Major Championship in Charlotte Sept. 21-22

 Walker's 69 leads him to victory

Luck strikes again for Caldwell

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made an important stop in the Tarheel State on September 21-22 in Locust, NC. The Major Championship in Charlotte, hosted by the Red Bridge Golf Club, was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. The players were up against the clock during the first round, battling a light drizzle before the storm hit. The second round had more ideal conditions with clear skies and a light breeze. Winners in the boys 15-18, boys 11-14,  girls 15-18, and the girls 11-14 division all received an invite to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Top 20 finishers received considerably more points than a standard HJGT event that go towards all end of the year honors. Those include All-HJGT teams, state teams, and points for the Hurricane Cup. With this being a major championship, players in all divisions were allowed to use a caddie.

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In the boys 15-18 division, Aaron Walker of Charlotte, NC shot a 69 on Sunday to come back and win the Major. He started the second day strong by birdieing the first three holes to set the tone for the round. Walker was the only male who scored under par this weekend with a field of 53 players. Walker was also the winner of the EFX Birdie Challenge with 10 birdies on the weekend. Also leading the field in performance on par four holes, Walker averaged a score of 3.8.  Finishing in a tie for second was Will Strickland from Greer, SC and David Baker from Weddington, NC. Strickland shot a 74 for both days for a total score of 148 with six birdies and averaged a 4.7 scoring average for all par five holes. Contributing to Bakers final score of 148 was 23 pars and five birdies.

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Luck struck again for Madison Caldwell as she won her second straight tournament in the girls 15-18 division. Wearing the same attire as the first tournament, Caldwell’s lucky outfit helped her be the only female to shoot under par for the tournament. She was able to finish the round strong by shooting a 34 on the back nine and two under for the round and secure the Championship. Caldwell was also the EFX Birdies Challenge winner with six birdies on the weekend, while she also contributed 21 pars and one eagle. Coming in 13 strokes behind Caldwell was Grace Massengill from Hickory, NC who shot rounds of 76 and 81. Massengill had 21 pars of her own and had the best performance on par three holes with a 3.2 scoring average. Rounding out the top was Anna Buchanan from Athens, GA. Buchanan’s final score of 161 was a result of 17 pars, three birdies, and a 4.6 scoring average on par four holes.

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The champion in the boys 11-14 division would need to be determined by a playoff between Sam McGee and Will Tamplin. McGee made it interesting as he double-bogeyed the 18th to allow Tamplin to force a playoff.  Both boys shot a 75 each day, but Tamplin would be victorious on the second hole of the playoff after birding for the title. Tamplin had five birdies and 21 pars throughout the tournament and would also have a field best performance of 4.1 scoring average on par four holes. The second place finisher was Sam McGee who would win the EFX Birdies Challenge with seven birdies. McGee had a 3.1 scoring average on par three holes and a 4.2 average on par four holes. Rounding out the top was Aman Gupta from Concord, NC who shot 74 and 78 to finish the tournament eight over. Gupta had 21 pars and four birdies of his own.

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Bluffton, SC resident Sophie Guo was able to secure her title in the girls 11-14 division by shooting the only sub-80 round. Guo, who shot an 84 and 79, had two birdies and 16 pars on the weekend. She would also have the field best performance on par three holes with a scoring average of 3.3 and par fours with a 4.8 scoring average. Michelle Harn was unable to hold onto her lead after Saturday’s round, but was able to salvage the EFX Birdies Challenge winner with three birdies. Harn also added 13 pars and had the field best performance on par five holes with a 5.2 scoring average. Three strokes behind Harn was Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, NC who rounded out the top three. Kuehn had 13 pars herself and one birdie on the weekend. Weather: Day 1— Gray skies, light drizzle, barely got the round in before the storm hit Day 2— Cool morning, clear skies, sunny, slight breeze   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6600 yards Girls 15-18: 5619 yards Boys 11-14: 6022 yards Girls 11-14: 5619 yards   EFX Birdies Challenge Winners (# of birdies) Boys 15-18- Aaron Walker (10) Girls 15-18- Madison Caldwell (6) Boys 11-14- Sam McGee (7) Girls11-14- Michelle Harn (3)   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 Major Championship in Charlotte, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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