This Thanksgiving weekend the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to the island of St. Simons, GA to host the St. Simons Island Junior Open. Located at the lovely Sea Palms Golf Resort, this weekend’s tournament was met with marvelous weather conditions; mid-upper 60s without a cloud in the sky. Plenty to be thankful for as each of our participants played great golf throughout both rounds.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
The oldest boy’s division this weekend was a great spectacle as each of the top three were only separated by one stroke. The St. Simons Island native, Ryan McHugh, claimed the champion spot after finishing Round 1 even (71) and Round 2 with an impressive 73. Completing the weekend with a total of seven birdies, McHugh played with one thing in mind; a ticket to the National Championship. Concluding the weekend with his hands on the second place trophy was Danny Frodigh of Westwood, MA. Frodigh was equal with McHugh after Round 1, but merely missed out on the champion spot after finishing one shot off of McHugh in Round 2 (74). As for third place, Colson Herrin of Augusta, GA brought it home after scoring 72-74 for a total of 146.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
An interesting turnout in the Boys 14-15 Division as a three way tie for second place occurred. The champion of the division, John Meadows, finished out the weekend with a total score of 163. Meadows scored an 82 in Round 1 and then improved his score by one stroke for Round 2. This was just enough to claim the top spot in his division. The three way tie for second place was all based on a total score of 167. Worth Pickens of St. Simons Island, GA, Jack Parsons of Knoxville, TN, and Ian Calvin Arnold of Atlanta, GA were all second placeholders. Each of them fought hard to place and they all ended up bringing home hardware because of their ambitious rounds.
Ernie Els 11-13
As for the youngest boy’s division involved this weekend, Jackson Byrd of St. Simons Island, GA brought home the championship hardware after finishing with a couple birdies and total score of 151. Scoring a 75 in Round 1 and a 76 in Round 2, you can see the raw potential of the young Mr. Byrd. The Cumming, GA native, Jack Darke completed his rounds scoring 82-80 for a total of 162; which was just enough for him to claim second place above his third place counterpart, Hank Holcomb. Another St. Simons Island, GA native, Holcomb played a competitive couple of rounds to conclude his weekend with a total score of 169 (89-80).
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
After shooting par on 24/36 holes throughout the weekend, Padgett Chitty of Valdosta, GA brought home the champion trophy in her division. Scoring 76-75 for a total of 151, Chitty showed real ambition and managed to edge out her competition by doing so. Claiming second place was the Brunswick, GA native, Taylor Palmer. Palmer shot 81 in Round 1 and improved her Round 2 score by six strokes (75) to claim her spot in the top three. As for the third placeholder, Christian Williams of Tallapoosa, GA brought home some hardware after scoring 83-80 for a total of 163.
Justin Rose Girls U13
The youngest division involved did not disappoint as each of the young women involved played out a notable two rounds. Hadley Ashton was the champion placeholder after finishing out the weekend with a total of 158. Shooting 80-78, the Erie, CO native improved in the second round to claim the top spot. The second place hardware went to Sydney Young of New Canaan, CT. Young played well to shoot 84 in Round 1 and to improve her score by four strokes in Round 2 for a total of 164.