The Kevin Chin Major Championship at Bethpage in Farmingdale, New York
(October 15-16 2016)
Winning at a Historic Venue
On Thursday, October 13th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Farmingdale, New York to host the Kevin Chin Major Championship at Bethpage Blue Course. The weather was beautiful fall weather both days, with temperatures in the 60’s and clear sunny skies. The HJGT would like to thank Bethpage State Park for allowing us to host our tournament at such a historic venue. AJGA Stars and Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were up for grabs this weekend, as 90 players were battling for their respective age division titles. The players congregated from states as far south as Florida for a chance at a HJGT title.
Boys 16-18 Division
Ben Pirro of Heathrow, FL won the Boys 16-18 Division Champion. Ben was very dominant from the start of the weekend shooting -2. His shots were superb, and remained consistent all weekend. He shot a 70, 75 (+1). Taking second place was Will Parker from Locust Valley, NY. Will played very well shooting in the mid 70’s to edge Sebastian by one stroke to clinch second place. This weekend he shot 76, 75 (+7). Coming in third place was Sebastian Trujillo Rodriguez of Ibague, Tolima. Sebastian always a happy smiling kid each tournament played very well once again at a Hurricane Tournament. He shot a 77, 75 (+8) which helped him immensely to clinch third place.
Boys 14-15 Division
The Boys 14 The Boys 14-15 Division was a treat from start to finish. All the golfers in this division should be very proud of their performances. The Champion this weekend was Liam Boyle of Baldwin, NY. Liam shot a division best 73 in the first round, which really helped his scoring totals by two strokes. This weekend he shot 73, 80 (+9). There was a three-way tie for second place between Ty Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware, Kyle Zere of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Tommaso Fabbri of New York, NY. Ty jokingly said he may have found his favorite course to play on which he performed well on. He shot 79, 76 (+11). Kyle Zere shot identical scores like Ty posting 76, 79 (+11). Tommaso Fabbri drove the ball very well, which helped him shoot in the mid 70’s. He shot this weekend 77, 78 (+11).
Boys 11-13 Division
Armand Loscalzo of Tampa, Florida was the Boys 11-13 Division champion. Armand dominated all weekend with excellent putting and consistent ball striking , firing rounds of 75, 77 (+8). Second place was Thomas Finn of Locust Valley, New York. Thomas played consistent both days, which helped him finish strong at +21. Taking third place was Zachary Lock of Horseheads, New York. Zachary’s rounds in the low 80’s helped him clinch third; finishing at +25. The ironic thing about these three boys is that they were all paired together for their final rounds.
Boys U10 Division
Dane LaFollette of New York, New York was the Boys U10 Division Champion. Dane even though he was the lone U10 player this weekend held his own while being paired with 11-13 Division Boys. This is great experience for Dane to be paired with the older age division, and he can learn from mistakes. This weekend he shot 116, 110 (+82).
Girls 14-18 Division
If the Hurricane Tournament staff this weekend did not have to work this event, they would have gone as spectators and watched the battle that ensued over the weekend. This age division featured former Hurricane champions, and had close finishes to the very end. Taking home the first place trophy was Alice Hodge of Larchmont, NY. Alice was very consistent with her putting, and shot identical scores both days; 75, 75 (+6). In second place was Sophia Bae of Norwood, NJ. Sophia shot a division best score of 73, which was enough to clinch second place at +7. Coming in third place was a tie between the friendly rivalry of Phoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware, and Rylie Heflin of Avondale, Pennsylvania. They may not been paired together this weekend, but both girls shot very well and putted excellent. Phoebe finished with rounds of 78, 74, while Rylie shot 75, 77 (+8).
Gianna Clemente of Warren, Ohio was the Girls U13 Division Champion. Gianna was very dominant from the very start shooting the 80’s. This weekend she shot 82, 85 (+23). Second place was a tie between Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park, New York, and Sammie Dolce of Florham Park, New Jersey. Nicole shot an impressive final round which was an age division best of 81. That helped her clinch a tie for second place. Nicole this weekend shot 90, 81 (+27). Sammie Dolce shot very consistent in the mid 80’s which helped he stay in the running for a second place tie. She shot 86, 85 (+27). Each player gained valuable experience that will assist them in future events.
Weather October 15-16, 2016:
Round 1: Low 49, High 63. Sunny
Round 2: Low 60, High 69. Sunny
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,618 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,618 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,672 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,672 Yards
Boys U10: 5039 Yards
Girls U13: 5,039 Yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
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 2016 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