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 16-1831 players in field     
 Zubin Chandra 2018, Singapore2746870212
 Alexandre Liu 2019, Longpont-sur-Orge3737471218
 William Hartford 2018, La Jolla, CA4727477223
 Diego Buttironi 2018, LeffeT6797176226
 Ugen Dorji BhutanT11788175234
 Isidoro Shrem Zaga 2018, Mexico CityT13867675237
 Nathan Alfie 2018, Mexico CityT22947875247
 Ryan Ren 2019, Clermont, FLT24818781249
 Andrew Justin Tjahjadi 2020, IndonesiaT24838383249
Boys 14-159 players in field     
 Kenneth Thu 2020, Mandalay2796866213
 Gabriel Restrepo 2020, Caracas3777269218
Girls 14-1818 players in field     
WINNERTiffany Arafi 2018, Birsfelden1707671217
 Anika Veintemilla 2019, Samborondon3767577228