Hilton Head Junior Challenge, October 19-20, 2016

Hilton Head Junior Challenge

 (October 19-20, 2016)


The Sun was Shining on the Island

  This weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina to take on Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club. It was a beautiful weekend as the golfers were able to handle the tough challenges the course had to offer. Thank you to Eagle’s Pointe Golf Course for allowing HJGT to host this event at their wonderful course. Five age divisions were in play this weekend as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and AJGA PBE Stars were on the line. The top ten finishers in each division will receive points towards the Hurricane Cup. Additionally, the winner of each division will be invited to play in the National Championship held later this year in December.    Boys 16-18 Division 


The champion in this division was Erik MacDonald, out of Braintree, Massachusetts. Erik took home the trophy after a two-day total of 151. Putting up a great fight and coming in at second was Alan Smith, who shot 152 to end the tournament. The third place finisher was Mark Laken, who finished with 153 through 36 holes. Only two strokes separated first and third. Smith made a fantastic save from the trees for birdie on the final hole to make a late charge, but MacDonald was able to get back up and finish strong. Each young man showed excellent sportsmanship this weekend. It was a pleasure to meet each contestant and HJGT hopes to see all of them very soon.     Boys 14-15 Division  


There was great competition in this division. Ty Hutson was able to come out on top.  Hutson, out of Metter, Georgia finished with a 157. Second place went to Jack Tickle, while third place went to Jason Cruise Jr. Hutson also lead all competitors in the division with 7 birdies during play. Many of the young men this weekend have dreams of playing at the next level. If they keep up the hard work and dedication they will be on their way to signing letters of intent.       Girls 14-18 Division  


Hanna Kiefer, from Kronberg, Germany - representing the Junior Golf Player Academy - was able to withstand all competition shooting par day one and finishing with a total of 150.  It was Vivian Yen who secured the second place finish. Ally Steffen rounded out the top three. Kiefer lead many scoring categories for the division finishing with the most birdies and par holes this weekend. All of the young ladies showed their true love for the game dealing with the challenges of the course.       Boys 11-13 Division  


Jonathan Griz, out of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was able to better his nearest opponent by 11 strokes. Griz shot one over each round finishing with a total score of 144. Second place went to Steven Lee.  Third place was shared by Wyatt Woodard and Keenan Royalty. Griz lead his division with 8 birdies and over 20 holes shooting par. These young boys showed excellent poise throughout the weekend. HJGT hopes to see a lot more of these gentlemen in the future.       Girls U13 Division  


Sierra Fink, out of Tyrone, Georgia, was able to bring the trophy home after finishing with a 189 through 36 holes. Fink made 1 birdie during play and finished with 8 holes at par. Fink played with a great attitude throughout the whole tournament. We look forward to seeing her out on the course again soon.         Weather September 24-25, 2016:   Round 1: Low 78, High 52, Partly Cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph Round 2: Low 59, High 40, Sunny, Wind 5-10 mph     Tournament Division Yardages   Boys 16-18: 6,604 yards Boys 14-15: 6,604 yards Girls 14-18: 5,510 yards Boys 11-13: 5,510 yards Girls U13: 5,510    About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.   For more information regarding the 2016 HJGT 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   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference     


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