Major Championship at Little Mountain,
Little Mountain Country Club
On May 6th and 7th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its’ spring season at the gorgeous Little Mountain Country Club in Concord, Ohio. The first round on Saturday was completed under cold, windy, and very wet conditions, while the second round on Sunday was met with loads of sunshine. The players all provided a great and competitive atmosphere for all of the spectators who came out to support them. The fantastic attitudes from the players made for an excellent tournament. The winners of all five of the 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 teams.
In the Boys 16-18 division, Ben Brej from Rocky River, Ohio took home the first place trophy. His scores for the tournament were an impressive 84-70-154. Ben was able to overcome an uncharacteristic first round and bring home first. Ben shot a very impressive score of 70 in the second round which was even par. This was able to vault him into first place. While Ben had an impressive tournament, there was competition close by as Michael McCaffrey from Westlake, Ohio came up one stroke shy and took home second place. Michael registered scores of 79-76-155. Michael was able to handle the rough weather on the first day by shooting a 79 for the round. This put Michael in the lead group for the final round in which he shot three strokes better. Coming in third place for the Boys 16-18 division was Ellis Langermeier from Westlake, Ohio. Ellis was able to score 79-78-157 for the tournament. Ellis was very consistent and was able to register at total of 18 pars for both of the rounds. This consistency helped put Ellis into the lead group for the final round on Sunday.
In the Boys 14-15 division, Drew Salyers from Howard, Ohio succeeded in a competitive boys division by bringing home the first place prize. Eberle registered impressive scores of 75-68-143 for the tournament. Drew showed to excel in the non-ideal conditions on Saturday by shooting the low score of the day. This was not going to satisfy Drew, who came out on Sunday and shot two strokes under par with a very impressive 68. Coming just short of Drew was Ben Burgan from Westfield, Indiana. Ben put scores up of 81-82-163. Ben’s consistency seemed to be a large reason that he was able to take home the second place trophy. Ben started off the final round by landing a birdie putt on a tough par five on the first hole. Coming in third place was Josh Wright from Fairlawn, Ohio. Josh registered scores of 82-82-164. Josh came just short of Ben by one stroke. His two birdies in the final round kept him in contention for the top three.
In the Girls 14-18 division Alyson Kovach from Strongsville, Ohio was able to come away with the first place trophy. Alyson was able to put together scores of 88-83-171. Alyson got off to a strong start that put her in the lead group for the final round on Sunday. Alyson’s improvement in the final round was able to separate her from the rest of the pack as she shot five strokes better on the second day. Coming just short of Alyson was Laine Hursh from Chardon, Ohio. Laine was able to register scores of 90-86-176. Laine’s improvement really made for an intense finish. On the front nine for the second round, she shot six strokes better than in round one. Olivia Swain from Uniontown, Ohio managed to crack the top three and take home third place. Olivia registered scores of 87-90-177 for the tournament. Olivia’s consistency through the bad weather helped her crack the top three.
In the Girls 13U division, Gianna Clemente from Warren, Ohio was able to take home the first place prize. Gianna was able to register scores of 88-83-171. Gianna was able to handle the tough weather for the tournament and shot twelve pars. This consistency was what enabled her to win this event. Not far behind Gianna was Kirsty Mitchell from Ontario, Canada. Kirsty showed great improvement on Sunday by shooting 19 strokes better than on Saturday. This improvement was highlighted by two birdies in the final round.
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