Augusta Jr. Challenge Nov. 7-8

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Evans, Georgia to host the Augusta Junior Challenge at the Jones Creek Golf Club. The course offered great playing conditions during the first round. The course tried its best to keep up with the rain on Sunday, but was defeated during the final round. The tournament’s second round was eventually cancelled due to impossible playing conditions. This tournament once again had a great turnout from the JPGA. The tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at stake, and winners in each division received an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6 with top 10 finishers receiving points towards year end honors including ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. This week also had South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points available.

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The boys 15-18 division was able to complete 27 holes before the rain shut them down. The rainy conditions did not stop them from posting great scores. Joseph Daniel Kim, from Martinez, Georgia, was the first place finisher, even though he was nine strokes off the lead after round one. He shot well on the second day in the rain, being on pace to shoot two-under par. The wet playing conditions allowed him to stick his approach shots close to the flag, leaving short putts for par and birdie. Christian Garruppo, from Pottersville, New Jersey, tied with Isaac Hergott, from Martinez, Georgia, for the second place finish. They both had a 27-hole total of 117, just one stroke behind Kim. Hergott shot the lowest 18 round score in the group of even par.      

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The winner of the boys 13-14 18-hole division tournament was Mark Long, from Alpharetta, Georgia. Long Shot a 79 on Staurday, along with Shyam Joshi, from Dacula ,Georgia. With only 18 holes counting, it came down to who did better on the 18th hole. Shyam made a saving bogey, but fell short of Long’s par. Shyam ended up finishing second. Taking home the third place trophy was the local, Alex Colligan. He had an 83 on Saturday to secure his victory.        

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The Girls 15-18 division was also only able to record 18 holes over the weekend. Hanna Kiefer, from Germany, took home the first place trophy, with the lowest score of the weekend. She shot an amazing 3-under par on a very challenging course. She only had one bogey on the day with four well-earned birdies. Her putter was her best strength to her success. Reva Morris, from Newbury, Ohio also shot a great round one score of 76, claiming her the second place finish. Her ability to drive the ball helped her get comfortable approach shots on the long holes. Em Haigwood, from Roswell, Georgia, took third with a round of 82. It would have been great to see how she would have played the second day, with her being on the brink of heating up.      

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Ballou Phillips, from Augusta, Georgia took home the first place trophy in the boys 11-12 division. He shot a great score of 78, using his hometown advantage. He knew how to attack the course and the best way to play each hole. Christopher Simkins, from North Augusta, South Carolina, and Patrick Herman, from Martinez, Georgia, tied for second. They may not have shot their all time lowest scores, but the experience was great for these young athletes. All three of these young boys will develop into great golfers.         Weather: Saturday: High 70s, Partly Cloudy, Wind 10-15 MPH Sunday: Mid 50s, Rainy, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,838 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,206 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,666 YDS 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, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference

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