On Wednesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted Midwest Regional Invitational at TPC Deere Run. The two-day, thirty-six-hole course held in Silvis, Illinois 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, Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Jacob Connors of Louisville, Kentucky pulled off the win in a playoff against now second-place finisher Mark Noonan of Vernon Hills, Illinois after completing the two days with 149 strokes resulting in their tying +7 finish Connors led his playing field with the lowest Par-3 average while both tied for the lowest scoring average of 74.5. Third-place finisher was Ian Roach of Hennepin, Illinois who made 152 strokes for a +10 finish.
The competition was high in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, but it was Ty Sylla of Liberty Township, Ohio that came out on top after the playoff. As a result, Jack Roemer of Bettendorf, Iowa claimed the second-place spot. Both Sylla and Roemer led their playing field with the lowest scoring average of 75.5. Noah Kirsch of Lancaster, Wisconsin made 156 strokes for a +14 finish through the thirty-six holes.
Luke Powell of Laguna Niguel, California was victorious in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division as he completed the two days at +9. He led his playing field with the most birdies (4), the lowest Par-3 average (3), and the lowest scoring average (75.5). Second-place finisher was Gavin Girard of East Setaucket, New York who made 155 strokes for a +13 finish. As for third-place, there was a two-way tie between Henry Reiland (Chicago, IL) and Troy Nason (Northbrook, IL) as they both completed the thirty-six holes at +20.
The Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 tournament champion was Allison Enchelmayer of Bloomington, Illinois who completed the tournament at +16. She led her playing field with the lowest Par-3 average (3.1) and the lowest scoring average (79). Reese Clark of Geneva, Illinois made 175 strokes to total a finish of +33. Third-place finisher was Ananda Zhai of Woodbury, Minnesota whose 178 strokes resulted in a +36 total.
Emily Knox of Discovery Bay, California secured the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division’s first-place trophy with her +38 finish. She led her playing field with the lowest Par-3 average (4) and the lowest scoring average (90). This is Emily’s first victory on tour, following her previous three Top-15 finishes this year.
Boys 10 Under
Huntley, Illinois’ Liam Lodding walked away with the trophy in the Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division after his +44 finish. He led his playing field with the most birdies (2), the lowest Par 3 average (4), and the lowest scoring average (93). This is Liam’s fourth 1st place victory this year and eleventh Top-10 finish of the season.