Greenwood Jr. Challenge Greenwood, SC May 31-June1

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Greenwood, South Carolina on Saturday May 31st – Sunday June 1st to host the Greenwood Junior Challenge. Although there was a chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend, the bad weather held off for the most part. Winners in each division receive an automatic bid into the 2014 Tour Championship December 6-7 and Mid Season Invitational June 22-24. Furthermore, players competed for Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and Florida Junior Tour Exemptions. The top 10 finishers receive points toward year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.  

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Boys 15-18 The first round of the Greenwood Junior Challenge saw a lot of competitive play. The leader, Will Strickland, was one under, and there were six players within three shots of the lead. Strickland carded a two under 34 on the back nine, and also eagled the par 5, 5th hole on Day 1. However, defending champion, Coleman Self, had his own agenda for the final round. After an even par first round, Self came out and blazed his way to a seven under 65. Self let the field keep pace with him on the front nine, but shot a five under par 31 on the back nine to take home the trophy. He eagled the 18th hole both days, but really put his exclamation point on his round by drilling his second shot within six feet of the hole on the final day. Self won the tournament by five strokes, while Alex Shead and Michael McKee finished tied for second place. Self stole the show, but Shead and McKee were both two under for the tournament and had their own brilliant moments. Shead was three under in his final nine holes, and McKee nearly holed out his second shot on the par 4, 8th hole.

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Girls 15-18 Jaelyn Tindal came out very strong on the first day of the Greenwood Junior Challenge and shot one over 73. However, her sister Jodee Tindal was right on her tail after carding a four over 76. Although third place finisher, Emily Cox, hung around shooting a six over 78 on both days, the final stretch was a race between the Tindal sisters. After bogeying and double bogeying the 11th hole and 12th hole, respectively, Jaelyn only led her sister by one stroke heading to 13, and it looked like it would come down to the wire. However, Jaelyn composed herself and carded back-to-back birdies on the 13 and 14 to regain control of the tournament. Jodee couldn’t quite put together a hot enough streak towards the end to challenge her sister, and Jaelyn walked away with first place at four over for the tournament. Still, Jodee finished the tournament seven over which was good for second place.

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Boys 11-14 Jackson Tyler came out hot on the first day of the tournament and carded a one over 73. However, JT Smith was only three shots back of the lead after shooting a 76 on Day 1. Through the first five holes in the final round, Smith was three under and caught Tyler to take a share of the lead. However, after the hot start, Smith couldn’t continue his momentum. Tyler shot a one under 35 on the final nine holes to separate himself from the pack and came out victorious by seven strokes. Chad Carter, who matched Smith’s final score to tie for second place, had some of his own highlights. To start the final round, Smith chipped in for eagle on the par 5, 1st hole. However, Tyler’s consistency is what allowed him to take home the first place trophy.

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Girls 11-14 Anna Grace Brock placed first at Greenwood and Emily Dunlap took home second. Brock’s highlights on the first day were birdying the par 3, 6th hole and par 4, 13th hole. She then finished strong with a nine over par 81 on the final day. She claimed the final victory by a comfortable 11 strokes.   Weather Day 1 -  Mostly cloudy, high 70’s – low 80’s, light intervals of rain, light breeze Day 2  – Mostly cloudy, mid 70’s, moderate breeze Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18 – 6,773 Boys 11-14 – 6,113 Girls 15-18 – 5,620 Girls 11-14 – 5,620 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 HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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