(June 21, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at the International Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to host the Myrtle Beach Junior Challenge. Day one was hot and humid with a heat index well into the 100s while day two while still humid had a steadier breeze throughout. The course played very tough for most of the competitors which made for an exciting battle down to the end for all age divisions. All the winners of each division will get an invite to the 2015 HJGT National Championship.
Despite hot and humid conditions at International Club the Boy's 15-18 division saw an exciting close finish between three players. Dixon Flowers of Sumter, SC came out on top with a 73, +1 on day one and followed it up with a 74, +2 on day two to record a two day total of 147, +3 to win by 1 stroke. Flowers played very consistent golf both days and was able to hold off Dalton Mauldin by 1 shot. Mauldin of Sanford, NC, recorded a 74, +2 in both rounds to record a two day total of 148, +4 and just wasn’t able to keep pace with Flowers despite his excellent play this weekend. Jay Newman of North Augusta, SC came in third this weekend posting scores of 76, +4 in the first round and 75, +3 in the second round to shoot a two day total of 151, +7. At the end of it all, the Boys 15-18 division saw a gritty finish all the down to the last hole.
In the Girl's 15-18 division, Smith Knaffle a native from Murrells Inlet, SC led the field by eight strokes with a two day score of 148. Knaffle recorded an even par 72 on day one but had some difficulty with the first four that lead to a 76, + 4 on day two as she battled back to a score of one over on the back nine. A combination of 24 pars and 4 birdies across the board lead to one of the lowest overall scores of the entire weekend. Macy Somoskey from Sanford, Florida was able to play two consistent days with a compilation of pars and bogeys smattered across to finish second with a two day score of 166. Somoskey put down a 82, +10 in round one and finished with an impressive 74, +12 on day two with tough fairways and even quicker greens. Jana Guy while finishing third saw success in her first round while piecing together an 82, +10 but struggled on the front nine of day two ending in a two day total of 173. It was an exciting two days of golf filled with some spectacular shots at the Myrtle Beach Junior Challenge at the International Club.
In the Boy's 13-14 division the victory was claimed by Dillon Hite in comeback fashion. Hite, of Lexington, SC shot a 79, +7 in round one and trailed by two shots. Hite followed it up on day two with an impressive even par 72, highlighted by starting three under par through eight, to record a two day total of 151 to win by six strokes. Coming in second place was Caleb Henson of Lancaster, SC. Henson recorded a two day total of 157 after a 79, +7 on day one and a 78, +6 on day two. Coming in third place this weekend was Gage Smith of Lafayette, GA with a two day total of 158. Smith was tied for the lead after day one with a 77, +5, but was unable to maintain the lead after recording an 81, +9 on day two. The Boys 13-14 division saw some very competitive golf throughout the weekend.
In the Girl's 11-14 Division there were some good rounds that made for some competitive golf. The home state girl Jordan Guyton won the division with a Saturday 80 and Sunday 83 for a total of 163. She started her round today with a bang with a birdie on the first hole and throughout the round collected 7 pars that helped her win her first Hurricane Event of the year. Whitney Messer from Barbourville, Kentucky came in second with a round 1 total of 87 and a round 2 total of 84 for a weekend total of 171. Whitney also had a birdie to kick start her round. She had a rough front 9 with 3 double bogeys but then battled back on the back nine with 5 pars. And in third place coming all the way from Avon Lake, Ohio, Paighton Masterson finished the weekend with a total of 220. She battled today and fought for 3 pars during the round. This weekend these three girls showed tenacity with all the hazards that littered the beautiful International Golf Club. Weather: Day 1- Low of 84 to high of 91, Mostly Sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Day 2- Low of 45 to high of 95, Mostly Sunny, winds 10-15 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6571 yards Boys 13-14-6000 yards Girls 11-18-5524 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 13-14, Boys 11-12, 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, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT 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 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference