Day 2 Rainout Forces 4 Way Tie
Uwadia Finishes2 under Par
Hilton Head Island, SC (March 24, 2013) – The HJGT returned to Hilton Head Island, SC for the Hilton Head Jr. Shootout. The event was hosted by Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club. Hilton Head is a tour favorite of the HJGT. Located at the Southern tip of South Carolina the Island is a golfer’s paradise replete with great golf venues. Eagle’s Pointe is a par 71 Davis Love III signature course which features large pines, wetlands, and boldly contoured greens. In the game of golf there is always a gamble with weather. Fortunately the HJGT has been blessed to avoid the debacle of fierce elements thus far into the 2013 season, until now. Rain struck Saturday afternoon shortly after the first tee time was sent off. Players were sent back to the clubhouse for a respite from the heavy rainfall then were able to return to the course and complete the rounds without further delay. Weather Sunday was less pleasing with light to heavy rains and lightning forcing the cancellation of round 2. The top 10 across each of the four age divisions earned points toward year end honors, the Hurricane Cup, and all HJGT teams. The player with the most birdies from the weekend was awarded an EFX bracelet as part of the EFX Birdie Challenge.
The rainout Sunday eliminated all hopes of a playoff for 1st place in the boy’s 15-18 division. The tournament finished with a 4 way tie for the lead between Kyle Fuller of Huntersville, NC, Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, SC, Rafa Jauregui of Mexico, and S.M. Lee of Buford, GA who all shot even par. Trailing the foursome by one stroke was Luis Ruiz, Matt Brittain, Bryson Nimmer, and Oliver Lehmann. Fuller and Lee led the group with the highest par or better percentage of 88.9%. Fuller had 2 spurts of 4 consecutive pars on the back 9 Saturday. Shooting 9 consecutive pars on the back 9 for Fuller was prevented by a double bogey on hole 14. Alike Fuller, S.M Lee performed extremely well on the back 9. Lee shot a perfect par or better percentage of 100% with 7 straight pars followed by 2 birdies to finish the round. Jauregui had a leg up on his competition throughout the par 3's in the event. Shooting an average of 2.50 Jauregui shot par on holes 3 and 8 with birdies on 11 and 15. Jauregui also achieved the most birdies from the lead group with 5, 3 of which came one after the other on holes 14-16. Phillips dominated par 5’s accumulating one eagle and a 4.33 average on all par 5’s. Phillips played consistent golf, shooting par on both sides with an eagle on the front and 2 birdies on the back.
The girl’s 15-18 age division produced the 2 lowest scores of all competition. Anita Uwadia of Nigeria and Isidora Quevedo of Chile epitomized great golf. The two international students are currently under tutelage at the JPGA academy in South Carolina and have quickly become conventional names to the HJGT leaderboards. Uwadia who was also crowned champ of the Hilton Head National Jr. Classic (Jan.19-20) beat out Quevedo by one stroke. Both girls shot identical 5 birdies and 10 pars to total a par or better percentage of 83.3. It was Quevedo’s double bogey on hole 10 that removed her from contention for the title. In third place was Ella Woods of St. Augustine, FL who posted an 81, to finish 10 over par. Woods finished with an astonishing 9 pars.
From the younger boy’s division Ray Navis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL earned first place honors. Navis who shot an impressive 72.2 par or better percentage presented a scorecard teeming with pars and birdies after the first round of competition Saturday. Navis finished the round with a total score of 72 (+1). Placing in second and finishing 2 over for the round was Bluffton, SC native Drew Weary. Weary amassed 4 birdies and 8 pars. Weary caught fire early in his round shooting par, birdie, birdie, par, par on holes 2-6. Shooting 4 over par, enough for third, was James Wohler of Savannah, GA. Wohler Shot 10 pars and finished the round shooting an average of 3.00 on all par 3’s at Eagle’s Pointe.
Preeya Shah of Fayeteville, NC topped out the girl’s 11-14 age division. Shah was relevant to all major statistical categories for the Hilton Head Jr. Shootout. Most notably was Shah’s 12 pars and 5.00 average on all par 5’s. Lauren Waidner of Fleming Island, SC led the division with 3 birdies and a 3.25 average on all par 3’s. Bardwell won out third place in the division tying Waidner for 1st with 3 birdies. Weather: Saturday – Mostly Cloudy, afternoon rains with a high of 59 and a low of 45. Sunday- RAINOUT Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,762 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,281 Girl’s 11-14 & 15-18 division: 5,511 Tournament Awards: EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Rafa Jauregui, Luis Ruiz, Gbenga Toriola Boy’s 11-14 division: Ray Navis, Drew Weary Girl’s 15-18 division: Anita Uwadia, Isidora Quevedo Girl’s 11-14 division: Lauren Waidner, Mikayla Bardwell 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.