The 2013 Major Championship at Owensboro brought fairly good weather apart from the last 30 minutes on day one. The event was a 36 hole tournament held June 22-23 at Owensboro Country Club which is a prestigious private club in Kentucky. The first round was suspended once on Saturday at 6:30pm with lightening surrounding the area. The round resumed play at 8:30pm Saturday for the final four girls groups finishing their final holes. The final round got underway at 8:00am Sunday morning with a single tee start. Trophies were given out to players finishing in the top 3 places. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). Winners also receive an automatic bid to the 2013 Tour Championship. The winner of the Girls 15-18 division also received four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) performance stars which will give her an exemption into an AJGA event as well as performance points which were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the age division. These points will go towards end of the year honors including HJGT State teams and the Hurricane Cup. All winners also received a $50 gift card from Kikkor Golf. (Code will be emailed within 5 days of the event.) In the 15-18 boys division there was a tie for third place between Paul Huber out of Edgewood, KY and Shanren Brienen from Orlando, FL. The two players carded 36 hole totals of three over par but in very different fashion, Brienen made a nice comeback shooting a two under par 70 following his day one 77. Huber turned in a second round 72 after turning in a day one 75. Brienen took the par 4 scoring title with ease playing the par 4’s to a score of 3.88. Huber’s strong suit was the most pars category with 24. In second place we had D.J. Vogt from Louisville, KY, who turned in scores of 72 and 73 to give him a one over par 145 total. Vogt finished well in par 3 performance (3.00) and birdies (7). The champion from the boys 15-18 division was the local kid John Augenstein from Owensboro, KY who put up outstanding numbers around his home course of 69 and 69. This left Augenstein with a six under 138 total securing the seven shot victory. Augenstein led in 5 of 7 statistical categories but the most impressive was his 12 birdies in 36 holes, which was enough to win him the EFX birdie bracelet. Jie Hong was our Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week as he improved by nine shots. On the women’s side in the 15-18 year old division where the third place trophy was given out twice to the two players who were tied at 156 after two rounds. Both players shot rounds of 80 and 76 back to back, while edging the fifth place finisher Jenna McGuire by three strokes. The third place finishers were Summer Newsome from Henderson, KY and Alice Ho from Wadsworth, OH. Newsome had an outstanding pars or better category having played 63.9% of her holes at par or better. She also did well in par 3 performance with a 3.10. Ho finished well in the par breakers category with 11.1% and in par 4 performance with a 4.12. The second place finisher from Dublin, OH was Mai Erana who put together two rounds in the 70’s shooting 77 and 73 for a 150 total. Erana finished second in all statistical categories except for one; birdies (5), par breakers (13.9%), par 4 performances (4.12), most pars (21), par 5 performances (5.10) and pars or better (72.2%). The champion of the girl’s 15-18 division; Maddie Hamilton resides in Louisville, KY. Hamilton blistered the field by leading in all statistical categories except for par 3 scoring. She also added rounds of 74 and 71 which gave her a one over par, two day total of 145. Hamilton also won the EFX bracelet for making six birdies in the tournament. Our Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week went to Taylor Church by improving her score from 87 to 77, winning the Golf Pride grips. In the boys 11-14 age division there was a tight battle and a playoff could have been in the cards. Cullan Brown from Eddyville, KY turned in a score of 149 put together by a 77 and a 72. Once that score was in, Brown needed to wait to see where that would leave him for the tournament. Showai Wu from Evansville, IN tied Brown for second place with the five over par total. Wu had two consistent rounds of 75 and 74, but it was not enough to catch the eventual champion Joseph Steier from Louisville, KY. Steier had rounds of 72 and 76 to give him a four over par, 148 total and the victory by one shot. Brown was a leader in two categories with most pars or better (86.1%) and most pars (30). Wu was a leader in the par 4 performance category playing the par fours even par. The champion Steier was the only player with and eagle, led in birdies with 5, led in par 5 scoring (4.50) and had the most par breakers (16.7%). He EFX bracelet for the most birdies with 5 went to Mason Lenhart and Joseph Steier, while the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week went to Robbie Keyes and Cullan Brown who each improved by five strokes. The third place finisher in the girls 11-14 age division from Orlando, FL was Sydney Hoskins. Sydney turned in two scores of 80 which left her a total of 160 at sixteen over par. Sydney beat fourth place finisher Lara Van Staden by seven strokes though Van Staden won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week moving from a first round 87 to a second round 80. Sydney performed well in many categories such as par 3 (3.40), par 4 (4.50) and par 5 (5.40) scoring. The second place finisher was sister of Sydney Hoskins, Sabrina. Sabrina turned in two scores of 75 which left her six over par, 150. Sabrina finished second in every statistical category we had to offer, with very solid totals. She was second in every category to our girl’s 11-14 champion Sifan He from Evansville, IN. Sifan had a great tournament not only by leading all statistical categories but by firing two under par rounds of 69 and 70 to leave her five under par 139. Sifan also won our EFX birdie bracelet for making the most birdies in her division with nine for the tournament. Weather Saturday: Low 90’s, thunderstorms in the afternoon Sunday: Sunny, High 80’s Tournament Yardage Boys 15-18: 6,532 yards Girls 15-18: 5,750 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 11-14: 5,277 yards Tournament AwardsEFX Birdie Challenge
Boys 15-18: John Augenstein Girls 15-18: Maddie Hamilton Boys 11-14: Mason Lenhart and Joseph Steier Girls 11-14: Sifan He Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week Boys 15-18: Jie Hong Girls 15-18: Taylor Church Boys 11-14: Robbie Keyes and Cullan Brown Girls 11-14: Lara Van Staden 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.