The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled south to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia for the Callaway Gardens Junior Challenge. Callaway Gardens provided for a beautiful setting with two different courses, a lakeside adventure or a mountain hike. Our players competed at the Mountain course, which was home to the PGA Tour Buick Challenge from 1991-2007. The weather presented plenty of obstacles for the competitors, who endured low temperatures, constant wind gusts, and rain throughout the weekend. A competitive field mixed with a challenging course built a great recipe for a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event.
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Kason Partridge[/caption] The Boys 16-18 division had a strong turnout with Kason Partridge defeating 25 other golfers in his first tournament of the year. The local standout from Hamilton, Ga. took home the first place trophy courtesy of a solid Sunday jump up the leaderboard. After a good, sometimes up-and-down, first round of 77, Partridge came back with an even par 72 in round two. After five bogeys, a double bogey, and 2 birdies, Kason sat 2 strokes down after battling the elements on Saturday. Partridge maintained composure throughout the competition, which helped push him over the top for the win. Partridge provided one of the highlights of the tournament, an eagle on the par-5 No. 11 in round two. The second place trophy went to Matt McKenney out of Chattanooga, Ten. McKenney was three shots off the lead after Saturday, but came back with a four-over-par round to snag the second-place trophy. Posting a 10-over-par total under the challenging conditions, McKenney hung on for a one shot lead over third. Third place was split three ways between Tom Murray, Ben Womack, and Austin Mancilla. Both Womack and Murray seemed to struggle with the weather conditions in round one, but began to surge in round two to climb the leaderboard. Mancilla was the opposite, playing well through one round, and struggling a bit in the second round.
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CJ Easley[/caption] The Boys 14-15 division seemed to be over before it was started. C.J. Easley, from Oxford, Miss., took the lead early and never looked back. Easley shot an impressive three-over-par 75 in round one to take a four-shot lead into day two. Easley then took advantage of the beautiful weather to shoot one-over in the final round, resulting in the lowest overall score of 148. The weather seemed to barely affect him as he made six total birdies and stormed away with the title. Easley stuck to his game and never faulted under the growing pressure. Beck Burnette, from Blairsville, Ga., came home with the second-place trophy by posting 13-over-par overall. Burnette played well on the back nine of round one and on the front nine of round two, with only a bogey and a double bogey offsetting 16 pars in that stretch. Burnette also lead the division in total pars. Wilson Andress of Macon, Ga., rounded out the top three. Struggling in round one under the weather conditions, Andress battled back to post three-over-par in round two for a 15-over-par total to take third by four strokes.
The Girls 14-18 division had a three-legged race heading into round two with Keagan Dunn of Buford, Ga., pulling it out to take first. Coming into Sunday, Dunn was tied with third-place finisher Alexis Gopfert, after each posted 86 in the difficult weather conditions on Saturday. Carol Pyon had a great effort in Sunday’s outing as she overtook second, but didn’t have enough gas to pass Dunn. Dunn drove the ball well all weekend and nearly doubled the competition in pars, posting 20. Emma Bell, from Braselton, Ga., posted the lowest score on Sunday with a round of 82 and had the most birdies, but couldn’t overcome her struggles on day one as she missed out on third.
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Kevin Park[/caption] The Boys 11-13 age division started with Kevin Park and ended with Kevin Park. Park led by two strokes entering Sunday, where he went on to churn out an 85 to take first by six strokes. Park also led the way with the most pars. The Johnscreek, Ga., native never gave the lead up once he grabbed it. Park played well and relied on his irons to give him a comfortable lead over Tejas Sudhakar and Tejas Reddy, who finished second and third, respectively. Sudhakar played well over the course of the tournament, but could not catch Park in the end. Posting a 93 in round one, Sudhakar played better in round two shaving off four strokes to break 90. Reddy finished 2 strokes behind Sudhaka and eight off of Park.
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Kyndall Shamblin[/caption] The Girls 13 and under age division champion was Kyndall Shamblin of Cleveland, Ten. By posting an 87 on Saturday, Shamblin held a multiple-stroke lead throughout Sunday over fellow competitors, Iris Cao and Aly Francis. The threesome composed the entire field and thusly all received first- through third-place trophies. The girls were battle tested on day one, but grinded it out in challenging weather. Shamblin took an eight-stroke lead into Sunday where she held off the others with an 89 in round two. Cao led the three in most pars made for the tournament. Shamblin’s weekend was highlighted with two birdies. In total, Shamblin finished at 32-over-par, Cao at 39-over and Francis at 49-over for the tournament.
Saturday: Low 30s, Mostly Cloudy, Winds 17-23 MPH
Sunday: Low 50s, Sunny, Winds 4-8 MPH
Boys 16-18 - 6,705 Yards
Boys 14-15 - 6,705 Yards
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13- 5,696 Yards
Girls 13U - 5,059 Yards