The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Statham, Georgia on November 22-23 for the Athens Junior Shootout presented by Frogg Toggs.The event was shortened to 18 holes after much rainfall Saturday night continuing into Sunday morning. Play was halted at 9:10am on Sunday morning due to unplayable conditions. Players battled windy and cold weather on Saturday.
S.M. Lee of Buford, GA took control of the Boys 15-18 Division from the start on Saturday morning. Lee birdied his opening hole and would add six more birdies on the day to card an impressive 66 (-6). Lee’s only mistake of the day was a bogey on his 12th hole, but Lee would rebound with three consecutive birdies on his 14th, 15th, and 16th holes. Lee, who hit 17 of 18 greens on Saturday, was coming off a win at the College Prep Series at UGA earlier this month. Behind Lee was Will Kahlstorf of Athens, GA who carded a 74 (+2) on Saturday. Kahlstorf would make two birdies on his round both on the par 5 6th hole and 16th holes. Spencer Haigwood of Roswell, GA would finish 3rd in the Boys 15-18 Division just one shot back of Kahlstorf with a 75. Haigwood, who is extremely long off the tee, was able to get off to a fast start on Saturday with birdies on two of his first four holes. Lee would lead in several categories including par 4 scoring (3.7) and par 5 scoring (4.0). Connor Conkel and Jordan Rodriguez would both tie in most pars made on Saturday with 13.
Christyn Carr of Johns Creek, GA would took a two shot victory in the Girls 15-18 Division after carding a 76 (+4) on Saturday. Carr, came into the weekend with three previous wins including a victory at the Girls Mid Season Invitational. Carr would get off to a slow start on Saturday with double bogeys on her 2nd and 3rd holes, but rebounded with two birdies on 6 and 7 to card a 38 on her opening nine. She led in par 4 scoring averaging 4.2 shots on Saturday. Carr would credit her confidence and sticking to her game plan after her victory. Behind Carr in the Girls 15-18 Division were Annika Blanton of Dacula, GA and Anna Buchanan of Athens, GA. Blanton and Buchanan would both shoot 78 (+6) on Saturday. Blanton held the lead for much of the day on Saturday after going out in 38. Blanton would add a birdie on her 11th hole, but stumbled coming in to close with a 40 on her closing nine holes. Emma Bell, Annika Blanton, Anna Buchanan, Christyn Carr, and Lizzie Reedy would tie for the most birdies made on Saturday with two. Emma Bell and Kelsey Kurnett would lead in par 5 scoring averaging an impressive 4.8 shots.
The Boys 11-14 Division was an extremely tight battle on Saturday. Joe Dumphy would come away with a one shot victory after carding an impressive 73 (+1). Dumphy, who began his round on the 10th hole, would go out in 40, but bounced back with birdies on his 10th, 12th, and 13th holes to come in with a 33. Behind Dumphy on the scoreboard was Takafumi Shimoji who would card a 74 on Saturday which included three bogies and one birdie. JT Smith would finish 3rd in the Boys 11-14 Division after carding a 77. Gavin Clements, Joe Dumphy, and Thacher Neal would tie for the most birdies made on Saturday with three total. Gavin Clements and Joe Dumphy would lead in par 3 scoring with an impressive 2.8 scoring average. Takafumi Shimoji would lead in par 4 scoring averaging 4.2 strokes. Gavin Clements, Joe Dumphy, Nicholas Gibson, JT Smith, and James Walton would all lead in par 5 scoring averaging 4.8 shots.
The Girls 11-14 Division was another close battle with Rachel Kuehn of Ashville, NC coming away with her second win of the 2014 season. Kuehn commented that she got off to a less than stellar start on Saturday with a bogey on her opening hole and a double bogey on her 2nd hole, but bounced back with a birdie on her 3rd, 6th, and 13th holes to finish with a 76 (+4). Keagan Dunn of Buford, GA was behind Kuehn on the leaderboard after carding a 78 on Saturday. Skylar Thompson of Buford, GA would finish in 3rd in the Girls 11-14 Division after carding a 79. Kuehn would lead statistically in several categories in the Girls 11-14 Division including most birdies (3), bogey free streak of 10 holes, and would tie in par 4 scoring average with Angela Deng at 4.3 shots. Charli York of Johns Creek, GA would lead in par 5 scoring averaging an impressive 4.5 shots. Skylar Thompson would lead in par 3 scoring averaging 3.0 shots. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6, 748 Girls 15-18 Division: 5, 703 Boys 11-14 Division: 6,038 Girls 11-14 Division: 5,188 Weather: Saturday: Low 35. High 55. Mostly sunny. Winds 10-15 mph. 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 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 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