Charleston Junior Shootout – February 7 -February 8, 2015
Holden Grigg claims victory in a playoff Jan Schneider wins by one stroke
(February 8, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) visited the historic Stono Ferry Golf Course to hold the Charleston Junior Shootout this weekend in Hollywood, SC. Day one was slowed by a frost delay, but everything heated up once we were able to tee off. The top 3 of each division will get an invite to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational at Chateau Elan and the winners in each division are invited to the 2015 HJGT National Championship.
Navigating the tight fairways and tall trees was a challenge for all players. After the first day in the Boys 15-18 division, Jan Schneider of Hilton Head, SC and Javier Prensa also from Hilton Head were all tied up at 74, +2. Although Javier lead the division with an impressive three hole streak of birdie or better he was defeated by one stroke to the winner Jan Schneider who shot a 79 +7 on day two to take the crown and receive 1,000 hurricane cup points in the Boys 15-18 division. Javier Prensa took silver and received 700 hurricane cup points with his second round score of 80, +8. Javier led the division with a total of eight birdies. Rounding out the top three at the Charleston Junior Shootout was Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, NJ. Christian bounced back after shooting an 81, +9 on the first day, slicing off six strokes to earn him third place and 550 hurricane cup points. The battle in the Boys 15-18 division came down to the 36th hole.
In the Girls 15-18 division, our winner Keagan Dunn of Buford, GA shot an 87 on both days to claim first place. On the first day Keagan went out at 46, +10 and cut five strokes off of her back nine to finish with an 87. On day two, Keagan started her first ten holes with a score of five to eventually end her round with an 87. There was a two way tie for second with Madison Branum of Lexington, SC and Ana Orlov of Annapolis, MD both ending up with a total of 175. Madison started off her first day shooting an impressive 82, but struggled on day two with the windy conditions to end her tournament with a 93, +21. Ana Orlov lead the Girls 15-18 division with two birdies both on day one to shoot an 86. Watching these ladies battle for the division was a sight to see.
The Boys 13-14 division was also a tight race to the finish, coming down to a two hole sudden death playoff to decide the victor of the division on Sunday. Holden Grigg of Myrtle Beach, SC and Caden Edwards of Hilton Head, SC needed a 37th hole to decide the champion for this division, both young men shot a total of 171 to force the playoff. Holden pulled out the victory on the second playoff hole draining a ten foot birdie putt after striking the flag stick off the tee to secure his first place trophy and 1,000 points. Holden Grigg shot a first round score of 88, +16. On Sunday, Holden buckled down and fought the tough conditions to cut his first round score by 5 and end up with an 83, +11. Caden Edwards remained consistent throughout Stono Ferry’s tough fairways to shoot 86, +14 on day one and 85, +13 on day two. Aiden McCloskey of Northboro, MA finished in third place with a total score of 175. Aiden began his tournament with an 87, +15 and finished on Sunday with an 88. +16. After it was all said and done the Boys 13-14 division was decided by an exciting finish.
The Girls 11-14 division showed some great golfers with a lot of potential this weekend. Anna Grace Brock out of Greenwood, SC shot a 93, +21 on her first day, but she didn’t let that distract her. Anna bounced back on day two knocking off eight strokes of her day one score to win by one stroke over Elle Johnson of Inman, SC. Elle also shot an 85,+13 to finish her round on Sunday to claim second place and receive 700 points. Alyson Francis rounded out the Girls 11-14 division with a score of 91 +19 on day one and a one stroke improvement of 90, +18 on Sunday to finish with a total score of 181. It was a close, hard fought battle between these two young ladies until the end.
The Boys 11-12 division was taken over strongly by Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island, SC, who had a nice weekend at the Charleston Junior Shootout. Jonathan was very impressive both days and finished with a two day total of 158. Griz would shoot an 80, +8 on day one and would improve on that score by shooting an impressive 78, +6 on day two. Max Green of Hilton Head Island, SC would come in second after shooting a total of 166, +22. Coming in third and rounding out the division was Chandler Cool of Goose Creek, SC. Garcia shot a 111, +39 on day one and a 103, +31 on day two. Weather: Day 1- Low of 30 to high of 60, Partly Cloudy, winds 5- 10MPH Day 2- Low of 45 to high of 70, Partly Sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 -6649 yards Boys 13-14- 6175 yards Boys 11-12- 5658 yards Girls 15-18- 5658 yards Girls 11-14 – 5019 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. 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