Bishop’s consistency tops the leaderboard Huskey outshines competition
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Greer, South Carolina on February 22-23 for the Greenville Junior Shootout played at Willow Creek Golf Club. A total of 36 holes were played by all four divisions over two days to determine our champions. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Midseason Invitational and 2014 Tour Championship. South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points, Tarheel Youth Golf Association points and National Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were also up for grabs. The top ten finishers also received points towards year end honors including state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the Boys 15-18 division champion received four AJGA performance stars and the other top five finishers in the division each received one star.
After the first round in the Boys 15-15 division, Zach Bishop of Travelers Rest, SC held a two shot lead after firing a 71, Saturday’s only under par round. Bishop went on to post a 71 again on Sunday and win the tournament by four strokes. He showed incredible consistency the tournament. Bishop managed the course dropping a 36-35 on the front and back nine both days of the event, finishing with par or better on 34 of the 36 holes. His ability to minimize bogies on the scorecard made him the par three scoring leader in the division and was certainly a large factor in his victory. Finishing in second place was Christian Salzer from Sumter, SC. Salzer began round two in seventh place and took on the day with a mindset to attack the pins, which led to a front nine 32, the best nine-hole score of the tournament. Salzer would finish with a 38 on the backside for a final round of 70 and weekend total of 146. Salzer’s excellent play on the front nine Sunday put him at the top of the leaderboard in front nine scoring and stretched his streak beginning on Saturday to 18 holes without a bogey. Jonathan Hsu of Atlanta, GA and Reed Bentley of Wellford, SC completed the weekend tied for third place with scores of 147. Hsu and Bentley acquired their weekend totals in very different ways. Hsu shot 73-74 and even more consistently 36-37, 37-37 on the front and back nines respectively each day. Hsu finished the weekend as the leader in par four scoring for the Boys 15-18 division. Hsu was extremely steady, whereas Bentley’s weekend was more of a roller coaster. Bentley shot 78 on Saturday putting him seven strokes behind the leader and in tie for 10th place. However, he came out on Sunday and shot the low round of the tournament, a three under par 69. Finishing with an eagle on the last hole to complete the comeback and tie Hsu for third place.
Victoria Huskey of Greenville, SC was the Champion in the Girls 15-18 division. Huskey shot rounds of 72-77 to come out on top by three strokes. After a solid first day Huskey wavered a bit in the second round. Saturday she posted three birdies on back-to-back holes. Sunday she replaced those birdies with pars instead. Huskey would make enough pars on Sunday though to finish in first place and end the weekend leading the field in pars made and par four scoring. Melanie Talbott of Woodstock, GA took home second place with rounds of 76-76. Talbott was the field leader in birdies made with six on the weekend as well as the leader in par three scoring. Two of Talbott’s birdies came on the par three 16th hole, where she nearly had an ace on Saturday. Bella Harris of Greenville, SC finished in third place. The most impressive mark of Harris’ performance was that she played the entire weekend with a sprained ankle. A noticeable limp throughout the entire weekend, Bella was still able to finish atop the standings in par five scoring and was even through 12 holes on the first day.
In the Boys 11-14 division, Jackson Tyler of Seneca, SC took home the first place trophy. Tyler shot rounds 76-77 to win by seven strokes. Tyler held the lead for essentially the whole tournament, and swept nearly every statistical category in the field. Par four, par five scoring, and pars made were all led by Tyler on his way to the victory. The one category that was not won by Tyler was taken by Connor Creasy of Abingdon, VA who finished in second place. Creasy fired an 80 on both days and shot a very similar round on both days, he had eight bogies and ten pars each day. Zachery Lawter of Inman, SC finished in third place with scores of 83-85. Lawter played the back nine eight strokes better, despite the back being statistically harder than the front. The shot of the weekend went to Miles Miller of Dublin, OH. He had a hole-in-one on the par three third hole on Saturday from 150 yards out.
Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, NC won the Girls 11-14 division by 18 strokes after rounds of 87-79. Kuehn’s improvement on the second day was spread out between the two nines. She dropped four strokes on both sides by eliminating some big numbers and firing a couple of birdies on Sunday as well. Kuehn was the statistical leader in the field in pars made, par four and five scoring, and scoring on both nines. Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, SC and Anna Grace Brock of Greenwood, SC tied for second place. Richardson found three birdies on the course on Sunday, going three under on the par three’s. However, she could not avoid the big numbers on some of the longer holes and shot 93-91. Brock finished strong on Sunday as she improved upon her first round score by eight strokes to finish the weekend at 184. Weather: Day 1- Mid 30’s in the morning, low 60’s in the afternoon. Sunny all day Day 2- High 30’s in the morning, low 70’s in the afternoon. Sunny all day Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6,871 yards Boys 11-14: 6,246 yards Girls 15-18: 5,600 yards Girls 11-14: 5,600 yards About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the Greenville Junior Shootout, 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.