Bayer fires low for win Bae outlasts competition
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Jefferson, Georgia on April 26-27 for the second Canongate series event. The weekend boasted warm weather conditions for the competitors on the very tough Traditions of Braselton golf course. Winners from the divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and Tour Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers received points towards end of the year honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. The top ten finishers also earned points towards the Canongate series finale. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the Boys 15-18 division winner and the top ten percent of the field earned one Performance Star. One Performance Star was awarded to the winner of the Boys 11-14 division as well as the Girls 11-14 division. Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points were awarded to all divisions as well.
Coming back to claim first place in the Boys 15-18 division was Jake Bayer of Lawrenceville, Georgia. On Saturday he fired an impressive round of 73, just two strokes off the lead. On Sunday he came out determined. This focus led to a below par round of 71. During the under par round, Bayer had five birdies including four on the front nine. He was able to finish the tournament with a weekend total of 144, even par. Alex Markham of Dacula, Georgia finished in second place. After round one, he held the lead by posting a one under, 71. He was unable to hold onto the lead during round two by carding a 77. Markham finished with a weekend total of 148 including four birdies and 26 pars, the most in the division. The highlight of Markham’s tournament was posting birdie on the 18th hole during both days. Finishing in third place was Will Hicks of Camden, South Carolina. Hicks had five birdies on each day of competition; this was the most in the division. Like Markham, Hicks also carded birdie on the 18th hole both days. His first round score was a 73 and he followed that up with a 76 on Sunday for a weekend total of 149.
Running away with the Girls 15-18 division was Jenny Bae of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Bae was able to keep her competitors within sight. At the end of round one, Bae was two strokes off the lead after firing an 81. To secure the win, Bae was able to eliminate many of her high scores and exchange them for pars or better. These low scores allowed her to post an exceptional even par round of 72 for a weekend total of 153. Throughout the tournament Bae carded five birdies and 20 pars, the most in the division. Finishing in second place was Jordyn Sims of Berkeley Lake, Georgia. Sims was consistent in the event scoring an 82 and 79 for a weekend total of 161. She recorded four birdies on the weekend, including two back to back on Sunday. After holding onto the overnight lead, Jordan Daniel of Sharpsburg, Georgia finished in third place. She had rounds of 79 and 96 for a weekend total of 175. Daniel posted two birdies on the weekend, both on the long par five, second hole.
The Boys 11-14 division was extremely close all weekend. Throughout the weekend, Luka Karaulic of Lawrenceville, Georgia and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia went back and forth. In the end, Karaulic was able to go low and secure the win. He had rounds of 73 and an impressive 69. He was strong and consistent all weekend with nine birdies and 21 pars. On Sunday, Karaulic posted birdies on three of the five par threes. He finished with a weekend total of 142, two under par. Finishing just one stroke behind Karaulic was Vilips. He had rounds of 72 and 71 that were just not enough to catch Karaulic. Vilips also finished with nine birdies including three in a row on the front nine on Saturday. He had 22 pars on the weekend, the most in the division. Finishing one stroke behind Vilips was Hunter Hatsavongsa of Suwanee, Georgia. He bettered his first round score by six strokes when he fired a 69 on Sunday. Hatsavongsa had ten birdies on the weekend, the most in the division. Seven of his birdies occurred on Sunday. He finished with a weekend total of 144.
Ending with an exciting playoff finish was the Girls 11-14 division. After 36 holes, Christyn Carr of Johns Creek, Georgia and Lizzie Reedy of Marietta, Georgia were knotted at 156. They headed to hole one where Carr recorded a par to secure the win over Reedy. Carr had two very consistent rounds of 77 and 79. She carded four birdies on the weekend, which was the most in the division. Two of the birdies occurred back to back during Saturday’s back nine. Carr was able to fire in the 70’s due to her 20 pars, the most in the division. Reedy, finishing in second place was able to come from behind to force the playoff. During Saturday’s round she posted an 84. On Sunday she came out firing long and straight to record an even par 72. Although she lost in the playoff, her 12 stroke improvement was phenomenal. This improvement was due to three birdies and an eagle on hole two. Finishing in third place was Diana Liu of John’s Creek, Georgia. She carded an 84 on Saturday and followed it up with an 81 on Sunday for a weekend total of 165. Liu posted her consistent scores with the help of 2 birdies this weekend, both occurring on the back nine. Weather: Day 1- High 50’s in the morning, low 80’s in the afternoon. Sunny with a slight breeze Day 2- Low 60’s in the morning, mid-80’s in the afternoon. Sunny in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon with a slight breeze Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,704 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 15-18: 5,750 yards Girls 11-14: 5,114 yards 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.