Milanowski goes the distance to win Henderson comes from behind to capture first
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Braselton, Georgia on March 29-30 for the Hurricane Tour Shop Series at Chateau Elan. The large competitive field of both boys and girls posted low numbers during both rounds. Winners from all the age 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. Additionally, each of the top ten finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, all HJGT Team, and the Hurricane Cup. All divisions were also ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, received South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points. Four AJGA Performance Stars were awarded to the Boys 15-18 division winner and the top five finishers received one. One AJGA Performance Star was awarded to the champion of the Boys 11-14 division and the Girls 11-14 division.
Jake Milanowski of Peachtree City, Georgia highlighted the Boys 15-18 division with his impressive play. Milanowski won his division by two strokes after posting duel rounds of 72 for a total score of 144. Back to back birdies on holes five and six, and birdies again on holes 10, 12, 14, and 15 headlined Milanowski’s Saturday scorecard. On Sunday, he made two birdies on holes two and nine on his way to capturing first place. Milanowski had the most birdies in the division as well as the longest bogey free streak. Connor Coffee of Peachtree City, Georgia finished second in the division. Coffee was able to birdie on holes four, six, thirteen, and fifteen during his first round. This allowed him to fire a one over par, 72, on Saturday. Coffee then birdied holes nine, fifteen, and sixteen on Sunday on his way to a final round score of 74. He carded a total score of 146. Justin Kim of Rome, Georgia finished the tournament in third place for the Boys 15-18 division. Kim fired a score of 78 during round one. He bettered that by four strokes during round two to post a 74. The highlight of Kim’s round was his birdie on hole seventeen on Sunday. Kim’s consistencies lead him to making a total of 25 pars over the weekend, the most in the division.
In the Girls 15-18 division, Gracie Henderson, of Norcross, Georgia took home the trophy with a come from behind win. On Saturday she fired an 85, four strokes off of the leader, Nicole Latka of Roswell, Georgia. On Sunday she was able to play well enough again to overtake Latka by two strokes. Henderson’s two birdies on Sunday were what captured her first place. She finished with a total weekend score of 172. Latka finished in second after falling behind Henderson. Latka fired an 81 on Saturday, the lowest of the tournament for the division. She also made three birdies on Saturday on holes nine, ten and fifteen. During round two she challenged Henderson throughout the round but it was not enough as she carded a 93. Finishing in third place was Anna Greer of Tifton, Georgia. The highlight of her round was when she made consecutive birdies on holes eight and nine on Saturday. Greer fired consistent rounds of 87 and 88 for a total weekend score of 175.
Finishing tied for first in the Boys 11-14 division with scores of 154, Andy Mao of John’s Creek, Georgia and Tommy Su of John’s Creek, Georgia headed to the eighteenth hole for a sudden death playoff. Su and Mao battled back and forth all weekend, but Su’s impressive 30 foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole secured his victory. Su opened with a score of 76 and fired a 78 on Sunday. Su made two birdies during each of his rounds, both on the front nine. The runner up Andy Mao, made eight consecutive pars on holes 11 through 18 to post a 74 on Saturday, the lowest in the division. Mao carded an 80 on Sunday with plenty more pars to bring his weekend total to 25, the most in the division. Finishing in third place was Andrew Mora of Douglasville, GA. He posted an 81 on Saturday and was able to better that by seven strokes on Sunday to card a 74. Mora made a total of five birdies throughout his two rounds, with four coming on Sunday. He had a weekend total of 155, just one stroke behind the leader.
Brooke Sansom of Pike Road, Alabama won the Girls 11-14 division by an impressive seven strokes. Sansom had extremely low scores both days, posting a 72 on Saturday and a 74 on Sunday. She had two birdies on Saturday, and added four to her birdie count on Sunday. Sansom finished the tournament with the most birdies and most pars, 22, in the division. Abigail Bolt of Woodstock, Georgia finished in second place after rounds of 74 and 79. Bolt’s two birdies on Saturday and her three birdies on Sunday helped her fire a total weekend score of 153. After traveling from Wake Forest, NC, Haeley Wotnosky finished in third place in her first HJGT tournament. Wotnosky ended the weekend with scores of 78 and 77. She birdied the seventeenth hole on Saturday and added another birdie on Sunday after carding a four on the long par five ninth hole. Wotnosky’s weekend total was a respectable 155. Weather: Saturday- High of 67, rainy and windy Sunday- High of 64, sunny and cold in the morning Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,706 yards Boys 11-14- 6,023 yards Girls 15-18- 5,599 yards Girls 11-14- 5,169 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.