Crimson Tide Commit Prevails Through Demanding Elements
Cox Consistent Play Leads to Victory
Greer, SC (February 24, 2013) –The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour spent the weekend in upstate South Carolina for the Greenville Jr. Shootout. The tournament was held at the Willow Creek Golf Course in Greer. Temperatures Saturday dipped into the 30’s and settled in the low 40’s. Playing conditions were far from perfect on Saturday with morning rains saturating the course to make muddy and challenging playing conditions. The rain died out into the afternoon which helped dry out the fairways and greens. Sunday morning brought forth light fog which burnt off before 10:00 creating nearly perfect conditions. The tournament was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and the winner from the boy’s 15-18 age division was awarded 4 AJGA performance stars. Top ten finishers across the four age divisions received points towards year end honors including all HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
University of Alabama signee Jonathan Hardee topped out the boy’s 15-18 age division. Hardee, who resides in Greer SC, shot a two day total of 144 (73-71). Down a stroke to start the day Hardee began on hole 1 slicing his tee shot out of bounds and finishing the hole with a double bogey. Hardee caught fire late in round 2 shooting birdie on 5 of the last 9 holes. Hardee’s most important birdie came on hole 18, which propelled him to victory over Jake Smith who finished second. Smith, of Spartanburg SC, shot 145 (72-73) and began day two with a one stroke lead over Hardee. Smith played great golf through the two rounds and shot par or better on 91.7% of the 36 holes. Smith had 29 pars, and 4 birdies, which left only 3 holes that he shot bogey or worse. Third place resulted in a three way tie between S.M. Lee of Buford GA, Keenan Huskey of Greenville SC, and Will Strickland of Greer SC. Lee and Huskey shot identical rounds of even par round 2 after posting a 76 in the blistering cold Saturday. Strickland shot a 75-73 Saturday to Sunday.
In the girl’s 15-18 age division Maddy Cox of Easley, SC proved victorious. Cox managed to out shoot her competition playing par golf, with 20 total. Cox had zero birdies through two days and shot a total of 161 (83-78). As was typical with the majority of scores this weekend Cox managed to shave a decent number of strokes off her score from Saturday to Sunday. Placing second in the division was Victoria Huskey of Greenville, SC. Huskey led the field on all par 4’s, shooting a 4.40 average. Huskey’s 20 pars helped push her to a top 3 finish. Third place resulted in a two way tie between Emily Hughes of Blacklick, OH and Jaelyn Tindal of Rock Hill, SC. After an 89 Saturday Tindal did everything possible to place and shot the best score from the division all weekend with a 75. Hughes shot consistently with an 83 and 81 accompanied by 4 birdies to win the EFX Birdie Challenge.
Similar to the boy’s 15-18 division, the boy’s 11-14 division was neck and neck all weekend. Finishing atop the division was Sully Zagerman (144 (72-72)) of Windmere, FL. Zagerman, who was on pace to shoot 4 under on day two, lost his focus on the back 9. Zagerman posted even par both days with a par or better percentage of 86.1. Zagerman had the only eagle in his division come day one on the problematic hole 15 that challenged competitors all weekend long. Christian Baliker of Simpsonville, SC placed second in the division. Baliker was tied for the lead to begin Sunday but finished with a score of 3 over. Baliker led the field with 7 birdies. A familiar face to the leaderboard was Alec Weary of Bluffton, SC who finished third. After shooting a 77 day one Weary came back determined on Sunday shooting a 73.
The girls 11-14 division was won out by Courtney Vogel of Greer, SC. Vogel, whose father is the Head Golf Pro at the Willow Creek Golf Course, shot an astonishing 78 on Saturday. Vogel was one of the few players who scored higher on Sunday than Saturday, and played through the difficult elements. Vogel led the division with 20 pars and 2 birdies. 13 of Vogel’s 20 pars came on the back 9 of the course. In second place was Marisa Mukherjee of Marietta, GA. Mukherjee shot best on par 4’s with an average of 4.85, and 15 total pars for the tournament. Mattie Dew of Greenville, SC placed third in the division. Dew bounced back after a rough Saturday and shot an impressive 87 accompanied by 10 pars. Weather: Saturday: Light Rain/Cloudy, Low 37/High 47, wind gusts up to 11 mph Sunday: Mostly Sunny, Low 37 High 65, NE winds up to 10 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,871 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,250 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,861 Girl’s 11-14 division: 5,062 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Jonathan Hardee Boy’s 11-14 division: Christian Baliker Girl’s 15-18 division: Emily Hughes Girl’s 11-14 division: Courtney Vogel 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. For further information regarding the Greenville Jr. Shootout CLICK HERE