Hilton Head's Andrew Orischak wins AJGA Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open

Lexington's Lauren Stephenson wins Girls Division

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJune 20, 2013 

A few words on the first tee helped carry Andrew Orischak in a situation others his age might have considered daunting.

Orischak was reminded no local had won the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open, an American Junior Golf Association event. The soon-to-be freshman at Hilton Head Island High School had never entered an AJGA event before this week. And he started Thursday's final round two strokes behind leader Shota Ozaki.

But Orischak navigated Chechessee Creek Club like a more veteran player, managing the varied layout and riding a hot putter to victory. He shot a final-round 69 for a 1-under 209 total and a two-shot victory. Davis Morrison and Logan Lanier finished at 211.

"I guess the first time's the charm, huh?" Orischak said.

Lexington's Lauren Stephenson, a rising junior already committed to Clemson, finished off a wire-to-wire victory in the girls division. The three-time AJGA champion finished at 4-under 206. She shot a women's course-record 66 in Round 1.

If Orischak played beyond his years, it might have been because of wise counsel. At his home Long Cove Club, Orischak learns from director of instruction Tim Cooke and former director of golf Jim Ferree, a PGA Tour winner who recently turned 82. Orischak and Ferree have also played Chechessee Creek together.

Lessons cover the swing but also how to manage a course during a tournament. And so Orischak, who won his age group at the 2012 S.C. Junior Championship, had practice thinking his way around.

Orischak joked Thursday that many of his fellow competitors and playing partners are older juniors preparing for college, that he has "senioritis," after just having completed the eighth grade. But the process is already started. Newly hired South Carolina assistant men's golf coach Alex Hamilton watched Orischak's victory.

"It reflects the work I've put in," Orischak said.

Hamilton saw a clutch putter.

Orischak knocked his approach on the par-4 12th over the back of the green and into a mulchy area that appeared a dead zone. But he ran in a putt from more than 35 feet to save par. He added a long birdie putt on the par-5 15th to reach 2 under.

Orischak regularly outdrove his playing partners -- Ozaki and Morrison -- but said distance wasn't as importance as placement.

"It set up well for me, because it's a little narrower off the tee," he said. "You can hit anything from a 3-iron to a driver on most holes, and you're still going to have a wedge into the par-4s. That's really where it gets hard, is the wedge into the greens, because the greens are so sloped and undulated."

Stephenson, who as a sophomore this spring helped her Lexington High School golf team to the Class 4-A title, committed to Clemson early. She said she liked the chance to help grow the young program.

Her final-round 69 included consecutive birdies at 12 and 13. In addition to her champions' trophy, Stephenson also earned prizes for lowest round of the tournament and low round on the final day.

"All week I hit the ball good," Stephenson said. "The first day I definitely putted my best in a while."

Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open

An American Junior Golf Association event; at Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie, S.C.; Par 70

Final results

Boys

Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island 70-70-69--209

Logan Lanier, Saint Augustine, Fla. 71-72-68--211

Davis Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. 70-69-72--211

Kobdech Rodrat, Bangkok, Thailand 72-73-67--212

Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa. 74-67-72--213

Stefano Butti, Palm City, Fla. 72-73-69--214

Stanton Schorr, Columbus, Ga. 70-75-70--215

Will Miles, Hilton Head Island 73-72-70--215

Billy Johns, Johns Creek, Ga. 77-68-70--215

Shota Ozaki, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan 69-69-77--215

Luke Tetreault, Horsehead, N.Y. 73-74-70--217

Zach Seeler, Marion, Ind. 73-71-74--218

Philip Kelley III, Advance, N.C. 74-69-76--219

Steven Wysocki, Hoschton, Ga. 73-71-76--220

Patrick Hallisey, Wethersfield, Conn. 77-76-68--221

Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 70-75-76--221

Drew Minner, Alpharetta, Ga. 75-74-72--221

Richard Allen, Evans, Ga. 72-79-71--222

Matthew Giles, Louisville, Tenn. 73-71-78--222

Cody Solomon, Norcross, Ga. 72-76-74--222

Jonathan Hsu, Atlanta, Ga. 78-70-74--222

Andrew Eunice, Moultrie, Ga. 73-75-74--222

Austin Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. 79-72-72--223

Taiga Fujii, Hilton Head Island 68-76-79--223

Jeffrey Alexander, Port Charlotte, Fla. 76-72-75--223

Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton 71-77-75--223

Andrew Arft, Casselberry, Fla. 74-75-74--223

Aaron Purviance, Winston Salem, N.C. 77-73-74--224

Kyle Mueller, Watkinsville, Ga. 72-79-74--225

Raj Ghosh, Duluth, Ga. 72-79-74--225

Jacob Lehman, Guelph, Ontario 79-74-72--225

Cody Lissner, Ellicott City, Md. 74-76-75--225

Saravit Kerdsinchai, Bluffton 73-74-78--225

Thomas Hoemeke, Suwanee, Ga. 78-74-74--226

Philip Loeb, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 75-77-74--226

Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C. 77-75-74--226

Nic Vandeventer, Bristol, Tenn. 73-77-76--226

Zach McLain, Gilbert 71-78-77--226

Evan Grenus, Glastonbury, Conn. 76-74-77--227

Alec Weary, Bluffton 72-76-79--227

Joshua Allen, Wilson, N.C. 75-74-78--227

Brennan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, La. 71-75-83--229

Tennoshin Ogawa, Hilton Head Island 70-78-81--229

Thomas Burnett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 75-78-77--230

Walker Wise, Montgomery, Ala. 76-73-81--230

Parker Gillam, Cary, N.C. 74-79-78--231

Andrew Purcell, Salisbury, N.C. 73-79-80--232

August Beisel, Savannah 77-79-76--232

Brandon Greenplate, York, Pa. 79-79-74--232

Rives Fleming, Richmond, Va. 77-74-82--233

Evan Norfleet, Durham, N.C. 79-76-79--234

Aaron Persily, Charleston, W.Va. 85-76-75--236

Jim Beatty, Stephens, Ga. 77-78-83--238

Austin Maher, Bluffton 77-77-85--239

Will Franzen, Raleigh, N.C. 84-78-79--241

Spencer Turner, Amelia Island, Fla. 80-98-84--262

Francisco Contreras, Davie, Fla. 79-78-DQ

Girls

Lauren Stephenson, Lexington 66-71-69--206

Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. 69-71-69--209

Clementina Rodriguez, Hilton Head Island 74-71-70--215

Ji Eun Baik, Newnan, Ga. 77-68-71--216

Anne Taylor Hough, Spartanburg 68-78-72--218

Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand 77-70-74--221

Ana Paula Valdes, Bluffton 77-72-72--221

Lauren Gros, Windermere, Fla. 74-72-75--221

Rei Nakatani, Hilton Head Island 73-75-75--223

Claire Hodges, Sorrento, Fla. 74-77-74--225

Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, Ga. 78-72-76--226

Katy Harris, St. Simons Island, Ga. 77-73-76--226

Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas 72-80-76--228

Phyllis Tang, Bluffton 76-79-77--232

Kasidy Beckel, Okatie 76-85-72--233

Sarah Harrison, Martinez, Ga. 81-77-76--234

Kate Harper, Isle of Palms 74-80-87--241

Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island 79-82-84--245

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