Anderson, Turner triumph on wild, windy final day at Junior Heritage (+📸)

The final round of the Sea Pines Junior Heritage at Harbour Town was one for the ages, as both the girls and boys divisions went down to the last hole — or beyond. 

Pete Dye’s famed par-71 links course was diabolical as the wind off Calibogue Sound gusted to over 20 mph throughout the day. The girls played to an average of 81.67 while the boys averaged 78.36 on an especially difficult day at the iconic Dye track that plays host to the Palmetto State’s only PGA Tour stop. 

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The girls crown went to Adrian Anderson, the reigning SCJGA Beth Daniel Player of the Year, after she edged out fellow South Carolina natives Buggy Reinke (Rock Hill) and Molly Hardwick (Lexington) by one shot with a two-day total of 8-over-par 151. 

After a shaky start including four consecutive bogeys from holes 6 through 9, Anderson’s tournament changed on hole 13. 

“On the 13th I chipped in from the bunker for birdie and started making some putts from there,” Anderson said. 

Anderson rattled off five straight pars to end her final round, including a par at the 18th, which played more than a full shot over par for the day.

“The course was playing really tough, with the wind in our face on the last three holes, but I loved the course” stated the humble Anderson. 

On the flip side, the tournament was Reinke’s to win as she headed to the 18th tee with a three-shot lead. Reinke’s tournament ended unfortunately, with a tap in for a quadruple bogey on the signature 18th green. 

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Bluffton native Camila Burnett carded a gutsy 76 to finish in a tie for fifth place. 

“I took my bogeys and pars where I needed to, but I felt comfortable in the wind,” the Hilton Head Prep star said.

On the boys side, it took 20 holes to crown the Junior Heritage champion. PJ Maybank (Cheboygan, MI) and John Daly (Clearwater, FL) carded the low rounds of the day with 2-under 69s, while Orlando’s Jack Turner carded a 73. 

The three golfers headed to the famous ninth hole for a sudden-death playoff. Daly and Turner knocked their approaches stiff for near gimmies and easily converted their respective birdies. Maybank’s approach settled 18 feet away and his birdie effort lipped out of the hole, eliminating him from the playoff. 

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Daly and Turner headed back to the tee for one more chance at glory. Turner’s approach came to rest within 10 feet of the flag for an uphill birdie attempt, putting the pressure on the Arkansas commit. Daly’s drive found the left rough and his approach was blocked out by the strategically planted pine trees. His hook recovery shot released when it hit the green and came to rest in the rough at the back of Dye’s trademark heart shaped green. 

Daly failed to get up and down for par opening the door for Maybank. The Florida native calmly two-putted for the victory, pumping his fist in celebration. 

“I just want to thank everyone for the tournament, the course superintendent for having the courses in amazing shape” Turner said. 

Local golfers Jonathan Griz and Max Green could not get any momentum going during the blustery final round. Griz’s double bogey on the par 5 second hole put the young Hilton Head golfer in a tough position, but he finished with a 77, good enough for a fifth place finish. 

Green’s 14th-place finish started off with promise with birdies at the second and fourth holes, but a double bogey at 8 derailed his momentum.   

Gusty winds, cold temperatures, and soggy fairways could not dampen the impressive play by some of the nation’s best golfers. Next year’s Sea Pines Junior Heritage cannot get here soon enough, and hopefully with better weather.

Written by Brian Rietveld

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