IMG Academy Jr. Classic April 27-28
Laparojkit shoots even par to hold off field of 70
Saithip shoots even par day two for comeback victory
Bradenton, FL (April 28, 2013) –The HJGT made the trip over to the Gulf Coast for the second event in Bradenton of the 2013 season. The event that took place was the IMG CC Junior Classic held at the IMG Country Club. The field of play was by far the largest of the 2013 season, with 123 players spread across the four age divisions. Tournament format consisted of a double wave double tee with the boy’s 15-18 division, composed of 69 players, teeing off in the morning and the three remaining divisions teeing off later in the afternoon. Weather was optimal for golf with consistent sunshine and temperatures fluctuating comfortably in the 70-80 degree range. This event held numerous honors at stake. The champions of the boy’s and girl’s 15-18 age division received 4 performance stars. The event was ranked by National Junior golf scoreboard and the winner of the boy’s 11-14, 15-18, and girl’s 15-18 age division earned 1 exemption into a Florida Junior Tour (FJT) event. Winners earned an automatic bid into the 2013 tour championship and top 10 finishers received points toward year end honors including all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup (click to learn more and see current standings).
With 69 total players competing within it the boy’s 15-18 age division this was one of the largest in HJGT history. Scores on this challenging course were spread out in a vast range. Champion of the division was Newport Laparojkit of Bradenton, FL who shot even par over the two day event. Laparojkit shot rounds of -1 and +1. On the back nine of day one Laparojkit strung together a score of 33, shooting 3 birdies and 6 pars. With a total par or better percentage of 86.1% through the two day event Laparojkit separated himself from the other 68 players by performing astonishingly well on par 3’s leading the division with his 2.75 average. Finishing in second place was Juan Veloza of Colombia. Veloza finished 2 strokes out of first place, ending the tournament at +2. He was able to finish in the top three after shooting even-par Sunday. Veloza performed well on the front nine shooting 12 total pars to go along with 3 bogeys and 3 birdies. Veloza finished the event with the third most pars, accumulating a total of 28. In third place was a tie between Shuhei Takahashi of Bradenton, FL, Claudio Correa of Bradenton, FL, and Rodrigo Munoz of San Miguel, Mexico. Takahashi’s most impressive statistic was the 5 total birdies he managed in round 2. Correa managed the fourth best par or better percentage with an 80.6% stat line. Munoz’s most notable statistic was his 4.62 average on par fives over the weekend.
From the girl’s 15-18 age division scores between the top three fell within one stroke of each other with the leaders finishing +7, +8, and +9. The lead was won out on day two by Kanyanat Saithip of Bradenton, FL who shot the lowest score from the division at 72 to defeat her adversaries. Saithip snuck into the lead with the low round after struggling Saturday stringing together a 79. Saithip led the division with 4 birdies, all of which came on Sunday. Finishing in second place was Gianna Tomeo of Bradenton, FL who finished with a total of +8 after two consistent rounds of 76. Tomeo performed best on par 3’s and 4’s shooting averages of 3.00 and 4.30 respectively. The top three concluded in a tie for third between Alex Wright and Christina Wang, both of Bradenton, FL.
The boy’s 11-14 division proved to be the most exciting of the weekend revealing the only under par score by David Giandomenico of Boynton Beach, FL. Giandomenico shot -1 Saturday and even par Sunday. Giandomenico shot averages of 3.00, 4.05, and 4.75 on par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s respectively. With a par or better percentage of 94.4 Giandomenico accumulated two rounds of even par on the front and 31 pars, 3 birdies, and just 2 bogeys over the two day event. Finishing in second place was Tyler Carlson of Bradenton, FL who finished the tournament with a two day total of +5. Carlson shot consistent rounds of 74-75 and Carlson led the division shooting a total of 6 birdies. Third place was won by Jason Jin of Bradenton, FL who finished +10. Jin finished with 23 pars and a par or better percentage of 72.2%.
Finishing atop the girl’s 11-14 division was Alyssa Lamoureux of Seminole, FL. Lamoureux finished +7 for the event and had a scorecard teeming with pars and birdies. Lamoureux ended the two day event with 21 pars and 5 birdies. Lamoureux led the division in 7 of the 7 major statistical categories. Most impressive were her under par averages on both par 3’s and 5’s. Second place resulted in a tie between Wendy Tan and Gabrielle Tomeo, both of Bradenton, FL. Tomeo finished with 15 pars and 5 birdies for the tournament, tying Lamoureux for the division lead. Tan managed to do most of her damage on the par 3’s of the IMG course finishing with an average of 3.25.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with afternoon cloud cover, high 85, low 72.
Sunday: Sunny, high 87, low 74
Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,852
Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,212
Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,859
Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,278
EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: James Leadbetter, Andrew Potter
Boy’s 11-14 division: Tyler Carlson
Girl’s 15-18 division: Sophie Benetti
Girl’s 11-14 division: Alyssa Lamoureux, Gabrielle Tomeo
Golf Pride Most Improved Player:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Nathan Corchis (91-74)
Boy’s 11-14 division: Michael Wijas (91-80)
Girl’s 15-18 division: Ashley Silvers (99-83)
Girl’s 11-14 division: Alyssa Lamoureux (78-73), Carson Mullholland (88-83)
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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.