Stars and Stripes Junior Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC
(July 2- July 3, 2016)
War at the Shore
On Thursday, June 30, 2016 the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC to host the Stars and Stripes Junior Classic at the stunning World Tour Golf Links. We had a beautiful first day of competition followed by a wet and dreary second day, but that didn’t damper the junior golfer’s spirits! Unfortunately the second day of competition got cut short due to a severe thunder storm, nonetheless still a successful tournament. The HJGT would like to thank World Tour Golf Links staff for allowing us to host our tournament at their gorgeous venue. AJGA Performance Stars were up for grabs this weekend, the top three winners in each age division were awarded an exemption into the 2016 National Championship in Champions Gate, FL on December 3-4th, and the top ten finishers also received points towards year-end honors. Once that first tee shot soared through the air, the golfers were ready to put their clubs to the ball and make their mark on the course.
Boys 16-18 Division
Brooks Dyess of Hilton Head Island, SC was the first place finisher for the boy 16-18 division. Dyess had a strong first round shooting a 75 just three strokes over par, with the next closest competitor shooting a 78. Dyess completed the second day of competition with a score of 77 for a total score of 152 strokes, which was barely beat the second place finisher who finished with a score of 154 strokes. The second place finish resulted in a tie, which lead to a score card playoff of the back nine holes. The tie was between John David Gooden of Myrtle Beach, SC and McClure Thompson of Little River, SC. Thompson was able to beat out Gooden by shooting par, a 36, on the back nine while Gooden shot a 39. Overall competition in the boy 16-18 division was extremely competitive and a lot of fun to watch as it came down to the last few holes.
Boys 14-15 Division
Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, SC was able to rally on day two after down one stroke entering the day to take home first place in the boy’s 14-15 division. Vaugh finished with a score of 77 after day one; he came back on day two and improved his score by one stroke shooting a 76 for a total of 153 strokes. Cade Hancock finished second place and was leading after day one with a score of 76. Unfortunately some untimely bogies on the back nine lead to a score of 78 for a total of 154 strokes, just one behind the age division winner. Finishing in third place was Joey Moravec of Johns Creek, GA. Moravec had a rough first day shooting an 85 in the first round. However, Moravec came back on the second day and had an outstanding round shooting a 74 for a total score of 159 strokes. Despite the competition being stacked with Myrtle Beach natives, Vaugh was the only one to take home the first place trophy.
Girls 14-18 Division
Kayla Ramsey of Centerville, OH took home the first place trophy in the girls 14-18 division with a total score of 170 strokes. Ramsey shot a consistently, scoring an 85 on each day of the competition. She had a commanding victory with the second place winner finishing 15 strokes behind her. The Second place winner was Sadie Butler of Ponte Verda Beach, FL. Butler finished day one with a score of 94 strokes. She came into day two shooting much better despite the sweltering heat finishing with a 91 on the day for a total score of 185 strokes. Leah Eubanks took home the third place trophy shooting a 151 on day one and a 122 on day two for a total score of 273 strokes. Eubanks got off to an extremely rough start the first day, but saw much improvement on the second day taking 29 strokes off of her first day score.
Boys 11-13 Division
Charlotte, NC native Josh McGee was the victor in the boys 11-13 division. McGee finished round one shooting a 93 and said “He was disappointed with that score”. He shot an 88, which took five strokes off his first round and finished with a total of 181 strokes. William Bennett of Columbia, SC was the second place finisher in the younger boys age division. Bennett finished the first day with a score of 101 and the second day with a 104 for a total score of 205. Unfortunately due to some last minute withdraws the boys division only had two competitors. However, this didn’t stop the boys from going out and giving it their all. In McGee’s post tournament interview he was asked if the small field size affected his game at all. His response was that he “Felt more relaxed with a smaller field and felt he performed just as well, if not better, than when the field size is larger”.
Girls 13 & Under Division
Due to a severe thunder storms, the second round of the girls 13 and under division was cut to only the first 12 hole. The first place finisher was Amanda Meno of Murrells Inlet, SC. She finished the first round tied with the second place finisher with a score of 98. Meno emerged victorious on day two shooting a 60 through the first 12 holes for a total score of 158 strokes. Mia gray of Conway, SC was the second place finisher. Gray finished round one with a score of 98 and a second round score of 65, just five strokes behind the winner. Gray finished with a total score of 163. There was no third place finisher in the girl’s 13 and under division due to lack of competitors.
Weather June 4-5, 2016:
Round 1: Low 70, High 88. Mostly Sunny, Wind 10-15 mph
Round 2: Low 73, High 92. Scatted thunder Storms, Wind 15-25 mph
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,564 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,564 Yards
Boys 11-13: 6200 Yards
Girls 14-18: 6,200 Yards
Girls U13: 5,707 Yards
About The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. For more information regarding the 2016 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