On Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the College Prep Series at Penn State #1 in State College, Pennsylvania. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament played at the Penn State Golf Club consisted of players from five divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose U13 Division.
Scott Bitar of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, captured the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division with a total of 148 strokes for a +4 finish. He led the playing field with the lowest scoring average (74) and the lowest par 3 average (2.9). Gregor Meyer, also of Pittsburgh, finished second with 150 strokes for a +6 finish on the weekend and a scoring average of 75. Donnie Professori (Wexford, PA) and Dominic Sampedro (Leesburg, VA) tied for third at +7 with 151 strokes. Meyer and Sampedro tied for the most birdies in their playing field, each with 6.
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Carter Hassenplug of North East, Pennsylvania, took home the first-place title after a +9 finish on the weekend. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 76.5. Seth Conway, from Elmira, New York, finished second with a total of 157 strokes for a +13 finish. Andrew Poon (Venetia, PA), Luke Thompson (Palmyra, PA), Alex Turowski (Harrison City, PA), and Devin Smith (Waynesboro, PA) all tied for third after all making 161 strokes in the two-day tournament for a +17 finish. Poon had the most birdies in the playing field with 7.
Rocco Salvitti of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, captured the victory in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after breaking even in the final round (-2) for a tournament finish of +1. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (72.5) and the most birdies (6). Benjamin Saggers, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was the second-place golfer after finishing +6 with 150 total strokes. Third-place finisher was Breckin Taylor of Fairview, Pennsylvania, who had a total of 172 strokes for a +28 finish.
The Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division’s first-place title was won by Jessica Hahn of Canton, Ohio who finished +1 with 145 total strokes. Her performance in round 1 (-2) helped her become victorious as did her 6 birdies that contributed to her having the lowest scoring average in the playing field (72.5). Olivia Patrow of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, finished in second-place with 156 total strokes (+12) on the weekend. Third-place finisher was Olivia Wirsching of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania who finished +16 with 160 total strokes.
Brooke Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, New Jersey captured the victory in the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division after a two-day total of 153 strokes (+9). She led the playing field with the lowest scoring average (76.5), the most birdies (6), and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Second-place finisher, Ava O’Sullivan of Exton, Pennsylvania, had 170 strokes with 2 birdies for a +26 finish. Marissa Malosh (Bridgeville, PA) and Hannah Rabb (Watsontown, PA) tied for third-place after both making 172 strokes for a +28 finish.