Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is back with two-day event


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Youth golfers are invited to participate in a nationally-known golf tournament for all skill levels that will be held locally at the end of the month. 

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is hosting the Space Coast Junior Open on Feb. 27 and 28 at Baytree National Golf Links in Melbourne. Girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 18 will compete with the winners in each division earn an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship scheduled for Dec. 3 and 4. The top 10 finishers receive points toward year-end honors.

It is the second consecutive year that the HJGT has held the event at Baytree. Last year’s event attracted 45 golfers. 

“Last year was a great event that featured three winners from the state of Florida, all hailing from within 125 miles of Melbourne. Three divisions also had tight finishes, with three of our five winners prevailing by four strokes or less,” said Mike Randleman, state marketing representative with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.

The goal of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour is to prepare youth golfers for the college golf scene with competitions that encourage all skill levels. 

The largest junior golf tour in the U.S., it has 240 events planned in 2016 in 32 states. HJGT is headquartered in Jacksonville and is going coast to coast this year — traveling all the way from Melbourne to San Diego. New states for the tour this year include Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Washington.

Baytree National Golf Links was rated a top 75 golf course to play in Florida by Golf Digest in 2015.  

“Our headquarters are just two and a half hours north of Melbourne, so it makes a lot of sense to put on an event in an area with fabulous golf courses and plenty of great junior golfers,” Randleman said.  “With much of the country unplayable for golf in February, we hope to attract a lot of golfers from across the country to the warmth of Melbourne.”

For more information, call 904-379-2697 or email hurricanenews2@gmail.com.