Jacksonville, FL (Dec. 3, 2012)- Through one of the most exciting seasons in HJGT history, came an even more exciting finish. The 2012 All HJGT team was not decided until the final putt dropped in the last eligible tournament in Hilton Head. The top 3 players with the most Player of the Year points, in each division, at the end of the season are selected to make up the 2012 All HJGT Team. This year’s team surely represents the players on the tour who have played at a high level throughout the whole year. The player in each division who finishes with the most points at the end of the season is then named the GolfHoliday.com Player of the Year. Golfholiday.com has partnered with the HJGT to provide the Players of the Year with a free two night stay, including two free rounds of golf, in the beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. The players were not only competing for the free trip to Myrtle Beach, but also for the recognition of being the best player on tour for 2012.
The Boys 15-18 division was filled with drama and excitement, as it was not known who would win Player of the Year honors until the final round at the Identi Club Jr. Challenge in Hilton Head, SC this past weekend.Ewen Ferguson came into the event needing a victory, with some help, to secure the title and he did just that. Ferguson won the event by way of a playoff to pass Gonzalo Martinez and take the title of Player of the Year. Ferguson’s play on tour throughout the season was nothing short of phenomenal. Out of the 10 events that he played in, he finished in the top 5 of 8 and won 4. One of his keys to a successful season was his par 5 play, averaging an impressive 4.95 on the par 5’s he played. The Scotland native never counted himself out of an event even if the odds were not in his favor. Ferguson, a JPGA attendee, had a 73.67 scoring average highlighted by a low round of 68 at the South Georgia Junior Classic on October 6th. Gonzalo Martinez finished second in the points standings by only about 400 points. Martinez, the Mexico City native, played well on tour throughout the season finishing with 3 tour victories and 6 top 5 finishes. He has signed with the University of South Carolina-Aiken to play next year and will be a valuable asset to their team. Toks Pedro, from Nigeria, finished the year in 3rd place on the points standings and also on the All HJGT Team. Pedro recorded his only tour victory at the Kikkor Golf Series event at the Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head, SC. Pedro also finished with 6 top 5 finishes and a scoring average of 74.65 en route to his third place finish.
The Girls 15-18 division was led by the consistent play of IsidoraQuevedo, from Chile. Quevedo finished the year with the most top 5 finishes in her division with 11. Quevedo led her division in total birdies made with 36, averaging just over one per round. She was able to cap off her amazing season with her first tour victory in Hilton Head, SC at the Identi Club Jr. Challenge this past weekend. Quevedo looks to have a strong performance at the Tour Championship this coming weekend, and hopes to use her victory as momentum coming into the weekend. So Young Hwang, from Bradenton, FL, finished second in total points earning her a spot on the All HJGT Team. Hwang has not played an HJGT event since the end of April, but she was explosive in those previous events. She came into the season as the reigning Tour Champion and started right where she left off. In five 2012 events, she was victorious in two and took second in two others. Hwang will not be competing in the 2012 Tour Championship, but we wish her luck as she moves forward in her golf career. Anita Uwadia, from Lagos, Nigeria, fought her way into the third spot on the end of the year rankings. Uwadia finished second at the Identi Club Jr. Challenge to climb her way onto the All HJGT Team. Uwadia also had an impressive 8 top 5 finishes in her division.
The Boys 11-14 division GolfHoliday.com Player of the Year is Hunter Dunagan. Dunagan, the Martinez, GA native, played in an impressive 17 events and finished in the top 5 of all of them. He led all of the HJGT tour members with 7 victories on the year, highlighted by 4 straight from February through March. Dunagan was a two-time major champion this year, with his second coming by way of a 6-hole playoff victory over Josh Lewis at Bradshaw Farms. He posted a scoring average of 74.06 this season, which included 21 rounds under 75. Josh Lewis finished in second this year with points coming from an HJGT most, 20 events played. Lewis hit his peak towards the end of the season, winning 6 of his final 10 events. Lewis carded a low round of 67 on his way to victory at the South Florida Junior Classic in mid-November. Lewis also led his division with 88 birdies made throughout the course of the season. Zak Butt, the Summerville, SC native, rounds out the Boys 11-14 All HJGT qualifiers, finishing third behind Dunagan and Lewis. Butt played in 9 events this year, and was victorious 6 of them. He finished the season strong, winning the last four events he played in leading up the Tour Championship.Butt also led his division in scoring average for the season averaging an impressive 72.78.
The Girls 11-14 division was just as competitive as all the others, with the top 3 finishers all within reach of each others. Paige Lee Garris led the way in the division finishing solidly in first place to claim the GolfHoliday.com prize package. Garris, from West Palm Beach, FL, finished the year with12 top 3 finishes highlighted by 5 tour victories. Garris led her division in total birdies made, top 10 finishes, and also total victories. One of her five victories was at the 54 Hole Mid Season Championship, one of five majors on the HJGT schedule. Abby Burditt finished in second place and thus qualifies herself for the All HJGT Team. Burditt played in 8 events throughout the year and recorded 4 tour victories. She won four of the last 5 events that she played in and hopes to carry that momentum into the Tour Championship. Hannah Berman, the Jacksonville, FL, native, rounds out the Girls 11-14All HJGT Team, finishing just 225 points behind Abby Burditt. Berman had 6 top 10 finishes this year, including 3 victories. Berman posted a low round of 75 on her way to an 83.17 scoring average. Congratulations to all of these girls on their hard work throughout the season. 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast, with stops in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.