Birmingham Junior Open
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Oneonta, AL on Sunday June 30th and July 1st to host the Birmingham Junior Open at Limestone Springs Golf Club. Hot, humid but sunny weather lead to good golf course conditions overall. The 90 degree heat lead for tough physical and mental environments for the players, but many prevailed. Winners in each division also received an invitation for the 2014 Tour Championship. Furthermore, players competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings (JGS). The top 10 finishers received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 15-18 Age Division
The Boys 15-18 division was a close competition with Sam Goldasich taking the victory over Alex Norman by just one stroke. The top 5 scorers all ended within strokes of one another to lead to a tight competition to place in the event. On Day 1, Sam Goldasich played some spot on golf with 3 birdies and an eagle on the par 5, 11th. Leading Goldasich to take the 18 hole lead in the clubhouse with a (-1) 71. Alex Norman and Chip Willoughby both showed strong play with Norman having 3 birdies and Willoughby having 4, but they did not match up to the perseverance of Goldasich. Day 2 showed the pressure building on Goldasich, at one point during the round Chip Willoughby held the lead. As the day grew hotter, Goldasich let the lead pass by with 4 consecutive bogeys to start of the back nine. He turned his round back in his favor by birdying 14, 15, 16, and 18 to carry the lead back into the clubhouse. Goldasich won the event with a 36 hole score of (+1) 145. Alex Norman showed some solid play during round 2 of the Birmingham Junior Open as well. Norman ended round 2 with 4 birdies, but it was not enough to take over the lead from Goldasich overall. Norman took second with a two day total of (+2) 146. Reagan Harrel who tied for the low score of the day, carding a (-1) 71 had 4 birdies to pull his lead over Chip Willoughby. Avoiding the pressure and securely locking in third place, Reagan Harrel sported a two day score of (+3) 147. Chip Willoughby also sharing the clubhouse low of (-1) 71 could not hang onto the lead after 5 holes. Willoughby carded 6 birdies on the day total, 3 on either nine, but could not make up some more strokes to take over third from Harrel. Chip Willoughby (+ 4) 148 did not place in the event, but earned points for HJGT year-end honors.
Boys 11-14 Age Division
Day 1 of the Birmingham Junior Open at Limestone Springs for the boy’s 11-14 division proved to show course difficulty with only two rounds in the 70’s being carded. Andrew Sullivan from Louisville, KY led the field with a (-1) 71, but not far behind was Jack Goldasich with a (+1) 73. Sullivan advanced to clubhouse after having 3 consecutive birdies on 13, 14, and 15. Jack Goldasich could not catch up to Sullivan, but continued on to have 5 birdies on the round. Sullivan sustained his consistent play on Day 2, as he sank twelve pars, carding successive 37’s on both nines. Jack Goldasich showed stellar play on day two as well, with an outstanding eagle on the par 5, 11th. J.Goldisach placed his second shot less than 8 feet from the pin, making the putt but could not reach Sullivan in the end. Ford Goldasich, brother of Jack Goldasich also showed great play carding rounds of 84 and 77 (161) earning himself the third place trophy and points for year-end HJGT honors. Jack Goldasich lead his division with the most birdies for the 36 hole event, carding 7 total birdies and also earning the second place trophy with a two day total of (+3) 147. Andrew Sullivan beat the heat and won his division will a stellar 36 hole total of (+1) 145. Sullivan received an invitation to the Tour Championship with his victory.
Girls 15-18 Age Division
The Girls 15 -18 division paved a clear lead by a single player, MacKenzie Peyton of New Castle, KY after Day 1 of the Birmingham Junior Open. Peyton blew away the field after scoring 72 in round one despite the hot humid weather. The 4 birdies Peyton carded aided her to lead the division; the next closest score of 81 came from Lauren Bird. Lauren Bird showed some good play carding 12 pars on the day to lead to her to a (+9) 81. Taking third place in the clubhouse after round one was Hannah Mccracken with a score of 87. After holding the overnight lead of (E) 72, Peyton showed signs of struggle on the par 5, 2nd. After double bogeying the par 5, Peyton turned her round back to the way she imagined it with 5 birdies on the day. Peyton won her division, being untouched by competition with an overall (E) 144 two day total. Bird led her clear way to victory with 11 pars, and two consecutive nines of 40 to shoot (+8) 80. Lauren Bird took home the second place trophy with a two day total of 161, earning points towards year-end HJGT honors. Hannah Mccracken could not catch up to the good rounds from Peyton and Bird, but shot a consecutive 87 – 87 (174). Taking home the third place victory and year-end HJGT honors was Hannah Mccracken.
Girls 11-14 Age Division
The Girls 11-14 division winner was Alexis Taylor of Lithonia, GA. She carded rounds of 81 and 84 for the event. She presented great stature being paired with the older division of girls. The highlight of Taylor’s round on Day 2 was the birdie she made from 8 feet on the par 3, 15th. Taylor led the division in all statistical categories and brought home the first place victory with an overall score of 165. Taylor earns a spot in the 2014 Tour Championship with her victory.
Boys 15-18 – Chip Willoughby (10)
Boys 11-14 – Jack Goldasich (7)
Girls 15 -18 – Mackenzie Peyton ( 9)
Girls 11 – 14 – Alexis Taylor (1)
Day 1 – Mostly sunny, low 90’s, light wind
Day 2 – Partly cloudy, low 90’s, light wind
Boys 15-18: 6,825 yards
Boys 11-14: 6,125 yards
Girls 11-18: 5,600 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, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania.
For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, 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.