Record setting win for Adam Hunt at Jimmy Anderson Memorial
03 Jun 2020
by Brayden Conover of AmateurGolf.com
Jimmy Anderson Memorial winner Adam Hunt (Carolinas G.A. photo)
High school, much like collegiate golf, saw it’s season come to an abrupt end due to COVID-19 this spring. With golf back on the rise, some of the Carolinas’ elite junior golfers knocked the rust off at the Jimmy Anderson Boys Invitational hosted by Jacksonville Country Club and conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.
Originally a 54-hole event, Director of Youth Development for the CGA, Jason Cox, cut the tournament to 36-holes and put in countless measures to allow safe play in the midst of the pandemic. (See sidebar below.)
Despite having both of its qualifying tournaments canceled, the Jimmy Anderson Invitational remained exclusive.
“You had to be ranked in the top two-hundred just to get in,” Cox told AmateurGolf.com. “The Anderson is [at] a great time of year...It may be a little bit of a younger field, but it’s really really talented.”
Talented is an understatement.
Adam Hunt, a high school class of 2023 golfer from Columbia, South Carolina put on an absolute laser show. Finishing the event at 11-under-par, Hunt lapped the field by eight strokes and shattered the previous tournament record of 6-under. And he did that while giving up an age advantage of an average of two years to most of the players in the field
Despite making bogeys on the two easiest holes on the course, the southpaw strolled into the clubhouse after round one with a tournament-low 65 and a three shot lead. In the final round Hunt didn’t show any signs of nursing the lead, as he carded six birdies, against just two bogeys to close with a 68 and an eight shot victory.
Trey Crenshaw (Lancaster, SC) and Tommy Lamb (Cary, NC) finished T2 at 3-under 141. Two other players that finished under par rounded out the top-5. Clayson Good of Durham, NC finished fourth at 2-under, while Josh Buxbaum of Wake Forest took fifth at 1-under.
Defending champion Mason Tucker (Lancaster, SC) finished in a tie for sixth at even par with Sam Davidson (Asheboro, NC) and Oliver Rotermund (Charleston, SC).
We will definitely be keeping an eye on the career of Adam Hunt, as we are sure many collegiate coaches will as well. He is an experienced AJGA and high school golfer, and in 2019 he qualified for the 13-14 age bracket at the IMG Junior World
in San Diego.
But 11-under for 36 holes in an 8-shot win is taking it to the next level.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES TAKEN AT THE JIMMY ANDERSON
1.) No more than 12 players were allowed on the practice range at a time
2.) Parents had to stay in their cars until their player’s tee time
3.) Tee times in 10-minute intervals
4.) Scorecards were not exchanged
5.) Hole location sheets were emailed prior every round
6.) A piece of PVC pipe placed in the cup to keep touching to a minimum