Northeast Florida Junior Open August 17-18

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour stayed close to its Jacksonville, FL headquarters when the tour made a stop at Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation on August 17-18 for the Northeast Florida Junior Open. Battling three delays due to inclement weather throughout the course of the tournament, play resumed on Sunday prior to the start of the second round. Winners in the Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 division received an exemption into a Florida Junior Tour event as well as invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. In addition, the winners received a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. The golfers that finished inside the top ten in their respective divisions also receive points that are assessed towards All-HJGT teams, state teams, and the inaugural team event, The Hurricane Cup, held at Sea Island Golf Club. In the Boys 15-18 Division a sudden death playoff was needed to determine a winner. Tyler Dierwechter, of Oldsmar, Florida, defeated U-Minn Woon and Alec Weary in the first hole of the playoff to finish two under for the tournament. Dierwechter, shooting 70 and 72, lead the field with the most pars during the tournament at 28. Woon, of Jacksonville, Florida, shot rounds of 72 and 70 and had a total of 8 birdies for the weekend. Also finishing in the top is Alec Weary of Bluffton, South Carolina with 31 pars or better. Excitement also happened on the 6th hole when Cole Ackerman of St. Simons Island, Georgia, hit a hole in one during the first round of play. Charles King of Jacksonville, Florida and Nick Jones of Lake City, Florida improved their score by nine strokes to take home the Golf Pride Comeback Players of the Week award. Alex Mcdermand of Jacksonville, Florida won the EFX Birdies Challenge with nine on the weekend. The Girls 15-18 division also saw impressive play from Nagisa Miura who shot a 71 on the first day and won the tournament with a final score of 149. Miura also was the Birdies Challenge winner with four birdies winning an EFX bracelet. Two shots behind Miura was Corinne Grans-Wood who shot 74 and 77 to finish (+7). Rounding out the top was Brianna DAnnunzio shooting a 78 and 74. The winner of the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week was Kayla Smith from Middleburg, Florida who improved by eight strokes. Daniel Core from Sorrento, Florida, won the Boys 11-14 Division with a first round of 73 and second round of 70 being the only one in his division finishing under par at (-1). Core had a streak of three birdies in the first round for a Division best. Three shots behind Core was Manuel Girona from Windermere, Florida who shot 72 and 74. Girona lead the division with 25 pars for the weekend. In third place was Drew Weary of Bluffton, South Carolina with a final score of 148. Weary was the winner of Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with an 8 stroke improvement and the Birdies Challenge winner with 10 for the weekend. Lauren Waidner, Fleming Island, Florida, would go on to win the Girls 11-14 Division with rounds of 79 and 74. Waidner had the best performance on par 4’s and par 5’s and also lead the division with 26 pars. Coming in three shots back was Sarah May of Fleming Island, Florida, who had three birdies on the weekend. Finishing third was Carlye Moore shot rounds of 79 and 82 to finish with a score of 161 (+17). The EFX Birdie Challenge winners and recipients of an EFX bracelet were May and Moore each with three birdies. The Golf Pride Comeback Players of the Week were Lauren Waidner and Emmaline Bryant of Richmond Hill, Georgia, with a five stroke improvement.   Weather: Saturday: Mid 80s, Scattered showers, Wind 15-20 mph. Sunday: High 80s, Mostly sunny, Wind 5 mph.   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6,850 yards Girls 15-18 Division: 6,203 yards Boys 11-14 Division: 5,850 yards Girls 11-14 Division: 5,261 yards   Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:

Boys 15-18 Division: Alex Mcdermand Girls 15-18 Division: Nagisa Miura Boys 11-14 Division: Drew Weary Girls 11-14 Division: Sarah May and Carlye Moore   Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18 Division: Nick Jones and Charles King Girls 15-18 Division: Kayla Smith Boys 11-14 Division: Drew Weary Girls 11-14 Division: Lauren Waidner and Emmaline Bryant   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 Nike Cup Series, or any other event, 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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