North Jersey Jr. Open April 19-20

Rencis wins in playoff Hopton dominates by ten strokes


The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to High Bridge, New Jersey on April 19-20 for the North Jersey Jr. Open. Wind was blowing in the hills throughout the weekend but that didn’t faze the competitors. Winners in all divisions received an invitation to the 2014 Tour Championship and Mid-Season Invitational. The top ten finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, ALL HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings were awarded to the field as well.


In the Boys 15-18 division, Nick Rencis of Long Valley, New Jersey won in a playoff against Leonard Lee of Wyckoff, New Jersey. It only took one hole for Rencis to win. Rencis was able to force the playoff by improving his round one score by four strokes. He carded a 76 and 72 on the weekend for a total of 148. Rencis made three birdies in the event but the highlight of the weekend came on the first hole of the tournament where he was able to post eagle. Lee came up a little short and finished in second place. Lee had three birdies and 27 pars on the weekend, the most in the division. Overall, Lee played consistently, with duel rounds of 74 for a total of 148. Alejandro Velez of Harleysville, Pennsylvania and Kwanwoo Kim of Tenlfy, New Jersey both finished in a tie for third place. They finished just one stroke out of the playoff with a weekend total of 149. Velez improved his score from day one by seven strokes to card a 71. He finished with three birdies. Kim had a one stroke improvement on day two and posted rounds of 75 and 74. He posted six birdies on the weekend, the most in the division.


The Girl’s 15-18 division was dominated by Carley Hopton of Madison, New Jersey. She outplayed the field by 10 strokes. Hopton fired rounds of 77 and 76 for a weekend total of 153. She also carded seven birdies, the most in the division by far. Finishing in second place was Kelly Sim of Edgewater, New Jersey. Sim started round two in good shape with her only birdie of the tournament. She fired rounds of 79 and 84 for a weekend total of 163. Cassandra Lee of Wayne, New Jersey finished in third place. She started the weekend strong, carding a birdie on the first hole of the tournament. Lee had rounds of 81 and 91 for a total of 172.


The Boys 11-14 division was decided by four strokes. Chris Lee of West Nyack, New York finished in first place. Lee fired a 75 during round one and a 71 on the final round for a weekend total of 147. He made six birdies on the weekend, the most in the division to go along with his 21 pars. Joseph Tammaro of West Islip, New York finished in second place after posting scores of 75 and 76 for a weekend total of 151. Tammaro played consistently due to his three birdies. He also carded 22 pars, the most in the division. Byron Chin of Princeton Junction, New Jersey finished in third place with a weekend total of 156. He was able to improve his first round score of 81 by six strokes to fire a 75 during the final round. The highlight of Chin’s tournament was the eagle he posted on the par four, fifth hole during the first round.


Ami Gianchandani of Short Hills, New Jersey won the Girls 11-14 division easily with a weekend total of 152. She posted a first round score of 83. Gianchandani learned from her first round and came out firing during round two. She improved her score by 14 strokes to post the lowest round of the tournament among any age division, a 69. This was due to a 40 foot putt on hole 15 for an eagle. Gianchandani also had 23 pars on the weekend, the most in the division. Finishing in second place was Tiya Chowdary of Montgomery, New Jersey. She posted scores of 82 and 87 for a total of 169. Chowdary made three birdies, the most in the division, as well as 12 pars. Weather: Day 1- High of 57, low of 42 with wind gust of 12 mph Day 2- High of 60, low of 46 with wind gust of 15 mph Tournament Yardage: Boys 15-18: 6,540 yards Boys 11-14: 6,015 yards Girls 15-18: 5,644 yards Girls 11-14: 5,108 yards About us: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of four age divisions: Boys 15-18, Boys 11-14, Girls 11-14 and Girls 15-18. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information regarding the HJGT 2014 Tour, please visit our website at, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (904) 379-2697, or email

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