UNION – The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Union County Junior Open this past weekend from July 29-30 at the Galloping Hill Golf Club. Boys and girls traveled from all over the globe to participate in the 36-hole tournament. The event had five divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10 and Girls 14-18.
First place in the boys 16-18 division went to Ryan Jian Huaizhi from Shenzhen, China. With six birdies on the weekend, he brought in a round 1 score of 72 and a round 2 score of 76. Huaizhi ended the weekend with a total score of 148 strokes to take the victory. This follows an outstanding top-three finish at the Trump Westchester Junior Open presented by Perfect Hands Golf. Tied for the runner-up honors on the weekend was Griffin LaLonde from Upper Montclair, NJ and Wenbin Zhao from Qingdao, China. LaLonde brought in scores of 77 and 75 while Zhao had scores of 78 and 74. Both players ended the tournament with a total of 152 strokes.
In the boys 14-15 division, Ravi Khanna from Fairfield, CT finished the weekend in first place. Khanna has been playing with the HGJT since 2021 and has 12 Top 10 finishes under his belt. This weekend he was able to take the win with a score of 159 strokes. Longtime HJGT player Paul Reilly from West Creek, NJ took home the runner-up honors on the weekend. He brought in scores of 82 and 84 totaling 166 strokes. Finishing up the top three honors, Alexander Herrera from Tenafly, NJ brought in a total of 175 strokes for the weekend.
In the boys 11-13 division, Axel Brandes from Bernardsville, NJ was the first place finisher. Brandes has been playing with HJGT since 2020 with 8 first place wins under his belt. This weekend, he brought in one eagle, five birdies, and scores of 75 and 72. Brandes finished with a final score of 147. With a final score of 156, Sebastian Meyer places as the runner up honors. Meyers, from South Abington Township, PA is an up-and-coming player on tour, he is currently ranked in the Top 10 of the HJGT point rankings. Brady Cassidy from Gladstone, NJ finishes up the top three honors with scores of 89 and 80 totaling 169 strokes.
Alex Campanile from Shrewsbury, NJ was the champion of the boys under 10 division. Campanile brought in an exceptional scorecard for the weekend with his lowest score so far this year. With three birdies on the weekend, he brought in scores of 80 and 77, ending the weekend with 157 strokes. The runner-up honors went to Damien Dollard from Cinnminson, NJ, this was his first HJGT event. In round 1 he scored a 78 and an 81 in round 2 for a total of 159 strokes. Finishing up top three honors, Julian Ossorio from Basking Ridge, NJ with a scorecard of 172 strokes.
To finish off a great weekend, Jiayao Xu from Lakewood Ranch, FL was the first place finisher in the girls 14-18 division. In round 1 she scored an 81 and in round 2 scored a 78. Xu ended the weekend with a total of 159 strokes to take the victory. Claire Yu from Greenwich, CT took home the runner up honors on the weekend. Her scores of 87 in round 1 and 86 in round 2 gave her a weekend total of 173 strokes. Finishing up the top three honors was Veronika Niklin from Staten Island, NY with scores of 86 and 89 totaling 175 strokes.