48th George Holliday Memorial Junior Tournament
Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nov. 26, 2016 - Connor Burgess, a senior out of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va., bested a field of more than 200 golfers to win the 48th Annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament on Saturday at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club.
Burgess, who has signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate golf at Virginia Tech and who last month led E.C. Glass to a 4A state title, shot a 5-under-par 211 to win the 54-hole event by two strokes over College of Charleston commit Patrick Golden of Murrells Inlet, S.C. Justin Emmons of Asheboro, N.C., Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, N.C. and Trent Tipton of Orient, Ohio finished tied for third at 1-under-par 215.
“I’ve played this event multiple times, but this is about the only year I played really well,” said Burgess, who saw his final-round birdie on the 10th hole at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course as the turning point. “That gave me a three-stroke lead at that point, and I knew as long as I played consistently the rest of the way he (Golden) would have had to get a lot of birdies to catch me.”
Gracyn Burgess (no relation to Connor), a junior at Lexington (S.C.) High School who is committed to play collegiate golf at Clemson, won the girls overall title with a three-round total of 220, five shots clear of runner-up Jensen Castle of Pine Ridge, S.C. and six shots ahead of third-place finisher Amy Wooten of Clinton, N.C.
“I came in third last year, so to get the job done this year feels great,” said Gracyn Burgess. “I was even on the front nine for today’s round on King’s North, which I think is the hardest course out here (at Myrtle Beach National), and started the back with a birdie and a triple bogey. That could have really set me back, but I came back with two birdies to get myself out of that rut and get myself thinking I could win this.”
The George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament is contest annually over three days during the Thanksgiving holiday, on Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North, SouthCreek and West Course. The event has become one of the nation’s premier junior golf competitions, and includes PGA and LPGA Tour stars Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan and Kristy McPherson among its past participants.
A complete listing of event results may be found at the link below.
The George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament was established to honor a successful junior and collegiate golfer who was tragically killed in 1967 in an automobile accident at the age of 22. The Galivants Ferry, S.C. native believed that his experience as a junior golfer was paramount in molding him into the fine young man he became. His family created this tournament to give more junior golfers an opportunity to compete in a high-caliber tournament setting.
Girls: 10-12, 13-14, 15-18
Boys: 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18
Tournament players must 18 years of age or younger as of November 24th 2016 to participate in this event.
Practice rounds are available November 19th – 23rd and can be made by calling the Golf Shop at (843) 448– 2308. Player registration will be Wednesday, November 23rd from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
For more information call the Myrtle Beach National Pro Shop at 843.448.2308