From Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24, 2019, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Arizona Junior Open at the Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, AZ. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made up of six divisions that included the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18, Will Smith Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Boys 11-13, Bryson DeChambeau Boys 10 and Under, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Girls 13 and Under Division. To view the full leaderboard click HERE!
In the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, we had one junior golfer that completely crushed the course. Trey Fessler of Hanover, MN shot an unbelievable 65 on Saturday and a still very impressive 71 on Sunday to capture the first place finish. In second, also with an exceptional score was Alex Vekich of Scottsdale, AZ who shot a 71 and 73 during the weekend. Rounding out the division was Joey Geary of Phoenix, AZ who shot a two-day total of 150.
The Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division was secured by Arizona natives. In first place was Jack Dozer of Phoenix, AZ who shot a 76 on day one and a 72 on day two. Behind him was Nikolas Kittilson of Chandler, AZ who shot a 74 and 78 respectively. Coming in third for the division was Lucas Rutter, also of Chandler, AZ who finished his tournament with a 178.
The Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division was also captured by three Arizona junior golfers. Ryan Sefrioui of Scottsdale, AZ and Brady McDonough, also from Scottsdale, AZ tied for first with 153 strokes, and after a playoff round was played, Ryan came out on top. In third place was Alec Hilgers of Litchfield Park, AZ who shot a 78 on Saturday and an 80 on Sunday.
The Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division was a hard-fought battle for the girls. Coming in first was Mallorie Luitwieler of Katy, TX who shot a 75 and 77 for a two-day total of 152. There was a two-way tie for second place between Mika Miyata of Chandler, AZ and Shanna Schuckman of Scottsdale, AZ. Both girls finished the tournaments with 155 strokes.
The Justin Rose Girls U13 Division was taken over by young golfer Aubrey Hilgers of Litchfield Park, AZ. Aubrey improved her game by nine strokes on her second day to claim the top spot in the Arizona Junior Open for her age group.
Boys 10 Under
The Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division was won single-handedly by none other than Zachary Berger of Remsenburg, NY. No one stood in his was as he shot an 82 and 80 respectively for a two-day total of 162 strokes.