Central Florida Junior Classic The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed south for the Central Florida Junior Classic on November 9-10. This tournament was played at Harmony Golf Preserve in Harmony, Florida, which featured the beautiful terrain, weather, and animals native to the region. Winners in the boys 15-18 division, girls 15-18 division, and boys 11-14 divisions all walked away with AJGA Performance Stars for their performances, as well as the top five competitors in the boys 15-18 division. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and top 10 finishers in each received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup. After shooting one over par on the first round, Carl Yuan from Lake Mary, Florida shot an amazing 65 on the second day to clinch the Central Florida Junior Classic title in the boys 15-18 division. Yuan totaled 12 birdies on the weekend, also earning him the EFX Birdie Challenge title for his division. He led the field in performance on par-4 holes with a 3.9 scoring average and also averaged 4.2 on par-5 holes on his way to a -6/138 weekend. Finishing four strokes behind Yuan was Evaristo Rubio from Mexico. Rubio posted eight birdies, 24 pars, and had a 2.9 scoring average on par-3 holes. He also had a 21-hole bogey free streak. Gaetan Weydts from Belgium and Harry Xue from Lake Mary, Florida both finished in a tie for third with a final score of 146. Weydts posted eight birdies and 19 pars. Xue totaled 24 pars, six birdies, and a 4.0 scoring average on par-4 holes. Tate Smith from Pt. Charlotte, Florida was able to improve his score by 17 strokes on the second day, earning him the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week award. It was the Mai Dechathipat Show during the girls 15-18 round in Harmony, Florida. Dechathipat, from Howey in the Hills, Florida, shot back-to-back rounds of 65 for a weekend total of 136 and the lowest round out of all divisions this weekend. Mai, who was quoted saying she “just has fun” out on the course, posted a field best 12 birdies that earned her the EFX Birdie Challenge title. She also posted the field best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes with scoring averages of 3.9 and 4.1 respectively. Finishing 12 strokes behind Mai was Chelsea Adams from Windermere, Florida. Her five birdies and 27 pars contributed to her 75-73-weekend performance. Angela Luna-Colombia overcame a hurt knee to earn herself the third place title. Her weekend total of 150 was hard earned with 28 pars and a 4.0 scoring average on par-4 holes. Cosette Anderson improved her first round score of 83 by seven strokes to win the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week. Adding to his HJGT trophy collection, Ray Navis from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida wins his eight HJGT title this season. In a tie for first after the Saturday round, Navis was able to separate himself by shooting a 74 for a +1/145 for the weekend. Navis also won the EFX Birdie Challenge when he posted eight birdies total. Navis led the field in scoring average on par-3 and par-5 holes. Daniel Core from Sorrento, Florida finished in second with a 76-71-weekend for a total of 147. His six birdies and 4.0 scoring average on par-4 holes placed him two strokes ahead of his third place competitors Nick Bessire. Bessire, from Orlando, Florida posted rounds of 76-73 for a weekend total of 149. He posted a scoring average of 4.1 on par-4 holes. Amy Zhang from Lake Mary, Florida outlasted her competitors with back-to-back rounds of 73 for a weekend total of 146 in the girls 11-14 division. Her 30 pars and performance on par-4 holes helped lead Zhang to her second win this season. Finishing three strokes behind Zhang was Lucy Hou from China. Her 76-73 rounds were a result of her five birdies and 22 pars. Her five birdies were enough to earn here the EFX Birdie Challenge title. Rounding out the top was Erika Smith from Orlando, Florida who shot a +7/151. She posted 25 pars and 3 birdies. Weather: Day 1- High 80, windy, partly cloudy Day 2- High 82, slight wind, sunny. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,854 yards Girls 15-18: 5,852 yards Boys 11-14: 6,256 yards Girls 11-14: 5,338 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Carl Yuan Girls 15-18: Mai Dechathipat Boys 11-14: Ray Navis Girls 11-14: Lucy Hou Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Tate Smith Girls Division: Cosette Anderson Winston-Salem Junior Shootout
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed north to Clemmons, North Carolina for the Winston-Salem Junior Shootout on November 9-10, hosted by the Tanglewood Golf Course. The junior golfers had to play in windy conditions, but saw a lot of sun throughout the final day. The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked this weekend’s tournament. Winners from all four divisions received an invite to the 2013 HJGT Tour Championship. Top finishers earned points towards All-HJGT teams, state teams, and Hurricane Cup.
In the Boys 15-18 Division, Charles Corner from Cayuga, Ontario defeated Will Dickson from Providence, Rhode Island by 5 strokes to win at the Tanglewood Golf Club. Dickson was only trailing Corner by 1 stroke going into the last 4 holes on Sunday, but Corner, who also won the EFX Birdie Challenge with 6 birdies, had 2 on the final 3 holes. He also had an eagle on Hole 15 on Saturday. Corner also led the division with a 4.0 scoring average on Par 4 holes. Dickson finished the tournament with 1 eagle, 4 birdies, and 24 pars. Kell Graham from Matthews, North Carolina rounded out the top three by shooting rounds of 78 and 74 to finish with a total of +8/152.
Alexis Whitney from Charlotte, North Carolina was able to save par on the 18th hole by chipping out of the bunker and putting her shot less than a foot from the hole to secure the victory at the Winston-Salem Jr. Shootout. Cameron Little from Charlotte, North Carolina was able to pull into a tie after Whitney double bogeyed on the 16th hole. Unfortunately, Little bogeyed on the 17th hole, which was the margin of victory for Whitney. Cameryn Smith from Shallotte, North Carolina rounds out the top three finishing 4 strokes behind Whitney. Smith was also the EFX Birdie Challenge winner.
The Boys 11-14 champion, Mason Elmore from Charlotte, North Carolina, had a dominating performance to win the Winston-Salem Jr. Shootout. Elmore won by 12 strokes over Lansdon Robbins from Davidson, North Carolina. Elmore led the division with a 4.2 scoring average on Par 4 holes and a 4.9 scoring average on Par 5 holes. Elmore had 3 birdies, which won the EFX Birdie Challenge along with Thomas Deal, and 26 pars throughout the tournament. Patten Williams from Davidson, NC finished in third place, one stroke behind Robbins, with rounds of 82 and 81.
Kat Floyd from Chapel Hill, North Carolina had the best scoring rounds both days at the Tanglewood Golf Club. Floyd shot an 87 on Saturday and an 85 on Sunday to win the Winston-Salem Jr. Shootout by 5 strokes over Keri Kenkel from Charlotte, NC. Floyd was our EFX Birdies Challenge winner by birdieing 3 consecutive holes (Holes 9-11) on Sunday to account for all 3 of her birdies this weekend. Floyd led the division with a 4.6 average on Par 4s, while Kenkel led Par 5s with a 5.8 average. There was a tie for 3rd place between Sophie Holland from Cornelius, NC and Faith Parker from Charlotte, who both shot a total of 187.
Weather: Day 1- Low-mid 50’s, sun disappeared at 2 PM, 10 mph wind chills Day 2- Low 60’s, sunny, gusty winds starting at 10 AM Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,459 yards Girls 15-18: 5,506 yards Boys 11-14: 6,122 yards Girls 11-14: 5,506 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Charles Corner Girls 15-18: Cameryn Smith Boys 11-14: Thomas Deal, Mason Elmore Girls 11-14: Kat Floyd Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Daneil Duffie Girls Division: Cameron Little
Champion Trace Junior Challenge
Nicholasville, Kentucky was the latest stop for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as they hosted the Champion Trace Junior Challenge at Champion Trace GC on November 9-10. Winners in all divisions were awarded an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Those winners will also receive a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. The winners, along with other top ten finishers will receive points towards year-end honors, which will also count towards the 2013 Hurricane Cup.
Zach Adams of Union, KY reigned supreme over the competition this weekend at the Champions Trace Junior Challenge. With the less than pleasant conditions, it wasn’t always pretty for Adams as he bogeyed five of the first nine holes on Saturday. Zach was able to create some momentum on the backside finishing with five pars and a birdie on the 16th hole. Sunday started the same way it had on Saturday for Adams as he bogeyed five holes on the front side including three double bogeys. On the backside Adams performed better posting four pars and a birdie on the 10th hole. Michael Sass of Louisville, KY finished 2nd on Sunday after shooting an 82 on Saturday and an 83 on Sunday. Michael got off to a great start on Saturday by making five pars and a birdie on the front side, however he struggled to keep up the good play on the backside with six bogeys including two double bogeys. Like the day before, Michael was able to sink two birdies and three par putts on the front side, but down the final nine hole’s, he struggled with six bogeys with two of them being double bogeys. Blake Cartwright of Winchester, KY tied with Daniel Hamrin of Louisville for 3rd place. Blake had a great start to the weekend with six pars and a birdie on the opening nine holes, but like the others had trouble on the backside with six bogeys to finish out his first round. Unfortunately for Cartwright, Sunday started just how Saturday ended with seven bogeys on the front side, which included a double on the 5th hole. Although he made a small rally having four pars and a birdie on the final six holes, Cartwright couldn’t dig out of the early hole he created. Hamrin had a bad round on Saturday that saw him finish with nine bogeys and four double bogeys. Sunday was a much better day for Hamrin as he finished with five pars and five birdies on the day.
In the girls division, Ashley Knight of Sylvania, OH was victorious on Sunday. Ashley had a very rough start to her first round as she bogeyed every hole on the front side, including five double bogeys. The backside was a welcomed sight to Knight as she was able to par five holes. Sunday was another rough day for Knight but she was able to sink two birdies on the front side which really separated her from the rest of the field. Although she bogeyed her final nine holes, it was enough for Knight to hang on to the win. Morgan Tinsley of Louisville placed 2nd with rounds of 107 and 89. Saturday was a horrible day for Morgan as she struggled the whole round with seven bogeys and nine double bogeys. Sunday was a much better day for Tinsley as she had six pars in the round and cut down on the bogeys as she had seven of them. Ryan Bender of Louisville came in 3rd on Sunday. On Saturday, Ryan was able to make four pars on the day while struggling with eight double bogeys and six bogeys. Sunday was another rough day for Bender, she started with two pars on the first two holes but proceeded to have three double bogeys and three bogeys on the next six holes. On the backside, her struggles continued as she had five double bogeys and four bogeys to finish her round.
In the younger boys division, Zach Miller of Richmond, KY came home with the winners trophy on Sunday. Miller had a solid Saturday with nine pars and a birdie on the 7th hole, yet he couldn’t keep away from some trouble himself as he also finished with eight bogeys, five of which came on the backside. Zach had an even better day on Sunday as he shot even par on the front side and had five pars and a birdie on the back. Mason Lenhart of Prospect, KY and Andrew Sullivan of Louisville, KY tied for 2nd place on the Sunday. Mason and Andrew had some struggles on Saturday as Mason had four bogeys on the front side and Andrew had five. Mason was able to rebound on the backside as he shot five pars and a birdie but Andrew’s struggles continued as he had five more bogeys on the backside. Like the day before, both Mason and Andrew struggled as Sunday started with Mason bogeying five of the first nine holes and Andrew bogeying four, although Andrew was able to birdie two holes. Both players shot 40’s on the backside with four bogeys and five pars each. Thomas Sullinger of Sylvania, OH came in 3rd after having a rough Saturday that saw him finish with six bogeys and five double bogeys. Sunday was a better round for Thomas as he sunk seven par putts and even two birdies on back-to-back holes.
Day 1- 54 Degrees with 20 mph wind gusts Day 2- 50 Degrees with 15 mph winds Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,870 yards Girls 11-18: 5,600 yards Boys 11-14: 6,216 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Daneil Hamrin Girls 11-18: Ashley Knight Boys 11-14: Zach Miller Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Kyle Souleyrette Girls Division: Morgan Tinsley