HAMBURG – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Ballyowen Junior Open at the Ballyown Golf Club this past weekend from June 10-11. Boys and girls traveled from all over the country to participate in the 36-hole tournament. The event had four divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13 and Girls 14-18.
Taking home the first place win in the boys 16-18 division was long time HJGT player, Eli Kaufman from Montville, NJ. Kaufman has played with HJGT since 2020 with over 30 tournaments under his belt. He has placed in the Top 10 in more than half the tournaments he has played in. This past weekend he was able to secure the win with six birdies and 150 strokes. With a total score of 152, Griffin LaLonde placed as our runner up honors. Lalonde, from Upper Montclair, NJ brought in scores of 74 for round 1 and 78 in round 2 totaling 152 strokes for the weekend. Finishing up top three honors, Eshaan Golchha from Warren, NJ put up scores of 78 and 75 for a total of 153.
Kaiden Capurso from Bayport, NY was the first place finisher in the boys 14-15 division this past weekend. His scores of 77 in round 1 and 76 in round 2 brought him his first HJGT win of the year as well as his lowest score of 153 strokes. Capurso will participate next in July at the Trump Westchester Junior Open presented by Perfect Hands Golf. The runner up honors went to Brendan Gelnaw from Tequesta, FL. Gelnaw also brought in his best HJGT tournament score this weekend. With a round 1 score of 77 and 76 in round 2 he finished off the weekend with 156 strokes. Jake Aronson from Demarest, NJ finished up in the top three honors with scores of 77 and 82 totaling 159 strokes.
Leading the boys 11-13 division was Ryan Liu from Manhasset, NY. With seven birdies on the weekend, he put up scores of 74 and 73. Liu took home the win with a total of 147 strokes. This is his third tournament win of the year. He is currently in the Top 10 of HGJT point rankings. Newcomer to HJGT, Rohnik Shah from Morristown, NJ places as our runner up honors. With six birdies on the weekend, he had a total score of 150 strokes. In a tie for top three honors, Jesus Alvarez from Montville, NJ and Axel Brandes from Bernardsville, NJ both had total scores of 153 strokes.
To finish off a great weekend, Heyon Choi was the first place winner in the girls 14-18 division. Choi finished the weekend with an exceptional scorecard. With five birdies on the weekend, she put up scores of 75 for both days. She finished off the weekend with a total of 150 strokes. With a total of 153, Natalie Spiska places as the runner up honors. Spiska, from Jersey City, NJ brought in a score of 80 for round 1 and 73 for round 2. Finishing up in the top three honors, with a score of 155 strokes was Reese Hannon from Tewksbury, NJ.