College Prep Series at Furman
Furman University Golf Course - Greenville, S.C.
On April 16-17, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Greenville, S.C., to host the College Prep Series at Furman University Golf Course. The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a great challenge for the weekend of golf. Winners in all five age divisions received invitations to the HJGT National Championship on Dec. 3-4. The top three in each division also received an invitation to the Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational. Top-10 finishers received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was awarded to Boys 11-13, Boys 14-15, Boys 16-18 and Girls 14-18 divisions.
Boys 16-18 Division
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In the Boys 16-18 division, Jose Aguilar of Leon, Mexico, took home the first-place trophy and was the overall champion of the tournament. Aguilar finished the weekend off with an impressive two-day total of 150. On Saturday, Aguilar posted a 77 with three birdies. Aguilar improved for a 73 in round two to earn his second HJGT victory and erase a two-stroke deficit he faced beginning the day. In second place out of 37 in the division was Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce Gayan from Madrid, Spain, who just missed out on a playoff at 151. Pan De Soraluce Gayan posted rounds of 78 and 73, which included seven birdies. His 73 tied for the low round of the tournament. In third place was Connor Armistead of Charlotte, N.C., who was also in the hunt for the title at 152. Like his two competitors above him, Armistead surged in round two for a 73, but a 79 in round one derailed his title chances.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Zachary Lawter[/caption] In the Boys 14-15 age division, we had a playoff for first place. Zachery Lawter of Inman, S.C., prevailed over Drew Soupiset of Kennesaw, Ga. Lawter finished the weekend off with an impressive 159 two-day total. On Saturday, Lawter rolled in two birdies en route to an 81, and followed it up with two more birdies for a 78. In second was Soupiset, who started the tournament off with an 82 in round one, with three birdies, and quickly turned it around on Sunday with a 77 that featured an eagle and two birdies. His round of 77 was a division best. Carlos Garre of Altorreal, Spain, placed third out of 17 at 163. Garre had a first day total of an 81, with two birdies, and a second day total of an 82, with two birdies as well.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Perry-Austin Kilburn[/caption] In the Boys 11-13 age division, Perry-Austin Kilburn of Monroe, Ga., took home the top prize. Kilburn finished the weekend off with an impressive 160 two-day total. On Saturday, Kilburn shot 83 with one birdie. He then posted a solid second round score of 77, shooting par on all but four holes, which was good enough to squeak out a one-stroke victory. Walker Jennings of Greenville, S.C., came in second out of eight in the division. Jennings arrived to No. 18 on Sunday with a two-stroke cushion, but an untimely triple-bogey gave Kilburn the victory. Despite his misfortune, Jennings played solid golf in posting scores of 79 and 82, carding four birdies in the process. Third place was taken by Nick Rubino of Charlotte, N.C., with a two day total of 169. Rubino posted scores of 87 and 82.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Anna Parramore[/caption] In the Girls 14-18 division, Anna Parramore of Greenwood, S.C., finished the tournament in the top spot. Parramore came out on Saturday dropping two birdies on her way to a solid round of an 86. On Sunday, Parramore had an impressive turnaround, scoring an 80 with one birdie to build a four-stroke victory. After a top five on the HJGT earlier in the year, Parramore broke through for victory. In second place out of seven was Abigail Bolt of Canton, Ga. Bolt carded a 90 in round one and trailed by four. She followed it up with a 10-stroke improvement, but could not catch Parramore. Sydney Abruzzino (90-86) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Chelsea Stilwell (86-90) of Newberry, Fla., tied for third place with a two-day total of 176.
Girls 13U Division
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Shea Smith[/caption] In the Girls 13 and under age division, Shea Smith of Charlotte, N.C., took home the first place trophy with two stellar rounds. On Saturday, Smith posted a 96 and rolled in six pars. In round two, Smith improved for an 89 that featured seven pars. Finishing in second place was Sierra Fink of Peachtree City, Ga. Fink played a very consistent game all weekend, posting scores of 93 and 97 and knocking in a pair of birdies. The third competitor in the division was another Charlotte native in Nicole Nash (100-95).
Weather Saturday: Low 70’s, Sunny, Wind 5 MPH Sunday: Mid 70’s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH
Tournament Yardages Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15: 6,713 yards Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13: 5,805 yards Girls 13U: 5,303 yards