Postseason at Palmetto Dunes The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the postseason trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina when they hosted the Postseason at Palmetto Dunes on November 23-24. This postseason tournament was open to all junior golfers between the ages of 11-18. Being played at the beautiful George Fazio Golf Club, the junior golfers played in beautiful weather the first round and battled cold temperatures and wind during the second round. This tournament had a lot up for grabs as the champion in the boys 15-18 division won four AJGA Performance Stars while the top five will each earned one. The winners in the Boys 11-14, and Girls 15-18 division will also receive AJGA Stars if their respective field size requirements are met. An invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship was also awarded to winners in all four divisions, as well as South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points. In addition, winners received a $50 gift card courtesy of Kikkor Golf.
In the boys 15-18 division, Toks Pedro of Bowie, MD and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, SC were tied atop the leaderboard entering the final round on Sunday with first round scores of 72. Pedro was able to edge Nimmer on Sunday shooting an even par 70 to win the boys 15-18 division. Pedro’s even round was the lowest of the tournament. Pedro would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with nine birdies for the weekend, a field best. Pedro would also have a field best performance on par-3 and par-5 holes. Nimmer was able to hold on to second place at 74 on Sunday. Nimmer led the field with 25 pars and also had a 4.2 scoring average on par-4 holes. Trace Crowe of Easley, SC finished in third place with rounds of 76 and 75. Crowe had a 4.3 scoring average on par-4 holes for the weekend.
Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria who led the Girls 15-18 Division entering Sunday was able to hold off her competition to win the division. She shot rounds of 76 and 79. Contributing to her solid play was three birdies, 17 pars, and a field best performance on par-4 and par-5 holes. Kasidy Beckel of Bluffton, SC was the big mover of the day improving on her first round 84 to finish Sunday with a final round of 73 and the title of second place. Beckel would win the title of EFX Birdie Challenge winner when she posted a field best of five birdies for the weekend. Savannah Hallman of Mt.Pleasant, SC finished in third place with rounds of 81 and 89. Hallman had two birdies and a 4.7 scoring average on par-4 holes.
James Wohler of Savannah, GA improved his first round score of 82 shooting a final round of 74 to earn himself first place in the Boys 11-14 Division. Wohler would also win the EFX Birdie Challenge with a field best of five birdies and an eagle. Bumin Choi ofGyeonggi-do, Korea, entered the final round in second with a score of 80 was able to maintain his placing finishing with a round of 79. Choi had 14 pars and a 3.4 scoring average on par-3 holes. Drew Weary of Bluffton, SC; who entered the day atop the leaderboard with a first round 79 shot a final round score of 82 for third place. Weary, who will represent South Carolina at the Hurricane Cup in Sea Island, Georgia next weekend, had three birdies and 18 pars for the weekend.
Entering Sunday both Amelia Root of Jacksonville, FL and Sophie Guo of Bluffton, SC were tied atop the leaderboard shooting first round scores of 80. On Sunday, Root was able to claim first place after shooting a final round 83. Along with her win she also earned the EFX Birdie Challenge title when she shot a field best two birdies. Root also led the field in par-3 performance for the weekend. Guo finished in second place after a second round of 86. She posted one birdie and led the field in par-4 and par-5 performances. Christine Scholten of the Netherlands finished in third place with scores of 99 and 100.
Weather: Day 1- Mid 60’s. Mostly sunny Day 2- Mid 40’s. 15-20 MPH winds. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,631 yards Girls 15-18: 5,640 yards Boys 11-14: 6,027 yards Girls 11-14: 5,246 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Toks Pedro Girls 15-18: Kasidy Beckel Boys 11-14: James Wohler Girls 11-14: Amelia Root Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Ryan Moseley Girls Division: Jaime Rickert Postseason at Bradshaw Farms The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the postseason trip to Woodstock, Georgia when they hosted the Postseason at Bradshaw Farms on November 23-24. This postseason tournament was open to all junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 and was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Junior golfers were able to play the beautiful Bradshaw Farms while battling cold weather and wind. An invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship was awarded to winners in all four divisions, as well as South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points. In addition, winners also received a $50 gift card courtesy of Kikkor Golf. In the Boys 15-18 Division, S.M. Lee from Buford, Georgia held off Jake Milanowski from Peachtree City, Georgia by 2 strokes to win at the Bradshaw Farm Golf Club. Lee had a 3-stroke lead over Milanowski going into the final round, but had his lead cut to only 1 stroke after 27 total holes. Milanowski eventually took the lead after back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11. Lee tied it back up after birdieing the 13th hole. Milanowski bogeyed and double-bogeyed holes 14 and 15, respectively, to give Lee a 3 stroke lead with only 3 holes left to play. Nickolaus Budd from Woodstock, Georgia rounded out the top three by shooting rounds of 76 and 76, including an eagle on the 16th hole on Sunday to propel him onto the podium with a total of +8/152. Melanie Talbott from Woodstock, Georgia came from behind to win the postseason tournament at the Bradshaw Farm Golf Club in her hometown. Talbott trailed Madison Blackburn out of Canton, Georgia by a stroke going into the final round. Talbott had 2 birdies, 7 pars and only 3 bogeys over the last 12 holes Sunday afternoon. Talbott led the division with a 4.8 average on Par 4 holes. Blackburn finished the tournament with 3 birdies and 16 pars with rounds of 84 and 87 to finish in 2nd place. Rounding out the top 3 in the Girls 15-18 Division was 12-year-old Rachel Kuehn from Ashville, North Carolina. Kuehn shot an 89 on Saturday and improved with an 85 on Sunday for a total of +30/174. The Boys 11-14 champion, Andy Mao from Johns Creek, Georgia made a lot of memories at the Postseason tournament at Bradshaw Farm this past weekend. Mao scored a double eagle on the 11th hole on Saturday with a 230-yard shot with his 3 wood. The ball was later autographed by the other players in his pairing. Mao also won the EFX Birdie Challenge after making all 3 of his birdies in the final round. His title did not come easy as Stephen Foernsler from Cumming, Georgia had a 2-stroke lead going into Sunday’s round. Foernsler and Mao were tied up after 11 holes on Sunday and had identical scores for the last 7 holes, except on hole 14 where Mao bogeyed and Foernsler double bogeyed. Foernsler had 2 pars and 20 birdies throughout the weekend. Andrew Mora from Douglasville, Georgia earned a 3rd place trophy with scores of 86 and 83 for a total of +25 for the tournament. Weather: Day 1- Mid 60’s. Mostly sunny Day 2- Mid 40’s. 15-20 MPH winds. Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,852 yards Girls 11-18: 5,659 yards Boys 11-14: 6,186 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Joe Mraz Girls 11-18: Abigail Bolt, Meghan Nay Boys 11-14: Andy Mao Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Daniel Spencer, Jack Brennan, Ivan Reap Girls Division: Colin Herbert Postseason at Bonaventure The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour made the postseason trip to Weston, Florida when they hosted the Postseason at Bonaventure on November 23-24. This postseason tournament was open to all junior golfers between the ages of 11-18. Being played at the beautiful Bonaventure Golf Club, the junior golfers played in beautiful weather for both rounds. An invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 Tour Championship was awarded to winners in all four divisions. In addition, winners also received a $50 gift card courtesy of Kikkor Golf.
Zach Bariso of Boca Raton, FL was victorious at the Bonaventure Country Club on Sunday. Bariso captured the title after shooting rounds of 74 and 78 over the weekend. Zach had a good start to the weekend by shooting even par through the first nine holes, however he had a few struggles on the backside with a bogey and a double bogey and finished the round two strokes over par. On Sunday Zach had a rough start to the day bogeying three holes and double bogeying the 4th hole. On the backside, Zach found his rhythm and finished without a bogey and picked up two birdies to finish the round strong. Ethan Cairns of Davie, FL finished 2nd after a strong final round on Sunday. Ethan had issues in the first round when he finished with five bogeys and a double bogey on the day for a first round score of 78. Sunday proved to be Ethan’s day when he made four birdies to finish the round at even par. Steve LaMay of Parkland, FL placed 3rd on Sunday after posting round scores of 74 and 78 on the weekend. Steve had a great round on Saturday and it would have been an even better round had it not been for the first hole which he double bogeyed, the rest of the round he made thirteen pars and two birdies. On Sunday, Steve had a much rougher day settling for 6 bogeys and a triple bogey for the round and just couldn’t get into any type of rhythm.
Jenna Tuccio of Marco Island, FL won the girls division at Bonaventure on Sunday. In the first round, Jenna did very well by making six par putts on the front side and then followed that up with another seven on the backside, all while only having three bogeys on the day. Sunday proved to be a much tougher day for Jenna as she bogeyed four holes on the front side and finished the round with seven all together; still it was enough to win the division. Julia Durkin of Miramar, FL finished tied for 2nd with Alexa Pano of Lake Worth. Julia had a good five nine holes on Saturday with 4 pars and a birdie, however she then bogeyed eight of the next nine holes and just didn’t get back on track. It was much the same for Pano that finished with eleven bogeys on the day and was able to manage just one birdie. On Sunday, Julia had eight par putts on the round but still had trouble during the latter part of the round bogeying four holes on the back side and only birdieing one. Pano played a little better with nine pars and two birdies that came on two of the last three holes.
Jonathon Cachon of Weston, FL won the younger boys division on Sunday, with round scores of 73 and 76. Jonathon had a solid round on Saturday with three birdies, eleven pars and four bogeys, three of which came on the front nine; on the back nine Jonathon settled down and only settled for one bogey. On Sunday, Jonathon had another good round that saw him have just four bogeys for the day with thirteen par putts which was good enough to seal the win. Daniel Core of Sorrento, FL finished 2nd on Sunday after two good rounds over the weekend. Had it not been for the 5th hole on Saturday, Daniel would have shot even par on the front nine and just one over on the back side, instead Core double bogeyed the 5th hole. It was almost the same story on Sunday except Core did shot par on the front side, however he faded on the back side bogeying five holes. Justin Jin of Windermere, FL placed 3rd on Sunday after having played well throughout the weekend. Jason had a tough start on Saturday bogeying four holes on the front side with only one birdie. Jason was much more consistent on the back side only bogeying two holes and parring the other seven. Sunday wasn’t as good of a round for Jason with six bogeys and one double bogey, yet it was still enough to secure a 3rd place finish.
Weather: Day 1- 79 Degrees with a slight breeze Day 2- 81 Degrees. 10 MPH winds Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,850 yards Girls 11-18: 5,700 yards Boys 11-14: 6,125 yards EFX Birdie Challenge: Boys 15-18: Zach Bariso, Ethan Cairns, Steve LaMay, Jared Barclay, Gil Lanoue Girls 11-18: Alexa Pano, Catherine Lott Boys 11-14: Jonathon Cachon, Daniel Core Golf Pride Grips Comeback Player of the Week: Boys Division: Juan Pablo Ramirez Girls Division: Alexa Pano