Waters steals the lead in outstanding comeback finish
McRaney exhibits perseverance while braving the elements in top form
Macon, GA (February 18, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour spent President’s Day weekend in the blistering cold of Macon, GA for the 54 Hole Challenge at the Brickyard. The event was held in the undulating hills of The Brickyard golf course at Riverside (PAR 72), currently ranked the 15th best golf course in the state. At first glance one would feel as if they were on site at a ski resort, replete with tall long hills the Brickyard can be very deceptive to a golfer unfamiliar with the terrain. The weather certainly did not help to lower scores either, with winds reaching up to 30 miles per hour on Saturday and Sunday and temperatures dropping low into the 30’s factoring the wind chill. Winds finally calmed on Monday which was ideal for golf and allowed players to post respectable scores. This tournament was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and the top 15 finishers in all divisions received points towards All-HJGT Teams and the Hurricane Cup STANDINGS. All winners also received an automatic entry into the 2013 Tour Championship. In addition to HJGT points players earned South Carolina Junior Golf Association (SCJGA) Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) Points.
The Boys 15-18 Division was won in outstanding fashion by first time HJGT competitor Barrett Waters (+13) of Dallas, GA. Waters made his comeback on the final day, down two strokes at the start of the round and finishing the contest two strokes ahead. Waters shot consistently through all three days, posting scores in the 70’s each day (79-74-76). After becoming acclimated to the wind Waters shot his best score on Saturday of just two shots over par. Waters shot only 4 birdies accompanied with a stunning 34 pars and a par or better percentage of 70.4. Finishing in second was Jackson Bishop (+15) of Gainesville, GA. Bishop, winner of the EFX Birdie Challenge managed 7 birdies through three days of play. Bishop was the leader going into the final round but struggled the final day and did not make a single birdie, which fueled him the previous two days. In third place was Pep Brown (+20), also from Gainesville, GA. Brown struggled day one with a score of 83, and made strong strides Sunday and Monday to place in the top 3 with a 75 and 78 Saturday and Sunday.
The Girls 15-18 Division was won by Macy McRaney of Winter Garden, FL. McRaney played best on Monday, shooting a 79 to steal the lead from her competition Katie Plummer. McRaney began the final round down by a 4 stroke deficit to her competition. McRaney fought hard holes 12-18 to finish the final round with 6 pars and only one bogey. McRaney not only won her Division but was also the winner of the EFX birdie challenge. In second place was Katie Plummer of Buford, GA. Plummer was ahead to begin the final round, as was previously mentioned, however was ousted to MCRaney by three shots. Plummer managed to shoot 21 pars throughout the three days accompanied by one birdie. Competing in her first HJGT event was Abigail Wellens who traveled all the way from Springboro, OH. Wellens will become a familiar face on the tour this season when the HJGT travels to Ohio to host a number of events. Wellens struggled on the final 3 holes each day, posting a bogey or higher each time. Wellens was propelled primarily with 16 birdies.
The Boys 11-14 Division was won by Jake Milanowski (+26) of Peachtree City, GA. Milanowski won nearly all honors for the division. Acquiring titles for both the EFX Birdie Challenge with 7 and the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Weekend after shooting 89 Sunday and 72 Monday. Milanowski shot best on par 5’s with an average of 5.00 and a total par or better percentage of 61.1. In second place was Daniel Fienemann (+29) of Peachtree City, GA. Fienemann broke 80 on Sunday shooting just a shade under with 79. Fienemann led the field with 28 pars through three days of play. In third place was Will Rawlings (+32) of Sandersville, GA. Rawlings, whose day one score fluctuated drastically, shot 78 on both Sunday and Monday after his staggering 92 Saturday. Weather: Saturday – Very Windy, low of 28 and high of 47, winds 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Sunday – Very Windy, low of 30 and high of 50, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph Monday- Mostly Sunny, low of 28 and high of 55, winds between 5-10 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,878 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,181 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,811 Tournament Awards: EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Jackson Bishop Boy’s 11-14 division: Jake Milanowski Girl’s 15-18 division: Macy McRaney About Us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18 Division, Boys 11-14 and Girls 15-18 Division and 11-14 Division. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the southeast as well as Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.