The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Locust Grove, Georgia on June 7-8 for the Canongate Series #4 at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club. Players had perfect weather both days as temperatures were in the mid 80’s and it was sunny both days. Each of the four age division completed 36 holes during the two day tournament. Winners in each division competed for spots in the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and the 2014 Tour Championship. The Top 10 finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. In addition, players also competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points. Boys 15-18
In the Boys 15-18 division, Jackson Lawler of Peachtree City, GA won in dramatic fashion on the second playoff hole. Lawler shot 73-77 for a two day total of 150 and was able to beat Hunter Fry of Dacula, GA on the second playoff hole. Fry shot 71-79 to get into the playoff, but Lawler made a par on the second playoff hole to capture the victory. Both players bogied the first playoff hole to extend the playoff, and Lawler stuck his approach to about 15 feet and two-putted for the victory. Lawler entered the second round two shots back of Fry, and got off to a solid start on day two, beginning the round with seven consecutive pars and a birdie on hole nine to shoot a par 36 on the front nine. Just one shot back from both Lawler and Fry was a three way tie for third place. Aubrey Holloway of Fayetteville, GA shot 76-75, Jun Lee of Duluth, GA shot 78-73, and Trey Pearson of Dacula, GA shot 75-76 to finish with a three way tie for third. Fry led the field this week with seven birdies made over both rounds. Jackson Wilkins of McDonough, GA was the most improved from round one to round two in the older boys division when he improved his score by twelve shots. Wilkins shot 106 on day one but came back nicely and shot 94 in round two.
Girls 15-18 In the Girls 15-18 division Jenny Bae of Lawrenceville, GA took home another victory after shooting 75-77 for a two day total of 152. Bae birdied holes eight and nine on her second round, cruising to a three stroke victory. Bae has played in three HJGT tournaments this season and has won all three times. Finishing three shots behind Bae was Anna Greer of Tifton, GA. Greer shot 76-79 for a two day total of 155, and also led the older girls division with six birdies. Finishing in third place in the older girls division was Grace Choi of Buford, GA who shot 81-79 for a two day total of 160. Louise Yu of Duluth, GA finished tied for fifth after improving her score by nine strokes from round one to round two. Yu shot 87 in round one and rebounded to shoot 78 in round two to finish fifth
Boys 11-14 In the Boys 11-14 division, Robert Howard of Acworth, GA outlasted the field and won by one stroke over Gavin Noble of Ringgold, GA and Stephen Foernsler of Cumming, GA. Howard fired a two-under par 70 on day one including five birdies, and shot 77 on day two for a two day total of 147. Noble had two solid rounds of 72-76 to take home second place and also led the field in birdies with seven. Foernsler shot 74 both days to tie for second with a two day total of 148. Finishing in a tie for fourth was Ethan Hagood of Birmingham, AL and Carson Whitton of Newnan, GA. Both Hagood and Whitton shot 74 in the first round and 80 in the final round to finish with two day totals of 154. Mohit Balaji of Johns Creek, GA was the most improved in the younger boys division. Balaji began the tournament with a 102 in round one, but improved by eight shots in round two when he fired a 94.
Girls 11-14 In the Girls 11-14 division Angela Deng of Marietta, GA cruised to a seven shot victory after two impressive rounds of 75-79 for a two day total of 154. With the victory Deng earned 1 AJGA performance star. Coming in a tie for second was Carol Pyon of Maron, GA and Ashley Shim of Newnan, GA. Pyon shot 81-80 and Shim shot 84-77 to finish with two day totals of 161. Deng also led the field this week as she carded five birdies over the two rounds, including four in the first round when she shot 75. Liza Eubanks of Peachtree City, GA bounced back nicely and dropped the most strokes from round 1 to round 2. After shooting 99 in round one Eubanks came back strong on day two to shoot 90. Weather: Day 1: Mid 80’s, sunny, little wind Day 2: Mid 80’s, sunny, and breezy Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,855 Girls 15-18: 5,684 Boys 11-14: 6,162 Girls 11-14: 5,172 About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org. Call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at 904-379-2697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.