Pedro wins second straight tournament
Uwadia holds on to lead
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a return trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia for the South Georgia Junior Classic on October 5-6. Players played the Pine Lakes course with beautiful sunny weather. The players this weekend represented nine different states and nine different countries. The top competitor from Girls 15-18 age division was awarded four AJGA performance stars while winners in all divisions received an automatic bid into the 2013 tour championship and the top 10 finishers receive points towards year-end honors including the inaugural Hurricane Cup. This event was be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard, South Carolina Junior Golf Association, and Tarheel Youth Golf Association.
At the end of the first round, Toks Pedro of Bowie, Maryland led the boys 15-18 division shooting a one under par. Pedro’s Saturday performance was one of two below par efforts of the weekend. Pedro posted 27 pars and led the field in scoring average on par three holes with a 2.9 average. He would also have a 4.6 scoring average on par five holes matching his second place competitor Joey Lawrence. Lawrence of Augusta, Georgia finished the first day tied for second shooting an even 72, but could not keep up with Pedro on the final day when he posted a 73. Lawrence had one eagle and a 3.0 scoring average on par three holes. Also finishing tied for second was Andrew Alligood from St. Johns, Florida who posted scores of 75 and 70. His final round of 70 was the lowest round of the tournament. Alligood had 29 pars and won the EFX Birdie Challenge with a field best of 7 birdies on the weekend. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the week was Ryan Jacobs who improved his first round score by 8 strokes.
Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria led the girls 15-18 division finishing Saturday one over par. Uwadia was able to maintain her lead as the other top competitors all finished Sunday shooting a score of 74. Both Uwadia and Madison Caldwell of Dawsonville, GA were the EFX Birdie Challenge winners with 6 birdies a piece. Uwadia led the field in par four holes with a scoring average of 4.2 and par fives with a 4.5 scoring average. Megan Carter from Blackshear, GA finished second with rounds of 76 and 74. Carter had three birdies of her own and lead the field with 25 pars for the weekend. Madison Caldwell finished third with her rounds of 79 and 74. She was making a charge up the leader board, as she was three under par through the first 7 holes, however she slowed down at the back nine. On top of her six birdies she also posted 26 pars. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week was Megha Saluja who improved her score by 14 strokes on the second day.
On Saturday, in the boys 11-14 division, Ray Navis of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, who is coming off his sixth win this HJGT season, came out to a fast start when he birdied two of his first five holes. Despite cooling off later on Saturday, Navis entered the final round 2 shots back of Luka Karalulic, who eventually withdrew due to illness. Navis would post a even par 72 and win the tournament by 5 strokes. Navis had 24 pars and a field best performance on par four holes with a scoring average of 4.0. Navis and his second place finisher James Wohler would win the EFX Birdie Challenge with 5 birdies each. Wohler from Savannah, GA posted 20 pars on his way to a final score of 151. Finishing in a tie for third was Will Grattan of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Chase Weathers from Saint Mary’s, GA who posted final scores of 154. Grattan had 25 pars on the weekend and Weathers would have a 4.9 scoring average on par five holes. The winner of the Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the week was Parker Klump when he improved his first round score by 10 strokes.
On Saturday in the Girls 11-14 division, Dylaney Day of Toronto Canada and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, SC finished tied for the lead both finishing the day at 5 over par. Day and Guo continued to battle on Sunday as they both shot scores of 76. This led to a one-hole playoff on hole 18 to determine whom the champion would be. Dylaney Day came out of the playoff victorious as she won the hole with a bogey. Day would also be the EFX Birdie Challenge winner with 4 birdies and 20 pars. Sophie Guo had a field best 23 pars and the best performance on par three holes with 3.0 scoring average. Finishing in third was Kaysie Harrelson from Tifton, GA with back-to-back rounds of 80. She had 19 pars and 3 birdies for the weekend. The Golf Pride Grips Comeback player of the week was Sarah May who improved her first round score by 7 strokes.
Day 1— Mid 80’s mostly sunny
Day 2— Mid 80’s, Wind 5-10 mph
Boys 15-18: 6632 yards
Girls 15-18: 5700 yards
Boys 11-14: 6109 yards
Girls 11-14: 5300 yards
EFX Birdie Challenge Winners
Boys 15-18- Andrew Alligood (7)
Girls 15-18- Anita Uwadia, Madison Caldwell (6)
Boys 11-14- Ray Navis, James Wohler (5)
Girls 11-14- Dylaney Day (4)
Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week
Boys 15-18- Ryan Jacobs (8)
Girls 15-18- Megha Saluja (14)
Boys 11-14- Parker Klump (10)
Girls11-14- Sarah May (7)
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 South Georgia Junior Classic, or any other event, 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.