Postseason at Palmetto Dunes November 23-24

Pedro wins 3rd HJGT event

Uwadia wins 3rd straight HJGT event

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The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the postseason trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina when they hosted the Postseason at Palmetto Dunes on November 23-24. This postseason tournament was open to all junior golfers between the ages of 11-18. Being played at the beautiful George Fazio Golf Club, the junior golfers played in beautiful weather the first round and battled cold temperatures and wind during the second round. This tournament had a lot up for grabs as the champion in the boys 15-18 division won four AJGA Performance Stars while the top five will each earned one. The winners in the Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 division will also receive AJGA Stars if their respective field size requirements are met. An invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship was also awarded to winners in all four divisions, as well as South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points. In addition, winners received a $50 gift card courtesy of Kikkor Golf.

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In the boys 15-18 division, Toks Pedro of Bowie, MD and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, SC were tied atop the leaderboard entering the final round on Sunday with first round scores of 72. Pedro was able to edge Nimmer on Sunday shooting an even par 70 to win the boys 15-18 division. Pedro’s even round was the lowest of the tournament. Pedro would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with nine birdies for the weekend, a field best. Pedro would also have a field best performance on par-3 and par-5 holes. Nimmer was able to hold on to second place at 74 on Sunday. Nimmer led the field with 25 pars and also had a 4.2 scoring average on par-4 holes. Trace Crowe of Easley, SC finished in third place with rounds of 76 and 75. Crowe had a 4.3 scoring average on par-4 holes for the weekend.

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Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria who led the Girls 15-18 Division entering Sunday was able to hold off her competition to win the division. She shot rounds of 76 and 79. Contributing to her solid play was three birdies, 17 pars, and a field best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes. Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, SC was the big mover of the day improving on her first round 84 to finish Sunday with a final round of 73 and the title of second place. Beckel would win the title of EFX Birdie Challenge winner when she posted a field best of five birdies for the weekend. Savannah Hallman of Mt.Pleasant, SC finished in third place with rounds of 81 and 89. Hallman had two birdies and a 4.7 scoring average on par-4 holes.

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James Wohler of Savannah, GA improved his first round score of 82 shooting a final round of 74 to earn himself first place in the Boys 11-14 Division. Wohler would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with a field best of five birdies and an eagle. Bumin Choi of Gyeonggi-do, Korea, entered the final round in second with a score of 80 was able to maintain his placing finishing with a round of 79. Choi had 14 pars and a 3.4 scoring average on par-3 holes. Drew Weary of Bluffton, SC; who entered the day atop the leaderboard with a first round 79 shot a final round score of 82 for third place.  Weary, who will represent South Carolina at the Hurricane Cup in Sea Island, Georgia next weekend, had three birdies and 18 pars for the weekend.

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Entering Sunday both Amelia Root of Jacksonville, FL and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, SC were tied atop the leaderboard shooting first round scores of 80. On Sunday, Root was able to claim first place after shooting a final round 83.  Along with her win she also earned the EFX Birdie Challenge title when she shot a field best two birdies. Root also led the field in par-3 performance for the weekend. Guo finished in second place after a second round of 86. She posted one birdie and led the field in par-4 and par-5 performances. Christine Scholten of the Netherlands finished in third place with scores of 99 and 100.   Weather: Day 1- Mid 60’s. Mostly sunny Day 2- Mid 40’s. 15-20 MPH winds. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,631 yards Girls 15-18: 5,640 yards Boys 11-14: 6,027 yards Girls 11-14: 5,246 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Toks Pedro Girls 15-18: Kasidy Beckel Boys 11-14: James Wohler Girls 11-14: Amelia Root Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Ryan Moseley Girls Division: Jaime Rickert     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 Postseason at Palmetto Dunes, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email info@hjgt.org.

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