The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina to host the Golden Bear Junior Challenge. The golf course was in amazing condition with beautiful palm tree scenery lining every hole. The weather was perfect for the kids to play in besides the minor rain delay on Sunday that lasted about an hour. Players came from many different areas of the United States and also other countries. Many different point opportunities were at stake for this tournament. Some of these include points for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage(SCJGA), Tarheel Youth Golf Association(TYGA), Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, and winners in each division will receive an exemption into the 2015 Tour Championship December 5-6.
The boys 15-18 division had a huge turnout of 47 players. Colton Tanner, from Westport, Connecticut, took home the first place trophy in this division. Tanner came out strong on Saturday by being the only player over the weekend to shoot under par. Tanner posted a score of 70. The key to his performance was his driver, by putting most of his drives in the fairway. This allowed him to have a good opportunity at birdie most of the holes on the first day. He finished Saturday with 6 birdies, and a weekend score of just 149. Connor Campbell, from Winter Garden, Florida, also had a strong weekend performance of shooting six-over par. He finished just one stroke off the lead by shooting a 73 on Sunday. Walker Campbell, playing in his hometown, tied for second with Connor. Walker shot a 74 on Sunday, with a late birdie on 15 to give him a shared second place finish.
The boys 13-14 division was close up until the finish. After the first round on Saturday, three players were tied for the lead with a score of just three-over par. These three players took home all three trophies. The first place winner was Rafe Reynolds. The Greenville, South Carolina native improved his great performance the second day by shooting two-over par. Reynolds’ strengths came from his performance on par 4s by leading the pack in scoring average. He also led the group in the most pars or better with 29. The hometown player, Jonathan Griz, also had a great second round by posting a score of 75 again, falling just one stroke short of the lead. Griz led in most birdies over the weekend in his age group, keeping him in contention throughout the weekend. The third place finisher was William Patrick, from Oneonta, Alabama. While Patrick was one of the three who shot a 75 on the first day, he fell just short on Sunday’s round. He finished with a total score of only ten-over par for the weekend. Patrick tied for the lead with Griz for the most birdies, with four, through the weekend.
The girls 15-18 division had a great turnout of 13 very talented players. The winner of this division was Hanna Kiefer, from Kronberg, Germany, had the second lowest score of all divisions with a score of even par. She led the first round by five strokes. She finished with another solid round on Sunday with a score of four-over par. Kiefer scored a par or better on 29 holes over the weekend. Auston Kim, from St. John, Florida, showed up on Sunday trying to catch Kiefer for the lead. Kim fell just two strokes short of the lead by shooting one-over par on Sunday. Kim led the division in most birdies with an amazing six over the weekend. She also led in par 3 scoring with an average score of 2.9. Kate Owens, from Suwanee, Georgia, finished third by posting a strong score of 77 in the second round. Ownes finished out the weekend on a positive note by gaining two birdies on holes 13 and 15.
The boys 11-12 division had Christopher Simkins, from North Augusta, South Carolina, take first place. Michael Gavin and James Carr played in their hometown with Gavin taking second and Carr taking third. It was great opportunity for these young boys to gain experience in the tournament style play of golf. The course played a little difficult for these young boys with the distance, but will help them prepare for future tournaments when they are older. It will be interesting to see what these young players will develop into after seeing the skills they showed this weekend at such a young age. All three boys had a wonderful time with full-blown smiles upon their face the minute they first stepped on the course.
The girls 11-14 division had three girls finish just five strokes within each other. Savannah Hylton, from Athens, Georgia, finished first with the lowest round of this division with an 85. Hylton led the group in pars with 14. Camila Burnett finished second just two strokes short of the lead. Burnett’s strength was her consistent performance on the front nine over the weekend. The Bluffton, South Carolina native led the division with an average score of 43 on the front nine. Ally Buchanan, from Athens, Georgia, claimed the third place trophy. Buchanan had the most birdies over the weekend with three. She also led the group in par 3 and par 4 scorings. All three girls played tremendous for their age and will be great players in the future. Weather: Saturday: High 80s, Sunny, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low 80s, Cloudy, Rainy, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,814 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,152 YDS Girls 15-18/Boys 11-12- 5,744 YDS Girls 11-14- 5,165 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