The event was held at the Walker Course located at the Clemson University golf course. Over 110 players came from all corners of the southeast to compete in this tournament designed to recreate the competitive atmosphere found at the collegiate level of competitive golf.
In addition to the already competitive environment, the winners of both boys and girls upper divisions received AJGA performance stars. Also, South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points were at stake.
In the Boys 11-14 Division, first place was claimed decisively by Josh Lewis of Lake Mary.
Lewis posted a 71 and 74 (145) to earn him the 9-stroke victory over the field. Lewis used nine birdies and a par 4 average of 3.95 to create the large margin between him and the field.
The second-place finisher was Rex Carter of Greenville, SC with a two-day total of 154 (76-78).
Carter had a very productive two rounds, recording 3 birdies and a par or better average of 66.7-percent.
Rounding out the Boys 11-14 top three was Thomas McConville of Lurgan.
McConville finished just one stroke behind our second place finisher and recorded a two-day score of 155 (78-77). McConville’s success can best be seen in his impressive par 4 average of 4.30 and in the six birdies he recorded.
After two full days of competition, Devin Kennedy of Orlando emerged victorious in the Boys 15-18 Division.
Kennedy used two even par rounds of 72 to secure the win. Consistency was what earned Kennedy the victory over the last two days. Kennedy led the field with a perfect par 4 average of 4.00 and he was the front-runner scoring par or better on 86.1-percent of the holes played in competition.
One of the two second-place finishers in this division was Weston Sanders. Sanders, a Greenwood, S.C. resident, carded an impressive two-round score of 145.
Sanders went out and fired a 2-under par 70 during his second round to push his way up the leaderboard. Sanders can attribute much of his success to his seven birdies and perfect par 3 average of 3.00.
The other gentleman who tied for second was Hunter A. Parks of Buffalo, SC.
Parks shot a 73 and 72 to finish at 145. When the competition concluded Parks was tied for the lead in most pars with 27 and recorded a score of par or better on 86.1-percent of the 36 holes.
Emily Kurey of Alpharetta, GA. was crowned champion in the Girls 15-18 Division this week.
Kurey recorded a total score of 139, including the low round of the tournament with a 67 (minus-5). In addition to this stellar first round performance, Kurey recorded nine birdies and an exceptional par 3 average of 2.62. These stats combined to give Kurey a par breaker average of 25-percent.
Second place honors in this division went to Kaeli Jones of Sumterville.
Jones put together two rounds in the 70s (73-78) to give her a two-round total of 151. Jones not only had six birdies in the tournament, but was especially accurate on the long holes, posting a perfect par 5 average of 5.00.
There was a tie in the Girls 15-18 Division for third place this week.
Both Whitney Stevenson of Canton, GA. and Anna Buchanan of Athens, GA. finished the tournament with a total score of 154.
Stevenson’s high finish came in part because of the impressive 22 pars she recorded.
Buchanan uses an under par average on the par 5s (4.75) to earn her a spot on the podium.
The top honors in the Girls 11-14 Division went to Kate Toms of Spartanburg, S.C.
Toms had a great first round of 79 and finished the tournament with a total of 168. When it was all said and done, Toms’ card included 14 pars and par of better average of 41.7-percent.
The next spot on the podium went to Lynsie Belan of TyTy, GA.
Belan finished 7 shots back of the leader with a two-day total of 175. Belan recorded a division-leading 3 birdies and was also extremely accurate on the par 3s, recording a par 3 average of 3.62.
The final spot in the top three went to Maria Ferreyros of Buford, GA.
Ferreyros finished the tournament at plus-37 with a two-round total of 181. Ferreyros finished the tournament with two birdies to her name and a par or better average of 33.3-percent to round out a very successful tournament.
Boys 15-18 Division:
EFX Birdie Challenge: Tommy Swearingen III
Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Devin Kennedy, Richard Ruth
Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Chase Cale, Mark Capecci, Tommy Swearingen III
Boys 11-14 Division
EFX Birdie Challenge: Josh Lewis
Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Josh Lewis
Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Brady Cox
Girls 15-18 Division
EFX Birdie Challenge: Emily Kurey
Seaforth Par 4 Performance: Emily Kurey
Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Emily Kurey, Anna Buchanan
Girls 11-14 Division
EFX Birdie Challenge: Lynsie Belan
Seaforth Par 4 Challenge: Kate Toms
Coolheads Par 5 Performance: Kate Toms