The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was in Flowery Branch, GA on June 28-29th for the Royal Lakes Junior Open at Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Nearly perfect conditions both days led to low scores and great competition. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship. South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings were awarded to all divisions as well. Four AJGA stars were awarded to the winner in the Boys 15-18 division, while one AJGA star was awarded to the Top 5 finishers in the division. In the Girls 15-18 division, four AJGA performance stars were awarded to the winner, while one performance star was awarded to the Top 5 finishers. In addition, Top 10 finishers receive points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams, and the Hurricane Cup.
Boys 11-14 Age Division
The Boys 11-14 division was an exciting event as there was another playoff to determine the champion. Brandon Cho from Suwanee, GA birdied the first playoff hole to take home the victory over Jackson Tyler from Seneca, SC. Cho started the tournament with a 4-over par 76 in which he had fourteen pars to go along with four bogies, and shot a second round 73 to finish with a two day total of 149. Cho went out with a 1-over par 37 on his front nine on Sunday in which he had eight pars and just one bogey, and then shot an even-par 36 on the back nine, including a birdie on his last hole to force the playoff. Cho and Tyler both began the playoff hole with drives right down the middle, and Cho hit a 5-wood to about eight feet. Tyler followed Cho’s great approach with a good shot of his own, leaving him a twenty foot uphill birdie putt. Tyler’s birdie putt barely missed to the left, and then Cho stepped up and sunk his eight foot putt for the victory.
Jakari Harris Girls
15-18 Age Division
In the Girls 15-18 division, Jakari Harris from Atlanta, GA went low in round two to capture the title. Harris began the tournament with a first round 84 and shot a final round 77 to finish with a two day total of 161 to win by four shots. Finishing in second place was Louise Yu from Duluth, GA. Yu shot a first round 82 and followed that up with a second round 83 for a two day total of 165. Finishing four shots back from Yu was Nicole Latka of Roswell, GA. Latka started with a first round 82 and then shot 87 in the second round to finish with a two day total of 169. Harris had a rough start to the tournament when she triple bogied two of her first three holes, but persevered throughout the rest of the round and tournament to win by four shots. During Harris’ second round, she played extremely well all day. She had 14 pars, and other than a double and triple bogey on the sixth and eleventh hole, she played the round in even par. Louise Yu, who finished in second place, had the most birdies in the field this week with three.
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 15-18, and Girls 11-14. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Connecticut.
For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, 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.