Hilton Head Island, S.C. -The final round of the Sea Pines Junior Heritage tested competitors as wind, rain and brisk temperatures swept across the state. Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the lone PGA TOUR event in South Carolina, RBC Heritage presented by Boeing, mimicked conditions professionals have seen in the elite event in April. Forced to make decisive approach shots, the test of narrow fairways and bulkhead bunkers confronted contestants to think strategically around the course. Unfortunately, conditions on day two proved to be not only a test for players, but also the course. The final round of the Sea Pines Junior Heritage was canceled due to weather and champions were crowned based on round one of competition.
Taking the title back to Texas, Jansen Smith of San Angelo joined the elite names of past champions. Smith’s standout opening round provided just the edge needed to capture the title over Grayson Wotnosky from Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Siyan Chen from Howey in the Hills, Florida, shot an opening round of three-under par 69 and captured her first win of the year after posting the low round Saturday. Sharing second place, with a score of three-over par were Auston Kim (St. Augustine, FL) and Katharina Hesse (Germany).
The event is conducted by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the Sea Pines Resort. Vital partners of this championship include: Titleist, Foot Joy, the Heritage Classic Foundation and Coca-Cola.
Fai Khamborn and Joseph Pagdin both claimed the top spot at the beautiful Harbour Town Golf Links and can now add 2017 Sea Pines Junior Heritage championship titles to their respective resumes. (full final round recap)
More than 250 photos were taken during the event. They are available at our Google Photos Site.