S.M. Lee takes home first place after impressive second round 71
Doherty propelled to victory by strong play on front nine of both days
Braselton, GA (April 7, 2013) - The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour returned to the Atlanta area this past weekend for the Chateau Elan Junior Shootout. This tournament, as with all of our Atlanta area tournaments, brought out some of Georgia’s best talent. The tournament was played at the Chateau Elan Golf Club which proved to be a great host with an elegant setting and intricate layout. Both days of the tournament started out with brisk temperatures for an 8 AM start, but proved to be beautiful days with temperatures climbing into the low 70s. There was much at stake for the participants in the tournament this past weekend, most importantly the AJGA stars. The champions of both the boy’s and girl’s 15-18 age divisions received four performance stars for their victories. The champion of the boy’s 11-14 age division received one performance star for his victory. Points towards year-end HJGT honors including All-HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup were given to the top finishers in all divisions. South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points were also rewarded. Finally, all winners in this Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked event also receive an automatic bid to the 2013 Tour Championship and a free pair of Kikkor Golf Shoes.
S.M. Lee won the boy’s 15-18 age division for his second HJGT event victory in three weeks. Lee was solid on day one shooting a 76 to put himself within two shots of the lead, which he took on day two after shooting an even par 71. Lee’s scorecard was clean on day two with just one bogey. Lee had the second most pars in his division with 25 and a par or better percentage of 80.6%. Lee was especially impressive on par fives where he shot even par for the weekend. Zach Haynes placed second after having a consistent weekend of golf. Haynes shot 75 on day one before shooting a 74 on day two. Haynes was especially impressive on the back nine where he was just one over par both days. Haynes did the majority of his damage on par threes where his 3.00 average was tied for the best in the division. Frequent top three HJGT finisher Barrett Waters tied Callahan Elzey for third place. Elzey struggled to a 77 on day one before bouncing back with a 73 day two. Waters shot a consistent 75-75 including a division leading 28 pars.
Amanda Doherty of Atlanta won the girl’s 15-18 age division by three strokes after shooting a 76-74 for the tournament. Doherty was most impressive on the front nine where she was only two over par. Doherty tied for the most birdies over the two days with four and had the best par or better percentage at 69.4%. Doherty finished the tournament with a 4.14 average on par fours which was an eighth of a stroke better than any other competitor and is what fueled her to victory. Janet Mao, who placed third at the HJGT Nike Cup Series Event #1, finished second at the Chateau Elan Jr. Shootout. Mao was able to take home second place by shooting a consistent 77-76. Mao had the second most pars with 22 as well as the second most birdies with three. Taking home third place was Diane Lim who had a rough day on day one shooting an eleven over par before bouncing back on day two with a 72 which was the best score in the division. Lim led the division with 23 pars.
Jake Bayer won the boy’s 11-14 age division by three strokes over two hard charging competitors. This is Bayer’s second win of the year with the first coming at the Nike Cup Series Event #1 in early March. Bayer shot 74-77 for the weekend with his most impressive scores coming on the front nine. Bayer was one under on the front nine on day one and shot nine pars for an even par front nine on day two. Bayer tied for the most birdies with three and had the best par or better percentage of 77.8%. Bayer had a top three average score on par threes, fours, and fives. Day two playing partners Bruce Smith and Cullen Brown tied for second place. Smith shot a 78-76 and Brown shot a day one 81 before a division best 73 on day two. Smith had the most pars in the division with 26 and Brown tied for the division lead with 3 birdies over the two day tournament.
Kentucky native Mallory Lovell won the girl’s 11-14 division by 7 strokes after two solid days of golf. Competing in her first HJGT event of 2013, Lovell led the division in several categories including scoring the most pars with 15. Lovell had the best par four performance with a 4.77 average and the best par five performance with a 5.17 average. Second place finishers Jayla McRae struggled on day one shooting an 88 before bouncing back on day two with an 81. McRae led the division with three birdies. McRae also had the best par three performance where her 3.12 average was an eighth of a stroke better than any of her competitors. Skylar Thompson was consistent in shooting an 87-86 for a third place finish. Thompson had the second best par four performance over the weekend. Weather: Saturday: Sunny, high 40s to low 70s, winds around 5 mph Sunday: Mostly Sunny, low 50s to mid 70s, winds steady around 5 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,703 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,122 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,622 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,147 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Callahan Elzey Boy’s 11-14 division: Alex Markham. Dougan Annan, Jake Bayer, Cullan Brown Girl’s 15-18 division: Madison Caldwell, Amanda Doherty Girl’s 11-14 division: Jayla McRae Golf Pride Most Improved Player Boy’s 15-18 division: Cody Teal Boy’s 11-14 division: Jake Kehoe Girl’s 15-18 division: Nicole Smiley, Garnett, Glaser Girl’s 11-14 division: Emma Bell 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.