Major Championship at Gold Mountain
Gold Mountain Golf Club-Olympic Course
On, May 13th and 14th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its season at the beautiful Gold Mountain Golf Club. The course was in great condition and while the playing conditions were wet. On Saturday, temperatures only reached the high 50’s with a little bit of rain later in the day. Sunday, was a much nicer with temperatures reaching the high 50’s but the sun was shining making it feel much warmer than it was. Winners in all six-age divisions will receive an invitation to the Tour Championship later on this year and the top ten finishers also received points towards the end of the year Hurricane Cup and HJGT teams.
In the Boys 16-18 division, Dallon Bennett from Auburn, Washington, took home first place. He captured the title with a two-day total of 144. His impressive rounds of 70,74 put him ahead of his competitors by a few shots. On Saturday, Dallon had five birdies and ten pars. On Sunday, Dallon birdied three holes and made ten pars to follow up on an impressive first day. He led the tournament in most birdies and most par breakers. Finishing in second place, was Danny Tiscareno from Seattle, WA. After the first round, Danny trailed Dallon by five shots but stayed strong to claim second. He fired a 75 on Saturday and a 72 on Sunday for a total of 147. Danny led the field with 25 pars and had a sixteen hole bogey free streak. He was very impressive off the tee and was able to get up and down to save pars. Also going home with hardware, and finishing in third place from Ruston, Washington, was Gunner Nielson. Gunner was strong off the tee and fired a two day total of 149. After the firing an 76 for round one, he bounced back and shot 73. Gunner had a total of 21 pars and played 27 of his 36 holes bogey free. Overall, the Boys 16-18 division was competitive this week and the top finishers played great golf.
In the Boys 14-15 division, Dylan Bercan from Vancouver, British Columbia finished in first place. He led the field in most pars and also had an eleven hole bogey free streak. Dylan kept the ball in the fairway and battled the wet weather well. In second place, from Redmond Washington, is TJ Griessel. He opened the round with a solid 79 and had two birdies. On Sunday, he shot a 77 including two birdies on the first nine holes. In third place, from Gig Harbor, Washington was Matthew Mehlert. Matthew fired a two day total of 170 to claim the third place finish. He had a five hole bogey streak and was able to string together a total of 16 pars. The Boys 14-15 division had an exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
The Boys 11-13 division had some very solid play. Conrad Chisman of Stanwood, WA took home the first-place trophy with 2 impressive rounds and a +5-overall score. Chisman used an even par round of 72 on day 2 to secure his victory in the division. Luke Powell of Laguna Niguel, CA took home second place was a +12-overall score. Powell hit some very impressive shots and kept the competition close during the 2 rounds. Ryder Odem of Bellevue, WA finished 3rd with a +39-overall score. Odem was the youngest in the division and was very enjoyable to watch play this weekend. The Boys 11-13 division had a very exciting weekend and every competitor played well.
The Girls 14-18 division was a close race. Coming in first with a two-day total of 167 was Grace Xu. She fired an 88, 79 to take home the victory. Grace has a very impressive ball flight off the tee. Grace’s consistency for the 2 rounds helped her achieve victory. In second place, is Makena Mehlert of Gig Harbor, WA. She had a two-day total of 168 after firing an 86-82 to take home runner up. In third place, from Kirkland, WA was Mehr Luthra. Her two-day total was 170 as she battled the tough course. The Girls 14-18 division was one of the most impressive competitions this week. All the competitors in this field had very close scores.
Girls 13 and under
The Girls 13 and under division was battle. Amber Li of Bellevue, WA took home first place. She fired an 85, 90 for a two-day total of 175. Amber overcame a tough field to claim victory by 1 stroke. Coming in second place from Kirkland, WA was Morgan Lee. She had a two-day total of 176. Morgan kept a very positive attitude throughout the varying weather conditions and finished strong. Coming in third was Claire Chang from Bellevue, WA. Claire was only 2 strokes off first place after posting an impressive total of 177. The Girls 13 and under division has a lot of potential and we are excited to see them again next tournament.
Boys 10 and under
The Boys under 10 division provided some great entertainment this weekend. Jeff Seong of Tacoma, WA ran away from the field to take first place. Jeff posted an incredible 77 final round to have a final score of 158. Coming in second was Floyd Villanueva of Shoreline, WA. Floyd posted back to back rounds of 90 for a total of 180. Finishing in third was James Huang of Bellevue, WA. James hit some spectacular shots during his rounds and seemed to have a lot of fun this weekend. The Boys under 10 division showed a lot of potential and they a great time on the course.
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,464 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,464 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,510 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,510 yards
Girls U13: 4,972 yards
Boys U10: 4,972 yards
Round 1: Low 48, High 59. Cloudy giving way to sun, Wind 10-15 mph.
Round 2: Low 50, High 60. Partly Cloudy. Wind 5-10 mph
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.
For more information regarding the 2017 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org