On Wednesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Major Championship at the Architects in Lopatcong, New Jersey. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that took place on The Architects 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.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Charles Chung of Hong Kong, China was victorious in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division as he shot 145 strokes for a +3 finish. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (72.5) and the most birdies (7). Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania placed second after finishing the thirty-six holes at +6 with 148 strokes. Third-place finisher was Jaden Weisman of Malvern, Pennsylvania who had a two-day total of 151 strokes for a +9 finish. Chung and Weisman tied for the longest birdie or better streak, 2, in their field.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
Ka Jun Yu of Hong Kong, China captured the title in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division after completing the tournament with 149 strokes (+7). He led the playing field with the lowest scoring average (74.5), the lowest Par 3 average (3) and the most birdies (5). Singapore’s Jayaditya Saluja placed second with a thirty-six-hole total of 157 strokes for a +15 finish. Third-place finisher was Charlie Duffy of Trumbull, Connecticut who finished at +16.
Ernie Els 11-13
In the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, it was Gavin Girard of East Setauket, New York who was the champion through the thirty-six holes as he finished at +7. Aside from playing his best in the second round, Girard led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (74.5) and the lowest Par 3 average (3). Second-place finisher was Elias Kennon of Old Greenwich, Connecticut who shot 152 strokes for a +10 finish. Girard and Kennon tied for the most birdies as they both made 6. Lance Hollingshead of Basking Ridge, New Jersey placed third after finishing +11 at the end of the two-day tournament.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
Ananya Barthakur of New Delhi, New Jersey captured the first-place trophy in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she finished the tournament at +4. She made three birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (73). Mount Laurel’s Angelina Tolentino placed second as she shot 150 strokes for a +8 finish. As for third place, there was a tie between Tiffany Wu (Hong Kong) and Olivia Patrow (East Stroudsburg, PA) as they both completed the thirty-six holes at +11.
Justin Rose Girls U13
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, Gianna Clemente of Warren, Ohio secured the victory as she finished at +2. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (72), the lowest Par 3 average (2.8), the most birdies (6), and the longest birdie or better streak (3). Amanda Phillips of New York, New York placed second as she made 150 strokes for a +8 finish. Third-place finisher was Brooke Operparleiter of Laurel Springs, New Jersey who shot +17 with 159 strokes.
Boys 10 Under
As for the Boys U10 Division, it was Mihir Roperia’s phenomenal second-round performance (-2) that helped him secure the victory as he finished the thirty-six holes at +3. Roperia, of Cranbury, New Jersey, led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (72.5), the lowest Par 3 average (3.1), the most birdies (7), and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Second-place finisher, Braden Lutz of Chathem, New Jersey finished the two-days with a total of 186 strokes for a +44 finish.