From Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Columbus Junior Open at Cooks Creek Golf Club in Ashville, OH. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from five divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
The competition was fierce in the Tiger Woods Division, but Billy Gussler of Ashland, KY ended up on top with 153 strokes. Just one stroke shy of Gussler was Tyler Ankrom of Akron, OH with 154 strokes. Caleb Delaney of New Albany, OH rounded out the division just two strokes shy of Ankrom.
Carter Mishler of Millersburg, OH captured the top spot in the Wil Smith Division, as he finished with a two-day total of 150 strokes. Just two strokes shy of the gold was Wyatt Woodard of Lebanon, OH with 152 strokes. The last spot on the podium went to Ethan McDonald of Dublin, OH with 155 strokes.
The Ernie Els Division was no match for Landen Howard of Richmond, KY. He finished out the two-day tournament with 155 strokes.
Shooting an impressive 65 on Saturday and a 69 on Sunday caused Leila Raines of Galena, OH to capture the gold in the Justin Timberlake Division. Avery Wright of North Canton, OH and Hanna Shrout of Proctorville, OH rounded out the competitive division with 147 and 158 strokes respectively.
The winner of the Justin Rose Division was Angelina Gong of Dublin, OH, as she finished with 156 strokes. Just one stroke behind her in the competitive race was Isabella Goyette of Medina, OH with 157 strokes. Lexi Ray of Franklin, IN rounded out the division with 187 strokes.