unlike the first two, Diana got off to a rough start on Saturday as she shot a 40 in the front with four bogeys and only one birdie. On the backside she was better as she shot an even par 35 to finish the round. On Sunday, Diana was up and down as she shot a 39 on the front side that did include three birdies, but also a bogey and a triple bogey; however on the backside she did the same as she had on Sunday by shooting another even par 35.
David Giandomenico from Lake Mary, Florida held a one shot lead going into the final round. Cullan Brown from Eddyville, Kentucky and Thomas Allkins out of Lake Mary, Florida were also in contention, joining Giandomenico in the final group. After the front 9 on Sunday, Brown held the lead over his competitors with 3 birdies in the first 6 six holes. Trailing both Brown and Allkins after the front 9, Giandomenico responded with 2 birdies over the next 4 holes to regain a tie for the overall lead for the Tour Championship with Brown. Giandomenico then pushed the lead to 2 strokes after bogeys on the 16th hole from Brown and Allkins. Brown was able to regain a stroke on the 17th hole with a birdie, but Giandomenico’s 2 birdies and 7 pars on the back 9 was enough to earn the 2013 Tour Championship. Giandomenico led the field in Par 4 scoring average with a 4.0, while Brown led the field in Par 3 scoring average with a 2.6 average. Giandomenico had 9 birdies and 22 pars throughout the weekend. Brown had a field-best 10 birdies to go with 18 pars. Allkins had 1 eagle, 7 birdies, and 21 pars to secure a tie for 2nd place with Brown.
In younger girls action on Sunday, Anne Yu of Lake Mary, FL was victorious after shooting a two round score of 145. Anne had an absolutely marvelous day on Saturday as she shot two under par for the round that included 4 birdies and only two bogeys. Sunday started the same as Saturday ended for Yu as she shot even par on the front side; however on the backside she ran into trouble as she bogeyed four straight holes to shoot a 38. Lucy Hou of China finished 2nd on Sunday after shooting rounds of 75 and 71 that actually tied with Yu. In the sudden death playoff Yu pulled out the win after making an unlikely par putt after both players missed the green on their approach shots. Lucy had a less than pleasing Saturday as she finished the round with five bogeys and a double. However what she struggled at on Saturday she repaired by Sunday as she shot an incredible 68 that included five birdies, twelve pars, and only one bogey on the day. Annie Kim and Kayla Kozak both tied for 3rd on Sunday after combined scores of 146. Annie started Saturday by shooting even par on the front side, however she found struggles on the backside as she shot a 39 on the back with two bogeys and a double. Kayla had a similar round as she shot even par on the front but finished three over on the back. As she did the day before Annie shot an even par 37 on the front side on Sunday and had a great backside shooting two under. Kayla started her second round great shooting two under on the front side and finished up on the backside with a solid one over.
Weather: Day 1- 84 Degrees. Clear Skies Day 2- 80 Degrees. Slight breeze. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,950 yards Girls 11-18: 5,704 yards Boys 11-14: 6,288 yards Girls 11-14: 5,239 yards 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 the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. For more information regarding the HJGT Tour Championship, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.