Johnson and Wales Junior Open
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the short trip to Amelia Island, Florida for the Johnson and Wales Junior Open on November 16-17. The first round featured beautiful weather at the Amelia River Golf Club while the second round featured scattered showers throughout the morning. Winners in the boys 15-18 division and girls 15-18 division walked away with four AJGA Performance Stars. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and top 10 finishers received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup.
With clouds and rain covering the early morning hours at the Johnson & Wales University Junior Open at Amelia River, players were expecting tough conditions throughout Championship Sunday. However, as the boys 15-18 age groups made the turn from the front to the backside, the sun came out and was shining bright. Shining right along with it was Graham Nichols. Coming into Sunday’s final round, Nichols of Jacksonville, Florida was just a single stroke behind Saturday’s leader Linus Lo. Nichols would rack up four birdies en route to posting the only red numbers for the day at 70 (-2). With only 2 bogies throughout Sunday, Graham’s consistency putting proved to be key as he pulled away from Lo and the rest of the 50 player field. Linus Lo played very consistent on Sunday, posting only two bogies, but at the same time posting no birdies for a score of 74. Right on Lo and Nichols’ tail was 3rd place finisher Matthew Hines who posted 3 impressive birdies throughout his Sunday round. The Golf Pride most improved player for the boys groups was Austin Smith who improved his score from Saturday to Sunday by an impressive 18 strokes.
In the girls 15-18 division Susana Reyes from Bradenton, Florida was the only player to shoot even par during the first round. Reyes continued her solid play on Sunday for a 73 and a +1/145 weekend. Reyes also led the field in pars with 29 and added 3 birdies while also posting the field best scoring average on par-4 holes. Her solid play also included a 14-hole bogey free streak. Finishing just one stroke behind Reyes was Isidora Quevedo from Chile who shot 74 and 72 for a weekend total of 146. Quevedo had 22 pars and a field best performance on par-3 holes with a 2.5 scoring average. Quevedo and third place finisher, Paulina Camacho from Bradenton, Florida, both totaled 7 birdies earning them a share of the EFX Birdie Challenge title. Camacho had a 4.8 scoring average on par-5 holes. The winner of the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Diana Carolina Gonzalez when she improved her first round score by 8 strokes.
A single stroke separated our boys 11-14 age group winner, runner-up, and third place finisher. Taking third place with a two-day total of 152 was Brooks Dyess after he posted a Sunday best for his age group at 73. The real battle was between Bumin Choi and Jason Jin as they went head to head in the last pairing of the day to battle for the first place trophy. Choi came into Sunday with a 1-stroke lead over Jin, and it would come down to the 36th hole of the weekend to declare a winner. Choi would sink a birdy putt to put him a stroke ahead of Jin who had yet to putt out on the final hole. A par would send the couple into a playoff, but Jin missed the putt and ended up bogeying the hole, securing the win for Choi. Choi’s two day total of 150 would be just enough to take away the weekend’s 1st place trophy.
Tiara Carter from Lake City, Florida was able to edge out her competitors to take home the Johnson and Wales Junior Open title for the girls 11-14 division. Her solid 78-79 weekend rounds were a contribution from her 3 birdies, a field best, 19 pars, and her 5.1 scoring average on par-5 holes. Carter would also earn the EFX Birdie Challenge title with her 3 birdies. Haley Danford from Longwood, Florida finished one stroke behind Tiara. She shot 23 pars and led the field in par-5 performance with a 5.0 scoring average. Emily Chu from Bradenton, Florida rounded out the top three with a final score of 165. Chu added one birdie, 18 pars, and a 4.4 scoring average on par-4 holes. Weather: Day 1- High 75, mostly sunny Day 2- High 70, scattered showers in the morning, partly cloudy afternoon Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,698 yards Girls 15-18: 5,776 yards Boys 11-14: 6,244 yards Girls 11-14: 5,181 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Zach Zediker Girls 15-18: Paulina Camacho, Isadora Quevedo Boys 11-14: Bumin Choi Girls 11-14: Tiara Carter Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Austin Smith Girls Division: Diana Carolina Gonzalez Chattanooga Junior Shootout The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Harrison, Tennessee on November 16-17 for the Chattanooga Junior Shootout. Inclement weather forced a delay during the second round and eventually rain caused the course to be deemed unplayable. The decision was made to cancel the rest of the event. The boys 15-18 division was the only group to finish 27 holes of golf. The boys 11-14 and the girls 11-18 divisions were considered 18 hole events. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and top 15 finishers received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup. At the end of the first round, Chase Roswell of Bristol, TN and Logan Price of Chattanooga, TN were tied for first place after shooting rounds of 72 on Saturday. On Sunday Roswall was able to hold off Price by one stroke to win the Boys 15-18 division. Roswall shot a 37 on Sunday while Price shot a 38. Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, VA and Harris Dodson both tied for 3rd place both shooting a score of 113. Speigler was able to put himself into 3rd place after shooting an Even final round. After finishing Saturday with a round score of 74, Harris Dodson was able to maintain his 3rd place position shooting a final round of 39. This division was the only one to finish 27 holes of golf on Sunday. At the end of the first round, Katie Bishop of Cleveland, TN was atop the leader board with a round score of 78. Bishop would end up winning the division after inclement weather forced play to stop on Sunday. Meghan Nay of Canton, GA and Bethany Burns of Signal Mountain, TN finished tied for second place after shooting first round scores of 80. Micah Knisley of Jefferson City, TN and Gavin Noble of Ootewah, TN both shot first round scores of 73 to be crowned co-champions of the Boys 11-14 Division. Knisley led the way with 4 birdies on Saturday while Noble played quite consistently only bogeying 3 holes. Andrew Lafferty of Milton, GA and Dylan Ford of Homewood, AL both finished the first round tied for 3rd place with round scores of 78. Due to Inclement weather on Sunday we were unable to finish the first nine holes. Weather: Day 1- Low to mid 50’s, mostly cloudy, fog and mist in the morning. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. Day 2- 56 degrees, mostly cloudy in the morning, rain in the afternoon. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 11-18: 5,661 yards Boys 11-14: 6,105 yards Huntsville Junior Shootout The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Owens Cross Road, Alabama on November 16-17 when they hosted the Huntsville Junior Shootout. Golfers battled each other as well as rain on the second day, but were still able to post impressive scores. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and top 10 finishers received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup. Cody Maddox from Guin, Alabama held off Cooper Sears out of Old Hickory, Tennessee by two strokes to win the Huntsville Jr. Shootout. Sears was only a stroke behind Maddox with 6 holes left to play. Maddox bogeyed 4 consecutive holes on the front 9, but was able to recover and birdied back-to-back holes to regain a comfortable lead over Sears. Maddox led the division with a 3.2 scoring average on Par 3s and a 4.8 average score on Par 5s. Maddox had 5 birdies and 20 pars as he scored a 75 both days this weekend. Huntsville resident, Russ Quinlivan, was able to earn a 3rd place trophy as he birdied 3 holes on the back 9 to shoot a +2/74 on Sunday. Hannah Solesbee from Winston, Georgia held a 5-stroke lead going into the final round and was able to build upon that margin to win the Girls 15-18 Division at the Hampton Cove Golf Course. Solesbee had a 4.6 average on Par 4 holes and a 5.4 average on Par 5s to lead the division. Anna Fassnacht of Killen, Alabama held off Katelyn Gilmore from Muscle Shoals, Alabama for 2nd with rounds of 86 and 90. Gilmore earns a 3rd place trophy as she finished a stroke behind Fassnacht with rounds of 88 and 89. Justin Kim from Rome, Georgia shot the only round under par at the Huntsville Jr. Shootout with a -2/70 on Saturday to win by a commanding 13 strokes. Kim had 4 birdies and 28 pars over the weekend as he shot a total of E/144. Kim led the division in scoring average on Par 3s, Par 4s and Par 5s with a 3.1, 4.0, and 4.8 averages, respectively. Coleman Jones from Franklin, Tennessee won the EFX Birdie Challenge with 7 birdies, including 5 on Saturday, to earn 2nd place this weekend. Jones also made 13 pars. Sam Murphy of Decatur, Alabama rounds out the top three with rounds of 82 and 77. In the Girls 11-14 Division, Michaela Morard from Huntsville, Alabama defended her hometown and won the Huntsville Junior Shootout in a head-to-head battle with Julie Baker from Hoover, Alabama. Morard held a 3-stroke lead over Baker going into the final round. Morard won the EFX Birdie Challenge 4 to 3 over Baker by birdieing the 13th hole on Sunday to give her the victory. Baker had 3 birdies and 13 pars, while Morard had 4 birdies and 18 pars. Weather: Day 1- Low-mid 60’s, 10 mph wind chills Day 2- Mid-high 50s, 10-15 mph wind chills, heavy rain throughout day Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 15-18: 5,756 yards Boys 11-14: 6,225 yards Girls 11-14: 5,313 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Gion Gionfriddo, Trey Hanvey, Cody Maddox, Russ Quinlivan Girls 15-18: Ansley Brock, Katelyn Gilmore, Hannah Solesbee Boys 11-14: Coleman Jones Girls 11-14: Michaela Morard Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Chip Willoughby, Trent Lemaster