On September 30th and October 1st, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted a tournament at Jekyll Island. Golfers battled through tough weather conditions throughout both rounds; Round 1 consisting of a light rainfall and 30 mph wind and Round 2 comprising of stronger gusts reaching up to 40 mph. Golfers from around the globe made the trip to compete at the Jekyll Island Golf Club – Indian Mound. Overall, all of the young men and women played competed with great enthusiasm and optimum effort.
The Boys 16-18 division ended as a real nail-biter as two players, Jeremy Sisson and Ty Sullivan, went into a sudden death playoff round for the champion spot. Sisson came out on top and claimed the first place silverware; scoring 75-76 with a total of 151. Sullivan ended with the same score respectfully; scoring a total of 151, claiming second place after the playoff round. Taking home the third place trophies in the division were Brady Futterer and Andrew Choi, who both ended Round 2 with a total of 152 (Futterer: 78-74 / Choi: 77-75).
In the Boys 14-15 division, James Ballato of Fernandina Beach, FL, took home the victory with rounds of 77-73 for a total of 150. Ballato ended his first round just three strokes behind, but fought back and finished his second round strong with 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 13 holes parred to finish his second round one over par. Mason Kleinlein of Statesboro, GA, finished with rounds of 74-78 for a total of 152. Kleinlein finished his first round two over par to take the lead, but came up short only two strokes behind Ballato to take home second place. Sam Brummett of Newnan, GA, and Perry-Austin Kilburn of Monroe, GA, finished with a two-way tie for third with round totals of 162. Brummett shot rounds of 79-83 and Kilburn also finished with rounds of 79-83.
In the Boys 11-13 division, Roy Boyd of St. Simon’s Island, GA, took home the first place trophy with rounds of 84-87 for a total of 171. He finished both rounds for totals of 2 birdies, 14 pars, 15 bogeys and 3 double bogeys. Michael Cook of St. Simon’s Island, GA, finished second with rounds of 88-91 for a total of 179. Rounding out the top three was Hank Holcomb of St. Simon’s Island, GA. He finished with rounds of 93-99 for a total of 192.
In the Girls 14-18 division, Savannah Hylton of Hilton Head, SC, placed first with rounds of 73-75 for a total of 148. Hylton impressively lead her first round only one over par with two birdies, three bogeys and 13 holes parred. Her totals for both rounds consisted of 6 birdies, 20 pars, and 10 bogeys. Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany, placed second with rounds of 78-75 for a total of 153. Amelia Root of Jacksonville, FL, and Tiara Carter of Lake City, FL, tied for third with total rounds of 156. Root shot rounds of 79-77 and Carter completed her rounds with round totals of 77-79.
In the Girls U-13 division, Parker Jules of St. Simons, GA, finished first with rounds of 85-85 for a total of 170. Jules finished both rounds with totals of 3 birdies, 14 pars, 10 bogeys and 8 double bogeys. Jacklyn Tang of Penang, Malaysia placed second with rounds of 92-85 for a total of 177.