Monday, January 14, 2013
In the last event before the 2012 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Championship, golfers traveled to Hilton Head for the Identi Club Junior Challenge at the George Fazio Golf Course of the Palmetto Dunes Ocean Resort.
With more than 70 junior golfers from South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and internationally from Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Nigeria, and Chile, competition was high as two of the three divisions were decided by only one stroke.
In yet another impressive performance, Summerville’s Zak Butt won the Boys 11-14 Division. Butt, who has won five other tournaments this year including the Major Championship at Pebble Creek, finished with a total score of 135(-5).
The way that Butt won was captivating. He shot a back nine 31 to blow away the field and leave no doubt who was winning this tournament. In his own words, Butt “scorched the back nine.”
Because of the dominant performance, Butt claimed the Par 3 and 4 Performance Challenges with averages of 2.88 and 3.88 respectively as well as sinking the most birdies and par shots.
Coming in second place in the division was Drew Weary of Bluffton. Weary shot a two-day total of 154 (+14) finishing only one stroke ahead of his older brother Alec, whose two-day total was 155(+15). In addition to beating his brother, Drew was also able to win the Par 5 Performance Challenge, which was the only statistical category not won by Butt.
In the Boy’s 15-18 Division, Ewen Ferguson of Glasgow, Scotland came out on top. After the second round of play was completed, Ferguson, who attends the Junior Players Golf Academy, was tied for the lead with Philip Loeb of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and had to win a one-hole playoff to win his division.
Ferguson knocked a six-foot birdie putt in the back of the cup to seal the victory and the Player of the Year points race. While Loeb did not win the Boys 15-18 Division, he was able to sink the most par shots (23) in addition to coming in second in the Par 4 Performance Challenge while Ferguson claimed the Par 3 Performance Challenge title for his division.
In the Girls 15-18 Division, the ladies of the Junior Players Golf Academy swept the boards by winning first, second, and third place. Winning her first tournament of the year after finishing in second place several times was Isidora Quevedo of Chile, who also won the Player of Year points race with her victory.
Coming in second behind Quevedo was Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria. Uwadia, who recently won the South Georgia Junior Classic, narrowly missed out winning the first place trophy by shooting a 151(+11).
Coming in third in the division was Teresa Casasus of Spain. Casasus, who recently won the Loudmouth Golf Junior Open at Patriots Point, shot a two day total of 153 (+13).