HJ Glove Junior Open May 19-20, 2012

Taylor finishes in the red

Yi comes from behind


Bluffton, SC (May 20, 2012) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the HJ Glove Open this weekend at Crescent Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, SC. Players came from all around the Southeastern part of the United States. The Carolina’s were well represented. Other states represented this weekend included Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. There was also a very good international showing as there were players from Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and Nigeria. Besides a rain shower that came through early on Sunday morning the weather made for perfect conditions. Temperatures were in the 70’s and topped out in the 80’s in the afternoon with the sun present for a majority of the tournament. The Boys 15-18 Division first place trophy was captured by Payton Taylor from Vero Beach, FL. Taylor turned in a two day total of 139 (70 + 69), finishing at 3 under par. Payton was one of three players to finish under par on day one but was the only one who finished under par for the tournament. Taylor led the field in birdies with a total of 7 (3 on day 1, 4 on day 2). Taylor was able to guide his way around the tough back nine at Crescent Pointe to finish 1 under on those holes.  Taylor did most of his damage on the front nine as he shot back to back 34’s. Taylor was also able to play both the par 3’s and par 5’s under par (2.80 and 4.88 respectively). Taylor didn’t do much worse on the par 4’s as he finished with an average of 4.0. There was a tie for second place between Toks Pedro of Bowie, MD and Sharp Turner of Sumter, SC. Both posted a final score of (147), finishing 8 strokes back at 5 over. Pedro stayed relatively consistent as he posted a 74 and a 73. Turner was tied for the lead after the first round and was not able to hold on as he shot a 77 after his 70 on day 1 to fall into a tie for second. In the Girls 15-18 Division first place honors was taken home by Eunice Yi of Evans, GA. Yi posted a two day total of 152 (80 + 72) to finish 10 over par. Yi led the field in Pars as well as most pars or better with 66.7%. After sitting in third place after day 1 Yi came out strong opening up with 6 pars. When YI did have problems she kept them to a minimum as she only had one score greater than a bogey, which came on the 9th. Yi turned that around by birdieing that hole on day 2. Coming in second place at the HJ Glove Junior Open was Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria. Uwadia posted a total score of 155 (79 + 76) over the two days to finish at 13 over par. Uwadia was tied for the lead for most birdies with 4. Uwadia also led the field in Par 5 performance with a 5.38 scoring average. Taking home the third place trophy for the Girls 15-18 Division was Kaeli Jones of Sumterville, FL. Jones carded a combined score of 160 (83 + 77) to finish 18 over. Taking home the top honors in the Boys 11-14 Division was Hunter Dunagan of Martinez, GA. Dunagan finished 3 over par with a total two day score of 145 (72 + 73). Dunagan led the field in most pars or better at 88.9%. That stat was not surprising after he turned in an astonishing 16 straight pars during round two. Dunagan also led his age division in Par 4 and Par 5 performance.  Dunagan now takes a commanding lead in the Boys 11-14 points chase. Finishing 5 strokes behind Dunagan was Zak Butt who posted a 150 (74 +76). One stroke behind Butt was Kyle Spencer, who turned in a 75 and a 76 respectively for a total of 151 for the tournament. For more information on the HJ Glove Junior Open, please visit the HJGT fan page on Facebook.com. To get up to the minute tweets during tournaments and important HJGT news follow us on Twitter. Also, be sure to check out player quotes in our weekly video, which can be found on the HJGT website. For a direct link to the HJGT Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel and final round results please visit www.hjgt.org.       Weather: Saturday- Mostly Sunny and highs around 80 Sunday- Morning rain shower (periods of heavy rain), clearing to mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70’s   Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18: 6638 Boys 11-14: 6177 Girls 15-18: 5762   Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division

EFX Birdie Challenge: Payton Taylor Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Charlie Spencer-White Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Ryan Carpenter Girls 15-18 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Kaeli Jones Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Eunice Yi Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Anita Uwadia Boys 11-14 Division: EFX Birdie Challenge: Christian Salzer Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Hunter Dunagan Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Hunter Dunagan   Bridgestone Challenge: Corey Martin   Golf Pride Comback Award:Boys 15-18 Division:

JJ Casasus JD Moore Chris Armstrong Boys 11-14 Division: Christian Salzer Girls 15-18 Division: Eunice Yi   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, 11-14 and Girls 15-18. 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast, with stops in Florida, Gerogia, and South Carolina.

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