College Prep Series at Penn State
(August 5-6, 2017)
Mother nature provided a great weekend for some junior golf in State College, Pennsylvania. There was a great turn out of over seventy players from four different age divisions. It was a weekend of great golf and competitive play by players from several different states and multiple countries. Penn State was a great host and provided an excellent course. Even though there was some rain on Friday during pre tournament practice, the course turned out in prestige condition. Thank you to all of our competitors and to the host course of Penn State Golf Club.
The Boys 16-18 division consisted of great play from the entire field. Our winner was J.W. Cunningham from McMurray, Pennsylvania. J.W. was able to shoot under par both days with a 69-70 for a final score of five under for the tournament. Following our champion, in second place was Grant Gronka from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Grant had a great second round of 67, which landed him one under for the weekend. Rounding out the division, in third place was a tie between Tejas Sinha and Tanner Johnson with both players finishing two over for the weekend.
In the Boys 14-15 division our winner put up impressive scores 73 and 71 finishing even par on the weekend. Jeffery Mankins of Greensburg, Pennsylvania took the lead in day one and never looked back. Finishing second for the division was Samuel Taylor of Nicholas, New York who was trying to catch our leader but fell short. He posted scores of 76-74 and ending the weekend six over par. Our third place finisher was Justin Hand of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Justin had a rough first day scoring an 83 but came back on day two focused and determined to shoot a 70 and slide into third place.
Corey Minkoff from Gaithersburg, Maryland took home first place in the Boys 11-13 dvision shooting a 75-68 and finishing the tournament one under. Corey was able to finish each day with a very impressive seven birdies each day. Taking home the second prize was Zachary Locke from Horseheads, New York. Zach didn’t get off to the best start shooting a 80 but then on Sunday took off four strokes and scored a 76 finishing the weekend twelve over. Finishing in third place was James Ulsh who shot an 82-81.
For the Girls 14-18 age division it was Paighton Masterson of Avon Lake, OH who took home first place. Masterson set the pace on Saturday with a round of 72 which was good enough for a 3 shot lead going into the final round. Masterson followed up her even par performance with a 78 on Sunday which yielded her a 2 shot victory. In second place was Julia Alhemoud of Pittsburgh, PA with two solid rounds of 75 and 77. In the end she would come up just short but showed great professionalism and competitiveness throughout the weekend. In third was Elena Lopez of Clarence, NY who posted scores of 78 and 77 with 4 birdies throughout the weekend. All three girls played well throughout the weekend and were very professional showing great sportsmanship.
In the Girls U13 Division, Allison Poon showed she was the deserving winner after shooting a 79,78 to force a playoff which she would eventually win after the first playoff hole by making a 3-foot putt for par over her competitor. In her post-round interview, she was asked if she felt pressure or was nervous over that winning putt. She responded, “Of course I was nervous”.
Weather August 5-6, 2017
Round 1: Low 75, High 90. Sunny and Windy, Wind 5-10 Mph
Round 2: Low 70, High 92. Sunny with Partial Rain, Wind 5-10 Mph
Boys 16-18: 6,745
Boys 14-15: 6,745
Girls 14-18: 5,735
Boys 11-13: 5,735
Girls 13U: 5,078
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
In 2017, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.