54 Hole Challenge at Brickyard – February 14-16, 2015
Zediker run away with victory Andress outduels Cho in final round Pyon sisters finish first and second in their divisions
(February 16, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) traveled to Macon, Georgia on February 14-16 for the 54 Hole Challenge at Brickyard. Players battled cold and windy conditions all three rounds until all players finished 54 holes. They also battled unbelievably fast green conditions seemingly rolling close to the speed of a sheet of glass. Winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 National Championship December 5-6, 2015. The top 3 in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 20-22, 2015. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division saw our eventual champion, Zach Zediker, led his field from start to finish in a hometown showing at The Brickyard at Riverside in Macon, GA. Zediker opened his weekend up with a first round low 77 on a day with temperatures in the 40s and winds reaching up to 20 MPH. That would be the highest round score he would put up this weekend. Zediker would follow up his 77 on Saturday with a tournament-low par 72 on Sunday, a tournament clinching 74 on Monday, and a winning score of 223. With the majority of the field struggling to find their putting strokes on tabletop greens, Zediker finished an unbelievable 42 of 54 holes with a par or better. At one point, Zediker went 17 straight holes bogey free. The next longest bogey free streak was seven by Jake Lawson, the eventual third place finisher. Coming in behind Zediker for second was Gunter Jordan of Calhoun, GA who also impressively finished all three of his rounds in the 70s. To put that in perspective, of the 61 rounds completed over the weekend, only 12 rounds finished below the 80 mark (Zediker and Jordan combined for six of those). Jordan finished his first round with a 78, his second with a 79, his third with a 78, and finished with a total of 235, 12 strokes behind Zediker. Jordan finished tied for second in his field with Zediker for most birdies with six, one behind birdie leader Hunter Hester of Peachtree City, GA. Third place finished in a tie between Jake Lawson of Atlanta, GA, and Austin Rains of Acworth, GA with a total of 239.
In the Girls 15-18 division, champion Carol Pyon, also in her hometown of Macon, GA, cruised her way to victory leading her field with the low score on all three days of the tournament. Coming into Monday with a seven stroke lead over eventual second place finisher, Skylar Thompson of Buford, GA, Pyon would clinch her victory with a field-low round 81. Pyon’s key to victory would come to be her ability to avoid big number holes. After her 54 holes, Pyon would end up only scoring a number bigger than six just once. Every other player in her field would put up numbers bigger than six at least five times. Skylar Thompson rolled into second place with a three-day total of 270. After posting back-to-back 88s on Saturday and Sunday, Thompson stayed late into the twilight hours Sunday evening perfecting her stroke on the putting green. The extra work would pay off with an 83 on Monday and sealing a second place finish. Thompson led her field with a par three average of 3.3, a definite key to her success. Rounding out the top three was Tyler Dawson of Woodstock, GA with a three round total of 270.
Also in his hometown of Macon, GA, Wilson Andress would enter Monday with a two-stroke lead over Brandon Cho of Suwanee, GA. Being in the same pairing, the two would spend their third round duking it out with an intensity and focus rivaling that of true professionals. Due to a shotgun start, the pair would start the day on hole eight. Cho would take the lead after Andress put up a double bogey on eight and a bogey on nine just two holes into play. But Cho’s time on top would prove to be short lived as Andress soon found his stroke. Andress would par nine of the next ten holes while Cho put up three bogeys. Andress would put his nail in the coffin with a birdie on the par three fifth hole (their 16th hole) and all but cement his place as champion of the Boys 13-14 division. Andress can credit his championship performance to strong, consistent play paring 34 of his 54 holes, leading his division in that category, and the ability to hit the long ball and hit it accurately; also leading his division with a par five average score of 5.2, tied with Evan Bone of Louisville, KY in that category. Andress finished with a three round total of 239, Cho a total of 242, and coming in third was Noah Zediker, younger brother of the Boys 15-18 champion Zach Zediker, with a total of 253. Zediker led his division with the most birdies, 7, but can blame his third place finish on his first round 92. Zediker can also credit his third place finish to his division-low round of 77 he posted on Monday, launching him into third place just one stroke ahead of the fourth place finisher, Evan Bone.
While playing the whole weekend at yardages set for the Girls 15-18 division, the Girls 11-14 division saw Ashley Shim of Newnan, GA, a 2022 graduate, lead her field with low scores in all three rounds and roll onward to victory at the conclusion of the 54 Hole Challenge at Brickyard. After a 94 on Saturday, Shim would impress everyone on Sunday with her stellar play and also with the poise she showed at such a young age. Shim would turn in her card Sunday with an impressive four birdies on it. She followed her 89 on Sunday with an 88 on Monday ending her tournament with a total of 271. Finishing in second place was Eujin Pyon, younger sister of the Girls 15-18 division champion Carol Pyon. Pyon’s success came on the massively elongated par fives where she averaged an impressive average score of 6.1 to lead her division in that category. Pyon finished with a three round total of 287. Brooke Krieg of Danville, GA finished third with a three round total of 338. Considering how long The Brickyard was playing for Girls 11-14 and the ridiculous speeds on the greens, these three young ladies held their own and never backed down to a course that would take down the best of players under these conditions.
The Boys 11-12 division saw its two competitors, Evan Reed of Shelbyville, TN, and Caleb DeBass of Forest, VA, fighting for first since day one. Both Reed and DeBass would finish with a respectable two birdies on a monster of course for boys of their age. Reed would end up pulling away with the victory when it was all said and done. He would find a way to separate himself on the par fours with an average score of a 4.8 compared to Debass’ average score of 5.4. The two’s averages were nearly the same on the par threes and par fives. Reed, a 2022 graduate, finished his rounds with a, considering the conditions, unbelievable 86, 88, 87 and a total of 261. DeBass, a 2021 graduate, would finish his round with an impressive 91, 91, 97 and a total of 279. Both boys showed tremendous grit and undeniable determination to best a course that gave no breaks and allowed no room for error. Weather: Day 1- Mid 40’s and 50’s, Partly Cloudy, winds 10-20 MPH Day 2- Mid 40’s, Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Day 3 – Mid 40’s, Cloudy, winds 0-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,500 yards Boys 13-14-5,902 yards Girls 15-18, Girls 11-14, Boys 11-12-5,600 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference