The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Hilton Head, SC on September 6-7, 2014 for the Golden Bear Junior Challenge. There was fine weather both days, except for a 2 hour lightning delay during the second round. Players competed for an invitation to the Tour Championship at the end of the season. In addition Top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. The Boys 15-18 division winner received 4 AJGA Performance Stars and the top five received 1 AJGA Performance Star. The Girls 15-18 winner also received AJGA Performance Stars. This tournament was also ranking by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Rankings. Boys 15-18
In the Boys 15-18 division, Travis Mancill of Hilton Head Island, SC was victorious after firing a two day total of 147 with a 73 in the first round and followed it up with a 74 in the second. In the first round 73, Travis had no trouble getting around the front nine, only having one bogey and eight pars. He had a rough start on the back nine, bogeying numbers 10 and 11 but showed poise down the stretch birdying 4 of his last 5 holes, with a slight hiccup on 17 with a bogey. In his second round 74 Travis had a rough start double bogeying number 2 but responded quickly with a birdie on number 3. He would go on to make one more birdie in his front nine to answer his bogey on 5. Travis' back nine, once again, showed his consistency having only one bogey with eight pars. In second place was Scott Odell out of Claxton, GA firing a 77 in the first round, with two birdies, 3 bogeys, and two doubles. Scott had a strong performance in the second with an even par 72, having four bogeys and four birdies on the day. Rounding out the field in third place this weekend was Drew Smith, another Georgian out of Decatur. Drew had a two day total of 150 showing consistency in his play firing 75 in both rounds. In his first round he had two bogeys, one double, and one birdie. On Sunday, Drew had four bogeys and one birdie. Boys 11-14
In the Boys 11-14 year old division, Bumin Choi from Gyeonggi-do, South Korea took home first place with a two round total 178 at the Golden Bear Junior Challenge in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Bumin had four birdies in his first round leaving him with first round total 73. Bumin fired a second round 75 with two birdies on holes eight and nine to make the turn at even par. Bumin has played in eight events with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and has finished in the top 10 in all eight events including a win, a second place finish, and a tie for third. Bumin carries a 78.1 scoring average with the tour. In second place was Lucas Park from Brazil. Lucas fired a two day total of 152. After struggling early he came back with two birdies and finished his back nine at one under par. This was Lucas’ first tournament with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and he clearly showed poise pressure. In third place we had Daniel Azallion from Hilton Head Island, SC. Daniel put up a two day total of 156, with an impressive 34 over his final 9 holes. Girls 15-18
This year's champion after a six-hole sudden death playoff against Sophie Guo at Golden Bear Golf Club was Isidora Quevedo from Santiago, Chile. Both players matched each other shot for shot during the first 5 holes of the playoff, until an errant tee shot by Guo helped Quevedo secure the victory. Quevedo led her age division with five birdies and has won twice on tour this year. Guo, the other front runner, played in an older age division during this tournament and showed she can play with the older girls. She also shot a 150 for her two-day total and finished second at the Hilton Head Junior Shootout. Coming in at a close third, Anita Uwadia, shot a 152 two-day total. The ladies persevered through humid conditions and a two-hour weather delay on Sunday. Overall, the entire girls' division played well and had fun. Girls 11-14
Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, South Carolina defeated her competitor in the Girls 11-14 division at Golden Bear in Hilton Head Island, SC through the two days of competition. Burnett was consistent over the two days, scoring 88 in the first round and 89 on the second round. Burnett ended the weekend with a total of 13 pars, wrapping up the weekend with a total score of 177. This 12 year old has posted total of three-second places on our tour and another first place finish at the Charleston Junior Shootout Presented by GolfDotz. Second place this weekend was Michaela Kaigler with a total score of 236. Kaigler parred four holes on her first tournament with HJGT. Weather: Day one: Hot with mostly sunny conditions throughout the day. High’s in the low 90’s Day two: Hot with mostly sunny conditions despite a 2 hour lightning delay. High’s in the upper 80’s About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org. Call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at 904-379-2697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.