Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer, a Clemson commitment, went wire-to-wire to win Boys 15-8 Division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Kiawah Island Junior Challenge, held Feb. 8 and 9 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
With the victory, Nimmer, who attends Hilton Head Island's Junior Players Golf Academy and Hilton Head Christian Academy, received an invitation to the 2014 Mid-Season Championship and 2014 Tour Championship.
Nimmer started the final round Sunday with a three-stroke lead after scoring 67 on a rainy and windy Saturday.
With six birdies on the day and only one bogey, Nimmer's 67 was the lowest of the tournament, even taking into account the rainy, cold conditions competitors faced during Round 1.
Nimmer did not have as many birdie opportunities Sunday but played well and fired a 72. He finished the weekend leading his division in Par 3, Par 4, and Par 5 scoring and totaled a 5-under-par 141.
JPGA student Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria won her second trophy of the year in the Girls' 15-18 division when she followed up her even par in Saturday's round with a very impressive 67 on Sunday.
JPGA student Dong Wook Moon from Seoul, Korea took home first-place honors in the Boys' 11-14 division at Cougar Point by firing a weekend score of 152. Drew Weary of Bluffton and Daniel Azallion of Hilton Head finished tied for second, two strokes back.
The Girls 11-14 division winner was decided in a one-hole sudden death playoff after 36 holes. Carson Mckie of Hoover, Ala. and Keagun Dunn of Buford, Ga. were knotted at 166. In the first playoff hole Mckie took dead aim at the flag, sticking her approach to about seven feet and sinking the clutch putt to claim first place.
HHCA'S EDDY EARNS 1ST IJGT WIN
Despite struggling in Round 1, Hilton Head Christian Academy's Anna Eddy won the Girls Division of the Island Open Feb. 8-9 at Dolphin Head Golf Club for her first International Junior Golf Tour victory.
Eddy made bogey on five consecutive holes but bounced back to finish well, shooting 1 under over the final six holes. The momentum carried into her final round, where she started with a birdie on No. 1 and made the turn at 1-under-par 35.
In a release, Eddy, who finished the tournament at 77-74--151, called the victory, "Awesome."
"(I managed) to stay patient and take it one shot at a time," Eddy said about her adjustment between Rounds 1 and 2.
Bluffton's Sophie Guo was fifth at 78-82--160.
In the Boys 14 and Under Division, Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, won by six strokes after shooting 87-79--166. Hilton Head Island's Alex Thaller was second, shooting an 89-86--175.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Zhengkai Bai of Shantou, China, earned the win with his play during the final round, shooting a 69. He finished at 143. Hilton Head Island's Nicholas Russell was fourth at 76-76--152.
The IJGT's next event will be the Major Championship held Feb. 15 and 16 at Kiawah Island.
SMITH WINS INAUGURAL HPGT EVENT
Jesse Smith defeated Nathan Irvin on the third playoff hole Wednesday at Old South Golf Links to win the Hurricane Pro Golf Tour's first event.
The event teed off with 12 golfers on Monday and was cut to the top five Wednesday. Those five played nine holes before the final nine were rained out.
Smith took home $2,040.
The tour, which continues with an 18-hole event Friday at Pinecrest in Bluffton, is scheduled to play 13 events in the Lowcountry and Savannah.
FREE GOLF CLINICS
There are a number of free golf clinics being held as part of the Hilton Head Island Golf & Tennis Festival later this month. Here's the rundown:
WALLER AMONG CAROLINAS HOLES-IN-ONE ELITE
In conjunction with their annual Hole-in-One Club Contest the Carolinas Golf Association released a list of nine golfers in the Carolinas who recorded two holes-in-one in the last calendar year.
Hilton Head Island's Charles Waller made the list, recording aces on Feb. 16 (No. 7, 138 Yards, 6 Rescue) and June 18 (No. 7, 135 Yards, 7-iron) -- both at the Moss Creek Golf Club's North Course.
Moss Creek was second among Carolinas courses with 20 reported holes-in-one. St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C. reported the most with 51.
CGA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
G. Jackson Hughes, Jr. of Greenville was elected the 54th president of the Carolinas Golf Association at the association's annual meeting held Feb. 1 in Pinehurst, N.C.
Jackson succeeds Dr. J. Richard Dosek of Advance, N.C. who served a two-year term. Dosek remains a CGA officer as Immediate Past President.