For the fifth consecutive year, Hilton Head Island's Palmetto Hall Plantation Club has been chosen to host the eGolf Professional Tour's season-opening event. The Palmetto Hall Championship presented by the Westin Hilton Head Island will be played Feb. 26 through March 1.
An expected field of 180 players will compete on the Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses for an estimated purse of $180,792. The field will split rounds on the two courses through the 36-hole cut before the final two round are played on the Cupp course.
Previous winners include current PGA Tour golfer Russell Knox (2010) and Web.com Tour members Matt Hendrix (2013) and Corey Nagy (2011). Former Clemson and Nationwide Tour golfer Brent Delahoussaye won in 2012.
"This will mark the fifth consecutive year that we have opened out season at Palmetto Hall Plantation as without a doubt one of the top clubs on our tour," eGolf chief operating officer Stewart Moore said in a release. "The Cupp and Hills courses are two of the sternest tests of golf we'll play all year."
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For the third year in a row, there will be an open qualifier for the event. This year's qualifier is set for Sunday at Palmetto Hall Plantation's Bob Cupp Course.
The qualifier will award one professional and one amateur spots in the tournament. The entry deadline is Thursday. Players already entered in the qualifier include Long Cove's Adam Lescalleet, Harbour Town's Mark Teed, 2013 Hilton Head Amateur winner J.D. Hoft and 2010 Hilton Head Open winner Colby Wilson.
Qualifier details: Brendon Wilson, 843-681-1709.
Tournament details: www.egolf.com.
BLUFFTON'S GUO WINS AT OLD SOUTH
Bluffton's Sophie Guo led the Girls 11-14 division from wire to wire to win this past weekend at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Shop Series at Old South.
Guo shot 81 on Saturday to lead her division by three strokes and never relinquished that lead with a 78 on Sunday. Second place went to Amelia Root of Jacksonville, Fla., and Skylar Thompson, of Buford, Ga., was third.
The top three finishers in each division received an invite to the Hurricane Tour Shop Invitational. Winners of each division received an invite to the 2014 Mid-Season Invitational and the Tour Championship. The top finishers also earned SCJGA and TYGA points as well as points towards year end honors, state teams, All-HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup.
In the other divisions, Scotland's Lewis Reid shot a 74-73--147 to win the Boys 15-18 division. Hilton Head Prep and Junior Players Golf Academy student Toks Pedro, a Rutgers commitment, was second by a stroke. Jake Haggerty of Woodstock, Ga., and Bluffton's Alec Weary shot identical scores of 79-72 to tie for third place.
JPGA student Anita Uwadia of Lagos, Nigeria won the Girls 15-18 division by two shots with a 77-73--150. In the Boys 11-14 division, Ethan Willis of Mount Pleasant, started the second round three strokes behind and came back with a 73 on Sunday to win the division with a two-day total of 156. Bluffton's Drew Weary tied for third with a weekend total of 159. Weary also finished tied for third last weekend at the Amelia National Junior Shootout.
Bob Pfaffroth had a hole-in-one Jan. 20 on the 150-yard 11th hole at Fripp Island's Ocean Point Course. Witnesses were Joe Wetzel, Gene Serravalle and Tom Martenson.
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