This Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 26 – Monday May 28, 2018, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the College Prep Series at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This tournament was a 54-hole, three-day long event and the field was made from five divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division for Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division for Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division for Boys 11-13, Justin Timberlake Division for Girls 14-18 and the Justin Rose Division for Girls U13.
Isaac Klempner of New Castle, Kentucky captured the victory in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 division, finishing the three days with a total of 226. He led the field in lowest scoring average (75.3) and tied for first in most birdies (5). Klempner’s success over the 54 holes allowed him to maintain the lead over Benjamin Sluzas and Andy Hegan, who finished second (234) and third (237), respectively.
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Tommy Philpot from St. Johns, Indiana, took home the victory after posting the lowest scoring average of the tournament (80.3). Philpot tied for first in the most birdies (4) with second place finisher, Ryan Milton of Elburn, Illinois. It was a close battle for second and third place, but Milton (247) outshot Granger, Indiana’s Ryan Hahaj (248) by one stroke.
Aidan Gutierrez, of Valparaiso, Indiana, dominated the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 division with a three-day total of 220. He led the field in the lowest scoring average (73.3) and most birdies (7). He broke even in his second and third round which resulted in his +4 finish for the weekend. Happy Gilmore (247), of Bloomfield, Indiana, and Joseph Sluzas (250), of Lockport, Illinois, finished second and third respectively.
In the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, Nicole Ciskowski, of Barrington, Illinois, captured the first-place title finishing +8 on the 54-hole course. Her dominance in the division stems from performing the lowest scoring average (74.7) and longest birdie or better streak (3). Anna Bowman’s seven birdies helped her finish second at +12. Sarah Arnold showed tremendous improvement in each of the three rounds, resulting in a third-place finish (+17).
As for Girls U13, Macy Beeson took home the trophy just like her division ambassador Justin Rose. Beeson, from Lapel, Indiana, showed major improvement in her second and third rounds, which helped her finish with a total of 257. This first-place victory is a first for her, following her third-place finish just a month ago.