Area Golf Digest

Daniel leads local finishers at Hurricane Junior

Top youth golfers in Coweta County found themselves near the front of the leaderboard at last weekend’s Hurricane Junior Golf Tour stop at Canongate I in Sharpsburg.

Cameron Daniel led area finishers by dominating the Girls 11-14 year-old division. The Landmark Christian sophomore opened the 54-hole tournament with a 72, building a 10-stroke lead lead en route to a victory among four entries.

Daniel posted two of her three birdies in Saturday’s first round before following up with rounds of 80 and 87 to finish at 23-over 239.

Ashley Shim of Newnan battled back to challenge Daniel over the final 36 holes to place second while just four strokes behind. After opening with an 82 on Saturday, Shim had the division’s top round on Monday while closing with a 76 that included birdies on No. 7 and No. 18.

Standouts from Coweta also competed for division titles in the boys and girls 15-18 year-old categories.

The tightest finish came from Jenny Bae’s two-stroke win in the 15-18 girls division while battling county golfers Annie Swords of The Heritage School and Jordan Daniel of Landmark Christian. Bae fired a 7-over 239 to hold off the two local challengers.

Bae, a rising eighth-grader from Lawrenceville, outlasted both players with three consecutive rounds in the 70s led by a 2-over 74 on Sunday to grab a one-stroke lead over Swords.

It held through the final round, with Bae posting a birdie on No. 16 despite sruggling over her final nine holes.

Swords, meanwhile, struggled early in Monday’s final round before posting seven consecutive pars to pull within a stroke following a double-bogey by Bae on No. 12, but no further.

The Heritage School senior jumped out to the lead after day one with a 74 that included birdies on holes No. 8 and 16. She finished at 9-over 235 for the tournament.

Swords is scheduled to play in this week’s Georgia State Golf Association Women’s match Play Championship starting Thursday at Canongate-on-White Oak.

Daniel posted consecutive rounds of 77 and 78 to also stay in contention before finishing third at 10-over 237, one stroke behind Swords.

Northgate junior Jessica Houk, who helped the Lady Vikings finish fifth at this year’s Class AAAAA state tournament placed 10th overall at 15-over 269.

In the 15-18 year-old boys division, recent Northgate graduate Maddux Lytle finished fourth overall after posting an even-72 in Monday’s final round.

S.M. Lee, a junior from Buford, won the division with a 1-over 217 to lead all players in the event. Lee opened the tournament with a 2-under 70 that included five birdies, three of which on his opening nine holes on Saturday.

Newnan High junior Nathan Garner tied for ninth overall at 16-over 232 while Northgate senior Daniel Salvatore tied for 18th at 26-over 242. Garner posted a top round of 75 in Saturday’s opening 18 holes while Salvatore shot a 77 during Sunday’s second round.

Other locals competing in last weekend’s event included Northgate junior Chris Whitney, who tied for 30th and Trinity Christian senior Hudson Huber, who placed 33rd.

Ethan Mansour, a senior at The Heritage School, placed 37th overall while Tim Faver of Sharpsburg was 44th.

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