On October 21st and 22nd 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, SC. Golfers were met with great conditions to shoot red numbers on Saturday and even with tough conditions on Sunday, the golfers were unfazed.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
In the Boys 16-18 division, Fabricio Gaxiola of Cordoba, Mexico secured the champion trophy with two outstanding rounds under par (69-67) for a total of 136. Gaxiola shot 4 birdies and 13 pars for the first round and finished the second round with 6 birdies and 11 pars; 4 of his 6 birdies were made on the front nine to raise the stakes for his fellow competitors. Completing the top three finishers was a two-way tie for second. Jeremy Sisson of Skaneateles, NY and Mikus Ming of Smiths, Bermuda both totaled 138. After shooting a 72 on day one, Sisson shot an impressive 66 to put pressure on Gaxiola. Ming (70-68), Sisson (72-66).
Will Smith Boys 14-15
In the Boys 14-15 division, Angel Guerra of North Myrtle Beach, SC took home the first place hardware with a total of 150. Guerra completed Round 1 with a 78. He clawed back in Round 2 to make even with par completed with 2 birdies and 14 pars. The second place trophy was awarded to Luke Perrino of Mooresville, NC. Perrino shot one over par the first day to take an early lead with 3 birdies and 11 pars. With competitors coming up right behind him, Perrino shot a 78 to come up one short of Guerra. The third place finisher was Mudit Rana of Noida, India. Rana shot rounds of 77-75 for a total of 152.
Ernie Els 11-13
In the Boys 11-13 division, Evan Prickett of North Augusta, SC showed his consistency with back to back rounds of 77 and once he took the lead he never looked back with a total of 154.Second place was a back and forth affair that was ultimately taken by Luke Guthrie of Hilton Head Island, SC with rounds of 85-89 for a total of 174. Rounding out the top three finishers was Jose Fernandez Jr. of Myrtle Beach, SC. Fernandez shot rounds of 84-91 for a total of 175.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
In the Girls 14-18 division, Savannah Hylton of Hilton Head, SC took the champion title. Hylton shot a solid round on the first day with 6 birdies and ended with a 69. She finished the second round strong with a 74 to total one under at 143. The scores remained uncertain going into Round 2 as second place was a three-way split between Vivian Yen of Taipei, Taiwan, Maria Fernanda Sosa of Monterrey, Mexico and Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany. All second place finishers scored a total of 145: Yen (72-73), Sosa (68-77), Hesse (70-75).