HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first Discovery Tour event of the Fall season at the picturesque Hilton Head National Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. With a field of four talented youngsters playing the back nine on a tree-lined, hazard-filled course, the event proved to be a success with tour veteran Jonathan Griz of Bluffton, S.C., taking the title after shooting an impressive 1-under-par 34.
Racking up a remarkable eighth first-place finish in nine Discovery Tour events, Griz (pictured at left) was able to start the 2013 season off strong, sinking two birdies in his first four holes of the afternoon. With a powerful swing and focused short game, Griz finished with two pars on Nos. 16 and 17, and a fantastic birdie on No. 18. His final score of 34 sealed a nine-stroke win over second-place finisher Aaron Elmore, of Rincon, Ga., who ended with a solid 43 on the day.
This was also the ninth appearance on the Discovery Tour for Elmore (pictured at right), who locked in his fifth runner-up finish.
Also participating in the event were Hudson Buck (Bluffton, S.C.) and Michael Gavin (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), finishing in third and fourth places, respectively. This was Buck’s fifth Discovery Tour Event in two seasons, and he finished at a final tally of 54, his third-best career performance. In just his second appearance on the tour, Gavin carded a 57, a five-stroke improvement from his first appearance at the April 27 Discovery Tour at Shipyard event.
The Discovery Tour is a great opportunity for young junior golfers aged 8-12 who have little or no golf tournament experience to improve upon their skills. With several events lined up each season, the tour is an incredibly fun and relaxed way for the players interact with other golfers, get tips from coaches, and most of all: have some fun! Be sure to catch IJGT’s next Discovery Tour stop at Blue Heron Pines in Cologne, N.J., on Oct. 12!
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