Bluffton Junior Open
Crescent Pointe Golf Club – Bluffton, S.C. April 30-May 1, 2016
On Thurs., April 28, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bluffton, S.C., to host the Bluffton Junior Open at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Sunshine was abundant on both Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the 80s, making for a gorgeous weekend of golf. The HJGT would like to thank Crescent Pointe’s staff for aiding us in hosting a phenomenal event. The Boys 14-18, Girls 14-18, and Boys 11-13 divisions received Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking. The top three in each age division also received invitations to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13. Winners of each division were also invited to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3-4. Finally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year-end honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Alan Smith[/caption] In the Boys 16-18 division, several players were firing on all cylinders by posting scores in the low 70s in round one. One of those players, Quincy Stith of Wichita, Kan., led round one after shooting an even-par 71. Stith was followed closely by Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, N.J., and Nelson Ou of Foshan, China, who both shot one-over-par rounds of 72. Round two consisted of exciting comebacks. Alan Smith of Winchendon, Mass., stayed consistent throughout both rounds of the tournament scoring 73 and 72, respectively, to surge up the leaderboard for the win, his first in five starts on the HJGT this season. His comeback was not made without some stiff competition as six players finished within four strokes of Smith. Parker Stone of Savannah, Ga., finished round two with an impressive score of one-under-par making three birdies on the front nine. This impressive round by Stone, who posted a 76 in round one, moved him up from eighth out of 25 to second. Stone (76-70) and Stith (71-75) tied for second place at 146 (+4).
Boys 14-15 Division
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Jackson Toole[/caption] Round one of the Boys 14-15 Division began as a close race with Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown, N.C., and Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., both tallying rounds of five-over-par 76. Jackson Toole followed close behind with a 77. Toole of Vidalia, Ga., made a comeback on day two making four birdies in his final round to pull out the one-stroke victory over Hancock at 153. Toole is now three-for-three on the HJGT this season in claiming victory Taking third place out of five was Aidan McCloskey of Northboro, Mass., who finished with a two-day total of 162 (76-86, +20).
Boys 11-13 Division
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Jonathan Griz[/caption] South Carolinians Luis Thompson of Charleston and Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island battled it out in their home state in what turned out to be a competitive race. Thompson were nearly neck-and-neck at round one’s end with scores of 75 and 76, respectively. On Sunday, Griz staged a comeback by making three birdies in round two and making par on his last three holes to win by three. Griz posted a two-day total of 148. Winning on the HJGT has become old hat for Griz, who notched his fifth victory in six starts. His lone non-victory was a runner-up finish, as well. Thompson, making his first HJGT start this season, finished in second at 151. Max Green of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place out of eight with a two-day total of 157.
Girls 14-18 Division
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As in other divisions, round one in the Girls 14-18 division was also a very close race with Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, leading at three-over-par 74. Trockel was followed closely behind by Yeon Joo Kim of Seoul, South Korea, at 75. Trockel managed to pull out the victory with a 160 total, highlighted by an even-par back nine of 36 in round one. Vivian Yen of Taipei finished in second place out of seven with a two-day total of 164 (77-87). Kim finished one stroke behind in third place at 165.
Weather for April 30 - May 1
Round 1: Low 72, High 88. Mostly Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph Round 2: Low 73, High 82. Partly Cloudy AM, Mostly Sunny PM, Wind 5-10 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,634 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,634 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,672 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,672 Yards Girls 13U: 5,171 Yards