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Tournament Recap: The HJGT 54-Hole Challenge

Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy students took the field at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando over the 2017 Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, to compete for three days in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 54-Hole Challenge!

Congratulations to our Full-Time Training Program students for playing like champions on this hot holiday weekend! In Full-Time training, Champion wins are recognized as part of the Red Hat tradition. Tiffany Arafi (2018) from Birsfelden, Switzerland was awarded on the GGGA range for placing 1st in the Girls 14-18 division at the HJGT tournament!

Tiffany Arafi, Full Time GGGA Student

“I was enjoying getting to play again. It had been awhile since I was able to compete.” says Tiffany,  “I wasn’t nervous to play but it was still really nice to have a coach with me throughout the entire tournament… This win is a nice start to the season!”

The coaches at GGGA are what sets us apart from other golf academies. The coaching staff at GGGA is invested in their junior golfers, providing guidance every step of the way, from the first tee. The passion for golf and the art of coaching is what fuels the individualized plans for improvement for each junior golfer. 

Tiffany with Coach Matt Fields

Tiffany is coached by Senior Golf Coach Matt Fields, an expert at coaching junior golfers with over 21 years of experience. “We had one week to prepare, so we focused on what they needed most: bunker, putting and some pre-shot routine.” said Coach Matt Fields, “We didn’t want to change a lot (for the students), but provide the opportunity for them to be prepared to compete.”

From left to right: Coach Grant, Gabe Restrepo, Coach Susie, Zubin Chandra, Alexandre Liu, Tiffany Arafi, Anika Veintemilla, Coach Matt and Kenneth Thu

In addition to this championship win, GGGA had many top finishers including Zubin Chandra (2) and Alexandre Liu (3) in the Boys 16-18, Kenneth Thu (2) and Gabe Restrepo (3) in the Boys 14-15, and Anika Veintemilla (3) in the Girls 14-18!

Check out photos from the tournament on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour – HJGT Facebook page.

Contact us today to learn more about the GGGA Full-Time Training Program for junior golfers – where championship golf and world-renowned academics come together.


Final Results

Boys 16-18 31 players in field          
  Zubin Chandra 2018, Singapore 2 74 68 70 212
  Alexandre Liu 2019, Longpont-sur-Orge 3 73 74 71 218
  William Hartford 2018, La Jolla, CA 4 72 74 77 223
  Diego Buttironi 2018, Leffe T6 79 71 76 226
  Ugen Dorji Bhutan T11 78 81 75 234
  Isidoro Shrem Zaga 2018, Mexico City T13 86 76 75 237
  Nathan Alfie 2018, Mexico City T22 94 78 75 247
  Ryan Ren 2019, Clermont, FL T24 81 87 81 249
  Andrew Justin Tjahjadi 2020, Indonesia T24 83 83 83 249
Boys 14-15 9 players in field          
  Kenneth Thu 2020, Mandalay 2 79 68 66 213
  Gabriel Restrepo 2020, Caracas 3 77 72 69 218
Girls 14-18 18 players in field          
WINNER Tiffany Arafi 2018, Birsfelden 1 70 76 71 217
  Anika Veintemilla 2019, Samborondon 3 76 75 77 228


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