On Wednesday, August 1 - Thursday, August 2, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the College Prep Series at Duke in Durham, North Carolina. The two-day, thirty-six-hole course held at the Duke University Golf Club consisted of players from all six of our divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
George Clark of South Riding, Virginia secured the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division as he totaled +8 at the end of the two days. He made 3 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 76. Second-place finisher, Junfan Wang of Shandong, completed the thirty-six holes with a combined +9. Tommy Lamb of Apex, North Carolina placed third after making 155 strokes that resulted in a +11 finish.
It was Hong Kong's Ka Jun Yu that claimed the first-place trophy with his +12 total to win the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division. Ashita Piamkulvanich finished just one shot behind Ka Jun Yu, completing the thirty-six holes with a total of +13 to take second place. Ka Jun Yu led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (78) and tied Ashita for the lowest Par-3 average (3). Third-place finisher was Jack Berl of Victor, New York who made 171 strokes for a +27 finish.
In the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Miller Carr of Virginia Beach was victorious with his +6 total. He led his playing field with the most birdies (10) and the lowest scoring average (75). Second-place finisher, Isaiah Marseille of Linden, New Jersey, shot 156 strokes to complete the thirty-six holes at +12. There was a tie for third-place between ShenZhen's ZiHe Bian and Wake Forest's Jace Butcher as they both made 158 strokes for a +14 finish.
Taipei's Chiachiean Hsieh was the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division's tournament champion after totaling +18 at the end of the two rounds. She made 1 birdie and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average of 81. There was a tie for second-place between Caraline Oakley of Southampton, New York and Patranit Chuaychoo who both made 164 strokes to finish with a +20 total.
Kiera Bartholomew of Westampton, New Jersey had a successful two-days totaling +17 to win the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division. She led her playing field with the most birdies (4), the lowest Par-3 average (4.1), and the lowest scoring average (82.5). This is Kiera's first victory on tour, following her other five Top-5 finishes this season.
Boys 10 Under
Wrightsville Beach's Cash Scerri walked away the champion in the Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division after making 182 strokes for a +38 finish. He led his playing field with the most birdies (1), the lowest Par-3 average (3.2), and the lowest scoring average (91). This is Cash's first tournament with the HJGT and what better way to start off then with a victory.