Chateau Junior Shootout
Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga.
Early Mornings and Crazy Winds
On March 19-20, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Braselton, Ga., to host the Chateau Junior Shootout at The Chateau Elan Golf Club. The playing conditions were great and it was also a great challenge for the long weekend of golf in what was the HJGT’s largest field to date in 2016 with 146 competitors. Both Saturday and Sunday featured beautiful weather, despite strong winds upwards of 15 miles per hour. Winners in all five age divisions received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4 and the top three finishers received an invitation to the 2016 Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational also held at Chateau Elan. The top-ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 16-18 Division
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In the Boys 16-18 division, we had a playoff for first between Saksit Jairak from Thailand and Dario Ayala from Alpharetta, Ga., who both finished with a two-day total of six-over-par 148. Jairak ended up taking home the first place trophy after winning the two-hole sudden shootout. On Saturday, Jairak had a round one score of 72 with one birdie and two bogeys. Jairak came into day two with a one-stroke lead and posted a second round score of 76, including three birdies and eight bogeys. Ayala started the tournament off with a score of 73 in round one, with two birdies and two bogeys. He then scored a steady 75, including three birdies and three bogeys. This allowed Ayala to erase the deficit. He played great golf during the playoff and barely missed winning the first place title. Our third place finisher this weekend was Wesley Heston from Atlanta, Ga. Heston had a very consistent weekend with a score of a 76 round one on Saturday and improved for a 73 in round two on Sunday, the best round two score. Smith finished the weekend off with a two-day total of 149, only one stroke off the lead. Overall, the Boys 16-18 age division featured 49 golfers making for a very competitive this weekend, and all of our top finishers played impressive golf.
Boys 14-15 Division
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In the Boys 14-15 division, Myles Jones from Suwanee, Ga., finished the tournament in the top spot. Jones came out on Saturday dropping one birdie and seven bogeys on his way to a solid round of 79. On Sunday, Jones erased nine strokes from his first round total for a 70 with four birdies and three bogeys. Jones’ two-day total of 149 put him one stroke in front of second for his first victory after three top-10’s on the HJGT this season. In second was Blake Parkman of Cumming, Ga. Parkman was in third place out of 31 golfers in the division with a 75 in round one, which consisted of one birdie and five bogeys. Parkman then followed it up with a 75 for a two-day total of a 150. In third place was Nick Lasseter from Cumming, Ga. Lasseter was the first-round leader after posting a 70 that consisted of four birdies and three bogeys and a round two score of an 81 with one birdie and seven bogeys.
Boys 11-13 Division
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In the Boys 11-13 division, Perry-Austin Kilburn of Monroe, Ga., finished the tournament in the top spot. Kilburn came out on Saturday dropping 11 pars on his way to a solid round of 79. On Sunday, Jones scored a 78 with seven bogeys. Killburn’s two-day total of 157 was good for a six-stroke victory. Second place out of 18 golfers in the division featured a tie between Georgians Will Morlan of Alpharetta and Kevin Park from Johns Creek. Even though each player had a two-day total of a 163, their rounds looked very different. Morlan shot consistent scores of 82 and 81, while Park shot a 78 and an 85. Both already have top-fives on the HJGT, including a victory for Kevin Park in January at the Callaway Gardens Junior Challenge.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Louise Yu[/caption] In the Girls 14-18 age division, Duluth, Ga., native Louise Yu took home the first place trophy with two impressive rounds. On Saturday, Yu set the foundation for what would be a strong two-day total when she carded a 76 that included one birdie and six bogeys. Yu secured the title when she shot a 77 with two birdies and four bogeys. Yu finished the tournament with a two-day total of 153, three strokes ahead of Christine McDonnell. McDonnell of Suwanee, Ga., scored a 72 on day one with three birdies and two bogeys to grab the lead after day one. She then scored an 84 on day two with five bogeys, finishing out the weekend with a 156. Finishing in third place was Abigail Bolt from Canton, Ga., with a 160. Bolt scored a 78 with three bogeys on day one and followed it up with an 82 that featured two birdies and seven bogeys en route to her second top-three finish on the HJGT in as many starts. Each of our top finishers played some extraordinary golf this weekend in one of the largest, most competitive fields of the year.
Girls 13U Division
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In the Girls 13 and under age division, Kady Foshaug of Roswell, Ga., took home the first place trophy with two impressive rounds. On Saturday, Foshaug carded a 78 which would see her roll in two birdies and five bogeys for a two-stroke lead. Foshaug secured her first place title over her four other competitors when she shot an 81 on Sunday to cruise to a seven-stroke victory. Foshaug finished the tournament at 17-over-par 159. Finishing in second was Sara Im with rounds of 80 and 86. Finishing in third place was Kyndall Shamblin from Cleveland, Tenn., with a two-day total of 172. Shamblin scored an 89 with one birdie and eight bogeys on day one and an 83 day two with one birdie and nine bogeys.
Weather for March 19-20 Saturday: Low 60’s, Cloudy, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Mid 50’s, Cloudy, Wind 12-15 MPH
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15: 6,653 yards Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,659 yards Girls 13U: 5,007 yards