Hilton Head Junior Shootout at Hilton Head –
Island West Golf Course
(March 18-19th, 2017)
Windy Weather Shakes Up the Scoreboard at Hilton Head
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina on the weekend of March 18th and 19th to host the Hilton Head Junior Shootout at the wonderful Island West Golf Course. The Hilton Head Shootout field featured 70 players from a wide variety of ages. The sun was shining and temperatures were high for both days of the tournament, however wind gusts up to 15 mph at times made the playing conditions more difficult for the players. The Island West Golf Course did a fantastic job preparing the course for the Junior Shootout and The Hurricane Tour would like to give a special thank you to the staff for being so accommodating and friendly all weekend. At stake during this tournament was an exemption into the 2017 National Championship, December 2-3, 2017, and exemption into the 2017 Mid Season Invitational at Sea Island Plantation, June 11-13. For the top three finishers in each Division, 2017, AJGA Performance Stars, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings, Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points, South Carolina Junior Golf Heritage Points, as well as points for top 10 finishers that go to end of the year honors. This weekend’s tournament featured low scores throughout each age division.
Boys 16-18 Division
The Boys 16-18 Division was filled with plenty of talented players for the Hilton Head Junior Shootout and the top three spots could be anyone’s come Sunday. Starting out with a phenomenal round of 73 on Saturday, the first place champion Jeremy Sisson jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Come Sunday, Sisson did not take his foot off the gas, as he went on to fire an even par 72. The impressive Sunday round could have been even more impressive if it were not for a small stretch during the middle of the round where Sisson struggled. By the end of the tournament, Sisson recorded 9 birdies over the course of the event to secure the victory. Coming in second place from Smiths, Bermuda was Mikus Ming, posting a two day total of 153. Ming began the day trailing the co-leaders by 5 strokes after shooting a first round 78 but played even better Sunday, posting a second day score of 75 with a birdie on the final hole to earn the second place spot. Finishing in a tie for the third place spot was Luis Martinez and Drew Weary, both residing from Bluffton, SC. Both players posted a two day total of 156 but reached the final score very differently. Martinez began Sunday 7 shots back of the leader but crawled up the leaderboard Sunday after shooting a 76 with 3 birdies on the round. Weary found success Saturday, finishing with a first round score of 77 but struggled to find a groove Sunday and finished the event with a second day score of 79. Overall, the Boys 16-18 field was very competitive this weekend and provided excitement for the spectators and tournament field alike.
Boys 14-15 Division
The Boys 14-15 division featured 21 players who competed valiantly within their division and proved they could compete with the oldest boys division as well. This week’s champion was Jonathon Griz, from Hilton Head, SC. Griz was responsible for two of the lowest scores in his division this weekend, posting a Saturday 76 followed by a Sunday 77 to take the first place spot. Griz entered the second day trailing the leader by 3 strokes but knew that if he continued to play his game he could put some pressure on his playing partner and potentially climb to the top of the leaderboard. He did just that with the help of three birdies on the day. Finishing in second place with a score of 157 was Drew Salyers from Howard, OH. Salyers posted the lowest score of his division this weekend, shooting a first day score of 73. However, pressure from Griz and difficult conditions got to him come Sunday, as he finished with a second day score of 84 to slide to second place. Rounding out the leaderboard for the Boys 14-15 Division was Austin Scott from Charleston, SC. Scott finished the event with a two day total of 79-81 to earn himself the third place spot. Three holes drastically hurt Scott this weekend, but overall he showed signs of great potential. It was great to see so many players in this division competing this weekend.
Boys 11-13 Division
The Boys 11-13 Division contained 5 players this weekend at the Hilton Head Junior Shootout. All players showed great sportsmanship and played through difficult conditions honorably. Finishing in first place with a terrific first round score of 77 and a two day total of 161 was Reed Lotter from Savannah, GA. Come Sunday, Lotter struggled on the front nine, shooting a 10 over 46, seeming to open the door for his competition, but that door was closed on the back nine as he dialed in his game and finished with a 2 over 38. Earning the second place trophy from Bluffton, SC was Sean Engler. Engler finished the event with a two day total of 184 as he could not find his putting stroke throughout the weekend, but with time he will find his stroke. Tying for third place was Cole Shingleton and Logan Eakins, who posted two day scores of 185 each. Both of the third place finishers displayed signs of future greatness throughout the event at such a young age and if they continue to stick with golf, they will only finish higher on the leaderboard as they get older. The Hurricane Tour Staff, Island West Staff, and tournament spectators enjoyed the impressive golf from the young group of boys.
Boys U10 Division
The Boys U10 division featured one player this weekend, who earned the first place spot in his second tournament of his young career after posting back to back scores of 113. Your Boys U10 champion, Christian Haskins, did a great job of keeping his head in the game even after a few challenging holes that may fluster even the oldest players. At the young age of just 8 years old, Haskins is on the right track for a great future in golf and the Hurricane Tour is excited to see his progress over the next few years.
Girls 14-18 Division
The oldest girl’s division provided excitement over the duration of the event, and the champion could not be determined until all scores had been posted. Claiming the first place trophy at the end of Sunday’s round was Sophia Burnett from Bluffton, SC. After posting a low Saturday score of 77, Burnett earned herself a spot in the final grouping, where she knew she needed to go lower on Sunday in order to win. She did just that, posting a Sunday score 74 to finish the event with a total of 151, two strokes better than her competition. Burnett showed she came to play and put early pressure on her playing partners by starting with 3 birdies on the first 5 holes Sunday to boost her to victory. Taking the second place spot from Basking Ridge, NJ was Anina Ku. Ku posted the lowest Saturday round of 75 and finished event with a 78 to earn the second place trophy. Ku battled with Burnett on the front side Sunday, shooting a one under 35, but couldn’t continue to momentum into the backside. Wrapping up the Girls 14-18 Division in third place was Savannah Hylton from Hilton Head, SC. Hylton played consistently all weekend, shooting back to back 79’s on the weekend. As the season rolls on, expect to see Hylton tune her game up to championship level. It was a pleasure to watch the competition between the Girls 14-18 Division field.
Girls U13 Division
The Girls U13 division featured two great players this weekend who competed well and played with great sportsmanship both days. Hosting the first place trophy at the end of the event was Camila Burnett from Bluffton, SC. Burnett posted scored of 86 and 93 for a total of 179 over the weekend, which was very impressive given the challenging conditions. Not to be outdone by her sister Sophia Burnett in the Girls 14-18 division, Camila made sure she would be bringing home her own first place trophy. Finishing behind Burnett was Ava Eakins from Fort Myers, FL with a total score of 228. Eakins struggled on some of the longer holes this weekend, given the difficulty that high winds can bring. However, with many years ahead of her and great experience under her belt, Eakins will only improve.
Weather March 18th and 19th, 2017
Round 1: Low 47, High 73. Sunny and Windy
Round 2: Low 45, High 65. Sunny and Windy with clouds
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,644 yards
Boys 14-15: 6,644 yards
Boys 11-13: 5,687 yards
Boys U10: 4746 yards
Girls 14-18: 5,687 yards
Girls U13: 5,196 yards
About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.
For more information regarding the 2017 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at www.hjgt.org, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email email@example.com