Ferguson Wraps Up Player of the Year
Quevedo Wins for the First Time
Hilton Head, SC (Dec. 2) In the last tournament before the 2012 HJGT Tour Championship, the HJGT traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina for the Identi Club Junior Challenge at the George Fazio Golf Course of the Palmetto Dunes Ocean Resort. With over 70 junior golfers from South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and internationally from Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and Chile, competition was as usual at a high as two of the three divisions were decided by only one stroke. Although it was a bit chilly on Saturday morning, the weather remained pleasant as the sun shined all throughout the tournament. In the Boy's 15-18 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland came out on top. After the second round of play was completed, Ferguson, who attends the Junior Players Golf Academy, was tied for the lead with Philip Loeb of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and had to win a one-hole playoff to win his division. Heading into the 18th hole, Loeb held a one stroke lead over Ferugson, but fell into a tie as he 3 putted 18 for bogey while Ferguson made par. In the one hole playoff, Ferguson outdrove Loeb on the par-5 10th hole and then knocked his second shot on the green from 235 yards out to leave himself a 30 foot eagle butt. Loeb gave himself a chance, hitting a wedge to 15 feet to set up a birdie putt. But after Loeb's birdie putt slid by the cup Ferguson knocked his six foot birdie putt in the back of the cup to seal the victory and the Player of the Year points race. It should also be noted that although he did not win the Boys 15-18 Division, Loeb was able to sink the most par shots (23) in addition to coming in second in the Par 4 Performance Challenge while Ferguson claimed the Par 3 Performance Challenge title for his division. Rounding out the top 3 for the Boys 15-18 Division was Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, South Carolina. Nimmer's two day total was 150(+10) which was good enough to earn him the Par 4 Performance Challenge title as well. In yet another impressive performance, Zak Butt of Summerville, South Carolina won first place in the Boys 11-14 Division. Butt, who has won 5 other tournaments this year including the Major Championship at Pebble Creek, finished with a total score of 135(-5). Although another victory is impressive, it is the way that Butt won that was captivating. Butt shot a back nine 31 to blow away the field and leave no doubt who was winning this tournament. In his own words, Butt "scorched the back nine." Because of his dominant performance, Butt claimed the Par 3 and 4 Performance Challenges with averages of 2.88 and 3.88 respectively as well as sinking the most birdies and par shots. Coming in second place behind Butt was Drew Weary of Bluffton, South Carolina. Weary shot a two day total of 154 (+14) finishing only one stroke ahead of his older brother Alec, whose two day total was 155(+15). After the first day, Drew held a three stroke lead over his brother, however, Alec was able to draw within one stroke of his brother only to double bogey his last hole leaving him one stroke behind. In addition to beating his brother, Drew was also able to win the Par 5 Performance Challenge, which was the only statistical category not won by Butt. In the Girls 15-18 Division, the ladies of the Junior Players Golf Academy swept the boards by winning first, second, and third place. Winning her first tournament of the year after finishing in second place several times was Isidora Quevedo of Chile, who also won the Player of Year points race with her victory. After the first round, Quevedo who was five strokes behind third place finisher and teammate Teresa Casasus, posted a second round 69(-1) to cement the victory. In the end Quevedo shot a total score of 150(+10). In her impressive second round, Quevedo sank four birdies which moved her into first place in the Par 4 Performance Challenge with an average of 4.12. Coming in second behind Quevedo was Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria. Uwadia, who recently won the South Georgia Junior Classic, narrowly missed out winning the first place trophy by shooting a 151(+11). Uwadia was very consistent in her second day of play, however, as she made one birdie and only three bogeys. In fact, throughout the two days of play, Uwadia sank 25 par shots which was the most of any competitor in her division. Coming in third in the Girls 15-18 Division was Teresa Casasus of Spain. Casasus, who recently won the Loudmouth Golf Junior Open at Patriots Point, shot a two day total of 153 (+13) in addition to coming in second Par 5 Performance Challenge. One other notable competitor in the Girls 15-18 Division was Claire Hernandez of Ontario Canada. Although she narrowly missed coming in third, Hernandez was able to win the Par 3 and Par 5 Performance Challenges with averages of 3.00 and 5.00 respectively. Weather: Saturday: Temperature in the mid to high 60's, windy and sunny Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70's Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6631 Boys 11-14 Division: 6003 Girls 15-18 Division: 5656 Tournament Awards:Boys 15-18 Division
EFX Birdie Challenge: Ewen Ferguson Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Bryson Nimmer Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Ewen Ferguson Girls 15-18 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Claire Hernandez Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Isidora Quevedo Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Claire Hernandez Boys 11-14 Division EFX Birdie Challenge: Zak Butt Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Zak Butt Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Drew Weary 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 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.