Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Making Strides in Its First Two Years

Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Nearing the end of only its second year, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) has seen vast improvements in its number of members and the overall quality of its competition and tournaments. Based out of Jacksonville, the HJGT is open to all junior golfers from the ages of 10 to 19 and now hosts tournaments in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The juniors play in one of five divisions: Boys 16-19, Boys 13-15, Boys 10-19, Girls 15-19, and Girls 10-14. 

Mario Conte, Executive Director, founded the Tour to provide junior golfers with an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. With his low membership fee of $15, he wants this opportunity to be extended to as many junior golfers as possible. Conte says, “I want to be sure that we host memorable tournaments for the players, but I absolutely think that it needs to be affordable."

Conte started the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour entirely on his own without being backed by golf associations or golf school academies. The HJGT started with a few members and small fields for its tournaments; it has now grown to almost 800 members, with strong competition at the tournaments and the attention of college coaches. In its first year, 26 tournaments were hosted by the Tour, which grew to 37 in the second year, and next year the project number of tournaments is 50. All of the tournaments are ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and the tournaments held in South Carolina and Georgia have the results submitted for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points.

The Tour itself has its own point race and awards the top-10 finishers in each division with points for every tournament. The points accumulate throughout the year and selected age divisions receive American Junior Golf Association exemptions. Points also help determine which players will be extended an invitation to the season ending HJGT Tour Championship on December 5-6, 2009 at Saddlebrook Course in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The top point earners, as well as the champions from each tournament, will have an invitation extended to them. The Tour Championship will be Golfweek/Titleist ranked and will also feature AJGA exemptions.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is committed to preparing juniors for their future and collegiate play. The HJGT tournament play is governed by United States Golf Association rules. The website has an entire section devoted to resources for the players during their college searches and the HJGT has also teamed up with Play Collegiate Golf, which provides a scouting tool for selecting the appropriate university. College coaches frequently visit the website of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour for the leaderboard and results of tournaments, which are all powered by BlueGolf.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is continually looking to improve to make the experience for the junior golfers an exceptional one. Looking ahead to the 2010 season, Conte remarks, “We are optimistic that the competition will get a lot stronger and inevitably, our rankings will continue to grow.” For more information about the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, please visit the HJGT website at or find the fan page on


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