Golden Isles Junior Challenge
On, February 18th and 19th 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its spring season at the renowned King and Prince Golf Course. Both the weather and course were beautiful throughout the weekend. Players took advantage of these great conditions by entertaining spectators with two impressive rounds of golf. Winners in all six age divisions will receive an invitation to the Tour Championship later on this year and the top ten finishers also received points towards the end of the year Hurricane Cup and HJGT teams. Boys 16-18 Division
In the Boys 16-18 Division, Sarut Vong from St. Simons Island, Georgia, took home first place and entertained spectators with thirteen birdies throughout the weekend. He captured the title with a two-day total of 139. His impressive rounds of 68 and 71 put him ahead of his competitors by seven shots. On Saturday Cody had six birdies on the front nine, and on Sunday he clinched the victory with eleven pars and four birdies. He was the only player who finished the tournament under par in his age division. Finishing second place was Jeremy Sisson from Skaneateles, New York. After the first round Jeremy trailed Sarut by four shots, posting six birdies and seven pars. He shot a 72 on Saturday and a 74 on Sunday for a total score of 146. Jeremy secured second place by finishing even par on the back nine. Also earning a trophy and finishing in third place from Chevy Chase, Maryland was Gus Haglund. Gus showcased his talent by shooting a two-day total of 147. After firing a 72 in the first round, he shot a 75 in the second round, slipping from second to third place. He showcased consistent golf throughout the weekend. Overall, the Boys 16-18 Division was competitive this weekend and the top finishers played great golf. Boys 14-15 Division
In the Boys 14-15 Division, Drew Salyers from Howard, Ohio, finished in first place. After being tied for first through Saturday, Drew claimed the title by shooting four birdies on Sunday. Rafe Reynolds, Greenville, South Carolina, finished in second place. He shot a two-day total of 150. He opened the tournament with a solid 76, and finished strong on Sunday, firing a 74. Rafe’s quality play included 25 pars throughout the tournament. Ben Carpenter, from Darien Connecticut, had a strong tournament as well, claiming third place. Ben struggled on Saturday, shooting an 84, but he elevated his play on Sunday, posting a 71 which was the lowest second round score in his age division. The Boys 14-15 Division had an exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high-quality rounds of golf. Boys 11-13 Division
The Boys 11-13 Division has some promising talent. Reed Lotter from Savannah, Georgia, took home first place this weekend. He won with a determined mindset and was able to put together a great tournament, scoring a total of 148. Shooting a 77 on Saturday and a 71 on Sunday, Josh finished the weekend with six birdies and twenty pars. Coming in second place was Edward Hull from Nashville, Tennessee. Edward shot an 84 on Saturday and improved with a 73 on Sunday, finishing with a score of 157 for the tournament. In third place from Rincon, Georgia, was Jacob Fripp. Jacob posted an 77 in the first round and an 85 in the second round, finishing with a total score of 162. Overall, the Boys 11-13 Division brought their talent to the tournament and we were pleased to see great rounds of golf. Boys under 10 Division
The Boys under 10 Division was a three-horse race. Aaron DeWitt, from Winter Haven, Florida, claimed first place with a two-day total of 155. He shot an impressive 77 in the first round and a 78 in the second round to take home the victory. In second place coming from St. Marys, Georgia, was Jack Roberts. Jack scored a total of 159, including five birdies throughout the weekend. Finishing strong in third place was Gavin Fleming, from Jacksonville, Florida. Gavin shot an 84 in the first round and a 78 in the second round for a two-day total of 162. The boys earned their trophies by playing great golf throughout the tournament. Girls 14-18 Division
The Girls 14-18 Division was competitive this weekend. Coming in first with a two-day total of 148 was Hanna Kiefer from Kronberg, Germany. She posted an outstanding 70 in her first round, which included two eagles and three birdies. She clinched the title with a solid 78 in the second round. Coming in second place from Daniel Island, South Carolina, was Abbey Schimpf. She had a two-day total of 154. Her great attitude and determination helped her succeed in a competitive field. In third place from Suwanee, Georgia, was Christine McDonnell. Her two-day total was a solid 156. The Girls 14-18 division once again proved to be one of the tightest groups this weekend. Girls 13 and Under Division
The Girls 13 and Under Division was a close race. Mary Miller from Savannah, Georgia, took home first place. She fired an 83 and 82 for a two-day total of 165. Mary was very consistent off the tee and was able to make some great ups and downs to make five birdies and 15 pars. Coming in second place from Naples, Florida, was Addison Klonowski. She had a two-day total of 170. Addison kept a very positive attitude throughout the challenging tournament and was able to finish with eleven pars in the second round. In third place from Greensboro, Georgia, was Kelli Scheck. Kelli scored an 85 on Saturday and a 90 on Sunday. She secured the third-place trophy by playing consistent golf and staying focused throughout the tournament. The Girls 13 and Under Division has a lot of potential and we are excited to see them again this spring.