On Thursday, August 31st , the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Aberdeen, MD to hold the Baltimore Junior Challenge at Wetlands Golf Club. Saturday brought some very tough conditions with winds in the mid to high teens and consistently hard rainfall. The players did all that they could to post a good number with beautiful weather to look forward to the final round on Sunday. JGS rankings and Hurricane points were up for grabs over the weekend. Overall, The Wetlands Golf Club allowed for a weekend full of tightly contested divisions with high levels of play from the nation’s most talented junior golfers.
Phillip Wong of West Bloomfield, MI is the Boys 16-18 Division champion after finishing Saturday with a 73 and Sunday with a 74 with a total of 147. Wong finished 5 strokes under second placeholder John Roder. Roder, who completed the event with a total of 152, fought hard for his place in two very competitive pairings this weekend. Finishing in third with 159 was Ryan Howard of Boonville, IN. Luckily, Ryan had a significant advantage of 12 strokes under the two opposing players who tied for fourth place.
Daniel Suter is the champion of the Boys 14-15 division. The victor, local to Gaithersburg, MD, posted rounds of 82 and 76 for a two-day total of 158. Zachary Maloy of Potomac, MD took home the second place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 159 (82-77). Third place was taken home by Jeffrey Mankins of Greensburg, PA who posted a two-day score of 163 (84- 79). The Players fought a lot of adversity dude to the playing conditions on Saturday, but bounced back appropriately on Sunday to secure 1st 2nd and 3rd place finishes.
Matt Moloney is the Boys 11-13 champion. A 75 and 74 was more than enough to secure the victory for the Vienna, VA native, finishing with a two-day total of 149. Alexander Maloy (83-78) of Potomac, MD finished with a two-day total of 161 (83-78) to secure a second-place finish. Coach Charlow shot an 86 on Saturday followed up by a 79 on Sunday to earn himself a third place finish. This group of boys showed nothing but class, sportsmanship, and gentleman like behavior over the course of the tournament, even through the high levels of competition.
Jessica Cornelius of Bethesda, MD is the Girls 14-18 champion. Cornelius paired a 78 Saturday with a 71 Sunday for a two-day total of 149 to take the Girls 14-18 division by 10 strokes. Finishing in 2nd from Germantown, MD was Alyssa Cong who posted rounds of 83 and 76 for a two-day total of 159. Brianna Marmorstein (81-79) of Havertown, PA finished in 3rd place with a two-day total of 160. The ladies each enjoyed their experience, with some really great play on Sunday. Cornelius had the low round of the tournament with her fantastic Sunday play carding a 71 with 4 birdies on the card.
Ava O’Sullivan is the Girls under 13 Champion. O’Sullivan, of Exton, PA, emerged victorious after pairing a 93 Saturday with an outstanding 83 Sunday. This netted O’Sullivan a score of 176 and a champion trophy to take back to Exton. Finishing 2nd was Caroline McConnell of South Fayette, PA who posted a two-day total of 179 (87-92).