On Saturday May 12 – Sunday May 13, 2018 The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Chicago Spring Junior Open at Bridges at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates, IL. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from six divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Boys Under 10 Division, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18 and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Mark Noonan of Vernon Hills, Illinois captured the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 division with a two day total of 149. He led the field in most birdies (5), lowest scoring average and most par breakers. His improvement on the second round was able to keep distance from Ben Bermel who took home second place with a two day total of 153. Following Bermel was Preston Smith who finished respectively in third place with a two round total of 156.
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 division Brock Snyder from Ames, Iowa was able to take home his first victory of the 2018 season. It came down to the last hole with Snyder having a one shot lead over his fellow competitor Jack Roemer from Bettendorf, Iowa. Brocks two day total of 152 was able to surpass Roemer's 153 total as they both went on to bogey the 36th hole. Tommy Philpot from St. John, Indiana tied for third with Will Webb from Lake Forest, Illinois both shooting a two round total of 165.
Aidan Gutierrez did not disappoint in the Ernie Els boys 11-13 division as he went on to win his division by an impressive 11 shots. Gutierrez posted an even par final round after making 4 birdies in a row. He led the field in most birdies made, having the lowest scoring average and making the most pars. Behind Gutierrez was Issa Kuwahara from Northbrook, Illinois. He improved on his first round by one shot which was good enough to secure his second place finish by 3 strokes. Following Kuwahara was Brock Dickson from Barrington, Illinois. He finished the event with a two day total of 160.
The Justin Timberlake Division came down to the wire with the top 3 finishing within one shot of each other. After the 36 holes, Elyse Emerzian shot an impressive 73 on her final round which was 6 shots better than her first round 79. Emerzian's two round total of 152 was able to hold a charge from Sarah Arnold (153) and Nicole Ciskowski (154). Arnold improved by 3 shots from her first round but was one shot shy of forcing a playoff. The lowest round of the division was shot by Ciskowski who fired an even par 70 but was also set back from a first round score of 84.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 division, Effie Perakis from Glenview, Illinois cruised to a 12 shot victory after firing the two lowest rounds in the division, 76-81 for a two day total of 157. Followed by Perakis was Lisa Copeland from Naperville, Illinois who took home second place honors. Her two rounds of 83-86 was good enough to separate her from third place by 18 shots. Amy Beanblossom from Winnetka, Illinois finished her event with a 9 shot improvement from round 1 to secure third place honors.
Boys 10 Under
In the Boys U10 division Kevin Wesolowski from hickory Hills, Illinois was able to take home first place honors with a two day total of 155. Although Wesolowski was shy of leading the field in most birdies, he stayed consistent around the greens had managed to par 18 of his 36 holes. Nolan Adamczyk took home second place with a two day total of 159. He was tied for second with Sam Carraher after they both shot 80 in the first round, but Adamczyk beat his first round score by one, while Carraher posted 2 rounds of 80 for a two round total of 160.