Daufuskie Island: (July 12, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Carolina’s Low Country on July 11-12 for The Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge. Saturday’s opening round began at 1:30 PM under sunny skies and warm temperatures with a brief delay for inclement weather just past 6pm. Play was halted for 40 minutes before groups completed their remaining holes on Saturday. Sunday’s final round began with a 9:30am shotgun start with inclement weather halting play for 30 minutes as groups began finishing their final holes. Play resumed at 2:35pm. The Haig Point Golf Course on Daufuskie Island was in great shape ready to challenge players over both days. Winners received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Sarit Suwannarut led wire-to-wire to take home the title in the Boy’s 15-18 Division at The Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge. Suwannarut’s impressive two day total of 142 (Even) allowed him to cruise to a 13 shot victory over the weekend. Suwannarut credited his win to his accuracy off the tee during both rounds. Even more impressive was the eleven birdies that Suwannarut made on the Haig Point course. Perhaps the catapult to Suwannarut’s victory was his stretch of three consecutive birdies made on holes 12-14 on Saturday. Behind Suwannarut on the scoreboard was James Walton of Duluth, GA (79-76) and A.J. Finley of Sebastian, FL (83-72) who both tied for 2nd place with a 155 36 hole total. Finley was able to rebound on Sunday for a final round charge making birdies on 12, 15, 16, and 18 before cooling off for a 1 over par round of 72. Suwannarut held the lead statistically in several categories including most birdies (11), par 4 scoring (4.1) and par 5 scoring (4.5). Patrick Plemmons and Suwannarut would both share honors for a bogey free streak of 10 holes.
Kasidy Beckel of Okatie, SC secured the win in the Girl’s 15-18 Division at Haig Point with rounds of 79-77. Beckel came into the final round trailing Rheagan Hall by one shot, but with birdies on holes 6, 10, 15, and her final hole Beckel secured a slim three shot win. Behind Beckel was Haruka Shintani with rounds of 81-78. Bluffton native Sophia Burnett would finish in 3rd place with rounds of 80-83. Beckel would lead in most birdies made over the weekend with five followed by Rachanok Rahulpan with four, and Rheagan Hall with three. Shintani would lead in par 3 scoring with an impressive 2.9 average. Sophia Burnett would lead in having the longest bogey free streak over the weekend at seven holes.
The Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge saw another wire-to-wire ending to the day with Papon Sawatyanon from Bangkok winning the Boy’s 11-14 division with a total score of 154, 80 and 74 on the first round and final round respectively. Sawatyanon had an impressive 20 Pars for both days. Despite having thunder delays both days, Sawatyanon kept focused and improved his final round by six strokes from the first day. Coming in a close second was Hilton Head Island native, Chase Phillips, who was just two strokes behind the leader. He also had an outstanding number of pars with 22 and averaged 3.1 strokes for Par 3s. Rounding out third was Macon native Luke Dasher, who shot a 157, 81 and 76 on their respectively days. Dasher had seven birdies in total and also averaged 3.1 strokes on Par 3s. Congratulations to Papon Sawatyanon on his victory at The Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge!
Even though the field size was small, the competition was fierce at the Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge for the Girl’s 11-14 division. MacKenzie Neal from Richmond started strong and never looked back and led her division since the beginning. Neal shot an impressive 171 total with an 85 for round one and 86 for round two. The thunder delays never affected her concentration, with 11 pars in total, and pulled out with the win. Coming in a close second was Kathryn Gleason from Katy, Texas, who shot a 173. Just two strokes behind Neal, Gleason also had 11 pars in total. Rounding out third was Sloan Lanier, who shot 89 for the first day and 92 on the second day with a total of 181. Congratulations to MacKenzie Neal on her victory at The Coastal Carolina Junior Challenge! Weather: Day 1- Low 78. High 95. Sunny skies. Wind 5-8 mph Day 2- Low 79. High 93. Sunny skies. Wind 5-10mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,706 yards Boys 11-14: 6,180 yards Girls 15-18: 5,708 yards Girls 11-14: 5,370 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 four 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, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference