Local golf notes, Feb. 20: Hilton Head's Miles cruises to 7-shot win in IMG Jr. event


February 20, 2014 

Solheim Cup Golf

Europe's Jodi Ewart Shadoff from England hits from a green side trap on the 16th hole during a foursome match in the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Parker, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

ED ANDRIESKI — File -- The Associated Press

Hilton Head Island's Will Miles rolled to a seven-stroke victory over the weekend in the IMG Junior Golf Tour's event at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga.

Miles, committed to play collegiately for South Carolina, shot a 76 on Saturday in windy conditions with gusts of up to 35 mph and still held the Round 1 lead. He followed that with an even-par 72 on Sunday to dominate the Boys 15-18 division.

"It was very tough out there. I don't usually play in anything like that," Miles said in a release after the win. "It was a battle, but I birdied 14, which really helped me, and I putted really well overall."


International Junior Golf Academy student Ana Paula Valdes successfully defended her title this past weekend at the International Junior Golf Tour's Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort.

Valdes, a 16-year-old Clemson commitment from Morelia, Mexico, shot back-to-back 77s on the Turtle Point and Ocean courses and edged Nikita Arjun of India by a stroke. Valdes won the Junior Heritage earlier this month at Harbour Town and has three IJGT wins this season.

Bluffton's Derrick Villarreal shot an 84-78--162 to finish sixth in the Boys 15-19 Division, seven shots back.


Heading into Thursday's final round, Dykes Harbin leads the Hurricane Pro Golf Tour's fourth event by a stroke over Scott Strohmeyer and Ricky McDonald at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Savannah, Ga.

Harbin has shot back-to-back 2-under-par 70s for a two-day total of 140. After Wednesday's cut, the 14-player field is down to five. The leaders tee off at 10:50 a.m.


Scott Strohmeyer shot a 2-under-par 69 to win the Hurricane Pro Golf Tour's third event of the season Monday at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Strohmeyer, who took home $850, topped second-place Ricky McDonald by three strokes.


Ricky McDonald won the Hurricane Pro Golf Tour's second event of the season, an 18-hole shoot-out Friday at Pinecrest in Bluffton. McDonald's 70 was three shots better than runner-up AJ Sanders and took home $850.


Gabe Fornari had the first hole-in-one of 2014 at Moss Creek. He aced the 130 yard No. 15 South on Friday, Feb. 14 with an 8-iron for hi eighth career hole-in-one. Witness were Don Earnhardt, Stan Potter and Ed Millette.

Send all golf news to sports editor Mike McCombs at mmccombs@islandpacket.com.

Hurricane Pro Golf Tour

Event No. 4

Tuesday-Thursday at Savannah Quarters Country Club

1. Dykes Harbin 70-70--140

T2. Scott Strohmeyer 72-69--141

T2. Ricky McDonald 71-70--141

4. Wade Binfield 72-70--142

5. Kurtis Luedtke 70-74--144

6. Mark Silvers 69-76--145

7. Nathan Irvin 73-73--146

8. Jeffrey Hedden 76-74--150

9. Colby Wilson 78-76--154

10. Paul Woodbury 76-79--155

T11. Preston Flick 83-75--158

T11. Joel Hendry 80-78--158

13. River Howard 90--NC

14. Robbie Hickok WD

Event No. 3

Monday at Crescent Pointe Golf Club

1. Scott Strohmeyer 69

2. Ricky McDonald 72

3. Paul Woodbury 73

T4. Matt Bova 76

T4. Nathan Irvin 76

T4. Mike Balzer 76

T7. AJ Sanders 77

T7. Brett Harris 77

9. Joel Hendry 79

10. Kurtis Luedtke 83

T11. Robbie Hickok 87

T11. Preston Flick 87

13. Carlos Ahumada 90

Event No. 2

Friday at Pinecrest

1. Ricky McDonald 70

2. AJ Sanders 73

3. Mike Balzer 74

3. Nathan Irvin 74

5. Colby Wilson 77

6. Jeffery Hedden 80

7. Joel Hendry 83

8. Nikolai Kovalevsky 85

9. Ben Schneider 86

9. River Howard 86

11. Robbie Hickok NC

12. Jesse Smith WD

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