Canongate Series #2
The Traditions of Braselton in Braselton, Georgia
Champions of Canongate
On April 23 and 24, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Jefferson, Ga., to host the Canongate Series #2 at The Traditions of Braselton. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it also provided for a great challenge for one of our larger fields of the season. Winners in all five age divisions received an invitation to the 2016 National Championship on Dec. 3 and 4. Top three in each division also received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Midseason Invitational on June 11-13. The top boys 14-18 and girls 14-18 competitor received four American Junior Golf Association performance stars, while the top three received one. The Girls 13 and under champion was awarded one star. Finally, Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded to all divisions.
Boys 16-18 Division
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In the Boys 16-18 division, Tanner Merck of Gainesville, Ga., took home the first place trophy and had the low score of the tournament. Merck finished the weekend off with an impressive 147 two-day total. Saturday, Merck had a round one score of 73 with three birdies. On day two, Merck posted two birdies to post 74, which was good enough to see him earn a two-stroke victory at tournament’s end. A birdie on the final hole helped to fend off his competition. In second place was Anthony Whobrey from Jefferson, Ga., who shot a two-day total of 149. In round one, Whobrey shot a 73 with four birdies and followed it up with two more birdies for a 76 on Sunday. There was a three way tie for third place out of 27 between Georgia natives David Frank from Dunwoody, Thomas Gerard from Johns Creek, and Wesley Hanson from Macon. Frank had a first day total of a 78, with one eagle and one birdie, and a second day total of a 73, with four birdies. Gerard had a first day total of a 75 with five birdies, and a second day total of a 76, with one birdie. Hanson had a first day total of a 74, with four birdies, and a second day total of a 77, with three birdies.
Boys 14-15 Division
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In the Boys 14-15 age division, Myles Jones of Suwanee, Ga., took home the first place title. Jones finished the weekend off with an impressive 152 two-day total. On Saturday, Jones had a round one score of 77 with one birdie. Jones posted a solid second round score of a 75 that included three birdies, which was good enough to put him one stroke ahead of second. Jones matched his playing partner, Jansen Preston, with birdie on the final hole to seal the victory, his second on the HJGT in 2016. Preston, a Lexington, Ky., native started the tournament off with two birdies that led to a score of a 77 and improved for a 76 on Sunday with two more birdies to take second place out of 23. Blake Parkman from Cumming, Ga., took home the third place title with a two-day total of 154. Parkman opened with a 77 with an eagle and a birdie, and followed it up with another 77. Overall, the Boys 14-15 age division was very competitive this weekend, and all of our top finishers played impressive golf.
Boys 11-13 Division
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In the Boys 11-13 age division, Kevin Park of Johns Creek, Ga., took home the first place trophy, his second on the HJGT this season. Park finished the weekend off with an impressive 158 two-day total. On Saturday, Park posted a 77 with two birdies. Park posted a second round score of an 81, shooting par on all but six holes, which was good enough to see him earn a one-stroke victory. Park had a scare on No. 18 on Sunday in posting double-bogey, but managed to hang on. Deven Patel of Locust Grove, Ga., came in second place with a two-day total of a 159. Patel posted routes of 79 and 80 and had two birdies. Third place out of 13 competitors was taken by Frederick Bruce of Atlanta, Ga., at 164. Bruce had rounds of 85 and 79.
Girls 14-18 Division
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In the Girls 14-18 division, Jillian Bourdage of Tamarac, Fla., finished the tournament in the top spot. Her victory was not a sure thing after her round of 78 placed her four behind the leaders. On Sunday, Bourdage had an impressive turnaround, scoring a one-under-par 71 with one birdie. Bourdage edged out Carol Pyon (74-76) of Macon, Ga., and Skylar Thompson (74-76) of Buford, Ga., by one stroke. The duo shared second place out of 22 in the division. Bourdage’s 71 tied for the low round in any division.
Girls 13U Division
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In the girls 13 and under age division, Sara Im of Duluth, Ga., took home the first place trophy. Im edged out her other 10 competitors thanks to scores of 76 and 75 to put her at 151 (+7). Im was the lone golfer in the division to break 80 twice, and she poured in six total birdies. After a pair of runner-up finishes on the HJGT, the third time was the charm for Im to find the winner’s circle. In second place was Josie Arant of St. Simons Island, Ga., who finished four strokes back at 155. Arant started Sunday in sixth place after an 82, but a division-low round of 73 on Sunday helped her claw back. Savannah Hylton (80-78) of Hilton Head, S.C., and Kyndall Shamblin (77-81) combine for four HJGT victories, but just missed out on a win this weekend in sharing third place.
Weather Saturday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Mid 80’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15: 6,711 yards Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,749 yards Girls 13U: 5,091 yards