On May 7-8, 2016, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Evans, Ga., to host the Bartram Trail Junior Classic at Bartram Trail Golf Course. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for our competitors. Winners in all four age divisions received invitations to the 2016 HJGT National Championship on Dec. 3-4, 2016 and the top three in each division also received invitations to the 2016 HJGT Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) performance stars were awarded to the top five boys 14-18 finishers and top three girls 14-18 finishers. All age divisions were eligible to receive Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking. Finally, the top ten finishers in each age division received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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In the Boys 16-18 division, Hunter Dunagan of Martinez, Ga., took home the first place trophy and was the overall champion of the tournament. Dunagan finished the weekend off with a very impressive 145 two-day total. With rounds of 75 and 70 (a division low), Martinez carded four birdies en route to a two-stroke victory in one of the season’s more competitive fields. Tying for second place out of 39 were past HJGT winners Tanner Merck (75-72, +3) of Gainesville, Ga., and TJ Nolan (74-73, +3) of Rapid City, SD., who both shot a two-day total of 147. In round one, Merck recorded a 75 with three birdies and in round two improved for a 72 with one eagle and two birdies. In round one, Nolan carded a 74 with one eagle and five birdies and in round two improved for a 73 with four birdies.
Boys 14-15 Division
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In the Boys 14-15 division there was a tie for first and a two-hole playoff. Jackson Perry of Dunwoody, Ga., emerged from the playoff on top for his second HJGT victory this season. Perry erased a seven-stroke deficit held by local golfer Tucker Meyer of Evans, Ga., who fell to Perry in the playoff. Perry opened round one with a 78 and was tied for fourth place out of 28. On Sunday, Perry went low for a round of 71 with three birdies. Meyer followed up his 71 in round one with a 78 on Sunday and had six birdies on the weekend. Rounding out the top three was Ty Hutson of Metter, Ga., (78-76, +10) who missed out on the playoff by five strokes.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Ballou Phillips[/caption] In the Boys 11-13 division, Ballou Phillips of Augusta, Ga., finished the tournament in the top spot. Phillips came out on Saturday dropping three birdies on his way to a solid round of 73. On Sunday, Phillips followed it up with two birdies en route to a 75. Phillip’s two-day total was a 148, putting him six strokes in front of second. Bryan Kim of Martinez, Ga., grabbed runner-up honors. In round one, Kim shot an 82 with two birdies and posted a 10-stroke improvement for a 72 with four birdies. In third place out of eight was Luis Thompson of Charleston, S.C. Thompson ended up shooting a two day total of a 157 and carded eight birdies during rounds of 84 and 73.
Girls 14-18 Division
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In the Girls 14-18 age division, Johns Creek, Ga., native Christyn Carr took home the first place trophy with two impressive rounds. On Saturday, Carr set the foundation for a solid two-day total when she carded a 78 that featured two birdies. Carr secured victory when she shot a division-low 75 in round two. At 153, Carr won by four strokes. Finishing in second place out of five was Carol Pyon of Macon, Ga. Pyon owned a two-stroke lead entering Sunday, but followed her 76 with an 81 on Sunday. Pyon recorded just one birdie, but avoided double-bogey or worse on 35 of 36 holes. Finishing in third place was Madison Branum of Lexington, S.C., with a two-day total of 160 (79-81, +16).
Weather for May 7-8 Saturday: High 80’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low 90’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15: 6,607 yards Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,727 yards