Reid goes wire to wire for win
Uwadia’s strong finish puts her on top
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bluffton, South Carolina on January 18-19 for the Hurricane Tour Shop Series at Old South. Cold weather was a factor and caused a delay early Saturday morning but did not stop the field from putting up some hot scores. All divisions finished 36 holes and the top three finishers in each division received an invite to the Hurricane Tour Shop Invitational. Winners of each division received an invite to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. The winner of the girls 15-18 division also received one AJGA performance star. All other divisions were ranked by the NJGS, earned SCJGA and TYGA points as well as points towards year end honors, state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
Fighting through extremely windy and cold conditions throughout the day was the boys 15-18 division. Lewis Reid from Scotland, United Kingdom was ahead by one stroke after day one. He fired a 74 finishing with a birdie on the 18th hole. Reid scored a 73 on a Sunday with much friendlier conditions to win the trophy. Much of day two Toks Pedro of Bowie, MD was tied for the lead with Reid. However he finished second after firing 75-73 for a total of 148. Jake Haggerty from Woodstock, GA and Alec Weary of Bluffton, SC shot identical scores of 79-72 to tie for third place. Both had three birdies on Sunday in the less windy, warmer conditions. Miguel Palacios of Cary, NC showed vast improvement over the tournament. He took home the Most Improved Player award for boys, improving upon his first round score by twenty strokes in the second round.
At the end of day one, Sang Hee Lee of Korea and Anita Uwadia from Lagos, Nigeria were tied atop the leaderboard in the girls 15-18 division. Both girls scored Saturday rounds of 77. It appeared after the front nine on Sunday that Lee would be taking home the trophy. However, Uwadia fired a two under par, 34, on the back nine including a birdie on the final hole to won the division. Sang Hee Lee shot a very respectable score of 152 to take home second. Lee’s six birdies over the course of the weekend was tops in her division. Savannah Hallman of Mount Pleasant, SC shot 81-79 and her consistent play earned her third place honors for the event. Layne-Marie Carter of Lyons, GA improved on her round of 92 Saturday with a follow-up 80 on Sunday earning her the Most Improved Player award for girls.
In the boys 11-14 division, Ethan Willis of Mount Pleasant, SC started the second round three strokes behind and came back with a 73 on Sunday to win the division. The ten stroke improvement Willis’ had on Sunday earned him the victory by one stroke over Dong Wook Moon. Moon fired rounds of 81-76 to earn second place. Bumin Choi of South Korea and Drew Weary of Bluffton, SC tied for third with weekend totals of 159. Weary, who also finished tied for third last weekend at the Amelia National Junior Shootout, played error free for the better part of round two going on a six-hole stretch without any bogies. Choi played solid golf on both nines on Sunday shooting 39-38 to finish out his weekend.
Sophie Guo, of Bluffton, SC led the girls 11-14 division from the beginning to the end this weekend at Old South. She shot 81 on Saturday to lead the division by three strokes and never relinquished that lead on Sunday. Second place honors went to Amelia Root of Jacksonville, FL, winner of the Amelia National Junior Shootout last week, with a weekend total of 162. Root’s four birdies on the weekend was tops in her age group. Skylar Thompson, of Buford, GA finished in third place shooting a weekend score of 175. Weather: Day 1- Mid 40’s, sunny, extremely windy. 15-20 mph with 30 mph gusts. Day 2- High 50’s, mostly sunny, 5-10 mph with 20 mph gusts Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,705 yards Boys 11-14: 6,176 yards Girls 15-18: 5,596 yards Girls 11-14: 5,001 yards 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 the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Indiana, and Connecticut. For more information regarding the Amelia National Junior Shootout, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.