The champions do not receive an Orange Jacket, instead they receive some of the largest trophies given at Junior Golf events and have their names placed on the Orange Jacket plaque with the winners of the previous 11 championships.
This year Calahan Keever and Chloe Holder won the boy’s and girl’s championships at the Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic played at The Club at Brookstone.
Hear from the tournament champions.
Keever wins Orange Jacket boys title.
Calahan Keever opened the 36 hole championship with a 4-under par 68 and was tied with Christ Church High School golfer Jack Wofford.
The two leaders held a two-shot lead over Woodruff’s Daniel Brasington, Drew Harrill from Spartanburg and Daniel Coke from Hartsville.
In the second round the Eastside High School senior got off to a good start and moved to the lead after shooting a 2-under par 34 on the front nine.
“I knew there were good players in the field and I had to get it done in the second round,” said Keever. “I wasn’t able to birdie any of the par 5s, but I made a couple of long putts on the front,” he said.
Last year’s Greenville County High School champion had a two shot lead over Brasington by the time the leaders got to the 16th hole.
Keever was able to roll in a 15 foot birdie and it looked like Brasington would match his score on the par 4 hole, but the Spartanburg County Junior champion missed his birdie putt and then horseshoed his par putt to card a bogey and drop 4-shots out of the lead.
The future Anderson University golfer wasn’t done making birdies. On the 17th hole Keever was almost 50 feet from the pin, just off the fringe.
He gunned a putt straight at the hole, it hit the pin and dropped in for his second straight birdie.
“My putter was really hot today and it is fun to make everything you look at. On 17 all I was hoping to do was lag it up close, but I was fortunate that it went in,” he said.
Keever finished the final round with another 4-under par 68 to post a two-day total of 136.
Zach Phillips from Boiling Springs carded the best round of the tournament for the boys when he shot a 5-under par 67.
With an even par 72 ion the first round his 139 total gave him second place, three shots behind Keever.
Baker and Brasington tied for third place with Daniel Coker from Hartsville finishing fifth.
“This was a fun tournament to play and it is nice to get a win in the city where I am going to be spending my next four years,” added Keever.
Holder sets girls tournament records
The girl’s championship turned into a record setting performance for Holder.
The Wren High School junior opened the tournament by setting a new women’s record at the Brookstone course.
Her 5-under par 67 broke the record and also gave the WSCGA Junior champion a nine shot lead over the field.
“I had no idea I had set any kind of record,” said Holder. “I approached every hole trying to make a birdie, but if I made a par I didn’t get mad. I just stayed in the zone and played my own game,” she said.
While the rest of the field was playing for second place, Holder continued to make birdies and finished the second round at 3-under par 69.
Her two day total of 136, 8 under par also set a tournament record.
“I think it helped that I knew were to hit it on this course. There are some holes that if you don’t hit it in the right place you can be in some trouble. Putting it in the right position really helped,” she said.
Holders win this summer at the state championship and the Carolinas Golf Association’s Vicki Disantis title was accomplished with a more mature attitude as her game matured.
“I’ve learned to handle my emotions on the course. In the past I would get frustrated and let it consume me.
I’ve tried to work on my course management along with ball striking, chipping and putting and it has helped my game,” she said.
Sarah Boteler from Simpsonville finished second with Adrian O’Brien from Clemson taking third place in the girls division.
Orange Jacket Age Group Winners
Other age group division winners included: Ella Stalvey form Elgin who won the girls 13-15 year old division.
Maddie Padgett form Seneca was second and Peyton O’Brien from Clemson was third.
The girls 10-12 year old division was won by Ella Kate Barnett from Galivant’s Ferry.
Hannah Martin from Westminster was second.
Tyler Tabor from Mount Pleasant finished one shot in front of Hugh Faulkner from Greenville for the boys 10-12 year old championship.
Glenn Oxner from Greenville was third.
Pake June from Florence was the boys 13-15 year old champion finishing one shot in front of Zach Adams from Charleston.
Benton Leinster from Greenville and Adam Hunt from Columbia tied for third.
The tournament is played in honor of the late Harvey Brock. Brock, a long time professional in the Upstate, was a tireless champion of junior golf helping hundreds of young golfers learn the game.
The tournament has had a very impressive list of winners in its 12 year history.
The first champion was Corbin Mills who went on to win the USGA Public Links championship.
The 2009 Orange Jacket was won by future USC golfer Matt NeSmith who this year earned his PGA Tour card.
Orange Jacket boys champions have gone on to win four SCGA Amateur titles and more than a handful of South Carolina high school championships.
When every champion finished high school they went on to play college golf.