Ferguson's 80.6 par or better percentage aided an impressive finish
Uwadia's impressive first round was enough to earn a top finish
Hilton Head, SC (January 20, 2013) – It was a busy weekend on the road for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour with coupled tournaments in both Orlando, FL and Hilton Head, SC. The Hilton Head tournament was the first outside of the Florida state line for the 2013 schedule, which brings forth numerous new venues in Alabama, Tennessee, and Ohio. At stake for this weekend’s event was 4 AJGA performance stars, awarded to the top competitor in each division. Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS) ranked the event and top 10 finishers received points towards year end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
The Boys 15-18 Age Division was won by Ewen Ferguson of Scotland who was one of the several competitors from the JPGA that competed at this weekend’s event in Hilton Head, SC. Of the seven major statistical categories Ferguson led the field in five. Most impressive was his six birdies through two days of play. After posting a score of one over on day one, Ferguson came in to the second day determined to outdo himself, however the course had a different agenda. With an 80.6 percent par or better stat line it was evident that Ferguson had the upper hand throughout the contest yet faltered by posting two double bogeys on the back nine of day one. The consensus of the competition for the weekend revealed that the front nine played much easier then the back as the scorecards would show. This is further evidenced by Drake Cassidy of Hartsville, SC who was on pace to post an even score on the back nine of day two despite a rough spell with the putter on holes 16 through 18. Cassidy shot a two-day total of 151, six out of the lead. Cassidy proved best on all par 4’s where his average was 4.23.The bout for third place was won by Oliver Lehmann of Switzerland. Lehmann’s 22 pars guided him to a top three finish.
Anita Uwadia from Lagos, Nigeria cruised in to win the Girls 15-18 division with a strong first round of +5 to finish with a final score of +17. Statistically, Uwadia and Beckel (T-2nd) led the field with 21 total pars. Furthermore, Uwadia was in the top four in six of the seven measured statistical categories, which seemed to create the necessary separation for a top finish. There was a tie for second place in the division with Kasidy Beckel, a Bluffton native, and Stephanie Liu from Hardeeville, South Carolina shooting +19. for the top finish. Liu finished first in three of the statistical categories receiving the most birdies (3), most par breakers (8.3%), and most notably her 4.67 average on par fives between the two days.
The Boys 11-14 age division disclosed the lowest score of all competition with Alec Weary from the neighboring city of Bluffton, SC dominating the course both Saturday and Sunday. Both Alec and younger brother Drew placed in the top 3 and sibling rivalry came into full fruition on day two when the brothers were in the final pairing together. A. Weary was crushing the ball, hitting his drives a minimum of 20 yards past his competition on the majority of the holes. A. Weary Shot a two day total of 144 and was the only individual to shoot even par in a round on either day. A. Weary was the day one leader of last weekend’s event at Amelia National in Fernandina Beach, FL but slipped out of the top spot on day two and finished the event in second place. A. Weary’s most notable statistics were 5 birdies, 25 pars, and a 4.67 average on all par 5’s. The top 3 for the boys 11-14 age division was filled in entirety with South Carolina natives. Two of the boys were from Mount Pleasant, SC and the brothers from Bluffton, SC. Finishing second was Jamie Wilson of Mount Pleasant, SC. Wilson finished 5 over par trailing A. Weary by 3 shots. Wilson, the day one leader, struggled to keep up with A. Weary on day two but still managed to finish with an equal amount of pars and one less birdie. Third place resulted in a two-way tie between Kent Lawrence, also of Mount Pleasant, SC and the previously mentioned younger brother of Alec, Drew Weary. Lawrence and D. Weary both shot 15 over par and shot the same scores on opposite days. While D. Weary posted a 77 day one and an 80 day two, Lawrence shot adverse of his competition with an 80 day one and 77 day two. Weather: Saturday: low 40’s to high 50’s, mostly cloudy, winds around 20 mph Sunday: low 50’s to low 60’s, sunny Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,750 Boy’s 11-14 division: 6,196 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,750 EFX Birdie Challenge: Boy’s 15-18 division: Ewen Ferguson Boy’s 11-14 division: Alec Weary Girl’s 15-18 division: Stephanie Liu 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, with stops in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. To stay up to date and have quick access at your fingertips make sure to download the HJGT app, free of charge for Iphone, Blackberry, and Android users.