This Week On Tour: October 26-27

Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed south for the Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic on October 26-27. The Classic, played at the Champions course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida, was be ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Beautiful weather greeted the junior golfers, with temperatures in the high 70s. There was a lot at stake at the event as the winners in the Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 received AJGA Performance stars and an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship. Those winners, plus the winner from the Girls 11-14 division, also received a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. The winners, along with other top ten finishers, also received points towards year-end honors. Those points will also count towards the 2013 Hurricane Cup. In the boys 15-18 division Zach Zediker from Gray, Georgia defeated Yidong Zhang from Orlando, Florida on the first playoff hole with a par. Zediker shot a -4/32 on the back nine on Sunday on his torrid comeback as he trailed Zhang by two strokes at the turn. Zediker tied Zhang at -7 total after birdieing on the 16th hole. Both shot a par on 17 and 18, which forced the playoff. Zediker had 9 birdies, 25 pars, and a field best performance on par-3 holes with a 2.8 scoring average. Zhang also posted 9 birdies and 25 pars, while posting a field best performance on par-5 holes with a 4.2 scoring average. Yuki Fujii from Rotunda West, Florida made an amazing 11 birdies throughout the weekend to give him the EFX Birdie Challenge winner title and the third place trophy. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Tsung Han Lee who improved his first round score by 10 strokes on the second day. Jacqueline Bendrick from Bradenton, Florida shot a personal best on Saturday with a -3/69, which propelled her to victory at the Palm Aire Country Club. Bendrick made it interesting after double bogeying on 15, which allowed Ariadna Fonseca from Venezuela to tie for the lead. Bendrick regained the lead over Fonseca on the 17th hole by shooting par, which was enough to earn her the title. Bendrick also earned the EFX Birdie Challenge title when she tallied 8 birdies for the weekend. She also led the field in performance on par-3 and par-5 holes with a 3.0 and 4.2 scoring average respectively. Fonseca had 6 birdies, 23 pars, and a field best performance on par-4 holes with a 4.0 scoring average. Rounding out the top was Hannah Haythorne from Bradenton, Florida with scores of 73-76. Haythorne added 6 birdies and 21 pars for the weekend. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Shu Han when she improved her Saturday round by 14 strokes on Sunday. Hector Barnetche from Bradenton, Florida shot even par on both days to win the Johnson and Wales Jr. Classic in the boys 11-14 division. Barnetche had 7 birdies and 23 pars over the weekend. Miguel Maisterra from Mexio and Manuel Girona from Windermere, Florida were trailing Barnetche by only 1 stroke after Barnetche had a double bogey on 16, but they were unable to capitalize as both Maisterra and Girona bogeyed on 17. There was a three way tie for 2nd as Misterra, Girona, and Evan Sun all scored +2/146. Miasterra was the EFX Birdie Challenge winner with 8 birdies for the weekend. Nakarin Kornpatlerdsin was the Golf Pride Grip Comeback Player of the Week when he improved his first round score by 12 strokes. Haley Danford made 7 birdies en route to the girls 11-14 title at the Palm Aire Country Club. Danford from Longwood, Florida, birdied three out of the eight par-5 holes and scored a 4.9 average on those holes. Danford would also go on to win the EFX Birdie Challenge with her seven birdies for the weekend. Ariel Yu from Bradenton, Florida was able to close within two strokes after birding on the 13th hole on Sunday but Danford birdied the next hole to regain a comfortable lead. Yu had three birdies and a field best 19 pars. Carson Mulholland receives the third place trophy and was the only girl in both divisions to make an eagle. The Golf Pride Grips Player of the Week was Alyssa Mercado who improved her score by nine strokes. Weather: Day 1- Sunny, 64 Degrees in the morning, 80 Degrees in the afternoon. Day 2- Sunny, 67 Degrees in the morning and a slight breeze, 79 Degrees in the afternoon. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,853 yards Girls 15-18: 5,860 yards Boys 11-14: 6,119 yards Girls 11-14: 5,325 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Yuki Fujii Girls 15-18: Jacqueline Bendrick Boys 11-14: Miguel Maisterra Girls 11-14: Haley Danford Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18: Tsung Han Lee Girls 15-18: Shu Han Boys 11-14: Nakarin Kornpatlerdsin Girls 11-14: Alyssa Mercado   Low Country Junior Shootout The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour rolled into Bluffton, South Carolina on October 26-27. The Low Country Junior Shootout was hosted by Old South Golf Links. The junior golfers faced windy conditions, but were still able to post great rounds. AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the champion in the Boys 15-18 division. Champions in all four divisions received South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points. Winners in all four divisions also received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. In addition, top ten finishers received points toward the inaugural Hurricane Cup as well as other end of the year honors like All-HJGT teams and state teams. Bryson Nimmer from Bluffton, SC battle cold and windy conditions early on, but was able to walk away with the -4/140 victory in the boys 15-18 division. Nimmer finished strong with three birdies on the back nine on the final day. Consistent play led Nimmer to the victory, posting 7 birdies, 23 pars, and a field best performance on par-3 holes with a 2.8 scoring average. Finishing one stroke behind Nimmer was Andrew Orischak from Hilton Head, SC. Orischak tallied an eagle, four birdies, and 28 pars. Aaron Walker from Charlotte, NC rounded out the top three with rounds of 69 and 73 with a total of -2/142. Walker was also the EFX Birdie Challenge winner with 9 total birdies on the weekend. Consistent playing led Nigeria’s Anita Uwadia to her back to back victory in the girls 15-18 division. She finished strong on day two scoring three birdies on the back nine holes. Uwadia was also the EFX Birdie Challenge winner when she had a field best 7 birdies and 22 pars for the weekend. She also led the field in par-4 and par-5 performance with average scores of 4.1 and 4.5 respectively. Finishing just three strokes behind Uwadia was Clemen Rodriguez from Hilton Head, SC who totaled +5/149. Clemen had 4 birdies and 23 pars. Rounding out the top was Kolby McWilliams from Tallahassee, Florida. Contributing to her rounds of 77 and 82, Kolby had 23 pars and the field best performance on par-3 holes with a 3.1 scoring average. Patten Williams wins his second straight tournament in the boys 11-14 division. Williams was able to improve his first round score of 74 by six strokes to finish the tournament -2/142. He would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with six birdies for the weekend. On top of those six birdies, Williams also added 26 pars and a field best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes. Finishing in a tie for second was Drew Weary from Bluffton, SC and Luka Karaulic from Lawrenceville, GA. Both Weary and Karaulic posted rounds of 76 and 73. Weary led the field in pars with 28 while Karaulic had the field best performance on par-3 holes with a 3.0 scoring average. Similar to the final in the South Georgia Junior Classic, the Low Country Jr. Shootout came down to Sophie Guo and Dylaney Day in the girls 11-14 division. No playoff was needed this weekend as Guo from Bluffton, SC pulled away with the victory. Guo posted one eagle, one birdie, 20 pars, and the field best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes. Day from Canada finished 5 strokes behind Guo for a +9/163. Day would win the EFX Birdie Challenge with four on the weekend. Christine Scholten from the Netherlands would finish in third place with rounds of 100 and 87. Weather: Day 1- 70 Degrees with clear skies and a slight breeze. Wind would pick up as day went on. Day 2- Cold morning with weather getting warmer as the round went one. 70 Degrees by noon. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,853 yards Girls 15-18: 5,860 yards Boys 11-14: 6,119 yards Girls 11-14: 5,325 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Aaron Walker Girls 15-18: Anita Uwadia Boys 11-14: Patten Williams Girls 11-14: Dylaney Day Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Michael Nutter Girls Division: Christine Scholten   College Prep Series at Kent State The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its College Prep Series when it traveled to Ravenna, Ohio’s Windmill Lakes Golf Club on October 26-27 for the College Prep Series at Kent State. The College Prep Series is a series of events played on some of the best college courses in the region. The winner in the boys 15-18 division and girls 15-18 division were awarded AJGA Performance Stars. 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. The event was also ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Osama Khan of Mississauga, Ontario held a share of the lead heading into the final round with three others players after posting a 5 over 75 Saturday. Khan’s steady play on Sunday helped secure the win with 4 bogeys to go along with 2 birdies. After making birdie on the par 5 16th hole, Khan made pars on his final two holes allowing him to pass Kaelenn Briggs and win by two shots.  Kaelenn Briggs of Uxbridge, Ontario was runner up to Khan after posting rounds of 76 and 73. Briggs held the lead midway through the final round when he birdied the Par 3 14th hole to go to two under on his round. Briggs would stumble coming in allowing Khan to overtake the lead. After holding a share of the lead after Saturday’s first round, Justin Perdue posted a final round 77 to finish with a two day total of 152 and claim third place outright. Alice Ho entered day two with a two stroke lead in the girl’s 15-18 age division with a score of 78.  However, Reva Morris was hot on her tail coming into Sunday’s final round.  Morris came back and fired a low round score of 77 on Sunday.  Ho struggled on the front nine, but came back strong birdying two holes on the back side.  However, Morris outlasted Ho’s final push by remaining consistent through the holes 10-18.  Morris and Ho’s playing partner Audrey Clawson was also in the championship hunt after she posted an 82 the first day, and a 79 the second day, for a two day total of 169 to take third place.  In the end it was Reva Morris from Newbury, OH who stepped away with the title after her two day total of 157 would be one stroke better than Alice Ho’s 158. Jared Wilson of Columbiana, OH entered the final round leading by three shots with an opening round 77. Wilson would add to his lead Sunday and posted a second straight 77 to win the Boys 11-14 Division by four shots. Despite playing the 18th hole a combined three over both rounds, Wilson’s consistent play was too much for others to catch. Behind Wilson was Thomas Sullinger of Sylvania, OH who posted a two day total of 158 with rounds of 80 and 78. Sullinger put pressure on Wilson early on in the the final round after making birdie on the opening hole. Sullinger would stumble coming in giving up 5 shots over his final 4 holes to allow Jared Wilson to grab the lead and the win. Brandon Petzak would finish third in the Boys 11-14 Division finishing one shot behind Sullinger at 159. Petzak posted a final round 78 to go along with an opening round 81. A strong lead going into Sunday would prove to be key for champion Ashley Knight from Sylvania, OH.  Up 8 strokes after day one, Knight would take that lead and run away from the competition on day two. Knight posted an 80 on Saturday, and an 82 on Sunday to post a winning two day score of 162.  While Knight ran away with the win in the younger girls division, there was a tight battle for the second and third place positions.  Shaira Busnawi, Riley Dean, and Kalina Siehl were neck and neck up until 18 for the final podium positions.  Busnawi, despite double bogeying the final hole, would hang on for second place after posting a two day total of 179.  Dean was bested by just two strokes to take third place with a two day score of 181.  Siehl was ousted of a top three finish by yet another single stroke with a two day score of 182. Weather: Day 1- Low-mid 30s. Winds at 20-25 mph. Day 2- Mid 40s, sunny, winds of 5-10 mph. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,730 yards Girls 15-18: 5,718 yards Boys 11-14: 6,161 yards Girls 11-14: 5,274 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Thomas Hunt Girls 15-18: Alice Ho Boys 11-14: Adam Filo Girls 11-14: Shaira Busnawi, Ashley Knight Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Divisions: Pete Ward Girls Divisions: Katelynn Kinley

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