The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and Canongate Golf continued the Nike Cup Series with the fifth event of the year on July 20-21 at Canongate on White Oak in Newnan, GA. The Nike Cup Series is a partnership between Canongate and the HJGT that features outstanding golfers competing in eight events throughout the year. At the end of the year, leaders in the Nike Cup Points standings will face off with the Southeastern Junior Tour in a Ryder Cup style event. Golfers had good weather for the most part as a few golfers experienced rain as they were finishing their Saturday rounds. In addition to Nike Cup points, AJGA Performance Stars were up for grabs for both boys divisions as well as the older girls division. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship. On top of all that, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points were up for grabs. Additionally, top ten finishers will earn points toward end of the year honors, which include All-HJGT teams, state teams, and points towards the inaugural Hurricane Cup. Lastly, winners also will take home a $50 Kikkor Golf gift card.
The Boys 15-18 Division was won by Buford, GA’s S.M. Lee. Coming off a win at the end of June at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club, Lee used rounds of 72 and 74 for a 146 (+2) total. Lee trailed by one stroke coming into 17, but made two clutch pars to seal the victory. Lee had the most birdies in the division with 8. In second place was Chase Cale of Greenville, SC. Cale was leading coming down the Sunday stretch, but a double bogey on 17 followed by a bogey on 18 put him one shot behind the winner with a 147 (+3) total. Cale had six birdies for the weekend; third best in his division. In third place, Henry Gee of Hiram, GA, Connor Coffee of Peachtree City, GA, and Nickolaus Budd of Woodstock, GA tied with totals of 148 (+4). Gee had the most pars in the division with 26. Coffee had one eagle in the tournament. Budd had the lead after round one, but shot 77 in round two to fall to third. The champion, Lee, won the EFX Birdie Challenge with his eight birdies. Matthew Feldman of Newnan, GA won the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week with a 15 stroke improvement.
Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City, GA won the Girls 15-18 Division with solid rounds of 76 and 77 for a total of 153 (+9). Shepherd was tied for the lead after day one, and held on to win by two strokes. Shepherd had an impressive 3.00 average on the White Oak par threes. In second place, two shots behind Shepherd, was Alissa Yang of Norcross, GA. Yang had rounds of 76 and 79 for a 155 (+11) total. Yang tied for most birdies in the division with four. Ansley Vaughan of Mt. Pleasant, SC took home third place with rounds of 81 and 79 for a 160 (+16) total. Vaughan also had four birdies to tie for the division lead. Yang, Vaughan, and Keagan Dunn of Buford, GA all won the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet and Ashton Thompson won Golf Pride grips for her eight shot improvement.
In the Boys 11-14 Division, Austin Fulton of Villa Rica, GA used impressive subpar rounds of 71 and 68 for a 139 (-5) total. Fulton had six birdies, a par average on the par threes and a 3.85 average on par fours. Fulton trailed by two shots after day one and ended up winning the event by three strokes. In second place was Jake Milanowski of Peachtree City, GA. Milanowski shot 73 on Saturday but fired a 69 on Sunday for a total of 142 (-2). Milanowski led the division in birdies with eight. Jake Bayer of Lawrenceville, GA was the third place finisher with a total of 144 (E). Bayer led after his day one 69, but his 75 on Sunday left him five shots back. Jake Milanowski won the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet for carding the most birdies. Seth McAfee of Buford, GA was the most improved player, taking home Golf Pride grips from his ten stroke improvement.
The Girls 11-14 Division saw Jenny Bae shine as she finished with a four over total after rounds of 73 and 75. Bae, a Lawrenceville, GA native tied in the division for the most birdies. Bae dominated the tournament, leading in par three, par four, and par five performance, en route to her six shot victory. Christyn Carr of John’s Creek, GA had rounds of 78 and 76, which was good enough for second place and a 154 (+10) total. Carr shared the most birdies with Bae as they each had seven birdies. Skylar Thompson of Buford, GA and Jayla McRae of McDonough, GA each tied for third with a total of 166 (+22). Thompson had five birdies over the two days and McRae had 16 pars. Jenny Bae and Christyn Carr took home the EFX Birdie Challenge Bracelet with their seven birdies. Grace Choi of Buford, GA shot 12 strokes better on Sunday to earn her Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week honors. Weather: Saturday: High 80s, mostly cloudy, afternoon rain. Wind 5-10 mph. Sunday: High 80s, partly cloudy, Wind 5-10 mph. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6,856 yards Girls 15-18 Division: 5,850 yards Boys 11-14 Division: 6,224 yards Girls 11-14 Division: 5,333 yards Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boys 15-18 Division: S.M. Lee Girls 15-18 Division: Alissa Yang, Ansley Vaughan, and Keagan Dunn Boys 11-14 Division: Jake Milanowski Girls 11-14 Division: Jenny Bae and Christyn Carr Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week: Boys 15-18 Division: Matthew Feldman Girls 15-18 Division: Ashton Thompson Boys 11-14 Division: Seth McAfee Girls 11-14 Division: Grace Choi 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.