Dorton holds off strong charge from four players for victory
Skinner's consistency over two day event leads to win
Anderson, SC (April 21, 2013)- The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a trip to the western tip of upstate South Carolina this past weekend for the Upstate Junior Classic, held in Anderson. The event was hosted by the Cobb’s Glen Country Club which proved to be a very good challenge for many of the golfers. This was despite the fact that the weather could not have been any better. Both days featured temperatures in the mid to high 60s and plenty of sunshine. Wind did not play much of a factor over the weekend for what seems like the first time in months. With such a large and competitive field a lot was at stake for this event. Points towards year-end HJGT honors including All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane cup were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each division. South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points were also up for grabs in this junior golf scoreboard ranked event. The boy’s and girl’s 15-18 division champions received an automatic bid to the 2013 HJGT Tour Championship as well as receiving 4 performance stars for the AJGA. The boy’s 11-14 champion received one AJGA performance star and a bid to the 2013 Tour Championship. The girl’s 11-14 champion received a bid to the Tour Championship as well.
The boy’s 15-18 division was won in convincing fashion by hometown favorite Nicholas Dorton. Dorton shot a very consistent 74-73 which put him four strokes ahead of the four players who tied for second. Dorton was most impressive on the back nine where he finished at even par on both days. Dorton tied for the division lead with 24 pars over the two days and his five birdies were the second most in the division. Dorton was able to separate from the pack on par fours where his 4.05 average was division leading. Four players, Hunter Parks, Zach Bishop, Keenan Husky, and Cole Patterson tied for second place at seven over par for the tournament. Parks, like Dorton, had five birdies. Bishop tied Dorton for the division lead in pars with 24. Husky was extremely consistent over the two days shooting 75-76. Patterson was the day one leader after shooting a 73, but faltered on day two with a 78.
Isabella Skinner of Cumming, GA took home the first place trophy in the girl’s 15-18 division. Skinner’s scores of 78 and 77 were the two best scores that were seen in the division this weeend. Skinner, much like Dorton, enjoyed most of her success on the back nine both days where she finished three over par for the tournament. Skinner’s six birdies were four more than anybody in else in the division. Skinner also had the best scoring average on both par fours and par fives. 14 year old Courtney Vogel who earlier this year won the Greenville Junior Shootout took home second place in this event. Vogel had the second most pars in the division with 19. Vogel also had the second best scoring average on both par fours and par fives. Morgan Cox and Megan Beane tied for third place five shots back of Vogel. Beane led the field in pars with 22. Cox had the second most birdies in the division with two.
Matt Teaster of Spartanburg, SC was the victor in the boy’s 11-14 division. Teaster’s day one score of even par was the best score in any division over the weekend. Teaster held on for a five shot victory by shooting a 75 on day two. Teaster led the division in birdies with seven over the two days. Teaster really separated himself from the competition on par fours where his 3.80 average was a quarter of a stroke better than any other player. Jake Bayer, winner of the last two HJGT events that he entered, made a strong push on day two after shooting a 74. Bayer’s 74 proved to put him just shy of the victory. Bayer’s 2.88 par three average and 4.88 par five average both led the division. Another frequent HJGT top finisher, Alec Weary took home third place. Weary was extremely consistent over the two days shooting 77-76. Weary’s 23 pars were the second most in the division.
Sabrina Hoskins got back to her winning ways in dominant fashion with a 14 stroke victory. Hoskins was extremely consistent over the two days shooting 74 on day one and a 75 on day two. Sabrina Hoskins 27 pars were the most in any division over the weekend. Sabrina Hoskins also had two birdies which led the division. Finally, Sabrina Hoskins led the division in par three, par four, and par five average. Sabrina’s closest competitor was her sister Sydney who shot a consistent 82-81 for the tournament. Sydney’s two birdies tied her sister for the most birdies in the division. Carly Lyvers and Rachel Kuehn tied for third place just five strokes back of Sydney. Both girls shot 84 both days of the tournament. Weather: Saturday: Sunny, low 60s to high 60s, winds steady around 5 mph Sunday: Mostly Sunny, low 50s to mid 60s, winds steady around 5 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,853 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,206 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,850 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,299 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Cole Patterson Boy’s 11-14 division: Matt Teaster Girl’s 15-18 division: Isabella Skinner Girl’s 11-14 division: Sabrina Hoskins, Sydney Hoskins, Rachel Kuehn Golf Pride Most Improved Player Boy’s 15-18 division: Bennett McCarron Boy’s 11-14 division: Charles Hargrove Girl’s 15-18 division: Ashley Cznarecki, Maddisen Cox, Bella Harris, Hannah Solesbee Girl’s 11-14 division: Sydney Hoskins 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 tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.