On September 26th and 27th, 2015, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to beautiful Conway, South Carolina to host the Myrtle Beach Junior Open at Myrtle Beach National (West Course). The course was in good shape, playing conditions were great, and it was also a well-challenged tournament for the long two days of golf. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, it was overcast with a nice breeze to make the first day enjoyable. On Sunday, we were blessed to have another great day of playing conditions again with the rain holding off until the very end, which was a great cap to the tournament. Winners in all three-age divisions will receive an automatic bid to the Tour Championship on December 5th and 6th, 2015. The weekend was unbeatable all around, and the top ten finishers also received points towards end year honors, which include state teams, all HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 divisions from Colfax, North Carolina, Grant Powell claimed the title of champion after playing two fantastic rounds of golf. Grant was able start the weekend off to a great by snagging 3 birdies to finish the round one with a score of 72. On Sunday, Grant had his eye on the prize and continued playing fantastic golf by adding 3 more birdies to his total. Rounding out an astonishing round of 70, which put him at a two-day total of 142. Grant didn’t win with ease however having to win a three-person playoff that took two holes to finish. Grant’s a familiar face and always exciting to have around at Hurricane tournaments and this weekend was nothing short of just that. Finishing in second place were the two other players out of the playoff; Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Takafumi Shimoji from Suwanee, Georgia. Both players shot incredible rounds of 71 each on both days on this challenging course. Gonzalo was able to finish with tournament with 7 birdies and even an eagle on hole 6 during Sunday’s last push! Takafumi per usual played smooth and consistent golf all weekend parring every hole except for 3 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday, finishing the tournament with 3 total birdies. Last, but certainly not least, we have Will Canipe from Murrills Inlet, South Carolina who really made a push on Sunday to make sure he took some hardware home in a division of some really good golfers. Canipe got off to a strong start Saturday with a round of 73 and continued to shoot really good golf on Sunday. Canipe made a strong run on his final 9 holes birdieing four of them, finishing the weekend with 6 total. Overall, the boys 15-18 year-old division was very competitive this week, and all of the top finishers played very polished, and quality golf.
In the boys 13-14 age division Cade Hancock from Elizabethtown, North Carolina finished the tournament as the clear winner in his age division. Cade came out ready to play shooting a 75 on Saturday and snagging a couple of birdies along the way. Knowing his field was full of competitors he didn’t hold back on Sunday either, shooting an outstanding round of 72. Cade’s cool, calm, and collective demeanor was key to his success this weekend and finishing up with 5 birdies overall. Finishing in second place was the hometown hero Keegan Vaugh from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Keegan was able to shoot consistent rounds back-to-back days with some really impressive shots! Finishing with a total of 5 birdies is no surprise why we’re talking about Keegan and I’m sure it won’t be the last time. Rounding up the boys 13-14 division is Hank Crawford from Rome, Georgia. Hank was competing with some real studs this weekend and held his own quite well. Improving on Sunday he really zoned in on his approach shots as well as his putting. The boys 13-14 division had a very exciting week, and every competitor in the field displayed two high quality rounds of golf.
Arguably one of the most impressive golfers this whole tournament was Sophia Kalusche from Rome, Georgia who shot a two-day total of 143 in our 15-18 year-old girls division. She shot an incredible 70 in her first round only to follow that up with another impressive round of 73! Sophia came out focused and ready to play her best golf this weekend, she ended up scoring a new personal best score of 70 in a round! She’s one of our very talented international players that participates through the Darlington Golf Academy. She was able to grab 3 birdies during both of her outstanding rounds. We look forward to watching her continue to grow and improve each time she plays in our tournaments. Finishing not far behind Sophia and in second place was her good friend Kiira Rihijarvi from Rome, Georgia as well. Kiira is another impressive player from the Darlington Academy and got off to a very impressive start on Saturday by finishing with 4 birdies and a score of 75. She came out strong on Sunday and battled through weather conditions on her last few holes to secure her position at the podium. Rounding up the girls 15-18 group in third place was Better Horaney from Hilton Head, South Carolina. Betty had a great spirit and attitude no matter what happened and that’s one of the things HJGT values most in our players. She got off to a great start on Saturday with a round of 81 and was able to play strong golf on Sunday as well to solidify her spot at third place. The girls were arguably the most impressive competitors this week. Weather: Saturday: Low-mid 80’s, Overcast, Wind 5-10 MPH Sunday: Low-Mid 80’s,Overcast/Rain, Wind 5-10 MPH Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18- 6,720 YDS Boys 13-14- 6,162 YDS Girls 15-18- 5,760 YDS 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 five 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, Louisiana, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information regarding the 2015 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com Kyle Bellows Hurricane Junior Golf Tour 2015 Experience #TheHurricaneDifference