On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour travel team headed to Osprey Point at Kiawah Island, S.C. to run the Kiawah Island Junior Challenge. With rain in the forecast every day, the tournament was sure to be a tough one. Wet and windy conditions dominated Friday’s practice rounds, but the players came out to round one on Saturday to near ideal conditions, with exception to some wind. Sunday was a different story. Rain and northern winds neared 20 MPH, which made for a cold round. The 68 golfers in the field braved the elements and posted impressive scores considering the conditions. We would like to thank the personnel of Osprey Point for their awesome hospitality and generosity through the entire tournament. The top five from the Boys 14-18 division received AJGA Stars. Junior Golf Scoreboard points went to boys 14-18 and girls 14-18. Winners in each age division received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three finishers in each division were awarded exemptions into the 2016 Mid Season Invitational at Chateau Elan June 11-13, 2016.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Jose Aguilar[/caption] Point at Kiawah Island proved to be a tough task for all age groups this weekend and the weather conditions did not make it any easier. After finishing the first round in first place with a score of (74), Jose Aguilar of Leon, Mexico, continued his success in the second round. An early second round charge from TJ Nolan, of Rapid City, S.D., was spoiled when Aguilar pulled off two late birdies on 16 and 18 to force a playoff between the two. After a push on the first hole of the playoff, Aguilar drained a long putt to seal the victory in the cold and rain on the second playoff hole.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Jackson Toole[/caption] The race could not have been much tighter for the winner this weekend. The weather did not seem to affect the 14-15 boys as their scores stayed consistent. The first round ended with a tie at 79 between Jackson Toole from Vidalia, Ga., and Arthur Draijer of Luxembourg. These two played nearly even golf both days; Toole finished with two birdies in round two, which proved to be the deciding factor. Toole shot a 77 in the second round to finish with a 12-over-par total of 156 en route to earning his second HJGT victory in less than a month! Draijer was not far off Toole’s pace in posting a 79 in round two and 158 overall. Jackson Skeen of Jonesborough, Tenn., nearly kept up with the pace of the leaders to finish in third. His four birdies and four pars brought him closer to the lead to finish the round at 83 and 165 overall.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Manning Sloop[/caption] The 11-13 boys had a tough competition this weekend at the Kiawah Island Junior Challenge. Again, the players may have acted as if they were affected by the weather but their scores barely showed it. Manning Sloop of Rock Hill, S.C. came back from a stroke behind to finish the weekend with a 146 after a second round 74 to grab the victory. An impressive four birdies on the weekend for Sloop proved to be the winning recipe. Sloop came into round two down by a stroke to Jonathan Griz of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Griz finished round one at one-over and finished the tournament with a six-over-par 150. Jacob Fripp of Rincon, Ga., came in third after a score of 98 in the second round resulted in a 190 tournament total.
Girls 14-18 Division
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The winner or the 14-18 girls division was Katie James from Pittsburg, Pa. She did what it took to hang on in round two in posting a 12-over-par 84 to finish at 164. She held off a charging Victoria England, who was in it until the end. England, an Oakland, Tenn., native posted the best round on Sunday, an eight-over-par 80, to post 167, just three off the pace. Vivian Yen of Taipei had the most birdies in round two with three and shot a 169, just five behind James.
Girls 13U Division
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Savannah Hylton[/caption] Savannah Hylton of Hilton Head, S.C., was the only competitor in the Girls 13U division, but her play would have stood up to almost anyone. Savannah highlighted her first round with an eagle on the par-5 No. 2, an impressive feat given the conditions. Her second round score of 82 followed up an 88 in round one, which resulted in a 170 on the weekend.
Weather February 6-7, 2016
Round 1: Low 37, High 47, Sunny skies, Chilly all day, Winds NNW 10-15 MPH
Round 2: Low 37, High 45, Cloudy and rain, Winds NNW 15-20 MPH
Tournament Division Yardage
Boys 16-18: 6,736
Boys 14-15: 6,736
Boys 11-13: 5,734
Girls 14-18: 5,734
Girls 13U: 5,130