The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour journeyed to the Furman University Golf Club for the College Prep Series at Furman. The weather on Saturday was less than desirable with a heavy fog leaving the course unplayable for 45 minutes. After the 45 minute delay, the fog dissipated and the sun came out creating sweltering conditions. Four hours later, thunder roared its ugly head and precarious clouds lingered. Finally, the skies opened leading to the second delay of the day. This delay looked like it might end the day as dark clouds loomed in every direction. Despite these multiple delays, the skies cleared and the golfers all finished their rounds before the end of the day. The second day was like night and day compared to the first day. For nearly the whole day no clouds threatened at all. Players enjoyed sunny skies at all times while on the course. The moment after everyone finished, a light rain began to fall, but at that point it didn’t matter. Furman University Golf Club was full of great holes that challenged the golfers to play to the best of their abilities. The tight fairways and especially challenging greens gave plenty of challenges to go with the great views and stunning landscape that surrounded the course. This tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS). The top twenty in all four divisions earned South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points while the top ten in each division accrued Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points. Winners also receive an automatic bid to the 2013 Tour Championship. The winner of the Boys 15-18 Division and Girls 15-18 Division also received four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) performance stars which will give each of them an exemption into an AJGA event. The top 15 finishers in the age division were awarded performance points as well. These points will go towards end of the year honors including HJGT State teams and the Hurricane Cup. In the Boys 15-18 Division, one of the rarest events in golf occurred. On the par 5, fifteenth hole, Zach Bishop of Travelers Rest, SC scorched a tee shot well over 300 yards down the left side of the fairway. Then from 211 yards out, Bishop grabbed his 4 iron and decided to go for it. The ball was struck true and landed on the slightly hidden green. Walking down the fairway, Zach started yelling “I don’t see it!” Zach had just recorded the first double eagle or albatross in the history of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. With this phenomenal hole and stellar play throughout the rest of the weekend, Bishop finished second in the tournament… to another Bishop. Jackson Bishop of Gainesville, GA topped Zach by just one stroke to win the tournament outright. Jackson didn’t have any double eagles like his top competitor, but he did lead the field with 8 birdies which gave him the EFX Birdie Challenge win. Jackson was especially dominant on par five holes as he birdied five of eight and never scored worse than par. Jackson and Zach were both solid throughout the weekend, but they showed that their strength was power above all else as they finished one and two in birdies and par five performance, respectively. Third place finisher, Blake Wagoner of Cornelius, NC, only had five birdies, but unlike either Bishop, Wagoner never scored worse than a bogey. It was this consistency that gave him the third place finish. The Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week was awarded to Jeff Carr of Fountain Inn, SC after he improved by thirteen strokes and shot even par on Sunday. The Girls 15-18 Division included the only player of the tournament to finish at even par for the entire weekend. Two competitors in the boys’ divisions shot rounds under par, but no one finished at even par except for Diane Lim of Norcross, GA. Lim shot the two best rounds of the tournament in the Girls 15-18 Division following her first day 73 with a second round one under par, 71. Lim took all drama out of the tournament on the first day as she was three strokes better than any of her competition, but really made it clear how dominant she was on the second day when she shot six strokes better than any of her competitors. Lim had the most birdies, second most pars, second longest bogey free streak, longest birdie or better streak, and the best performance on par three, par four, and par five holes. In a distant second, Jordan Daniel of Newnan, GA shot an impressive 153. This score would compete for the top spot at many other tournaments which is a testament to Lim’s finish. Daniel wasn’t the flashiest player, but she was easily the most consistent player finishing with 27 pars and a division best 11 hole bogey free streak. Daniel finished second in both par three and four performance and third in par five performance. In third place was Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, GA who was second in pars and par five performance. Lim won the EFX Birdie Challenge with her eight birdies. The Girls 15-18 Division saw two girls, Allie Fletcher of Cumming, GA and Crockett Floyd of Watkinsville, GA tie for the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week award after improving their scores by eleven strokes. The younger boys division followed close to the same path as the older girls division. After a first round 70, 2 under, Patten Williams of Davidson, NC cruised to an easy victory. Patten was never really threatened shooting a second round 77 for an overall tournament total of 147. Williams had more birdies on day one than any of his competitors had the entire tournament. These seven birdies, which earned him the EFX Birdie Challenge win, and his superb performance on par five holes spurred him to victory. The battle for second place was much more exciting however as Dixon Flowers of Sumter, SC and Sam McGee of Charlotte, NC duked it out both days. After 27 holes, McGee was tied with Williams for first place, but had a poor last nine while Flowers shot even par. Heading into the eighteenth hole, both were sitting at six over and after getting to the green in two, both safely putted for par. In the end, neither could separate from each other and they ended up tying for second place. Sam faired best on par three holes while Dixon placed second on par five holes and both tied Williams for first place on par four scoring performance. The Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week was awarded to Dustin Blank of Elon, NC after he improved by ten strokes and shot one over on Sunday. The Girls 11-14 Division featured a single threesome that quickly turned into a twosome after Sarah Kennedy of Greenville, SC was forced to withdraw after becoming ill the night before the tournament. The two remaining competitors played incredibly close for the entirety of the tournament. After 32 holes, Ashleigh Bishop of Gainesville, GA and Carly Lyvers of Greenville, SC were tied, but two bogeys on the final four holes for Lyvers gave Bishop the two stroke victory. The Bishop family had one of the most successful weekends of the summer as Ashleigh is the sister of Jackson Bishop, who won the Boys 15-18 Division. Unlike her brother, Ashleigh relied heavily on consistency to lead her to victory. She only had one birdie, but carded a division best 21 pars. Ashleigh also had the best par three performance at an average of 3.6 strokes per par three hole and the best par four performance at 4.4. Carly had more birdies, a longer bogey free streak, and a better par five performance, but couldn’t find the range on par three and par four holes. Carly’s two birdies were good enough to give her the EFX Birdie Challenge Award. Both Ashleigh Bishop and Carly Livers improved by eight strokes from Saturday to Sunday which allowed them to tie for the Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week award. Weather Saturday: Heavy fog, followed by high 80’s, followed by heavy showers and a subsequent light mist Sunday: Partly Cloudy with temperatures in the mid 80’s Tournament Yardages Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 15-18: 5,866 yards Boys 11-14: 6,208 yards Girls 11-14: 5,298 yards Tournament AwardsEFX Birdie Challenge
Boys 15-18: Jackson Bishop Girls 15-18: Diane Lim Boys 11-14: Patten Williams Girls 11-14: Carly Lyvers Golf Pride Comeback Player of the Week Boys 15-18: Jeff Carr Girls 15-18: Allie Fletcher and Crockett Floyd Boys 11-14: Dustin Blank Girls 11-14: Ashleigh Bishop and Carly Lyvers 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.