The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headed north this week to hold the Wilmington Island Junior Open at the Wilmington Island Club. This tournament was held in the beautiful and historic town of Savannah, Georgia and featured 45 of the best young golfers from the southeast. These young men and women had a lot to compete for during the two days of fierce competition. There were four automatic bids for the 2012 Tour Championship up for grabs to the winners of each division, the players also had the ability to earn South Carolina Junior Golf Association Heritage Points, and the tournament was ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. Needless to say, there was plenty at stake to make the competition quite intense.
In the Boys 15-18 Division the top spot was taken home by Savannah’s own Chris Sells. Sells finished three shots in front of the rest of the field with a two-day total of 146 (+4). Sells played exceptionally well in the first round, when he shot even par (71) to take an early one stroke lead. Consistency was the most valuable asset for Sells during the duration of this tournament. Sells had the most pars in the division (25) and had by far the best par or better percentage (80.6%). Lastly, Sells really had it going on the par fives, posting a par five average of 4.67. Billy Freeman of Jesup, GA and Howard Hickley of Savannah, GA both shot a two-day score of +7 (149), earning them both a share of second place honors. Billy Freeman carded a 77 the first day and followed it up with a 72 on the second day. Freeman recorded a score of par or better on 75% percent of the holes played this week, including five birdies. Howard Hickley started out with a 72 the first day and then closed out the tournament with a 77. Hickley can be found at the top of three different statistical categories. Hickley recorded more birdies (7) than any other player, he led the field in par breaking percentage (19.4%), and lastly Hickley was perfect on the par threes, recording a par three average of 3.00.
The Girls 11-14 Division third-place winner spot goes to Renia Milledge of Savannah, GA. Milledge finished the tournament with a two-day total of 296.