Comstock runs away with Amelia Island Junior Challenge

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed up the coast to Fernandina Beach for the Amelia Island Jr. Challenge held at Amelia Island Plantation – Oak Marsh Course. The National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked this tournament and players earned points towards the year end Tour Championship and Inaugural Hurricane Cup. Saturday’s weather was a high of 81 with clear skies and winds reaching up to 20 mph. Day two did not disappoint as the sun shined and temperatures reached 76 degrees with a southwest wind of 10-15mph that didn’t seem to be near as big of a factor as Saturday.

The Boys 15-18 Age Division was won on a strong day two showing. Jack Comstock from Jacksonville, FL shot an impressive Sunday round of 69 that propelled him away from the field. Comstock came out on day two feeling more comfortable with putting on a clinic with 4 birdies and 13 pars. Comstock led the division in the category of most pars or better with an 80.6% showing. Comstock also posted six birdies throughout the 36 holes. Earning the silver was a four way tie between Shanren Brienen, Thomas Hodges, Graham Nichols and John Sullivan. Nichols was two strokes behind Comstock coming in to today but Comstock’s streak proved to be too much in the end.

The Girls 15-18 Age Division was won by Marisa Messana of Plantation, F. With scores of 76-75 for a tournament total of 151 and coasted her to an easy win at Amelia Island Plantation-Oak Marsh Course. Messana led the field with the most pars of 22 for the two days. Messana did a lot of her scoring on the par fives this weekend, posting an average of 5.12. Messana posted four birdies to carry her to the championship. Earning the silver was Jacquelyn Eleey who traveled all the way from Massachusetts to compete. Coming in third place was Maddie Glennie who tackled an arduous feat coming off of major knee surgery in October.

The Boys 11-14 Age Division was won by Alec Weary from Bluffton, SC. Weary went in to day two paired with his brother Drew Weary. The Weary brothers both shot nine over on day one. The experience of older Weary, Alec seemed to pay off on day two while posting one stroke better then younger brother Drew. Weary was able to fend off the competition by posting an average of 5.12 on par fives. Coming in second place was Drew Weary who led the field with most birdies of five and on par 4’s shot an average of 4.35. Coming in third was Ray Navis who was just three shots off the leader. Navis did everything in his power to win this event by shooting even with Weary the second day.

The Girls 11-14 Age Division was won by Lauren Waidner from Fleming Island, FL who shot a 90-80 for a total of 170. Waidner led the division in statistical categories including most birdies (3), par 4 performance (4.60), and most pars or better category (44.4%). Coming in second place was Lara Van Staden from Winter Springs, FL with rounds of 93-87 for a total of 180. She led the categories of par 3 performance (3.62), par 5 performances (5.62), and most pars with 15.

Tournament Awards:
EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boys 15-18 Division: Jack Comstock
Boys 11-14 Division: Drew Weary
Girls 15-18 Division: Kathleen Duperval
Girls 11-14 Division: Lauren Waidner


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