Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer and Hilton Head Island's Will Miles are teeing it up in the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open.
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Nimmer and Miles teamed up a couple years ago at Hilton Head Christian Academy. Nimmer helped the Eagles win a State Title this past year while Miles chose to travel more and attend online school.
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HANK HANEY IJGA JUNIOR OPEN
Chechessee Creek Club
June 17 – 20, 2013
Stephenson shoots opening round 4-under-par 66 at Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open
Fujii has 1-stroke lead after 2-under-par 68 at Chechessee Creek Club
OKATIE, S.C. —Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, S.C., fired a 4-under-par 66 for the first-round lead, and a women's course record. In Boys Division, Taiga Fujii from Japan of Hilton Head Island, S.C., shot a 2-under-par 68 to gain the first-round lead at the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open is a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-70 course at Chechessee Creek Club. The event features 57 boys and 19 girls, ages 12-18, from 17 states, Canada, Japan and Thailand. The Boys Division is playing the course at 6,502 yards while the Girls Division are playing the course at 5,779 yards.
Stephenson had seven birdies, shooting 3-under-par 32 on the front nine, and 1-under-par 34 on the back. That included a surprising birdie on the par-4 No.8 that brought her to 4-under-par.
“I had a five-hybrid into the green and I hit and I thought it was going into the bunker and it ended up being a foot from the hole,” she said. “That was probably my best hole.”
Stephenson's 4-under-par 66 sets the course record for women's low at Chechessee Creek Club, which opened in 2000.
“It feels really good,” Stephenson said. “It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the summer and it's nice to know that I can play well on this course with two days left.”
Ann Taylor Hough of Spartanburg, S.C. is in second at 2-under-par 68, ahead of Aliea Clark in third, of Carlsbad, Calif., who shot 1-under-par 69.
In the Boys Division, Fujii carded his first birdie on the back nine, on the par-4 No. 3. After a long drive, Fujii hit a 52-degree wedge to five feet and made the putt for birdie.
“I felt better in my mind after that,” said Fujii, whose goal is to card more birdies in the second round. “My putting (wasn't) good today. I want to get more birdies tomorrow.”
Fujii, who came to the U.S. to attend the International Junior Golf Tour Academy from Japan in January, qualified for the tournament on Sunday with an even-par 72.
“Today's 68 is my best score here so tomorrow I want to get the best score again,” he said.
Fujii has a one-stroke, first-round lead over Shota Ozaki of Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan in second. Matthew Plunkett of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Tennoshin Ogawa from Japan of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Davis Morrison of Charlotte, N.C., Andrew Orischak of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Stanton Schorr of Columbus, Ga., share a five-way tie for third at even-par 70.
Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at Chechessee Creek Club. For more information about the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open, please contact Tournament Headquarters at (843) 987-1614. For more information about the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open, please contact AJGA National Headquarters at (770) 868-4200.
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OKATIE, S.C. — First Round results from the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Chechessee Creek Club.
Boys Par: 35-35–70. Yardage: 6502. Rating: 72.1. Slope: 136
Girls Par: 35-35–70. Yardage: 5779. Rating: 73.7. Slope: 128
Taiga Fujii, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2016) 32-36–68 -2
Shota Ozaki, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan (2014) 33-36–69 -1
Matthew Plunkett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 38-32–70 E
Tennoshin Ogawa, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017) 32-38–70 E
Davis Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013) 33-37–70 E
Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017) 35-35–70 E
Stanton Schorr, Columbus, Ga. (2015) 33-37–70 E
Zach McLain, Gilbert, S.C. (2016) 35-36–71 +1
Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton, S.C. (2015) 36-35–71 +1
Logan Lanier, Saint Augustine, Fla. (2013) 34-37–71 +1
Brennan LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, La. (2014) 33-38–71 +1
Stefano Butti, Palm City, Fla. (2014) 37-35–72 +2
Richard Allen, Evans, Ga. (2014) 35-37–72 +2
Cody Solomon, Norcross, Ga. (2013) 35-37–72 +2
Alec Weary, Bluffton, S.C. (2016) 34-38–72 +2
Kyle Mueller, Watkinsville, Ga. (2014) 35-37–72 +2
Raj Ghosh, Duluth, Ga. (2015) 34-38–72 +2
Kobdech Rodrat, Bangkok, Thailand (2017) 35-37–72 +2
Matthew Giles, Louisville, Tenn. (2015) 36-37–73 +3
Andrew Eunice, Moultrie, Ga. (2014) 35-38–73 +3
Saravit Kerdsinchai, Bluffton, S.C. (2014) 35-38–73 +3
Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2015) 38-35–73 +3
Luke Tetreault, Horsehead, N.Y. (2014) 37-36–73 +3
Nic Vandeventer, Bristol, Tenn. (2015) 37-36–73 +3
Zach Seeler, Marion, Ind. (2015) 35-38–73 +3
Andrew Purcell, Salisbury, N.C. (2013) 37-36–73 +3
Steven Wysocki, Hoschton, Ga. (2015) 39-34–73 +3
Ryan Dornes, Lancaster, Pa. (2015) 35-39–74 +4
Cody Lissner, Ellicott City, Md. (2014) 38-36–74 +4
Parker Gillam, Cary, N.C. (2017) 37-37–74 +4
Andrew Arft, Casselberry, Fla. (2014) 36-38–74 +4
Philip Kelley III, Advance, N.C. (2014) 36-38–74 +4
Thomas Burnett, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 37-38–75 +5
Philip Loeb, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (2015) 38-37–75 +5
Joshua Allen, Wilson, N.C. (2015) 38-37–75 +5
Drew Minner, Alpharetta, Ga. (2014) 40-35–75 +5
Evan Grenus, Glastonbury, Conn. (2014) 37-39–76 +6
Jeffrey Alexander, Port Charlotte, Fla. (2014) 34-42–76 +6
Walker Wise, Montgomery, Ala. (2015) 36-40–76 +6
Aaron Purviance, Winston Salem, N.C. (2014) 41-36–77 +7
Patrick Hallisey, Wethersfield, Conn. (2014) 40-37–77 +7
Austin Maher, Bluffton, S.C. (2013) 37-40–77 +7
Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C. (2015) 37-40–77 +7
Rives Fleming, Richmond, Va. (2014) 38-39–77 +7
Billy Johns, Johns Creek, Ga. (2014) 37-40–77 +7
Jim Beatty, Stephens, Ga. (2013) 36-41–77 +7
August Beisel, Savannah, Ga. (2014) 40-37–77 +7
Thomas Hoemeke, Suwanee, Ga. (2013) 41-37–78 +8
Jonathan Hsu, Atlanta, Ga. (2015) 38-40–78 +8
Jacob Lehman, Guelph, Ontario (2014) 38-41–79 +9
Austin Morrison, Charlotte, N.C. (2013) 39-40–79 +9
Brandon Greenplate, York, Pa. (2014) 39-40–79 +9
Francisco Contreras, Davie, Fla. (2013) 38-41–79 +9
Evan Norfleet, Durham, N.C. (2014) 40-39–79 +9
Spencer Turner, Amelia Island, Fla. (2014) 41-39–80 +10
Will Franzen, Raleigh, N.C. (2014) 40-44–84 +14
Aaron Persily, Charleston, W.Va. (2014) 40-45–85 +15
Lauren Stephenson, Lexington, S.C. (2015) 32-34–66 -4
Anne Taylor Hough, Spartanburg, S.C. (2015) 33-35–68 -2
Aliea Clark, Carlsbad, Calif. (2014) 35-34–69 -1
Nikki Long, San Antonio, Texas (2014) 36-36–72 +2
Rei Nakatani, Hilton Head Island, United States (2016) 36-37–73 +3
Clementina Rodriguez, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2015) 37-37–74 +4
Lauren Gros, Windermere, Fla. (2014) 37-37–74 +4
Claire Hodges, Sorrento, Fla. (2017) 34-40–74 +4
Kate Harper, Isle of Palms, S.C. (2016) 39-35–74 +4
Phyllis Tang, Bluffton, S.C. (2014) 38-38–76 +6
Kasidy Beckel, Okatie, S.C. (2015) 37-39–76 +6
Katy Harris, St. Simons Island, Ga. (2013) 37-40–77 +7
Ana Paula Valdes, Bluffton, S.C. (2016) 41-36–77 +7
Ji Eun Baik, Newnan, Ga. (2013) 39-38–77 +7
Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand (2014) 36-41–77 +7
Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, Ga. (2014) 37-41–78 +8
Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (2017) 38-41–79 +9
Sarah Harrison, Martinez, Ga. (2015) 38-43–81 +11
Sophie Riegel, Cary, N.C. (2014) 48-56–104 +34