From Saturday, March 30 – Sunday, March 31, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the New Jersey Kickoff at Seaview at Seaview Marriott Golf Resort in Galloway, NJ. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from six divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Bryson DeChambeau Division Boys 10 and Under, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
Consistent play both days allowed Connor Bekefi of Toms River, NJ to win first place in the Tiger Woods Division, as he shot 70 and 72 over the weekend respectively. Just a few strokes behind him held second-place finisher Jason Lee of Westfield, NJ. Lee finished the weekend with a two-day total of 145 strokes. Rounding out the division was Lasse Lehmann of Manahawkin, NJ with 153 strokes.
The competition was fierce in the Will Smith Division, as there was a champion and a two-way tie for the silver. Jack Ross of Medford Lakes, NJ won his division with 156 strokes. Matthew Vital of Bethlehem, PA and William Fenton of East Williston, NY tied for second, as they both finished with 159 strokes.
There was a tight race for first in the Ernie Els Division, but John Keba of Emmaus, PA ended up on top with a two-day total of 159 strokes. Just two strokes shy of first was second-place finisher, George Siozos of Laval, Canada. The last spot on the podium went to Derek Gutierrez of Cranford, NJ with 166 strokes.
Isabella Diaz of Ballston Spa, NY was the champion of the Justin Timberlake Division, as she finished with 162 strokes over the two-day tournament. Sophia Li of New York, NY earned second d with 166 strokes. Just one stroke behind Li was third-place finisher Sarah Shao of Green Brook, NJ.
Jolie Pastorick of Rydal, PA captured the first-place finish in the Justin Rose Division with a 2-day total of 168 strokes. Isabel Brozena of North Reading, MA earned the second-place spot just two strokes behind Pastorick. Mariah Brownhill of New York, NY earned the last podium spot with just two strokes behind Brozena.
Boys 10 Under
The gold trophy for the Bryson DeChambeau Division belonged to no one but Zachary Berger of Remsenburg, NY. He improved over the weekend, as he shot 108 the first day and 98 the second.