Local Golf Notebook, Nov. 8: Ferguson takes IJGT title at Oyster Reef

info@islandpacket.comNovember 8, 2012 

Hilton Head Island's Ewen Ferguson fired back-to-back rounds of 73 and defeated Bluffton's Zachary Boe in a playoff to win the Boys 15-19 Division this past weekend in the International Junior Golf Tour's two-day, 36-hole event at Oyster Reef Golf Club.

In the Boys Under 14 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa, a full-time student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, posted rounds of 77 and 74 to edge classmate Daulet Tuleubayev by a stroke.

Rei Nakatani, also a full-time student at Hank Haney IJGA, shot 74 and 76 then needed extra holes to defeat classmate Bria' Sanders in the Girls Under 19 Division.

The IJGT offers close to 50 two-and three-day events throughout the U.S. each year for ages 9-19. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries and alumni include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Paula Creamer and other PGA and LPGA Tour players.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, 36 holes were not enough to decide a champion.

Ferguson and Boe of Bluffton squared off in a six-hole playoff. They went toe to toe on five holes, each scoring par on all five.

On the sixth hole, however, both players started off with wayward drives. Boe left the door wide open for Ferguson after missing a bogey putt. Ferguson would eventually make his putt for bogey, sealing his victory.

Rounding out the top three was Will Miles of Hilton Head Island with an overall score of 148. Miles shot a 72 on Sunday, earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.


The IJGT Major at Hampton Hall Country Club, a two-day, 36-hole event in Bluffton, will be held Saturday and Sunday and feature some of the top junior golfers from the Southeast.

The tournament is open to players ages 9-19 in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19.

This is the second of two majors during the fall season, and is ranked by the American Junior Golf Association, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

Details: 800-792-9143.


Moss Creek head professional Tom Logue led his team to victory Oct. 31 in The Battle at the Creek at Moss Creek's North Course with a 20-under 124. His team members were Rick Bates, Linda Mikkelson and Dori Barnes.

Moss Creek director of golf Heidi Wright-Tennyson came in second place with a 14-under 130. Her team members were Carole Johnson, Stan Potter and Buzz Althans.

The Battle at the Creek is an instructional program in which three members sign up with a staff teaching professional to form a team.


  • Pat Byrnes hit a hole-in-one Nov. 4 on the 16th hole at Argent Lakes Golf Club. She used a 7-iron. Witnesses were Carol Caracola, Dick Haas, and Bill Byrnes.

  • Marcia Rotelle hit a hole-in-one Nov. 1 on the 17th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. She used a 9-wood. Witnesses were Leanne O'Connell, Eileen O'Connell, and Marilyn Shaw.

  • Dave Hoel hit a hole-in-one Nov. 3 on the eighth hole at Okatie Creek Golf Club. He used a 7-iron. Witnesses were Phil Easterday, Nancy Easterday, and Carole Hoel.
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