On Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the New Jersey Summer Junior Open in Flanders, New Jersey. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that was played at Flanders Valley Golf Course 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 U10 Division.
There was a playoff for the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division as Charles Chung and Sean Vowells both shot 155 (+11) on the weekend. Chung, of Hong Kong, went on to win the playoff and finished the weekend with the most birdies (4). Vowells, of Chatham, New Jersey, finished second but tied Chung for the lowest scoring average in the field at 77.5. James Bradley from Wayne, New Jersey, finished third with a two-day total of 156 strokes (+12).
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Aryan Kaila of New Delhi, took home the first-place title after finishing with 156 strokes (+12). He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 78 and the lowest par 3 average of 3.2.Second-place finisher was Austin Liao of Warren, New Jersey who finished +14. Rohan Sikand of Colts Neck, New Jersey placed third with a total of 160 strokes (+16). Both Liao and Sikand tied for the most birdies in the field with 5.
Linden, New Jersey’s Isaiah Marseille placed first in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after finishing E on the weekend with 144 total strokes. Marseille’s victory is a result of his phenomenal -5 round on Sunday and his 8 total birdies in the two-day tournament. As for second-place, there was a tie between Adrian Jordan and Derek Gutierrez who both finished +9 for 153 strokes on the weekend. Jordan, from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, had 6 birdies and Gutierrez, of Cranford, New Jersey, had 4. All top 3 finishers (Marseille, Jordan, and Gutierrez) tied for the longest birdie or better streak of 2.
Inseo Huh of Closter, New Jersey, captured the victory in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division with 159 strokes (+15). She had the lowest scoring average of 79.5 and made 4 birdies over the course of 36-holes. Second-place finisher, Sammie Dolce of Florham Park, New Jersey, finished +18 (162) with a scoring average of 81. Emily Gresham of Binghamton, New York, finished +19 with 163 strokes for a third-place finish.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, Sarah Shao, of Green Brook, New Jersey, took home the first-place title after shooting 156 for a +12 finish. She made 3 birdies and had the lowest scoring average in her playing field (78). Second-place finisher, Megan Meng, of Pennington, New Jersey, made the most birdies in her field (4) and finished +14 with 158 strokes. Kennedy Swedick (Altamont, New York) and Gabriella DeGasperis (Briarcliff Manor, New York) tied for third-place after 173 strokes each for a +29 finish and a scoring average of 86.5.
Boys 10 Under
The Boys U10 Division was won by Mihir Roperia of Cranbury, New Jersey who finished E with a total of 144 strokes. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (72), the longest birdie or better streak (2), and the most birdies (7). Colby Baran of Wading River, New York, finished second with 166 strokes (+22). Third-place finisher was Dylan Kotes from Hopewell Junction, New York who shot 170 strokes on the weekend for a +26 finish.