Carolina Spring Challenge March 16-17
Edwards Wins Tournament with Comeback Finish
Cochran Prevails Through Demanding Conditions
Aiken, SC (March 17, 2013)- The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to South Carolina this past weekend for the Carolina Spring Challenge at Woodside. The tournament took place at the Woodside Plantation Golf Course in Aiken, South Carolina. The tournament featured possibly the windiest day of any HJGT tournament so far this year with winds gusting to 31 on Saturday. Despite the wind the weather was pretty comfortable on both days with temperatures reaching the upper 70s. The tournament was ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Tarheel Youth Golf Association points as well as South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage points were earned. Top ten finishers received points towards HJGT year-end honors, All-HJGT Teams & the Hurricane Cup. Finally, the winners of all three divisions receive an automatic bid to the 2013 Tour Championship.
The boy’s 15-18 age division was won by Salisbury, NC native Eric Edwards. Edwards, as with most of the competitors, struggled on day one and posted an 81. Edwards came out firing Sunday with birdies on two of his first three holes which led to a 71. Edwards played extremely well on par threes where he averaged a 3.00 for the tournament which was the best performance in the field by an eighth of a stroke. Edwards also the led the field with 20 pars and a par or better percentage of 69.4. Patrick Sherlock placed second in the tournament with a ten over par for the two day event. Sherlock played the front nine extremely well over the two days scoring an impressive five birdies on the front side alone. Along with playing the front side so well, Sherlock also played par fives extremely well averaging a tournament best 4.75 strokes per par five. Joey Lawrence placed third by shooting a very consistent 78-77 over the weekend. Lawrence was propelled to his third place finish by shooting a tournament leading six birdies. John Rodgers Mishoe was named the Golf Pride Comeback Player for improving his score by 21 shots from day one to day two.
Macy Cochran of Evans, GA won the girls 15-18 age division by shooting a 97-89 for the weekend. Cochran, as with the vast majority of the players struggled Saturday due to the incredibly strong winds. Cochran, however, did a great job of bouncing back by scoring a 43 on the front nine on day two which helped lead to her score of 89. Cochran was most impressive on par threes where her 3.75 average was almost a half a stroke better than any other golfer in the division. Cochran led the field with a 33.3% pars or better percentage which was aided by her 11 pars. Local golfer Anna Freeman took home second place after shooting an impressive 88 on day two. Freeman improved by 15 strokes from day one to day two which led to her being named the Golf Pride Comeback Player. Freeman had the best par five average of any golfer in her division. Scoring just one stroke worse than Freeman was Ragan Bailey who took home the third place trophy after shooting 100-92. Freeman led her division with two birdies over the weekend.
The boy’s 11-14 age division was won by Colby Bradley after three exciting playoff holes with Alex Markham. The playoff started on hole ten after both boys tied at 21 over par for the tournament. Both Bradley and Markham shot par on holes ten and eleven before Bradley’s par bested Markham’s bogey on hole 12. Bradley was extremely consistent over the two days shooting 83-82. Bradley led the field in both par four and par five performance with averages of 4.55 and 5.25 respectively. Bradley also led the field in par or better percentage at 50%. Markham placed in second place after falling just short in the playoff with Bradley. Markham’s impressive weekend was aided by his division best 17 pars. Phil Jones placed third and won the Golf Pride Comeback Player award after shooting a 94-78. Jones was coming off a two week hiatus which led to a rough first day, but he battled back Sunday which lead him to third place.
Saturday: Sunny, low 70s to high 70s, winds steady at 20 mph and gusting to 31mph
Sunday: Mostly Sunny, high 50s to mid 70s, winds steady around 10 mph
Boy’s 15-18 division: 6,857
Boys’ 11-14 division: 6,291
Girl’s 15-18 division: 5,500
EFX Birdie Challenge:
Boy’s 15-18 division: Joey Lawrence, Patrick Sherlock, Christian Manley
Boy’s 11-14 division: Zack Heustess
Girl’s 15-18 division: Ragan Bailey
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.