As we enter the final week before mid-term exams and the start of the Holiday break, everybody is gearing up for some relaxing time off and time with family. For many, this past weekend closed out the 2015 tournament season. Bishops Gate Golf Academy students played in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s National Championship at ChampionsGate and at the American Junior Golf Tour’s Winn Grips/Butch Harmon Senior Showcase.
At the HJGT National Championship, Hao Hua Zhang claimed a wire-to-wire, 2-shot victory. Just behind Hao Hua was Carlos Marrero. After a difficult first round, Carlos shot the low round of the tournament to bounce back and claim a T2 finish. He carded three birdies in the final round to finish at just 3-over-par. Sharing a tie for fourth, Tennoshin Ogawa and Won Jun Choi each carded a tournament total 4-over-par. After shooting just 2-over-par in round two, Taisuke Ono secured a T13 victory. Taisuke went bogey-free on the back nine, closing out his bounce-back second round hold him inside the top 20. Closing out BGGA’s top-20 group are Conor Byrne and Tristan Galant. Conor and Tristan shared a tie for 16th, carding tournament totals of 11-over-par.
In the Girls Division, Tracy Lee carded three birdies in the second round to bounce back and secure a T13 finish at 5-over-par for the weekend. In the Girls 11-14 Division, Anna Chen carded six birdies on the weekend to claim a solo second finish at 2-under-par, just one shot behind the leader.
At the AJGA Winn Grips/Butch Harmon Senior Showcase, seven BGGA seniors flew out to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the opportunity to play in front of college coaches from all over the country who are looking to fill the rest of their playing spots for 2016. After round 1, Zaffar Sikkander and Tsukasa Kimishima were leading each of the Boys Divisions and Marisa Hisaki was sitting T3 in the Girls Division. Difficult conditions in the second round, however, made going low hard for the entire field. Marisa carded a second-round 12-over-par, but only dropped 5 spots to claim a T8 finish. In the first of the Boys Divisions, David Yang started round 2 sitting T5. He fought through the conditions and managed to card three birdies on his way to a tournament total 6-over-par, securing a T7 finish. In the second Boys Division, Tsukasa carded a 6-over-par second round, only dropping back to a tie for 13th. Tsukasa carded four birdies and two eagles over the weekend. Joining Tsukasa in the top-20 was Marcos Montenegro. Marcos carded four birdies in each round, helping secure a T20 finish.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the HJGT and AJGA for hosting two great events at great venues. Be sure to follow along with all of the #BGGAFall2015 action all semester long. Follow us on all of BGGA’s social media outlets and engage in the conversation with the #ExperienceBGGA and #BGGAFall2015 hashtags! For more information about Bishops Gate Golf Academy, please visit www.bgga.com or call us at 855.387.8177.