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Local Golf Notebook, Sept. 15

Hilton Head Island's Will Miles won the boys 13-14 division by four shots and Hilton Head Island's Andrew Orischak claimed a five-shot win in the boys 10-12 division at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Hilton Head Junior Open last weekend at Indigo Run's Golden Bear Golf Club.

A pair of students from the Junior Players Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island also won their divisions. Momo Sakuragi of Japan made six birdies in the final round to finish the two-day event at even par and win the girls 14-18 division, and 9-year-old Emilie Paltrinieri of Italy finished at 17-over 161 to win the girls 10-13 division.

Miles finished at 6-over-par 150 to edge a group of three players in second, including Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer and Hardeeville's Jonathan Phillips. Bluffton's Alec Weary (157) was sixth.

Orischak shot even-par 144 to win his division easily. JPGA student Julien Paltrinieri (156) took third, Bluffton's Drew Weary (159) was fourth, and Hilton Head Island's Daniel Azallion (165) was fifth.

Bluffton's Wesley Long carded rounds of 78 and 73 to finish at 7-over-par 151 and tie for fourth place in the boys 15-19 age division along with JPGA student Tokumbo Perdro of Nigeria. Long and Perdro finished four shots behind champion Osborn Theam of Jacksonville.

Bluffton's Sammie Buchanan took second in the girls 14-18 division, shooting 7-over 151 to finish seven shots behind Sakuragi. Hilton Head Island's Lily Bartell (169) was fifth.


The PGA Tour Wives Association recently donated $35,000 to Hilton Head Heroes as part of the funds raised from the group's golf tournament during this year's Heritage PGA Tour event.

The nine-hole tournament pitted the wives of tour pros against one another while their husbands served as caddies.

Hilton Head Heroes is a local non-profit organization that invites families of children with life-threatening illnesses to the Heroes House in Sea Pines Resort for a one-week vacation with all expenses paid. The group was named the 2009 Organization of the Year by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Hilton Head Heroes, visit


Ayaka Nakayama, a student at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, won her second consecutive International Junior Golf Tour even over the weekend, claiming a nine-shot victory in the at Hilton Head National Golf Club.

Jonathan Hardee of Greer won the boys 15-19 division, and Christian Thornton of Chicago won the boys 14-and-under division.


  • Greg Gillen hit a hole-in-one Sept. 6 on the eighth hole at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. He used an 8-iron from 125 yards. Witnesses were Jan Steffe and Jim Hirsch.
  • Kevin Schwarz hit a hole-in-one July 19 on the seventh hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used an 8-iron. Witnesses were Chuck Schwarz and Robert Drabik.
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