Tampa Bay Jr. Open September 14-15

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the trip down to Wesley Chapel, FL for the Tampa Bay Junior Open on September 14-15 at the Saddlebrook Course at Saddlebrook Resort. Both days the competitors had to battle the elements, facing high heat and humidity as well as standing water throughout the course.  The event was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and winners in both boys divisions and the Girls 15-18 division received a Florida Golf Tour exemption. All winners also received an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship and the top ten finishers in each division received points towards the Hurricane Cup and end of year honors. Those honors include All-HJGT teams and state teams. The thirteen year old from Slovakia edged out the win in the Boys 15-18 Division. Teddy Tetak from Slovakia and David Baker from Weddington, NC, would battle on the second day, but Teddy’s steady play would lead him to victory. Tetak shot a 73 and 76 for a total score of 149 and finished nine strokes over par. With 25 pars for the weekend and a field best of 3.1 scoring average on par three holes, Tetak edged out the win by one stroke. Baker shot an impressive 71 on the first day but struggled on the front nine on the second day and shot a 79 for a final score of 150. Baker led the field with performance on par 5’s with a 4.8 scoring average and also had an 11-hole bogey free streak, the best on the weekend. Finishing third was Jeffrey Alexander of Port Charlotte, Florida just two strokes behind the leader. Alexander would have 22 pars and a 3.2 scoring average on par 3-holes. The EFX Birdies Challenge Winners were Michael Stewart and Nilo Sanchez with five birdies each. The winner of the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Austin Currie, who improved his score by 23 strokes. The Girls 15-18 Division would come down to the wire between Caitlin Gilchrist of Howey in the Hills, Florida and Jordan Wolf of Lake Mary, Florida. Wolf led after the first round by two strokes shooting a 75, but Gilchrist would birdie two holes on the front nine during the second day to secure the close win. Gilchrist shot a 77 and 74 for a total score of 151 and end 11 over par. Gilchrist had 3 birdies and 19 pars on the weekend. She had a 4.5 scoring average on par 4-holes and a 5.2 scoring average on par 5’s. Jordan Wolf would have four birdies and a field best 20 pars. Rounding out the top three was Emily Black from Naples, Florida. Black shot a 79 and 77 for a final score of 156, and would also have 3 birdies and 19 pars. The winner of the EFX Bracelet for the EFX Birdies Challenge was Steffi Yo with five birdies. Kolby McWilliams was the winner of the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week when she improved her first round score by 10 strokes on the second day. Evan Sun would come from behind to beat Daniel Fienemann by one stroke in the Boys 11-14 Division. The Wesley Chapel native, Sun was down three strokes after the 74 first round but was able to play solid during the second round to clinch the victory. Two birdies and 27 pars would contribute to Sun’s final score of 147. Sun would post the best score out of all age divisions for the weekend. Fienemann from Peachtree City, GA had 26 pars of his own and a field best performance on par 4-holes with a scoring average of 4.2. There was a tie for third place between TC Carlson from Bradenton, FL and Daniel Core from Sorrento, FL. Each would shoot a final score of 158, eleven strokes behind the winner. Core would have 21 pars while Carlson had 20 of his own. There was a three way tie for the EFX Birdies Challenge between TC Carlson, Daniel Core, and Evan Sun who all had two birdies. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week is Parker Sanderson who improved his score by 12 strokes. It was all Nicole Polivchak from Sarasota, FL from the start in the Girls 11-14 Division. Nicole posted scores of 74 and 76 for a total of 150, twelve strokes ahead of the second place finisher. Polivchak would also win the EFX Birdies Challenge with 4 birdies. She would also post 20 pars and have the best field performances on par 3’s and 4’s with a scoring average of 3.0 and 4.3 respectively. Finishing second was Madison Heideman from Largo, Florida with a final score of 162. Heideman had 17 pars and a scoring average of 4.8 on par 4-holes. Rounding out the top was Corsette Anderson from Wesley Chapel, Florida who shot a 163 for the weekend. Contributing to Andersons score was 2 birdies and 17 pars. The Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week was Nicole Felce who improved her first round score by three strokes.   Weather: Day 1- Sunny, low 90’s, high humidity Day 2- Mostly sunny, mid 90’s, high humidity Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6542 yards Girls 15-18: 5601 yards Boys 11-14: 6002 yards Girls 11-14: 5034 yards EFX Birdies Challenge Winners: Boys 15-18- Michael Stewart and Nilo Sanchez (5) Girls 15-18- Steffi Yo (5) Boys 11-14- T C Carlson, Evan Sun, Daniel Core (2) Girls11-14- Nicole Polivchak (4) Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18- Austin Currie (23) Girls 15-18- Kolby McWilliams (10) Boys 11-14- Parker Sanderson (12) Girls 11-14- Nicole Felce (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 15-18 and Girls 11-14. 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 Tampa Bay Junior Open, 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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