The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Greenwood, SC on May 30-31, 2015 for the Greenwood Junior Challenge. Players enjoyed hot and humid conditions in the first round and an overcast, humid day two. Top three finishers in all divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and 1st place winner in each age division received an invitation to the HJGT National Championship. The Girl’s 15-18 champion received four AJGA stars while the top three finishers each received one. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 division was a close race with the top two individuals finishing within four strokes of each other. Consistency was important for winner, Nick Willis of Cowpens, SC, as he shot a 72 day one and a 70 on day two for a two day total of 142. Coming in second was Montgomery Harrison of Evans, GA, with a two-day total of 146 and coming in third was Kodey Popplewell of Rogersville, TN with a cumulative two-day score of 151. Willis and Harrison were tight coming into the final holes, both finished two under on Sunday but ultimately it was Willis’s day one score of 72 that made the difference. This was Nick’s first win this season on the HJGT Tour.
After the first day of the Boys 13-14 division, it was anyone’s tournament to win, with only five strokes separating first from fifth. Ultimately, South Carolina native Johnny Valasquez’s 75 on Sunday distanced him from the pack and with a two-day total of 149, won by eight strokes. Coming in second was Caleb Henson with a two-day score of 157, and in third, Rafe Reynolds with a two-day total of 159. This is Valasquez first win on the HJGT Tour this season.
Elle Johnson of Inman, SC came away with a win by two strokes over Abigail Bolt of Woodstock, GA. Both shot an 82 on the second day, but Johnson’s 78 on day one helped her get to first place, ending with a total of 160. Bolt finished with a 162 overall for second place shooting a one under 71 in the second round en route to a two-day score of 144. Coming in third was Ashlee Richardson with a two-day score of 163. Johnson led the whole tournament by two strokes, even during the first round she kept her composure and finished plus six for day one. She was the only player to be under par in the round of any age division and also had the lowest score of any player. It is Johnson’s first win of 2015 on the HJGT Tour. Weather: Day 1- Low of 75 to high of 88, sunny, winds 3-5 MPH Day 2- Low of 64 to high of 85, partly cloudy, winds 0-5 MPH. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,783 yards Boys 13-14-6,121 yards Girls 15-18-5,613 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 five age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.comExperience #TheHurricaneDifference