This Week On Tour: October 14-20

Charlotte Jr. Challenge Fox Den Country Club in Statesville, North Carolina hosted the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Charlotte Jr. Challenge on October 19-20. The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked event featured a competitive field on a great venue in the Charlotte area. Winners in all four divisions will be invited to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship and also receive a $50 gift card courtesy of Kikkor Golf. There are also South Carolina Junior Golf Association points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points available. Top ten finishers will receive points towards the inaugural Hurricane Cup and the year end honors. Boys 15-18: Corrie Kuehn of Ashville, NC held a 2 shot lead entering the final round after posting an even par 72. Kuehn finished his round making birdie on the 18th hole giving him 3 birdies, 3 bogeys, and 12 pars on Saturday. Justin Lang of Winston Salem, NC trailed Kuehn on Saturday after posting 74. Jonathan Henry and Hector Gutierrez posted rounds of 75 to trail Kuehn’s lead by 3 shots heading into Sunday’s final round. Hector Gutierrez emerged as the Boys 15-18 champion after a 3 way sudden death playoff. Gutierrez fired a second 75 on Sunday to finish with a 150 total. Justin Lang and Bernardo Martinez joined Gutierrez in the playoff after closing rounds of 76 and 73. Gutierrez sealed his win making a 10 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. Girls 15-18: All players entered the final round with a chance to capture the Girls 15-18 title. Ximena Name and Savannah Hallman shared the lead after posting rounds of 82 on Saturday. Maria Cassas was 3 shots back after turning in an 85 and Fiona Hebbel posted a round of 88. Entering the final round sharing the lead, Ximena Name closed with a final round 1 under par 71 giving her a 10 shot victory. Name attributed her great play Sunday to not over thinking her shots and making more pars. Name had 3 birdies on her back 9 on Sunday to help secure the win. Savannah Hallman would claim second with a final round 81 and a 163 two day total. Rounding out the Girls 15-18 Division was Maria Cassas, who finished with a two day total of 170. Boys 11-14: Patten Williams of Davidson, NC stole the show on Saturday firing a three under par round of 69 to take a 5 shot lead into the final round. Williams opened his round with 10 straight pars before closing with 4 birdies and 1 bogey in his final 8 holes. Williams is coming off of a win at The College Prep Series at Furman in August and a top 5 finish at The Major Championship in Charlotte in September. Behind Williams was Sam McGee of Charlotte, NC who posted a two over par round of 74. Fafo Beirana was just one shot behind McGee after a posting a 75 on Saturday. Patten Williams won the Boys 11-14 Division after a 5 hole sudden death playoff. Williams, coming off a first round 69 struggled early on in the final round, but rebounded with two birdies on his back nine to shoot a 79. Sam McGee joined Williams in the playoff after shooting a second straight 74 and finish at 148. Williams would emerge as the champion on the 5th playoff hole. Javier Gonzalez finished 3rd in the Boys 11-14 Division after shooting a final round 74 and a 150 two day total. Girls 11-14: Sophie Holland of Cornelius, NC held a slim one shot lead heading into the final round over Rachel Kuehn of Ashville, NC. Holland posted a opening round 84 and Kuehn 85. Michelle Harn came in with an opening round 91 to sit in 3rd place. Rachel Kuehn secured the win in the Girls 11-14 Division after shooting a final round 80 giving her a 7 shot victory. Kuehn credited her consistent play over the two days to her win. Sophie Holland would finish second after firing rounds of 84 and 88. Michelle Harn would round out the Girls 11-14 Division after turning in a two day total of 180. Weather: Day 1- Mid 50s, light rain, little wind Day 2- Sunny skies, 5-10 mph wind, mid 40s-low 60s   Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 15-18: 5,600 yards Boys 11-14: 6,125 yards Girls 11-14: 5,600 yards   EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Kell Graham, Fran Hernandez, Ronnie Uszenski (6) Girls 15-18: Ximena Name (4) Boys 11-14: Sam McGee, Patten Williams (7) Girls 11-14: Rachel Kuehn (4)   Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Divisions: Ray Dawood (10 shot improvement) Girls Divisions: Ximena Name (11 shot improvement)   Major Championship at Bear Trace

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the journey to Crossville, Tennessee to host the Major Championship at Bear Trace. The tournament was hosted by Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain on October 19-20 and was be ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Winners in all four divisions received an invite to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Top 20 finishers also received considerably more points than a standard HJGT event, points that go towards all end of the year honors which 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.   Boys 15-18: Logan Stewart of Crossville, Tennessee trailed Chase Cale of Greenville, South Carolina by 1 stroke after round one and came back on round two to shoot the only total score under par in the Boys 15-18 Division. Stewart started Sunday’s round strong by birdieing 4 holes on the front 9; however, he triple bogeyed 10, double bogeyed 13, and bogeyed 14. Stewart then battled through adversity and birdied 3 of the final 4 holes to hold off Cale. Cale finished the weekend with an eagle, three birdies, and 24 pars. Finishing in a three way tie for third was Spencer Cross from Sevierville, TN, Allen Hamilton from Louisville, KY, and Russ Quinlivan from Huntsville, AL, all finishing with a two day total of 151. Girls 15-18: Meredith Moir from Louisville, Kentucky had the best score each day for the 15-18 Girls and won by 22 strokes. Moir led the division with an average score of 5.1 on Par 5 holes and a 4.6 average on Par 4 holes. Moir also won the EFX Birdies Challenge with 3 birdies throughout the tournament. Finishing 22 strokes behind Moir was Blythe Scrivner from Powell, Tennessee who shot rounds of 91 and 93. Scrivner would have one birdie and 10 pars for the weekend. Rounding out the top was Jenna McGuire from Cresent Springs, Kentucky with rounds of 98 and 95. McGuire had seven pars, one birdie and led the field in par three performance with a 3.5 scoring average. Boys 11-14: Luke Scealf and his rainbow-colored Loudmouth pants were victorious at Bear Trace this weekend as he shot -1/143 to hold off Jay Kirchdorfer. Scealf dominated the Par 5 Holes by birdieing 6 out of the 8 holes for a 4.4 average score. Scealf also led the division with a 2.6 average score on Par 3 Holes. The lead swung between Scealf and Kirchdorfer throughout Sunday’s round, but Scealf held on for good after birdieing the 15th and 16th holes. Alex Markham from Dacula, Georgia placed for the 2nd straight tournament, after winning the Major at Pebble Creek last weekend. Girls 11-14: Lizzie Loy from Jamestown, Kentucky started the final round 2 strokes behind Skylar Thompson, but was able to come back and hold on for the championship. Loy and Thompson, from Buford, Georgia were going back and forth throughout all of Sunday’s round and neither was able to get a comfortable lead over the opponent. Loy was leading Thompson by only 1 stroke going into the final hole and was able to hold on to win the Major. Thompson improves from her 3rd place finish at Pebble Creek last weekend to earn 2nd here. The third place finisher was Ryan Bender from Louisville, Kentucky with rounds of 103-95.   Weather: Day 1- 54 degrees, windy, cold throughout entire round Day 2- 63 degrees, clear skies, sunny  Tournament Yardage

: Boys 15-18: 6,706 yards Girls 15-18: 5,619 yards Boys 11-14: 6,267 yards Girls 11-14: 5,619 yards   EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Logan Stewart (11) Girls 15-18: Meredith Moir (3) Boys 11-14: Luke Scealf (9) Girls 11-14: Ryan Bender (2)   Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18: John Hines (10) Girls 15-18: Jenna McGuire (3) Boys 11-14: Zach Young (16) Girls 11-14: Ryan Bender (8)

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