Bentley goes low for win Harris dominates by seven strokes
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Shelby, North Carolina on April 5th and 6th for the Hurricane Tour Shop Series at Deer Brook Golf Club. The competitive field of both boys and girls posted low numbers during both rounds. Winners from all divisions were invited to the Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. The top three finishers in each division received an invitation to the 2014 Hurricane Tour Shop Invitational. All divisions were ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points were up for grabs as well. Additionally, the top ten finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and The Hurricane Cup.
After posting scores of 72 and 74, Reed Bentley of Welford, South Carolina won the Boys 15-18 division by two strokes. Bentley had a total of five birdies on Saturday, including back to back birdies on holes fifteen and sixteen. He added to his birdie count on Sunday on the long par five second hole. Bentley finished the weekend with a total score of 146. Aaron Walker of Charlotte, North Carolina finished in second place with a total tournament score of 148. Walker had a total of five birdies on Saturday, four of which came on the back nine holes. Walker’s birdie on hole ten on Sunday helped contribute to his second round score of 73. Finishing in third, just two strokes behind Walker was Joey Lawrence of Augusta, Georgia. Lawrence had duel rounds of 75. He started the tournament on a high note with birdies on the first two holes on Saturday. Lawrence carded another birdie on Saturday on the tough par four sixteenth hole. He posted three birdies on his Sunday back nine, ending the weekend on a good note with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Bella Harris from Greenville, South Carolina won the Girls 15-18 division by seven strokes. She ended the weekend with a total score of 164. Harris carded three total birdies throughout her two days and carded a 79 and an 85 respectfully. Two for her three birdies came during her first round. Harris tied for most birdies and finished with the most pars in the division with 17. Posting scores of 89 and 82 was Madison Saladin of Lexington, Kentucky. She finished in second place with a total score of 171. Saladin also had three total birdies, tied for most in the division. Two of the birdies came on Sunday as she fired an 82. Megan Pollock of Medina, Ohio finished the tournament in third place. She had scores of 87 and 89 for a total of 176. Pollock had eight pars on Saturday and seven during her final round.
Will Sleeper of Charlotte, North Carolina won the Boys 11-14 division with a total score of 151. Sleeper posted rounds of 72 and 79 on his way to victory. Sleeper was able to hold on to his five stroke overnight lead and finished the tournament maintaining that lead. The highlight of Sleeper’s tournament was firing a two under par 34 on his Saturday back nine. Throughout the weekend Sleeper had five birdies, the most in the division. Finishing in second place was Phil Jones of Alpharetta, Georgia. He carded rounds of 77 and 79 for a weekend total of 156. Jones started round one strong, firing a one under par 35 on his Saturday front nine including three birdies. On Sunday he had one birdie on the front nine. Finishing one stroke behind Jones was Ben Woodruff of Huntersville, North Carolina. He had rounds of 79 and 78 which was enough for third place. Woodruff had a strong finish on Saturday after birdies on the final two holes. This translated into Sunday as he fired even par on his Sunday front nine after birdies on holes two and eight. Woodruff ended the weekend with a total of 157.
Just three strokes separated first from second in the Girls 11-14 division. Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, South Carolina came out victorious. She posted rounds of 86 and 93. Richardson got off to a fast start on Saturday with a birdie the second hole. She ended the tournament with a total score of 179. Finishing with a 183 was Jaden Harman of Grottoes, Virginia. She took second place after a pair of 91’s. Harman’s highlight of the weekend came when she birdied the par four 16th hole on Saturday. Emily Dunlap of Greenville, South Carolina finished in third place after scores of 96 and 93, totaling 189. Dunlap had a total of six pars throughout her two days. Weather: Saturday- high of 70, sunny Sunday- high of 55, windy and cold Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,865 yards Boys 11-14- 6,106 yards Girls 11-18- 5,600 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 four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, 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, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Connecticut. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org. Call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at 904-379-2697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.