DI sisters bring home Junior Golf Tour trophies
Daniel Island resident Abbey Schimpf can add one more trophy to her successful teen golf career. Schimpf was named the girls 14-18 champion at the 2nd Annual Stars and Stripes Jr. Classic in Myrtle Beach July 1-2. The event was part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT), now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
According to a press release on the tour, Schimpf, 14, posted a 78 on the first day of the tournament and followed that with “a sensational 72” on Sunday for a two-day total of 150. Abbey’s sister, Emma, placed second in the girls 14-18 category after posting rounds of 76 and 80 for a score total of 156.
“The golfers fought through a windy Saturday to find sun and lower scores on Sunday,” continued the release. “Overall, players had a great weekend competing not only on a regional level, but also against top international players.”
Currently ranked No. 1 in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour out of 718 girls in her age division, Abbey is on track for “Player of the Year” and has competed in nine tournaments thus far in 2017 as part of the series. She has earned first place finishes in four of those events and top ten finishes in the other five. Additionally, Abbey participated in a U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier in Woodlands, Texas, where she tied for 18th place out of 75 girls. According to her mom, Lori, Abbey’s handicap is +3 and her best score from the men’s tees at Daniel Island Club is 68.
Emma, also 14, has participated in five HJGT events so far this year, earning a top ten finish in four of them. In the HJGT tour “Player of the Year” rankings for girls 14-18, Emma is tied for 36th place out of 718 competitors. She is also a U.S. girls junior qualifier (T10). Her handicap is 2.9, notes Lori. Both Emma and Abbey will be heading to Pinehurst at the end of July to compete in the U.S. Kids Teen World Championships.
Yardage for the recent Myrtle Beach tournament for the girls 14-18 division was 5,755. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11 and 18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. The tour administers 275 events in 32 states across the nation. For more information, visit www.hjgt.org.