Ferguson holds off Nimmer for another top 2013 finish
Quevedo dominates the field for her first victory of the season
Kiawah Island, SC (February 10, 2013) – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made another return to the Cougar Point course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this weekend. The course proved to be an arduous feat for the junior’s, with tightly carved boundaries and copious hazards low scores were not posted with ease. The cruel combination of cold partnered with ferocious wind played a major factor into the final scores. The tournament was ranked by National Junior Golf Scoreboard, South Carolina Junior Golf Association (SCJGA), and Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA). Valued points toward year end honors and the Hurricane Cup were distributed to the top ten across each of the three divisions. In addition Heritage Points were awarded by the SCJGA. Incentives included an automatic bid into the 2013 Tour Championship for each division winner, as well as 4 AJGA performance stars for the winner of the boy’s 15-18 age division.
The boy’s 15-18 division saw yet another victory for current 2013 point leader Ewen Ferguson of Scotland who was the only competitor to shoot under par both days of the tournament, 142 (-2). Ferguson led the field playing consistent golf, proven by an 88.9 par or better percentage. Ferguson shot six birdies and 26 pars through two days, with only one bogey on the first day of play. Ferguson slightly faltered on the front 9 Sunday, bogeying holes 1 and 2 which were later equalized with birdies on holes 5 and 7. Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, SC was ousted of 1st by one shot. Paired with Ferguson on day 2 they battled each other back and forth and both posted a score of 71 for the round. Nimmer shot an equivalent 88.9 par or better percentage and a two day total of 143 (-1). In third was Josh Crews of Albany, GA who shot a two day total of +3. As the winner of the EFX Birdie Challenge with 10 total birdies, Crews was kept out of a top 2 spot by shooting 3 bogeys in a row on both days of play.
The girl’s 15-18 age division was won by Isidora (Isi) Quevedo of Chile whom was aided by her 25 total pars. Quevedo shot a two day total of 150 (+6). Quevedo had a chip on her shoulder after posting a 79 on day one with zero birdies. She returned focused and pulled off a score of one under on day two accompanied by 4 total birdies. Second place was earned by Anita Uwadia of Nigeria, previous champion of the Hilton Head National Jr. Classic (Jan. 19-20). Uwadia led the field with 5 total birdies and was most efficient on the par 3’s of Cougar Point. Uwadia played consistent both days shooting a 78 Saturday and 79 on Sunday. Third place was won by Emily Hughes of Blacklick, OH. Hughes pulled off 2 birdies and 13 pars total.
From the boy’s 11-14 age division the top 3 finished within relative proximity of one another in regard to scores. Kyle Spencer from Mt. Pleasant, SC led the field with a two day total of 151 (+7). Spencer finished with 23 total pars and 4 birdies, all of his birdies came on the front nine Sunday. Spencer shaved 3 strokes off of his Saturday score on Sunday after getting acquainted with the challenging course. Spencer struggled with hole 10 both days, his two bogeys on 10 were likely due to the large pond stretching the length of the hole. In second place from the division was Christian Salzer of Sumter, SC who had a two day total of 154 (+10). Salzer managed to hold on to second shooting primarily par with a par or better percentage of 72.2. One stroke behind Salzer was Wil Sheppard of Sumter, SC who shot +11. Sheppard, winner of the EFX Birdie Challenge, shot 5 birdies accompanied by 20 pars. Weather: Saturday: Mostly Sunny, low 40s to mid-50s, winds 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly Sunny, low 40s to mid-60s, winds 10-15 mph Tournament Yardages: Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,855 Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,159 Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,850 Tournament Awards:EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Josh Crews Boy’s 11-14 division: Wil Sheppard Girl's 15-18 division: Anita Uwadia 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.