On Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Coastal Carolina Junior Open in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that took place on the Palmetto Dunes – George Fazio Golf Course consisted of players from four of our divisions, including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, and the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Hunter Stracci of Crown Point, Indiana came out on top in the playoff for first in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division. Stracci and second-place finisher, Ryan McHugh of St. Simons Island, Georgia, both made 146 strokes for a +6 finish through the thirty-six holes. They tied for the lowest scoring average in their field (73). Hilton Head Island native, Chase Phillips place third as he made 147 strokes to finish at +7. Stracci and Phillips led their playing field with the most birdies as they each made 7.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Gautam Potdukhe of India completed the thirty-six holes at +16 to capture the victory. He made 4 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (78). Second-place finisher, Logan Nerad of Charlotte, North Carolina made 157 strokes for a +17 finish. Charlie Miller of Savannah, Georgia finished the two-day tournament at +20.
Ernie Els 11-13
Troup Wallace of Brentwood was victorious in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division thanks to his +4 finish on the weekend. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 72. There was a tie for second-place between Cameron Biddle (Aiken, SC) and Dallas Johnson (Mount Pleasant, SC) as they each made 145 strokes for a +5 finish.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
Mary Hunt Murray of Augusta, Georgia captured the first-place title in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she finished the thirty-six holes at +12. She made three birdies and led her playing field with the lowest Par 3 average (3.1) and the lowest scoring average (76). Jessica Shao of North Myrtle Beach made 155 strokes (+15) to help her secure second place. Third-place finisher was Caroline Kurtt of Fresno whose 166 strokes allowed her to finish at +26 at the end of the two-day tournament.