On Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Kelley Brooke Junior Open in Brooklyn, New York. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that took place on The Marine Park 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, Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
There was a playoff in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 as the top two finishers, Tyler Woodward and Alex Zhuo finished the thirty-six holes at +7. Woodward, of Durham, came up on top to take first and had the longest birdie or better streak (3) in his playing field. Third-place finisher was Joey Collins of McDonough, Georgia who finished just one stroke ahead at +8.
Ka Jun Yu of Kowloon was victorious in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division as he finished the two-day tournament at +4. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (74) and the most birdies (4). Second-place finisher was Rohan Sikand of Colts Neck who made 158 strokes for a +14 finish. Plainsboro’s Raymond Xiong placed third as he completed the thirty-six holes at +17.
In the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, it was Rayan Nabilzadeh of Stamford that got the first-place trophy as he finished +14. He led his playing field with the most birdies (3) and the lowest scoring average (79). There was a tie for second place, as JT Thomforde III (Ithaca, NY) and Argyle Downes (Charles Town) both made 162 strokes for a +18 finish through the thirty-six holes.
Mariel Isabella Tee of Pasig City captured the victory in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she finished the thirty-six holes at +8. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (76) and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Amber Pennington of Accord finished second with 158 strokes (+14). Pennington and Tee each made 3 birdies to tie for the most in their field. Third-place finisher was Sahana Paravantavida of Dubai who made 163 strokes for a +19 finish.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, it was Ning Yi (Amy) Li of Athens who secured the first-place title as she finished +9. She made 3 birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (76.5). Charlene Chung of Hong Kon placed second after her 159 strokes resulted in a +15 finish. Third-place finisher Sydney Young of New Canaan, Connecticut made 170 strokes for a +26 finish through the thirty-six holes.
Boys 10 Under
Dennis Fitzgerald of Sea Girt, New Jersey was the champion in the Boys U10 Division as he finished +49 on the weekend. His 193 strokes, 2 birdies, and low scoring average of 96.5 helped him secure the title. This is Dennis’ fifth top 3 finish this season, and his second 1st place victory.