MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Battling soggy conditions and a field of the best young golfers in the world, Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown, N.C., stormed to a first-place finish in the 13- and 14-year-old division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Myrtle Beach Junior Open Championship this past weekend.
The tournament was hosted by The Myrtle Beach National Golf Course, which is an Arnold Palmer signature course.
“This is a great venue that puts golfers to a challenging test,” said Hancock’s father Jim, who watched his son throughout the weekend.
Hancock stormed out of the gate quickly Saturday by posting a pair of birdies and two pars over the first four holes. By the end of the first day, Hancock stood in first place with a three over par 75 for a five-shot lead.
He was even better the second day.
On Sunday, Hancock fired in three birdies — offset by three bogeys — and came in with an even par that gave him a two-day total of 147 and a 12-shot advantage over the rest of the field.
The 14-year-old Bladen County golfer will now prepare for The Tarheel Gold Foundation tournament at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., at the end of October.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.