This week the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Greenville Junior Shootout at Pebble Creek Golf Club. The HJGT staff is thankful to Pebble Creek for hosting our tournament for a second consecutive year and we appreciate their generous hospitality. It was a weekend full of surprises and exciting golf as well as some interesting weather. The weather cooperated with us on Saturday, presenting sunshine and very few clouds. Sunday however, threw some inclement and sporadic weather at us. The players played throughout the day battling wind and rain but as soon as the last group arrived at the fifteenth hole, we had to delay play. This lasted about an hour and a half, just long enough for the rain and the lightening to subside. All thirty-nine players were very cooperative and made the delay very easy to get through. At the end of the day everyone was sufficiently wet, but satisfied that they were able to complete the entire tournament. Everyone in the field played for a number of different stakes, including South Carolina Junior Association Heritage Points, Tarheel Youth Golf Association points, A bid into the Tour Championship, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, and points toward year end honors including state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup. Boys 15 – 18 Division
In the boys 15 – 18 division, William Harwood out of Columbia, South Carolina snuck away with a one shot victory over Kell Graham of Matthews, North Carolina and Hunter Fry of Dacula, Georgia. Each of these players were neck and neck all weekend long, never being more then a few shots apart. Harwood with a two-day total of 149 (+7) played very steady both days, making a lot of pars and very few mistakes. During round one he made a few boogies, but hung in there and made a few birdies to counter act them. Harwood’s pars are what earned him the victory this weekend. Graham on the other hand with a two-day total of 150 (+8) had more of a pedestrian round. Making eight birdies in two rounds, five of them on the second day, his weekend looked promising, but his lack of pars and his two double bogeys took him out of the running. More specifically, his double on the eighteenth hole really hurt him because without this, he would be named champion. Also with a two-day total of 150 (+8), Fry just hung around this weekend. Another case of not making enough birdies and carding a double and triple really restricted his run for the gold. Nonetheless, it was a great tournament by all three gentlemen. In other tournament news, this weekend we had two hole-in-ones and a hole out for a duce. Grant Collins out of Saluda, South Carolina made a hole-in-one on the fourteenth hole during round one. Unfortunately it did not make too much of a difference in the big picture, but it was an absolutely fantastic golf shot. Secondly, Jake Turner of Johnson City, Tennessee made a hole-in-one on the fifth hole during the second round. Again, just as Collins, Turners hole-in-one did not make a big difference in reference to his round but still is a wonderful accomplishment. Lastly, Trevor Brock holed out for his first on the eleventh hole from 155 yards during round two. A big congratulations goes out to these special three and we hope for more to come! Boys 11 – 14 Division
In the boys 11 – 14 division, Nicholas Stuedli out of Charlotte, North Carolina will be crowned the Greenville Junior Shootout Champion with a two-day total of 155 (+13). Two shots behind him was James Walton with a two-day total of 157 (+15). Two shots behind Walton was Phil Jones with a two-day total of 159 (+159). Stuedli escaped with this victory thanks to his focus and diligence in avoiding the large numbers. In his two rounds, he only made two doubles. Walton playing out of Duluth, Georgia made four doubles and a triple, taking him out of the running. Jones, playing out of Alpharetta, Georgia carded three doubles and a triple making it very difficult to post a solid round yet alone win a tournament. Stuedli deserved this victory because he stayed in the moment and played every single shot as if it were his last. Every shot counts no matter what is going through a player’s head, especially on a day in which the entire field is struggling. Stuedli showed some exceptional heart this weekend and we hope he continues his stellar play. Girls 11 – 14 Division
Everyone always says your best competition is yourself and Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, South Carolina proved that this week. Being the only girl in this division and in the entirety of the field, she was only battling the course. Due to her status as the only girl, she had to be paired with the younger boys in order for the pairings to be equal. Faced with this unique situation, Richards rose to the occasion and fought adversity all the way to the end. She must have been a little nervous during the first day possibly explaining her poor play. But she showed some serious gumption and came back in the second round posting an 88 (+17) knocking fifteen strokes off her first round total of 103 (+32). Keep in mind, the second day was much harder to score due to the rain and wind making this round much more impressive then it already is. Weather: Saturday – Low 80’s and mostly sunny with scattered showers. Sunday – Consistent Showers 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 HJGT 2014 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.