Winter Classic at the Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC December 19-20

Kiawah Island, SC: (December 19-20) The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Kiawah Island, South Carolina on December 19-20 for the Winter Classic at the Ocean Course. Players battled extremely difficult conditions during both rounds until all players finished 36 holes. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2016 Tour Championship. All players were also competing for Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. Saturday’s

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opening round brought clear skies and extremely difficult scoring conditions with cold temperatures. Prescott Butler would shoot a 146 to take the title in the Boys 15-18 Division at the very difficult Ocean Course. Butler would post a 74 and be only one stroke behind the leader, Jamie Wilson (73), going into Sunday’s final round. Wilson battled cold temperatures throughout the day on Saturday to post the low round of the tournament, a stellar 73. Sunday would be no easy task for Butler though as the wind at the Ocean Course would pick up vastly from Saturday’s first round and challenge the players the whole day. Wilson and Sewanee, Tennessee’s Tommy Oliver put the pressure on Butler with rounds of 74 and 76 respectively. With the wind getting stronger throughout the day, Wilson’s 73 on Saturday was looking to be very difficult to repeat. He would battle the tough stretch of holes 14-18, which were playing dead into the wind and would end up posting a final round 74 to finish with a two-day total of 147, one behind the eventual winner Butler. Oliver, Will Canipe, and Evan Davis would round out the top five shooting rounds of 155, 159, and 161 respectively. In addition to his victory, Prescott Butler would lead in several categories in the Boys 15-18 Division with the most birdies (7) and lowest average par 3 scoring (3.0). Will Canipe would lead in par 5 scoring with a 4.6 scoring average over the weekend and Jamie Wilson would beat out Butler with the longest bogey free streak (13 holes). This was Butler’s first win. The Gir

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ls 15-18 Division was won by Sarah Arnold of St. Charles, IL with a two-day total of 196. Sarah would lead wire to wire on the very difficult Ocean Course. Sarah would open her event with a 99 on the long and demanding Ocean Course. Katelyn David would finish in 2nd with a two-day total of 214. Both Sarah and Katelyn had to battle very tough scoring conditions throughout Sunday’s final round with cold temperatures and very high winds. Both girls tackled the very difficult Ocean Course with smiles on their face and Sarah came away with her first victory on tour.   Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach, SC would claim an 8 shot victory in the Boys 13-14 Division this week after impressive rounds of 78-77 (155) at the Ocean Course. Vaugh is no stranger to being in the hunt come Sunday with two top tens this fall, including a 2nd place finish at the Myrtle Beach JR. Open and a T3 at the Low County Jr. shootout. Vaugh was followed by Jackson Bussell, of Lincolnshire, IL, who had a two-day total of 163. Luke Hackworth would finish in 3rd place with a two-day total of 167. Vaugh was the wire-to-wire winner for the event and led the field with the most birdies (6). Adam Horn would claim the victory in the Boys 11-12 Division this week after rounds of 90-83 (173) and winning the sudden death playoff at the Ocean Course. After winning the Mini Tour Event at Yankee Trace Golf Club in May of this year, Adam was determined to tackle the difficult Ocean Course and find the winners circle again. Owen Kose, who was only 3 shots behind Horn after round 1, battled through very tough conditions Sunday to post the low round of the event with an 80, which landed him in a playoff with Horn. The two played 2 holes, the 1st hole and then the 9th, where Horn came away victorious. Not only did Horn lead the tournament wire-to-wire, he led the division in par 5 scoring average with 5.5. Tournament Yardages: Boys 15-18 Division: 6, 709 Girls 15-18 Division: 5,653 Boys 13-14 Division: 6,101 Boys 11-12 Division: 5,653 Weather: Saturday: Low 40. High 51. Sunny with minimal Wind. Sunday: Low 44. High 55. Sunny with wind gusts of 15-20mph About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intent 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 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the 2014 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email infor@hjgt.org.   Experience #TheHurricaneDifference  

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