The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Daniel Island, SC on July 28-29 for the Daniel Island Junior Shootout. The mid-week event kicked off early Tuesday morning and continued smoothly through the completion of Wednesday’s final round. The junior golfers battled the blazing conditions, with heat indexes reaching 98 degrees. Despite the heat, Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek was in pristine condition, setting the stage for two excellent days of junior golf. Top performers in all three divisions received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship as well as points toward year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points, and South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points were at stake.
In the Boys 15-18 Division, Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, SC would play excellent golf over the two days to claim victory. The wire to wire leader would hole 8 birdies and card the lowest total of the event across all divisions on his way to a 36-hole score of 144 (E). He opened a 5 shot lead after the first round by going 1-under and would not look back. Carter Bingham (Greer, SC) and Will Canipe (Murrell’s Inlet, SC) would give chase, but their scores of 147 and 150, respectively, would only be enough for second and third. Phillips would average 3.2 on par 3 scoring, 4.0 on par 4 scoring, and 4.8 on par 5 scoring on the tournament. His even par round was also his lowest of the HJGT season and helped him earn his first win of the year. Congratulations to Jonathan Phillips on his performance in the Daniel Island Junior Shootout!
The final round of the Girls 15-18 Division began with three players within a stroke of one another. Yeji Ahn of Changwon City and Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan of Bangkok sat at 78, while Vivian Yen of Taipei entered with 79. As the as play opened, it was clear that it was going to be Yeji Ahn’s day. She opened with 3 birdies on the front 9 to distance herself from the competition and finished by limiting her mistakes through the final 9 holes on her way to victory. Ahn would card a 153 to win the division by four strokes, with Uenghiranpaisan taking 2nd place at 157, and Yen barely missing the podium at 162. Ahn led the way with a 4.2 average on par 4s and a 5.0 average on par 5s. Congratulations to Yeji Ahn on her HJGT win!
The Boys 13-14 Division was up for grabs following Tuesday’s first round of play. Mount Pleasant, SC’s Johnny “Johnny V” Velasquez sat at 80 overall, just three strokes shy of the leader, as the final round began. He adjusted excellently to the course his second time through and fired his way to an even 72 to finish at +8. The first round leader Yuxuan Zou also played very consistently in his own final round, but could not improve upon his opening 77 and finished with a 36-hole total of 154 (+10). Each player would make 3 birdies, but Johnny V would edge out his competition on Daniel Island’s par 3s and 4s, averaging 3.1 and 4.2 strokes on those holes. Congratulations to Johnny V on his victory at Daniel Island! Weather: Day 1: Low 75. High 90. Sunny Skies. Wind 5-10mph Day 2: Low 73. High 93. Sunny Skies. Wind 10-15mph Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,885 yards Boys 13-14: 6,204 yards Girls 15-18: 5,600 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 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, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Experience #TheHurricaneDifference