The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Somers, NY on August 22-23 for the Kevin Chin Golf Jr. Classic. The weekend’s rounds began right on time at 10:00 AM both days with golfers eager to take on the challenge of Somers Pointe Golf Club. Somers Pointe was in fantastic condition, setting the stage for two competitive rounds of junior golf. Trophy winners in all three divisions received automatic qualification to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Additionally, top finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were also at stake.
The Boys 15-18 age division brought hot competition to the course, just like usual. The first day was a bit challenging to the players due to the unusual layout of the golf course but the players eventually got the hang of it. Day one saw Joseph Tammaro take a one shot lead with a 78. Bronxville, New York native Chris Gay and Glen Spey, New York native David Powers were right on his heels with matching 79s. There was a bunched up leaderboard behind these three players so we knew that Sundays round was going to be a race to the finish line. Gay was able to bring his A game to the course with him on Sunday, shooting a 3 under par 33 on the front nine and hanging on with a 39 on the back to shoot an even par 72. That stellar performance allowed Gay to run away with the first place trophy. Gay made five birdies on the weekend, with four of those coming during the final round. Also playing solid golf on Sunday was Powers, who shot a 3 over par 75, featuring five birdies on the round. Powers finished in second place with a two-day total of 154. Making a great push on Sunday to climb into third place was Spring Lake, New Jersey native Brendan Hansen. Hansen, who has been a great player on the Hurricane Tour all summer, shot a 76 on the second day to finish with a two-day total of 161 after shooting 85 on Saturday. Hansen made one birdie on Sunday after not having any birdies on Saturday.
The Boys 13-14 age division saw a couple familiar faces participate in the event this weekend. We knew that these two were both strong players so we expected great things from this age division this weekend. Ryan Gorman, from Avon, Connecticut, shot a 75 on day one to take firm control of the first place spot. We knew what kind of player Gorman was before the weekend, considering he has already won two events this summer. He was able to follow up his 75 with a 77 on Sunday to take home first place hardware. Gorman made two birdies in each round and played the par 5 fifth hole at 2 under for the weekend. Coming in second place in the 13-14 age division was Steven Wieder. Wieder hails from Bronxville, New York and was able to really improve his game from day 1 to day 2. Wieder went out on Saturday and shot a 103, with rounds of 54 on the front and 49 on the back nine. Wieder made some adjustments to his game and came back on Sunday with a solid round of 89, featuring a 45 on the front 9 and a 44 on the back nine. Wieder continues to improve his game every week that we see him and will be taking home first place trophies in no time. We look forward to seeing these guys continue to improve their games and take home more hardware in the future.
The Girls 15-18 age division was a tough competition between two stellar golfers that brought their A game to the course this weekend. Ally Steffen was able to take home the first place trophy with a two-day total of 170. She featured rounds of 87-83 on the weekend that led to her first place finish. Her round on Saturday featured a front nine 44 followed by a back nine 43. Steffen put together a solid round on Sunday with a 44 on the front nine again but following with a 39, with her only birdie on the 18th hole. Steffen separated herself from the field on the par 3s, with a 3.38 average on those holes this weekend. Taking home the second place trophy this weekend was Holmdel, New Jersey resident Arianna Palmeri. Palmeri shot a two-day total of 185 with rounds of 89 on Saturday and 96 on Sunday. Palmeri played her best golf of the weekend on the front nine Saturday, shooting a 41 and featuring her only birdie of the tournament. Palmeri then shot 48 on the back nine to head into Sundays round a few shots back, in second place overall. Palmeri then went on to have matching 48s on both sides during Sundays round to shoot a 96 and finish in second place. Palmeri played her best golf on the par 3s, finishing with a stroke average of 3.75 for the weekend.
Saturday: Mid 80’s, Clear, Wind 0-5 MPH
Sunday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Boys 15-18- 6,154 YDS
Boys 13-14 – 5,954 YDS
Girls 15-18/Girls 11-14/ Boys 11-12 – 5,622 YDS
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts.