Willow Creek GC – Greer, S.C.
Feb. 20 - 21
What a Week at Willow Creek
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Willow Creek Golf Club in Greer, S.C. for the Greenville Junior Shootout. Designed by noted course architect Tom Jackson, Willow Creek presented challenges far and wide to our players. The course was long, windy and hilly and tested the juniors’ games. The HJGT would like to thank the staff at Willow Creek for aiding us in hosting a great event. Top-three finishers from this weekend received invitations to our Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan on June 11-13 and winners received invitations to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Jacob Bridgeman[/caption] The Boys 16-18 division was taken by Jacob Bridgeman, out of Inman, S.C. Bridgeman posted a one-over-par 73 in round one and trailed first-round leader Harry Reynolds by four. Bridgeman surged on day two, carding five birdies and an eagle, including a birdie on No. 16 and an eagle on the par-4 No. 17 to seal the deal. Bridgeman shot the only subpar total of the tournament, finishing at one-under. Reynolds, from Greenville, S.C., came in second at 149, however his 69 in round one was the low round of the tournament. Qihao Pan, from Shanghai, China, took third at 156, and led the division with 23 pars.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Thomas Hollingsworth[/caption] The Boys 14-15 division crown was a one-headed race almost all the way. Thomas Hollingsworth of nearby Spartanburg, S.C., shot an impressive two-under 70 in round one to seize the lead. Six bogeys surrendered in round two allowed competitors to temporarily stay within sight. Zachery Lawter, out of Inman, S.C., was the next closest competitor. Three birdies on the back nine helped him secure second place and a two-day total of 159 (+15). Nick Mayfield from Rock Hill, S.C. did as much as he could to stay within striking distance, but could only keep his eye on second. Two double bogeys down the stretch lead to his demise, but he played well during the entire tournament, posting a total of 160 (+16) to take third place out of nine in the division.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Wings Zhu[/caption] The Girls 14-18 division featured a four-way battle of wills. Wings Zhu, out of Shanghai, China, eventually captured the first place trophy after facing a four-shot deficit at day’s beginning. Zhu was tied with eventual second-place finisher Caroline Wrigley of Wexford, Pa., and fourth-place finisher Elle Johnson of Inman, S.C., after Saturday. The trio trailed leader and eventual third-place finisher, Rachel Kuehn of Ashville, N.C. A solid 75 (+3) in day two lead Zhu to the win after Kuehn could not duplicate her first round of 73, posting an 84 in round two. Three birdies and 25 pars assisted Zhu in outpacing her competitors to the finish line en route to an eight-over-par total of 152, two clear of Wrigley. Wrigley posted two rounds of 77 for the event.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Manning Sloop[/caption] The Boys 11-13 age division posted a runaway victor in Manning Sloop, from Rock Hill, S.C. Saturday brought the best out of Sloop as he shot a brilliant two-over-par 74. Sloop backed it up with an 82 in the final round to coast to victory. Four birdies and 20 pars led to Sloop’s dominating performance. Tillman Alverson of Simpsonville, S.C., scored a two-day total of 27-over-par 171 to capture second over third-place finisher Anish Reddy of Duluth, Ga. Alverson staved off Reddy with two birdies, 13 pars and a six-shot lead on second entering the final round. Fatigue set in to the boys at the end of day two, but they persevered to make second place a competitive battle. Reddy posted two birdies in his final round, but finished with an 85 to post 175 for the event.
Weather for Feb. 20-21
Saturday: High 50s – Low 60s, Mostly Cloudy, Winds 10-15 MPH
Sunday: Low-Mid 60s, Overcast, Winds 10-20 MPH
Boys 16-18 - 6,692 YDS
Boys 14-15 - 6,692 YDS
Girls 14-18/Boys 11-13 - 5,570 YDS