HJGT Richter Park Open
(August 7 – 8, 2017)
On Monday, August 7th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Danbury, CT to hold the Richter Park Junior Open at Richter Park Golf Course. Our field fought through wet and rainy conditions on Monday, followed by a cloudy Tuesday morning which turned into a very windy but sunny day as the players finished their two days of fierce competition. Top finishers from each division will receive points towards year-end honors and an opportunity to make a splash in Florida at the end of the year for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s National Championships. Richter Park provided a beautiful course for aggressive play and also fun for the young golfers.
Danny Goetze is the Boys 16-18 champion. The Cornwall, NY native took home the division by holding off the competition with focused play. Goetze posted consistent 76 on Monday and 76 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 152 clinching his win. Jason Salameno (78-75) of Pompton Lakes, NJ finished in 2nd place with a two-day total of 153. Gunnar Granito (79-77) of New Canaan, CT finished 3rd with a two-day total of 156. The final group was competing back and forth and the competition brought out the best out of the juniors.
Max Orwicz is the champion of the Boys 14-15 division. Orwicz fought through the rain on Monday to shoot an 88 and then held his composure to drastically improve his score on Tuesday to shoot a 79. The two-day total for the New Canaan, CT native was 167 which qualified him for the National Championship in Florida this fall. The highlight of his second round included 8 pars on the front 9.Mitchell Schwab of Westport, CT took home the second place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 175 (85-90). Third place was taken home by Tyler Flood of Southbury, CT who posted a two-day score of 181 (88-93). The boys worked hard on the course to finish the two-day tournament while also having fun on the course.
Fritz Smith is the Boys 11-13 champion. Smith, from Greenwich, CT, shot a 97 on Monday and then created a more intense competition by scoring an 88 on Tuesday. Smith never got discouraged and pushed through the untimely weather on Monday to greatly improve his score. He stayed poised on the course and friendly with other players off the course.
Emma Beaulieu, from Longmeadow, Massechusetts is the Girls 14-18 champion for the Richter Park Junior Open. Beaulieu paired a consistent 85 in round one with an 86 in round two for a two-day total of 171 to stand out from the other competitors and take the Girls 14-18 division. Finishing in 2nd from Orange, CT was Bridget Barnsely who posted rounds of 92 and 103 for a two-day total of 195. Payton Dorsch, a Danbury native, came in 3rd pairing a 95 and 107 for a two-day total of 202. The ladies enjoyed each other’s competition and displayed great sportsmanship which is always great to see on the golf course.
Weather August 7 – 8, 2017
Round 1: Low 55, High 67. Overcast/Rain/Cloudy, Wind 0-5 Mph
Round 2: Low 59, High 77. Overcast/Windy/Partly Cloudy, Wind 10-15 Mph
Boys 16-18: 6,642
Boys 14-15: 6,642
Girls 14-18: 5,655
Boys 11-13: 5,655
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.