On Thursday, September 7th, the Hurricane Junior Tour, headed for Minneapolis, MN to set up shop at Legacy Golf for the Minneapolis Junior Open. The early mornings brought in some heavy winds and a cool breeze, but as both days progressed, the sun came out and delivered perfect golf weather. The HJGT would like to give a huge thanks to the staff at Legacy Golf for providing an amazing golf atmosphere for this weekend’s tournament, Reliance Bank for donating money to help with hurricane relief, and Shattuck – St. Mary’s.
Juho Moilanen of MN, is the Boys 16-18 Division champion after finishing Saturday with a 69 and Sunday with a 72; finishing with a significant gap of 7 strokes under second placeholder’s Connor Krenos and Nathaniel Adams. Krenos and Adams both completed the event with a total of 148. The players competed at the highest level to secure their sports at the top.
The Boys 14-15 Division was a tight race amongst the top three. There was a 7-stroke difference between first and third place, and a 2-stroke difference on who was crowned champion. Ian Meyer of Deephaven, MN was crowned the Minneapolis Junior Open Boys 14-15 champion shooting a 145 for both rounds. Michael Hauer of Faribault, MN was only a few strokes away from first shooting a 147 (78-69). And in third place, from Elk River, MN Ihle Majeres completed the tournament shooting a solid 152.
Ken Shibata of Carlsbad, CA finished with a total score of 150, crowning him the Boys 11-13 champion. Zachary Stennes of Minnetonka, MN, another young-talented golfer and runner-up, shot a 90 on Saturday and an 89 on Sunday. He finished with a total score of 179. Both of these young golfers displayed great sportsmanship and showed a glimpse of their promising futures in the sport.
Sophia Yoemans is the Girls 14-18 champion. Shooting a 74 and a 73 helped secure the crown for the Red Wing, MN native with a total 147 for the weekend. Brooke Boardman (77-72) representing Waukee, IA finished this weekend’s tournament with a total of 149. Rounding out the top three, Cayla Kim the Woodbury, MN native shot a 79 on Saturday followed by an 82 on Sunday to secure her third place position in a group of talented golfers.
Boys 10 Under
The Boys U10 was the youngest group to compete during this weekend’s tournament. Carver Larson of Alexandria, MN battled through the heavy winds throughout Saturdays and Sundays round. This young golfer displayed his talent by shooting a 91 on Saturday and a 100 on Sunday, totaling a score of 191. Larson took home the championship in the Boys U10 division.