On October 7th and 8th, 2017, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made a stop at Callaway Gardens. Round 1 started out with an early morning drizzle, but quickly progressed to overcast with temperatures in the mid 80’s. Unfortunately, Round 2 was called off due to inclement weather. Regardless of the weather, golfers continued to compete ambitiously.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
In the Boys 16-18 division, Micah Knisley of Jefferson City, TN secured the first place trophy. He finished with a solid round and scored one under par for a total of 69. Knisley finished with 5 birdies and 10 pars. Blake Kollin of Milton, GA finished his round even with par at 70; claiming second place. Kollin completed his round with 2 birdies and 14 pars. A three-way tie for third place occured with a round total of 74 between three competitors: Brooks Gineris of McDonough, GA, Hayden Shea of Bowling Green, KY and Dawson Farni of Saraland, AL.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
In the Boys 14-15 division, Tyler Latimer of Canton, GA completed his round with a 72 to claim the first place hardware. Latimer finished his round with 3 birdies and 10 pars.The second placeholder was Connor Moore of Douglasville, GA. Moore concluded his round with a 79 and finished with 1 birdie and 7 pars. Rounding out the top three finishers was AJ Ford of Atlanta, GA with a round total of 80.
Ernie Els 11-13
In the Boys 11-13 division, two natives of Alpharetta, GA, Will Jones and Andrew Kim tied for first with a round total of 74. Jones finished his round with 3 birdies and 9 pars while Kim ended with 2 birdies and 9 pars. To round out the top finishers was a two-way tie for third place. Tejas Reddy of Mcdonough, GA and Aidan Cohl of Lawrenceville, GA both shot a round total of 76. Both golfers also completed their rounds with 1 birdie and 11 pars.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
In the Girls 14-18 division, Kate Dean of Fairhope, AL finished at the top in her first HJGT appearance. Dean locked in first place with 1 birdie and 11 pars for a round total of 76. Second place was a two-way split between Sierra Fink of Tyrone, GA and Hailey Han of Duluth, GA with a round total of 77. Fink finished with 2 birdies and 8 pars while Han completed the match with 13 pars.