Roswell, GA—The Georgia PGA Junior Tour celebrated 15 years of the top junior golf in Georgia with the playing of its Tour Championship. Jaden Halls consistent play over two days of difficult conditions helped him prevail over a strong field on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee. Hall, of Newnan, entered the final round tied for second, one shot behing Lidnsey Cordell of Rome, but fired a 1-under par 71, the low round of the tournament to pull away and win the Overall Boys Championship by four shots over Justin Kim of Rome. Cordell faded with a final round of 81. The victory was Hall’s first of the year after several runner up finishes.
Hall shot rounds of 75-71 to finish at 2-over par and win the Boys 16-18 Division, while Kim posted rounds of 77-73. Cordell shot rounds of 74-81 to finished tied with Mark Brown of Johns Creek in the Boys 14-15 Division after rounds of 74-79. Rome’s Hogan Ingram won the Boys 11-13 age division with rounds of 75-76.
In the Overall Girls Division, Emma Bell of Braselton captured her second victory on the Georgia PGA Junior Tour this year with scores of 83-73 to finish at 12-over par and also take home the Girls 15-18 Division. She edged Alison Crenshaw of Suwanee by one shot in an exciting finish. Crenshaw posted rounds of 81-76. Katie Scheck of Greensboro won the Girls 11-14 Division with scores of 84-79.
The Junior Tour Championship was the culmination of 14 statewide tournaments throughout year with the top players form each age division being invited to play at Great Waters.
The Junior Tour Annual Awards Banquet was held after play of round 1. During the ceremony the Player of the Year Awards in each age division were handed out along with the Boys and Girls Stroke Average Awards.
The Players of the Year were; Boys 16-18 Brent Hamm of Warner Robins; Boys 14-15 Alex Colligan of Evans; Boys 11-13 Blaine Bruce Murphy of Johns Creek; Girls 15-18 Emily Haigwood of Roswell; Girls 11-14 Kady Foshaug of Roswell.
The Stroke Average Awards were given to Eli Scott of Hartwell in the Boys Division with an 18-hole average of 75.23 over 13-tournament rounds. In the Girls Division, Alison Crenshaw won with an 18-hole average of 79.00 over 6-tournament rounds.