The 13th annual Jekyll Island Cup is officially in the books. While there was some pretty spectacular golf being played, we hope that you were able to enjoy some of the many attractions this quaint little island has to offer. The time you spend on the golf course with your family is special, but it’s important to relax and enjoy family time away from the course as well. These Regional Championships provide the perfect family get-a-way.
While the Jekyll Island Cup has the largest field of any of the ten Regional Championships, its storied history is what makes the tournament unique. Before it was a Regional Championship, the small island of Jekyll was the site of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship from 2000 – 2003. The World Championship grew and had to find a new home, but the deeply rooted traditions of U.S. Kids Golf in Jekyll were not forgotten. The World Championship paved the way for the founding of the first Regional Championship – the Jekyll Island Cup.
The island welcomed many great champions over the years, and the tournaments served as a stage for some of the game’s brightest young stars to shine for the first time. Both Lexi Thompson and Cheyenne Woods burst onto the scene in Jekyll by winning the World Championship twice. Several of today’s college standouts and top-ranked amateurs made their names known in Jekyll – Georgia’s Lee McCoy, Alabama’s Robby Shelton, Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse, Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey and many more.
These kids are special.
This notion is not something that you need to be told, but we enjoy recognizing and repeating it. Golf is far from an easy game – whether your kid came in first, last or somewhere in between, you know he/she is special. Simply playing in the Jekyll Island Cup is an achievement that every kid and their parent should be proud of.
Unlike previous years, the wind played a significant factor in keeping the bugs in check. For those of you who have not dealt with the bugs of Jekyll when they are truly out and about, trust us when we say it was a great year! The USKG team did our best to make the tournament run as smoothly as possible, and we would like to thank everyone for their support and patience. We would also like to thank all of the families for making this tournament a truly special event.
Over 300 of the world’s best golfers (ages 5-14) embarked on a two-day journey in hopes of being crowned the 2016 Jekyll Island Cup Champion for their age group. On Sunday, 81 players returned home with a new piece of hardware for their trophy cases, 47 received invitations to the 2016 World or Teen World Championship in Pinehurst, and 15 were crowned champions.
|1||Jessy HUEBNER||Miami Beach, FL||-15|
|2||Patrick PINKNEY||Fort Lauderdale, FL||-9|
|3||Connor FORD||Mount Vernon, KY||-4|
|T4||Beau ALLEN||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||E|
|T4||David LEI (not pictured)||Glen Allen, VA||E|
In 2o15, Jessy Huebner (right) won the Jekyll Island Cup with a score of 66. This year, he broke the scoring record for the Jekyll Island Cup with a 15-under-par, and he did it in only 18 holes of play. Huebner followed up his 1st place finishes at the Holiday Classic and Copperhead Classic with his third consecutive Regional Championship victory, and fifth total. His 28 in round one and 29 in round two consisted of two eagles, eleven birdies, five pars, and ZERO bogeys.
|1||Miles RUSSELL||Jacksonville Beach, FL||-7|
|T2||Graden LOMAX||Wrentham, MA||-4|
|T2||Colton Watson||Bloomington, IN||-4|
|4||Luke PARSONS||Salley, SC||+1|
|5||Carson HIGGINBOTHAM||Clarksburg, WV||+2|
A big congratulations to Miles Russell (right) on his first Regional Championship victory! After totaling 18 Local Tour wins in the state of Florida, Russell finally got the proverbial monkey off his back and won the Boys 7 age group by three strokes. Russell declined to comment at the awards ceremony, and instead went to celebrate with his siblings.
|1||Patmon MALCOM||Alpharetta, GA||-8|
|T2||Jordan HWANG||Richmond Hill, ON||-4|
|T2||Nicholas Pisarski||Orlando, FL||-4|
|4||Jack Roberts||St. Mary’s, GA||-2|
|5||Phillip Dunham||Jacksonville, FL||E|
Georgia native, Patmon Malcom won his first Jekyll Island Cup after posting an 8-under, 64. Malcom, a three-time Regional Championship winner and Atlanta Local Tour veteran, eagled both of the par 5’s in his first round. He proceeded to tack on three birdies in his bogey-free second round to win Boys 8 by four strokes.
|1||Aiden CUDNEY||Appleton, WI||-2|
|2||Samuel DURAN||Panama City, Panama||-1|
|3||Charlie WARD||Herzogenaurach, Germany||+2|
|T4||Awesome BURNETT||Boca Raton, FL||+3|
|T4||Ben KABLACH||Virginia Beach, VA||+3|
|T4||Trey MARRION||Chesapeake, VA||+3|
Aiden Cudney (right) captured his first U.S. Kids Golf tournament win on Sunday. Cudney posted a 73 in round one, and entered Sunday three shots behind the leader. His back-to-back-to-back birdies on 12, 13 and 14 led to a final round score of 70 which was good enough to win the age group by only a single stroke.
|1||Adam HUNT||Columbia, SC||+1|
|T2||Mason SNYDER||Las Vegas, NV||+3|
|T2||Waymon THOMAS||Mount Pleasant, SC||+3|
|4||Davis OVARD||Frisco, TX||+6|
|T5||Antonio JUSTO||Miami Shores, FL||+8|
|T5||Tommy TYLER||Venice, FL||+8|
Adam Hunt (right) was yet another first-time Regional Championship winner at the Jekyll Island Cup. Hunt has 25 Local Tour wins to his name across 4 different tours – Charleston, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst. Stuck in a three-way tie after round one, Hunt made clutch birdies on 14 and 16 en route to a final round 71 and two stroke victory.
|1||Rafe COCHRAN*||Palm Beach, FL||+1|
|2||Allan KOURNIKOVA||Palm Beach, FL||+1|
|3||Kareem EL-KASSEM||Raleigh, NC||+3|
|T4||Andrew GARGER||Sharpsburg, GA||+5|
|T4||Lorenzo PINILI||Rochester Hills, MI||+5|
*Won in playoff
Boys 11 was the only age group decided by a playoff. Both Rafe Cochran (right) and Allan Kournikova (second from the right) posted rounds of 74-71, finishing at one-over-par. The players, their caddies and a handful of spectators headed over to hole 10 for the playoff. Cochran emerged the champion with a steady two-putt par on the dogleg par 5.
|1||Jake PEACOCK||Alpharetta, GA||-5|
|2||Jackson VAN PARIS||Pinehurst, NC||E|
|3||Joshua STEWART||Winter Springs, FL||+3|
|4||Balthazar Duclos||Garches, France||+4|
|T5||Ryan MACRI||Wake Forest, NC||+6|
|T5||Luis PARK||Virginia Beach, VA||+6|
Jake Peacock (right) won his third Regional Championship this weekend at the Jekyll Island Cup. Peacock held a one shot lead after round one before firing a tournament low 66 (for 18 hole age groups). He birdied the 16, 17 and 18 to finish the tournament in style and win by five strokes. While he may be shorter (for now) than other kids in his age group, he makes up for it with the quality of golf he plays.
|1||Austin CHERICHELLA||Orlando, FL||+2|
|2||Fernando CASTILLO||Monterrey, Mexico||+4|
|T3||Jonah LEACH||Windermere, FL||+7|
|T3||Evan OWAN||Germantown, MD||+7|
|T5||Jack HEATH||Charlotte, NC||+8|
|T5||Austin MOSHER||Mt. Pleasant, SC||+8|
Before this weekend, Austin Cherichella (right) had not finished better than fifth in a Regional Championship. His weekend total of 146 was seven strokes better than his previous best at a Regional. Cherichella is improving at the right time with the 2016 season in full swing.
|1||Gianna CLEMENTE||Warren, OH||-7|
|2||Elle Marie REISNER||Braselton, GA||-3|
|3||Lily ZHANG||Buffalo, NY||E|
|T4||Anna Christian BEEKER||Tuscaloosa, AL||+3|
|T4||Lisa COPELAND||Naperville, IL||+3|
Gianna Clemente (right) was all smiles after winning her fourth consecutive Regional Championship in the Girls 7 & Under division. Clemente, birdied three of the last four holes to finish at 7-under-par. The 2015 World Champion carded a 35-30 winning her age group by four strokes. She and Elle Marie Reisner were the only participants in Girls 7 & Under to finish the tournament under par.
|1||Madison MOMAN||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||+1|
|2||Angela NIP||Lafayette Hill, PA||+5|
|3||Kanchana DUANGSAM||Haymarket, VA||+13|
|4||Amelie PHUNG||Forest Hills, NY||+19|
|5||Steele SOUTHERLAND||Atlanta, GA||+22|
Madison Moman (right) took home her third 1st Place trophy from a Regional on Sunday, and first of 2016. Moman birdied the last two holes to shoot -1 on the day and +1 on the weekend. This 8-year-old from Florida is on a mission, and will look to carry her momentum into the Texas Open on May 7-8.
|1||Emerson BLAIR||West Point, MS||-1|
|2||Alessandra LORENZ||Weston, FL||E|
|3||Gloria NIP||Port St. Lucie, FL||+4|
|4||Mary MILLER||Savannah, GA||+6|
|5||Staci PLA||West Palm Beach, FL||+7|
Emerson Blair (right) is somewhat new to U.S. Kids Golf tournaments. The closest Local Tours to Emerson are over four hours away – hint, hint to anyone from Mississippi. She gained access to the Seaview Open via open application where she earned herself Priority Status. After posting totals of 87 and 85 at the Seaview Open and Holiday Classic, respectively, Blair fired a 71 at Jekyll. The 9-year-old clearly worked hard this offseason.
|1||Addison KLONOWSKI||Naples, FL||+1|
|2||Alexandra GAZZOLI||Palm Coast, FL||+3|
|3||Caroline DASCH||Austin, TX||+9|
|4||Parker JULES||Easton, MD||+13|
|T5||Abby BROWN||Suwanee, GA||+16|
|T5||Lindsay YAO||Whittier, CA||+16|
Addison Klonowski (right) won her first Regional Championship Sunday in the Girls 10 age group that had yet another narrow margin between first and second. Klonowski is no stranger to U.S. Kids Golf events – the veteran has competed on a whopping five different Local Tours in the state of Florida. She’s also no stranger to awards ceremonies – she has taken home six pieces of hardware from the eight Regionals she has played in. Her rounds of 72-73 secured her first champion’s trophy.
|1||Hannah Grace NALL||Cleveland, OH||+7|
|T2||Kiley MALMBERG||Far Hills, NJ||+13|
|T2||Tylar Ann WHITING||South Daytona||+13|
|4||Reagan SOUTHERLAND||Atlanta, GA||+14|
|5||Ava MERRILL||Johns Creek||+17|
Hannah Grace Nall (right) has not played in a Regional Championship since winning the Seaview Open last year, but she picked up right where she left off. The Cleveland native came out firing in the first round with a score of 73. Her 78 in the second round was enough to retain her lead an earn a first place trophy.
|1||Emma SCHIMPF||Daniel Island, SC||+2|
|2||Kyndall SHAMBLIN||Cleveland, TN||+8|
|T3||Kimberly SHEN||Johns Creek, GA||+13|
|T3||Gabriela SHORTRIDGE||Orlando, FL||+13|
|T5||Alyson FRANCIS||Decatur, GA||+14|
|T5||Julia MISEMER||Overland Park, KS||+14|
Emma Schimpf (right) has 17 wins on the Charleston Local Tour under her belt, but the 2016 Jekyll Island Cup marked her first Regional Championship victory. Schimpf followed up her first round score of 74 with an impressive even par, 72 in round two. Her final round included an outstanding eagle on the ninth hole – a 245 yard par 4.
|1||Abigail SCHIMPF||Daniel Island, SC||+10|
|2||Sarah EDWARDS||Pembroke, GA||+14|
|3||Cassandra ROBINSON||Emporia, VA||+20|
|4||Jaycee RHODES||Eagan, MN||+22|
|5||Kennedy CARROLL||Mount Pleasant, SC||+26|
Emma was not the only Schmipf leaving Jekyll this weekend with a first place trophy. Her sister, Abigail Schimpf (right) came up just short in last year’s Jekyll Island Cup, finishing third. Abigail has 25 Local Tour wins to her name, but like her sister, this was her first Regional Championship victory. These two talented sisters gave the Schimpf family plenty to celebrate on their way home.
We hope to see you at our next Regional Championship – the Texas Open!