From Saturday, June 8ththrough Sunday June 9th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the New Jersey Summer Junior Open. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole format with a field of 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 Boys 10 and Under, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Burton Fricke of Mendham, NJ took the first-round lead after scoring a 78 and remain at the top of the leaderboard all weekend. Fricke shot a total of 159 strokes for the weekend and claim victory on Sunday with a birdie on hole 7. Raymond Xiong of Plainsboro, NJ finished in second place with rounds of 84 and 77 for runner-up honors with a two-day total of 161 shots. Rounding up the top-three was Ryan Rinaldo of Colts Neck, NJ with a weekend total of 165 shots to claim solo third-place honors.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
Sam Bennett of Ellicott City, MD claimed victory honors for the weekend. Bennet shot a two-day total of 170 shots and a birdie on hole 16 on Sunday to seal the victory. Ethan Rand of Charlotte, NC finished runner-up with a two-day total of 171 shots to round-up the division just one shot shy of the first place.
Ernie Els 11-13
Matthew DiFiore of Malverne, NY shot an impressive last round of 71 one-under with birdies on holes 3, 4, 6, 15 and 18 to claim victory. DiFiore finished with a two-day total of 154 strokes to win by a margin of 8 shots over Jack Rosen, of Boca Raton, FL and Luke Huang of Great Neck, NY. Rosen and Huang tied for runner-up honors with weekend totals of 162 shots.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
Amanda Phillips of New York, NY claimed victory on Sunday with a two-day total of 154 shots. Phillips was able to win by a margin of 19 strokes and a final round of 78 to secure the win. Following her was Yelinko Rayne of Netcong, NJ who closed her week at a total of 175 shots and claim solo runner-up honors. Rounding up the top three was Sofia Nogalo of Invington NY, with a three-day total of 177 shots to claim solo third-place honors.
Justin Rose Girls U13
Hannah Rabb of Watsontown, PA shot a two-day total of 162 shots for the weekend to seal a two-shot victory over her closest competitor. Rabb closed out her week with a final round of 80 on Sunday to claim victory. Following her was Melissa Yuan of Short Hills, NJ with a weekend total of 164 shots and a final-round 81 on Sunday. And rounding up our top-three Emily Renoff of Glen Ridge, NJ with a weekend total of 164 shots as well to finish tied for runner-up honors with Yuan.
Boys 10 Under
Luke Renoff of Glen Ridge shot a weekend total of 187 strokes with birdies on holes 7, 8 and 18 to claim victory. Our lone competitor closed out the week with a final round 81 to seal the victory.