ORLANDO, Fla. — The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s 2012 season came to an end last weekend at the Tour Championship. ChampionsGate Golf Resort was the host site for the biggest event of the season, and South Aiken High School senior Taylor Dodson was one of the top finishers.
Competing in the Girls 15-18 Division, Dodson tied for second place with Emmy Martin of Odessa, Fla. They were six strokes behind Columbia’s Camilla Serrano. Both Dodson and Martin finished the tournament with a two day total of 3-over par 147. Dodson, who has won four tournaments and also has four second place finishes on the HJGT this year, was very consistent throughout the front nine in the second round as she was at even par. She wasn’t able to finish strong, as she bogeyed three of her last five holes. Despite her struggles, it should be noted that Dodson finished in the top 5 in both the Par 4 and 5 Performances with averages of 4.05 and 5.00 respectively.
Dodson was also the Thoroughbreds’ top golfer this season, and finished runner-up in the Class AAAA State Girls Golf Championship at the Country Club of Lexington. Dodson has signed to play in college for Gardner-Webb University.
It was part of a big weekend for the junior golfers, who were part of the best field of the year. The festivities began with the awards banquet, where all members of the All-HJGT Team and Players of the Year were honored, followed by two special guest speakers and then a dinner for the players and parents. Jim Thorpe, a 13-time winner on the Champions Tour, spoke to the players about how to win a golf tournament. He was followed by Dr. Bob Winters, a well-known mental conditioning coach, who talked to the players about having the right attitude on the course and in preparation as well. After all of the festivities wrapped up, it was finally time to play golf. Participants arrived early on Saturday morning to some dense fog layering the course and limiting visibility to about 75 yards. The conditions during the weekend were great for scoring and the players took full advantage of that with a low round of 68 after the first round.