Hilton Head Junior Shootout – March 21-22, 2015
Campbell, Uwadia and Azallion seal victory
Wrigley finishes strong to win
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour returned to Bluffton, South Carolina on March 21-22, 2015 for the Hilton Head Junior Shootout at Island West. Players battled through soaking wet conditions throughout the event. The top three finishers in each division received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. The winners in each division received an invitation to the 2015 National Championship. All four divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Additionally winners of the Girls 15-18 Division (top 3 finishers) and Boys 15-18 Division earned AJGA PBE Stars.
The Boy’s 15-18 division was loaded with talent who demonstrated their power and precision despite the difficult conditions. By the end of the first round there were 12 players within three strokes of the leader, Walker Campbell of Hilton Head Island, SC. The final round was consistently plagued with periods of heavy rain but Campbell managed to secure the victory finishing even par on the weekend. Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea finished two over on the weekend to claim second place. Both Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, SC and Tyler Johnson of Knoxville, TN finished three over on the weekend in a tie for third place. Phillips had the low round of Sunday finishing with 70. The coveted award for most birdies on the weekend resulted in a tie between Brian Clark of Knoxville, TN and Alex Shead of Appling, GA. Drew Smith of Decatur, GA had the most pars of the division on the weekend with 28. Phillips accolades don’t stop with third place. He also managed a bogey free streak of 18 holes from the last hole of the first round to the penultimate hole of the final.
In the Girls 15-18 division, a tight race in the first round brought out the competitive spirit and drive in each player and produced an impressive finish. Anita Uwadia of Hilton Head Island, SC finished one under on the weekend. Close behind her throughout each round was Isidora Nilsson of Santiago, Chile finishing the weekend five over to secure second place. Gaby Amos of Gainesville, FL finished the weekend six over to take home third place. Uwadia finished the weekend with the victory, the most birdies of the division with eleven and a bogey free streak of 14 lasting through most of the first round. Nilsson also claimed many awards including the most pars at 27 and the most pars or better bringing the total up to 30. Natalie Peterson of Holly Springs, NC lead the division with the best par five average at 4.9 strokes.
The Boys 13-14 division was a close race between three players at the close of the first round. Daniel Azallion of Hilton Head Island, SC managed to stay just one step ahead of the competition finishing three over on the weekend. Close behind him was Drayton Stewart of Charleston, SC finishing the weekend five over to secure second place. Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, MA finished eleven over on the weekend to take home third place. Azallion took home the awards of most birdies of the division with four, most pars with 26 and a 12 hole bogey free streak. Stewart led the division in the par five average with 4.8 strokes.
The Girls 11-14 division was a promising division. Caroline Wrigley of Wexford, PA finished the weekend ten over to take home the top spot. Kennedy Anne Noe of Knoxville, TN and Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, SC tied with twenty over on the weekend. Wrigley also took home most birdies of the division with four, most pars with 20 and a bogey free streak of 8 holes. Noe had a bogey free streak of six, 17 pars and two birdies on the weekend. Burnett finished with 18 pars, five hole bogey free streak and a par five average of 5.5 strokes. We look forward to seeing these bright stars at our future tournaments. Weather: Day 1- Low of 61 to high of 67, Partly Sunny, winds 5-10 MPH Day 2- Low of 60 to high of 64, Rainy, winds 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,684 yards Boys 13-14-6,170 yards Girls 15-18-5,742 yards Girls 11-14-5,047 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 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 HJGT, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Experience #TheHurricaneDifference