Weede wins Major at Pebble Creek
Yang's 73 leads her to victory
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed to Taylors, South Carolina to host the Major Championship at Pebble Creek on October 12-13. The tournament, which was held at Pebble Creek Golf Club, was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard Ranking. The Boys 15-18 Champion was awarded four AJGA performance stars and the rest of the top five each earned one. Winners in each division also received a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card. The winners, along with other top 20 finishers, will receive double points towards year-end honors. Those points will also count towards the 2013 inaugural Hurricane Cup. Players also earn points for the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage (SCJGA) and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA). Along with all Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Majors, and an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship is up for grabs and caddies were allowed.
In the boys 15-18 division, Jackson Weede from Greenville, South Carolina was able to hold on to the Major Championship despite triple-bogeying the 10th hole on Sunday. He was able to birdie three of the next seven holes to shoot a -4/138 over the weekend. Weede would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with eight birdies for the weekend. He would also have a field best performance on par five holes with a 4.3 scoring average. Peyton Shore from Saluda, South Carolina was able to jump into 2nd place after birdieing the first three holes on Sunday. Shore had seven birdies, a field best performance on par fours with a scoring average of 4.0, and a 3-hole birdie streak. Zach Zediker from Gary, Georiga gets an honorable mention shooting the best round of the tournament with a -5/66 on Sunday, which helped him earn a tie for 3rd place with Christian Salzer from Sumter, South Carolina. Salzer would post a field high 29 pars for the weekend while Zediker had a bogey free streak spanning 15 holes. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Players of the Week were Zach Zediker and Chase Cale who both improved their first round scores by 14 strokes.
Alissa Yang from Norcross, Georgia had the best round both days in the girls 15-18 division. She shot a 77 on Saturday and improved that score by four strokes on Sunday to win the Major Championship. Yang was able to do this by birdieing three straight holes on Sunday, which were also her only three birdies in the tournament. Yang also had the best par three and par four average in the division. Finishing in second was Victoria Huskey from Greenville, South Carolina with rounds of 79 and 74. She also had three birdies and 22 pars. Rounding out the top was Candler Kimsey from Sautee, Georgia. Her rounds of 78 and 87 were contributed from her 2 birdies and 14 pars for the weekend. The winner of the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Victoria Huskey when she improved her score by five strokes.
Alex Markham from Dacula, Georgia led the boys 11-14 division with six birdies to secure the victory at Pebble Creek. Markham also led the field in par four scoring average and par 5 scoring average. He birdied four of 11 par fours on Sunday and did not have a single bogey on a par five hole this weekend. It was his first victory since June 1st when he won at Greenwood Country Club. Markham also was the winner of the EFX Birdie Challenge with his 6 birdies. The second place finisher was Evan White from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, finishing three strokes behind Markham. White lead the field with 24 pars and had a 4.2 scoring average on par four holes. In third place was Sam McGee from Charlotte, North Carolina with a final score of 152. McGee had 22 pars and a bogey free streak spanning eight holes. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Players of the week were Austen Heider and Alex Thaller when they improved their first round scores by 8 strokes.
Rachel Kuehn of Ashville, North Carolina came from behind to win her first tournament of the season at Pebble Creek in the girls 11-14 division. Keuhn made three birdies over the weekend to defeat Carson McKie by five strokes. She also had the pest par three scoring average in the division, as she was able to make a birdie on at least one par three each day. McKie from Hoover, Alabama shot rounds of 82 and 86, tailing one birdie and 14 pars. She would also post the best scoring average on par four holes with a 4.7 average. Finishing in third was Skylar Thompson from Buford, Georgia. Skylar had a field best 19 pars on the weekend. Michelle Harn would improve her Saturday score by 10 strokes on Sunday to earn her the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week. Weather: Day 1: 77 degrees, chilly morning Day 2: 66 degrees, chilly morning, windy early Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6404 yards Girls 15-18- 5637 yards Boys 11-14- 6019 yards Girls 11-14- 5637 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18- Jackson Weede Girls 15-18- Bella Harris, Victoria Huskey, Alissa Yang Boys 11-14- Alex Markham Girls 11-14- Rachel Kuehn Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18- Zach Zediker, Chase Cale Girls 15-18- Victoria Huskey Boys 11-14- Austen Heider, Alex Thaller Girls 11-14- Michelle Harn 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 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio. For more information regarding the Major Championship at Pebble Creek, 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.