The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled down south to Greenville, South Carolina to host the College Prep Series at Furman University. This was a great opportunity for the players to prepare themselves for college golf by playing on a college golf course. Furman did a really great job in preparing the course for this weekend. Unfortunately, South Carolina was once again hit with rain and washed out the Saturday round. The players tired their best to play as much as they could Saturday, but the rain would not hold up. The rain eventually led to water being on the greens, therefore deeming the course to be unplayable. This was a set back to the kids and HJGT for this weekend. However, this did not stop the course, players, or HJGT staff from putting on a great 18-hole tournament. The weather cleared up nicely for Sunday and the course drained great thanks to the Furman staff. The tournament had Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings at stake, and winners in each division received an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6 with top 10 finishers receiving points towards year end honors including ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
The winner of the boys 15-18 division was Harry Reynolds, from Greenville, South Carolina. Reynolds shot the lowest score with a very impressive 70. His two-under round was thanks to ability to capitalize on par 4s. Reynolds’ putter was on fire on Sunday allowing him to sink a total of five birdies on Sunday. Three of the birdies came on the front nine where Reynolds got in a groove and sunk birdies on holes 3, 4, and 5. Ian Stewart, from Columbia, South Carolina was another player that had five birdies in Sunday’s tournament. Stewart also was able to birdie holes 3 and 5, giving Reynolds a run for his money. Stewart fell short of the lead due to the difficult back nine were he had a double bogey on 16. Even with the mishap, Stewart was still able to shoot just one over par for Sunday. JT Smith, Levi Moody, and Allen Smith, all tied for third with a score of 75. It would have been interesting to see how these three strong competitors would have finished with a two-day tournament.
Jonathan Griz, from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Carson Crooke, from Woodruff, South Carolina went head to head on Sunday in the boys 13-14 division. It was a close match overall with Crooke only falling seven strokes short of the lead. Crooke had a good day with an 85, but Griz had a great day with a 79. Griz was not able to capture any birdies in today’s round, but his success came from only allowing a couple bogies. Crooke was able to capture a birdie on the long par 5 on hole 2.
The girls 15-18 division had one of the best finishes for a one-day tournament for the Hurricane Tour. There was a three-way tie for first with a score of two over par. The three players were Ashley Czarnecki, from Greenville, South Carolina, Christyn Carr, from Johns Creek, Georgia, and Rachel Kuehn, from Asheville, North Carolina. The playoffs were held on the first hole. It was almost a two-person sudden death, but Keuhn sunk a 180-foot shot with her hybrid to eagle on hole 7. Carr was eliminated after the first hole after just barely missing her par-putt, leaving her a bogey on the hole. Czarnecki and Kuehn went back on forth getting pars up until the fourth hole. Czarnecki set the bar with a par on the fourth hole. Keuhn had a chance to tie her, but was left with a tough putt. Her putt was left short, ending the playoff. All three ladies deserve a ton of respect for their performance and show they put on this college course.
The girls 11-14 division consisted of a battle between Amanda Sambach, from Davidison, North Carolina, and Madison Logan, from Brasstown, North Carolina. Logan showed trouble with the college course, but it gave her the experience she needs to take her already impressive game to the next level. The course did not faze Sambach. She came out ready to go on Sunday and shot equivalent to the older girls with two-over par. Sambach started to struggle on the back nine, but took a deep breath to relax where she gained strokes back with birdies on holes 15 and 17. She had a par or better on 14 out of the 18 holes.
It was good for the boys 11-12 division to come out and play in this tournament. It allowed them to get college course experience at a young age. Both players have college golf in mind for their future and this will get them ready. Robert Cassels, from Greenville, South Carolina finished first with a score of 86. Luke Henderson, all the way from Cinncinnati, Ohio, finished behind Cassels with a 96. Both payers showed the potential they have over the weekend. With another round, they probably would have even showcased it more. It will be interesting to see where these two players will be in the next few years. Weather: Saturday: Low 70s, Rain Showers, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Mid 70s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,814 YDS Boys 13-14: 6,209 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12: 5,787 YDS Girls 11-14: 5,241 YDS 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 2015 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 Tyler Brecht Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference