College Prep Series at Louisville
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour continued its College Prep Series when it went to The University of Louisville’s Cardinal Club on November 2-3 for the College Prep Series at Louisville. The College Prep Series is a series of events played on some of the best college courses in the region. Winners in all four divisions received an invitation to the 2013 Tour Championship and top 15 finishers received points towards end of the year honors and the Hurricane Cup.
D.J. Vogt of Louisville, KY walked away victorious at the College Prep at Louisville on Sunday for the boys 15-18 division. D.J started off slow by having six bogeys on Saturday on his way to a 76 in the first round. However, on Sunday D.J played a very steady round with only two bogeys the entire day and shooting 2 birdies in the front and 2 birdies on the backside. Blake Cartwright of Winchester, KY finished second shooting a 76 and a 74 on the weekend. Blake had an eventful round on Saturday with a double and triple bogey on the front side, but rallied on the backside to sink 3 birdies. On Sunday, Blake had a better round but still had 5 bogeys through the first eleven holes; much like Saturday Blake closed out with 3 birdies on the final seven holes. Blake would earn the title of EFX Birdie Challenge winner when he made 8 birdies for the weekend. Michael Vissing and Allen Hamilton finished tied for third place with final scores of 154. Michael shot an even par round on Sunday but it wasn’t enough to make up for the 9 bogeys he shot on Saturday. Allen on the other hand had a steady day on Saturday with 4 birdies but struggled to finish on Sunday with 8 bogeys, 7 being on the backside.
Mackenzie Peyton of Newcastle, KY won the older girls division on Sunday. Mackenzie had a good Saturday by paring 12 holes, 7 being on the front side but struggled on the backside with 4 bogeys. On Sunday, Mackenzie struggled paring only ten holes while double bogeying two holes on the backside but it was still good enough to win. Gypsie Hutchinson of Lexington, KY tied with Meredith Moir of Louisville, KY for second place. Gypsie struggled on Saturday with 3 bogeys and 3 double bogeys but recovered on Sunday with 10 pars and 1 birdie. Meredith had a solid day on Saturday with 11 pars and 1 birdie that came on the front side, however Sunday proved to be a tougher day for her shooting 8 bogeys and 3 double bogeys. Burton, Purdom, and Son would all share the title of EFX Birdie Challenge Winner with 2 birdies apiece.
Being consistent helped Mason Lenhart of Prospect, KY win the boys 11-14 division. With a 77 in both rounds, Mason’s start was rough having two double bogeys on the front side along with two more bogeys. However, Mason was able to birdie three holes before the conclusion of the round. On Sunday, Mason played a little more consistent with 11 pars and a birdie that helped recover from the 6 bogeys on the day. Robbie Keyes of Louisville, KY finished second after a rough first round that saw him have 9 bogeys and a double bogey. Sunday was a much better day for Robbie; he did have 7 bogeys on the day but had a great backside with 7 pars. Andrew Sullivan of Louisville finished third after a much better Sunday. Andrew struggled on Saturday bogeying 11 of the 18 holes, but recovered Sunday with 10 pars and 2 birdies on the day.
Morgan Tinsley of Louisville won the younger girls division on Sunday. Morgan played consistent on Saturday with 8 pars that helped her recover from the 2 double bogeys on the day. Sunday was a long day for Morgan as she had four double bogeys on the day, yet it was enough for her to win the division. Ryan Bender of Louisville placed second in the division. Bender had a rough Saturday that saw her have two double and two triple bogeys for the round. Bender played better on Sunday as she had 7 pars for the day.
Weather: Day 1- High 52, windy Day 2- High 55, mostly sunny Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,852 yards Girls 15-18: 5,867 yards Boys 11-14: 6,226 yards Girls 11-14: 5,132 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Blake Cartwright Girls 15-18: Marra Burton, Sarah Son, Kie Purdom Boys 11-14: Cullan Brown Girls 11-14: Morgan Tinsley Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Ross Perry Girls Division: Caroline McDonald, Gypsie Hutchinson College Prep Series at UGA
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Athens, Georgia for the College Prep Series at UGA on November 2-3. This National Junior Golf Scoreboard ranked event took place at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The college prep series plays a pivotal role in preparing junior golfers for success at the collegiate level. The champion in both the boys and girls 15-18 division earned 4 AJGA Performance Stars, as well as the boys 15-18 top 5 who earned 1 AJGA star. Winners in all four divisions received an automatic bid into the 2013 Tour Championship. Players who placed highly received South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points, Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points, and year-end honors, which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
In the boys 15-18 division, Jake Milanowski of Peachtree City, GA entered into the final round with a 1-stroke lead after shooting a round of 71, which was tied for the lowest at the event. Milanowski was able to maintain his lead by shooting a round of 73 on the Sunday to secure the win. Both Milanowski and Matt Hines of Woodstock, GA would share the title of the EFX Birdie Challenge by totaling eight birdies for the weekend. Hines and Zach Zediker of Gray, GA finished tied for second after they both shot rounds of 72 and 75. Sebastian Darmo of Roswell, GA and Caleb Proveaux of Lexington, SC also finished tied for second place creating a four-way tie. Darmo who shot a first round score of 76, improved on his score by shooting a round of 71, which was the lowest of the day. Proveaux was able to secure his spot for second place after shooting rounds of 73 and 74.
Isabella Skinner of Cumming, GA after shooting rounds of 79 and 74 was able to maintain her first round lead to win 1st place in the Girls 15-18 division. Skinner also was in a three-way tie for the EFX Birdie Challenge with Harmanprit Kaur and Candler Kimsey with four birdies each. Skinner also added 21 pars and a field best performance on par four holes. Hamanprit Kaur of Lawrenceville, GA finished in second place after shooting rounds of 80 and 76. Diane Lim of Norcross, GA finished in third place after shooting rounds of 81 and 77. She posted a 4.3 scoring average on par four holes.
Entering the final round on Sunday, Daniel Fienemann of Peachtree, GA and Jun Lee of Duluth, GA were tied atop the leader board both finishing the first round with scores of 76. Finenemann was able to win the championship for the Boys 11-14 division after scoring a round of 74. Finenemann also clinched the title of EFX Birdie Challenge with a field best eight birdies for the weekend. He also posted a field best performance on par four holes with a 4.1 scoring average. Sam McGee of Charlotte, NC finished in second place after shooting rounds of 82 and 76. McGee posted 21 pars and a field best performance on par 5 holes. Jun Lee finished in third after shooting a final round of 83. He added four birdies and 21 pars.
Entering the final round of the tournament, Cameron Daniel of Sharpsburg, GA led the Girls 11-14 Division shooting a round of 86. Daniel was able to hold off the efforts of Tess Davenport and Skylar Thompson to win first place within the division. Daniel was able to maintain her lead shooting a round of 82 on the day with one birdie and 17 pars for the weekend. Tess Davenport of Buford, GA who entered the round on Sunday in third place finished the round with a division low round of 79 to place second. She would win the EFX Birdie Challenge with two birdies. Skylar Thompson of Buford, GA finished in third place with rounds of 87 and 91 adding 13 pars for the weekend.
Weather: Day 1- Low-mid 60’s, mostly sunny. Cold Mornings with warmer afternoons. Day 2- Low to mid 60’s, mostly sunny. Cold mornings with warmer afternoons. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,885 yards Girls 15-18: 5,736 yards Boys 11-14: 5,182 yards Girls 11-14: 5,182 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Matt Hines, Jake Milanowski Girls 15-18: Harmanprit Kaur, Candler Kimsey, Isabella Skinner Boys 11-14: Daniel Finemann Girls 11-14: Tess Davenport Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Divisions: CJ Clarkson Girls Divisions: Tess Davenport