Major Championship at Birdsfoot

On Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Major Championship at Birdsfoot in Freeport, Pennsylvania. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that took place on the Birdsfoot Golf Club consisted of players from five 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, and the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division.

Tiger Woods Boys 16-18

Major Championship at Birdsfoot

JF Aber of Sewickley, Pennsylvania finished E on the weekend to become the champion in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division. He made 6 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 72. Karsen Rush (Chambersburg, PA) and Will Nocito (Sewickley, PA) tied for second as they both made 146 strokes through the thirty-six holes to finish at +2. 

Top 3 Leaders:
JF Aber
Karsen Rush
Will Nocito

Will Smith Boys 14-15

Major Championship at Birdsfoot

In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division it was Jack Berl of Victor, New York who was victorious as he completed the tournament at +9. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (76.5) and the lowest Par 3 average (3.4). Second-place finisher was Scott Jordan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who shot 164 strokes for a +20 finish. Zachary Locke of Horsheads, New York finished at +21 through the thirty-six holes.

Top 3 Leaders:
Jack Berl
Scott Jordan
Zachary Locke

Ernie Els 11-13

Major Championship at Birdsfoot

Michael Ostrower of Saltsburg captured the title in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division this weekend after finishing +14. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (79), the lowest Par 3 aevrage (3.1), and the longest birdie or better streak (3). David Fuhrer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania finished second with 160 strokes for a +16 finish on the weekend. Third-place finisher was Kelly Zhu of Beijing who finished the thirty-six holes at +18. 

Top 3 Leaders:
Michael Ostrower
David Fuhrer
Kelly Zhu

Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18

Major Championship at Birdsfoot

Tatum McKelvey of Sewickley, Pennsylvania was victorious in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division after finishing the thirty-six holes at +12. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average at 78. Second-place finisher was Pan Yiting of Shanghai who shot 162 strokes for a +18 finish. McKelvey and Yiting tied for the most birdies in their playing field as they each made 2. Lindsey Powanda of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shot 163 strokes to finish at +19 which resulted in her third-place finish. 

Top 3 Leaders:
Tatum Mckelvey
Pan Yiting
Lindsey Powanda

Justin Rose Girls U13

Major Championship at Birdsfoot
Top 3 Leaders:
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Boys 10 Under

Major Championship at Birdsfoot

In the Boys U10 Division, it was Carson Higginbotham of Clarksburg, West Virginia came out on top after beating second-place finisher Jackson Harris in a play-off after they both shot 154 strokes for a +10 finish. Harris, of Powell, Ohio, and Higginbotham tied for the lowest scoring average in their field at 77. Third-place finisher was Dylan Kotes of Hopewell Junction, New York who made 159 strokes for a +15 finish. 

Top 3 Leaders:
Carson Higginbotham
Jackson Harris
Dylan Kotes


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Tournament Yardages

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About Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

In 2017, The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour announced a partnership with Nexus, an international hospitality and entertainment company backed by financier Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, golfing great Tiger Woods and musician and entertainer Justin Timberlake, which will further our collective goal of growing the game of golf, broadening the Tour’s reach across the U.S. and around the world.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intent of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18, and now 10 and under, an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. Golfers who participate on the tour will compete in one of six age divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys U10, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the nation, with stops in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, we have now expanded to the west coast and cover California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.

For more information regarding the 2017 HJGT Tour, please visit our website at, call the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour headquarters at (407) 614-2962, or email

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