On Monday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 3, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Athens Junior Open in Statham, Georgia. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament held on The Georgia Club – Red/Black consisted of players from five of our divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Preston DeSantis of Johns Creek, Georgia captured the victory in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division after completing the two-day tournament at -5. He made 7 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average at 69.5. There was a tie for second-place between Keith Watkins and Jarod Edwards, both of McDonough, Georgia, as they each made 147 strokes for a +3 finish.
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, it was James Baker of Johns Creek who finished the thirty-six holes at +3 to become the champion. He made 5 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 73.5. As for second place, there was a tie between Kevin Park (Johns Creek, GA) and Mason Dean (Duluth, GA) who both shot 153 strokes for a +9 finish through the two days.
Chapman Barnett of Duluth, Georgia won the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after shooting 138 strokes to complete the thirty-six holes at -6. He made 5 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (69), the lowest Par 3 average (2.8), and the longest birdie or better streak (3). Second-place finisher was Will Baker of Statham, Georgia who made 149 strokes to finish at +5. Nicholas Schwendiman of Suwanee, Georgia placed third after he made 154 strokes and ended the two-days at +10.
It was Chatsworth, Georgia’s Tori Owens who walked away with the victory in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division after finishing the thirty-six holes at +4. She made 3 birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average at 74. There was a three-way tie for second-place between Peyton Schaffer (Lexington, KY), Kaitlynn Washburn (Scituate, MA) and Madison Harwell (Evans, GA) as they all made 152 strokes for a +8 finish.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, Kylee Lynn of Opelika, Alabama captured the title after finishing the two-day tournament at +12. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (78) and the lowest Par 3 average (2.8). Second-place finisher was Ella Manley of Calhoun, Georgia who shot 158 strokes for a +14 finish. Both Lynn and Manley made 2 birdies and had the longest birdie or better streak, each at 2.