Self and Lawrence tie in rain shortened event Bailey wins by two strokes
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Aiken, SC on March 15-16 for the Carolina Spring Challenge. The rain on Sunday proved too much and the tournament was called after only 18 holes completed due to unplayable conditions. The Girls 11-14 division winner earned one AJGA performance star. All winners in the divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top ten finishers received points towards end of the year honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points were awarded to the field as well.
With the shortened tournament due to the rain on Sunday, round one was very critical for all the players in the field. In the Boys 15-18 division, Coleman Self of Greenwood, SC and Joey Lawrence of Augusta, GA both tied for first place with scores of 75. Self and Lawrence each had two birdies. Lawrence played well until the last hole where he double bogeyed. There was no second place handed out due to having co-champions. Thus, third place was a four way tie between Russel Sabol of Martinez, GA, Zack Heustess of Lexington, SC, Colby Bradley of Graniteville, SC, and Hector Gutierrez of Mexico. Sabol and Gutierrez each had one birdie. Heustess had one birdie and an impressive eagle on the tough 5th hole. Bradley had two birdies, one on hole 11 and 13. Sabol, Heustess, Bradley and Gutierrez all posted scores of 77.
The Girls 15-18 division was a close battle. Ragan Bailey of Waynesboro, GA defeated Xime Name of Mexico and Macy Cochran of Evans, GA. Bailey posted a score of 83 with two birdies on holes two and five. Name finished in second with a score of 85. Name also had two birdies, on the back nine holes of 12 and 14. Third place went to Cochran after posting a score of 92. Cochran didn’t have a birdie but did par seven of the 18 holes, the most in the division.
The Boys 11-14 division also had co-champions. Preston Topper of Suwanee, GA and Walker Jones of Sumter, SC each posted a score of 82. The boys both had one birdie, Topper getting his on the front nine and Jones getting his on the back nine. Phil Jones finished two strokes back from the lead to capture third place with a score of 84. He had seven pars in the round as well.
Emily Dunlap of Greenville, SC earned the Girls 11-14 division title finishing with a score of 83. She recorded two birdies on the par three holes of three and 17. Keagan Dunn of Buford, GA added another top five finish to her resume by capturing second place. She fired an 85, two strokes off the first place. Dunn had eight pars throughout the event to lead the division. Rounding out the top three was Kendall Smith of Martinez, GA. She posted a 93 with five pars. Weather: Day 1- High of 73, low of 53 with no precipitation and wind gust of 8 mph. Day 2- High of 61, low of 47 with rain all day and wind gusts of 12 mph. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,840 yards Boys 11-14: 6,100 yards Girls 15-18: 5,750 yards Girls 11-14: 5,270 yards 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 11-14 and Girls 15-18. 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, 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.