MADISON – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Gateway National Junior Open this past week from June 14-15 at the Gateway National Golf Links. Boys and girls traveled from around 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.
Ben Gelven from Saint Louis, MO took the lead in the boys 16-18 division with an even score. Gelven did an outstanding job on the course and brought in his best tournament score. With five birdies, he put up scores of 72 for round 1 and 70 for round 2. Ben secured the first place win with 142 strokes. This was his fourth tournament of the year and his first win. Bennett Dolter from Peosta, IA and Spencer Mathus from Chesterfield, MO tied for the runner up honors. Both boys brought in scores of 73 and 75 for a total of 148 strokes in their first HJGT tournament. We applaud their efforts and can’t wait to see how they do on tour in the future.
First place in the boys 14-15 division went to Cole Packingham from Lake Saint Louis, MO. Packingham brought in a round 1 score of 72 and 79 in round 2 along with four birdies. His total for the tournament was 151 strokes. Cole has played in seven HJGT tournaments, this was his first win since joining in 2022. With a total score of 161 strokes, Mukt Patel places as our runner up honors. Patel, from St. Louis, MO just joined the HJGT in May, this was his second tournament. He is currently within the Top 100 of HJGT point rankings.
Brendan Gibson from Columbia, IL is a long time HJGT player and holds the number two spot in HJGT point rankings. He has participated in over 20 tournaments and has placed in the Top 10 in more than half of them. This past week, he took home the win with only 164 strokes, his lowest HJGT tournament score so far. Gibson will play next at the College Prep Series at Notre Dame in July. Liam Weller from Des Peres, MO took home the runner up honors. His scores of 86 in round 1 and 81 in round 2 gave him a total of 167 strokes. This was Weller’s 14th Top 10 win, he is in the Top 25 for HJGT point rankings.
To finish off a great tournament, Julia Schlitt from Jackson, MO played in her first HJGT tournament, she was crowned champion in the girls 14-18 division. Schlitt did a great job bringing in scores of 83 and 85 totaling 168 strokes. The runner up honors went to Kendall Stone from Wentzville, MO. Stone brought in scores of 82 and 88 for a total of 170 strokes.