Upstate Junior Classic – April 18-19, 2015
Saturday Shootout to the finish
Anderson, SC: (April 19, 2015) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Anderson, SC on April 18-19, 2015 for the Upstate Junior Classic held at Brookstone Meadows Golf and Country Club. Players were treated to warm temperatures on Saturday leading to ideal scoring conditions. Sunday’s final round was called after heavy rainfall Saturday night and continuous rainfall Sunday morning as well as tornado warnings in the nearby area. Trophy winners in all five divisions received an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational and winners additionally received an invitation to the 2015 HJGT National Championship. Additionally, the top ten finishers in each division received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Saturday’s opening round produced ideal scoring conditions and players in the Boys 15-18 division were up for the challenge. Sam McGee got off to a blistering start on Saturday with two birdies in his first four holes to grab the early lead. Corrie Kuhn playing in the same group as McGee held a brief share of the lead playing the opening eight holes in one under par. At the end of the day it was Skyler McFaddin of Ninety Six, SC who would hold the lead with two consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th holes that enabled McFaddin to finish at 73 (+1). McFadden opened Saturday’s round with five consecutive pars, but went out in 38 (+2) after bogeys on the 6th and 9th holes. McFadden bounced back on his back nine coming in with a 35 (-1). Close behind McFadden on the leader board was Scott Campbell of Greensboro, NC who posted a 74 (+2) and Corrie Kuehn would place third with a 75 on Saturday. Sam McGee would lead the division in most birdies made with four while Jorge Leal posted two birdies of his own and added an eagle on the par 5 12th hole. Skyler McFaddin, Scott Campbell, and Javier Gonzalez all posted an impressive 4.0 scoring average on the par 4s on Saturday. 2014 Winston-Salem Junior Shootout winner Louis Lambert, Fafo Beirana, and Sean Miller all posted a 3.0 scoring average on the par 3s on Saturday. Reed Bentley and Jorge Leal would lead in par 5 scoring averaging 4.6 strokes.
Emily Cox of Lancaster, SC would claim the title in the Girls 15-18 Division after an impressive even par 72 on Saturday. Cox carded birdies on the 5th and 8th holes to turn in 37 and added two more birdies on the 16th and 18th holes. Second place finisher Cristina Guitierrez would get off to the best start on Saturday carding birdies on four of the first five holes. Guitierrez would finish the day with a 74 (+2). Behind Cox and Guitierrez on the leader board was Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, SC who carded an impressive 78 on Saturday. Cristina Guitierrez would lead the division with the most birdies with six made on Saturday. Both Cox and Guitierrez would lead statistically in par 3 scoring averaging 3.0 strokes. Cox also posted an impressive 3.8 scoring average on the par 4s at Brookstone Meadows on Saturday. Ashlee Richardson would lead in par 5 scoring with a 5.2 scoring average. Both Richardson and Cox would lead in most pars made on Saturday with 11 total. The win by Cox was her third individual win in her last four events played.
The Boys 13-14 division was a battle to the finish on Saturday at Brookstone Meadows. Both Wyatt Nabatoff and Thomas Hollingsworth were tied at even par after four holes on Saturday while Whit Larlee sat just a few shots back. Wyatt Nabatoff would finish his day with three consecutive pars on the closing holes to card a 79 and hold off his competitors and secure the win. Hollingsworth would finish just two shots behind Nabatoff with an 81 and Larlee would sit just one shot behind Hollingsworth after carding an 82 on Saturday. Larlee would lead with the most birdies made on Saturday (3) while Nabatoff would lead in most pars made with ten total. In par 3 scoring Hollingsworth would lead with a scoring average of 3.6 followed by Larlee (3.8) and Nabatoff (4.0). All three players posted an impressive par 4 scoring average: Nabatoff (4.2), Hollingsworth (4.4), and Larlee (4.6). Nabatoff would lead in par 5 scoring averaging 5.0 strokes.
The Girls 11-14 Division was another very close competition between two past champions. Rachel Kuehn of Ashville, NC would claim the victory after carding a 78 on Saturday which included 14 pars. Tess Davenport of Buford, GA would claim second place carding an 80 on Saturday. The win was Kuehn’s fifth HJGT title of her career while Davenport is coming off a runner up finish last month at The Chateau Elan Junior Shootout and a win at The College Prep Series at UGA in 2014. Both Kuehn and Davenport would share a 4.5 scoring average on par 4s on Saturday while Davenport would lead in par 3 scoring (3.2) and Kuehn would lead in par 5 scoring (5.0). The best is yet to come for both of these very talented players.
The Boys 11-12 Division was a tight competition between Jake Wilkinson and Josh McGee both from Charlotte, NC. Wilkinson would come away with the win after a round of 81 on Saturday. McGee was not far behind with a round of 86. Both Wilkinson and McGee would make one birdie a piece while Wilkinson carded eight pars on Saturday. Wilkinson’s birdie on Saturday came at the difficult par 4 16th hole and McGee’s birdie came at the downhill par 3 11th hole. McGee carded an impressive scoring average on the par 3s averaging 3.0 strokes. Wilkinson would lead in par 4 scoring (4.2) and par 5 scoring (5.6). Both Wilkinson and McGee will earn a spot into the 2015 HJGT Mid-Season Invitational later this summer. Weather: Day 1- Low 60. High 78. Winds 5-10mph. Sunny skies. Day 2- Low 60. High 70. Moderate to heavy rainfall. Cancelled Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18-6,578 yards Boys 13-14-6,120 yards Boys 11-12-5,600yards Girls 15-18-5,600 yards Girls 11-14-5,600 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one. With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently the HJGT is the largest junior golf tour in the United States hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than another other tour. The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing an exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 8 years. There are several factors that set us apart from the competition which we call #TheHurricaneDifference. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2015 the HJGT will conduct events in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Juniors will compete in 1 of 5 divisions which are: Boys 15-18, Boys 13-14, Boys 11-12, Girls 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Memberships for the 2015 season start at $139 and tournament fees range from $189-$229 for 36 hole events. The HJGT season is based on a calendar year and players earn points throughout the season towards year end honors beginning January 1. For more information regarding the HJGT, 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