Grandover Junior Shootout
Grandover Resort East – Greensboro, N.C.
Feb. 27 - 28
Rough Start, Strong Finish
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the beautiful Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., for the Grandover Junior Shootout. The tournament unfolded at the East course, which was designed by Gary Planks and David Graham. Open since March of 1996, the course brings special challenges with complex greens and options for tricky pin locations. The East course has tree-lined fairways, putting solid tee shots at a premium. Home to a Web.com Tour Qualifier in 2015 and the NCAA Men’s Division III National Championship in 2011 and 2015, the course is kept in pristine condition for any and all competition. The juniors incurred difficult playing conditions during the tournament’s opening round as wind gusts and cold weather crept through the course. Sunday represented a “brighter tomorrow” for the players as the sun was high and bright, as well as bringing in some warmth to all.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Peter Hinnant[/caption] The Boys 16-18 division was captured by Peter Hinnant of Rome, Ga. A solid day one was followed up by a splendid final round that resulted in a win for Hinnant. A total of eight-over-par 152, the most pars in the division (24) and solid drives were enough to score the victory. Coming into Sunday’s final round being tied, Hinnant had to separate himself from co-leaders Emery Hollar and Hunter Duncan. Hinnant did just that with two birdies and three bogeys to shoot an impressive one-over-par 73. Justin Morgan of Denver, N.C., and Duncan from Christiansburg, Va., notched a tie for second place, with both shooting a 14-over-par 158. Duncan poured in a division high six birdies and Morgan had the second most with four. Duncan represented consistency with scores of 79 both days, while Morgan had quite the turnaround, turning out a 75 on day two after an 83 on day one. Hollar, from Spartanburg, S.C. finished in third after an 80 in round two.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Graham Chase[/caption] The Boys 14-15 division crown was a heated race throughout the weekend, which made for a battle on Sunday. Graham Chase from Charlotte, N.C., surged up to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday and did not give the lead back. Timely putting and a five-stroke lead carried over from Saturday helped pace Chase to the win. Making a co-division leading 18 pars, Chase played the consistency card and eventually ended with a two-day total of 161 (+17). Kyle Griffiths, also from Charlotte, N.C., captured second by shooting a total of 22-over-par 166. Griffiths was tied with Graham for pars made and had a couple of birdies to go along with it. Shooting 81 in the final round kept him in contention, but the five-stroke difference in day one was a gap he could not close. Ross Funderburke of Roanoke, Va., outpaced Matias La Grutta of Cary, N.C., to grab the third place trophy. Funderburke had a division high three birdies to go along with 16 pars, but came up one stroke shy of second.
Girls 14-18 Division
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The Girls 14-18 division featured a two-way battle for first and a four-way clash for third. The competitiveness of the girls’ division was high and entertaining. Kendall Dobbins, from Summerfield, N.C., pulled out the victory over second-place finisher Kristin Hearp, a Salem, Va., native. Dobbins staved off her competition by starting well and finishing even better. Scoring a nine-over-par 153 total for the event, Dobbins nailed 20 pars and had four birdies to keep her lead. Taking a one-stroke lead into Sunday was key as she knew she just had to play her game and stay focused on Sunday. Hearp played well to test her fellow competitor, knocking in 18 pars and four birdies, but wound up three strokes short. Hearp reached a total of 12-over-par 156 for the tournament. Madison Butler of Hinckley, Ohio, took home third as she beat out three others on her heels for the spot. Butler finished with two birdies and 16 pars on her scorecard as she totaled 22-over-par 166 for the tournament.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Narayan "Nanu" Mohan[/caption] The Boys 11-13 age division posted a fierce fight for the win between two North Carolinians in Narayan “Nanu” Mohan of Charlotte and Jackson Brimfield of Chapel Hill. Mohan ultimately executed better down the stretch, as well as on Saturday, to come away with the trophy. Scoring only two birdies, Nanu made up for it with a division-leading 23 pars. Consistency and keeping a level head helped Mohan shoot an outstanding two-day total of nine-over-par 153. Taking second place was Brimfield, who tallied an eagle, five birdies and 15 pars, which resulted in a tournament total of 12-over-par 156. Tillman Alverson of Simpsonville, S.C., notched his second straight third-place finish on the HJGT as he shot a solid 160 total. Three birdies and 19 pars helped keep Alverson within range of the leaders throughout the event.
Girls 13U Division
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Katherine Schuster[/caption] The Girls 13U division was a one-horse race as Katherine Schuster from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., who took the lead and ran with it. Annabelle Millard of Indian Trail, N.C., did all she could, but a challenging round one kept her from the winner’s circle. Schuster closed well on Sunday, improving by five strokes in round two for an 80. Both ladies made two birdies, but the difference was Schuster making twice as many pars as Millard. Millard finished second with a two-day total of 55-over-par 199.
Saturday: Low-Mid 50s, Mostly Cloudy, Winds 25-30 MPH (gusts up to 40)
Sunday: Mid-High 60s, Sunny, Winds 10-15 MPH (gusts)
Boys 16-18/Boys 14-15 - 6,595 YDS
Boys 14-15 - 6,595 YDS
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13 - 5,630 YDS
Girls 13U – 5,403 YDS