On Saturday, October 14th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Bethpage, New York to hold the Northeast Regional Invitational at Bethpage State Park-Blue which hosted the tournament as well. Saturday and Sunday saw equally beautiful, breezy conditions perfect for low scores and plenty of smiles. There was a lot at stake during the tournament as the top 3 in each division received an exemption into the 2017 National Championship December 2-3, 2017. While the top 10 finishers received points towards year end honors which include state teams, All HJGT teams and the Hurricane Cup. There were also Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings (JGS) on the line as well for qualified players. Overall, the Beth State Park-Blue allowed for a weekend full of great competition from all divisions with elevated levels of play from the nation’s most talented junior golfers.
Kyle Zere is the boys 16-18 champion. The Ronkonkoma, NY native took home the division championship by edging out his competition in two highly contested rounds. Our division champion posted a 74 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday for a two-day total of 145 in route to a victory. Matty Dzialga from Greenwich, CT finished in second with a two-day total of 146 (72-74). 3rd place was won by Hayden Rousselle (75-72) of Doylestown, PA with a total of 147. The field, spectators, and staff were excited to see such a fantastic finish by this division full of talented competitors.
Jud Langille is the champion of the boys 14-15 division. The Ossining, NY native took home the division championship in golf’s most exciting finish, a sudden death playoff. Our division champion posted rounds of 75 and 79 for a two-day total of 154 by playing sharp and consistent. James Ulsh of Carlisle, PA took home the second-place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 154 (77-77) by pushing our champion to the limits before being edged out in a competitive playoff. Third place was a three-way tie by Steven Lee (78-77) of Scarsdale, NY, Aidan Devlin (75-80) of Morristown, NJ and Reeve Felner (76-79) of Vienna, VA who all posted a two-day score of 155. The play of this division was enjoyed by the field, spectators and staff who were excited to see such great play and effort from these promising young golfers.
Corey Minkoff is the boys 11-13 champion. A 69 and 76 were enough to secure the victory for the Gaithersburg, MD native, who finished with a two-day total of 145. Austin Liao (75-72) of Warren, NJ took home second place posting a two-day score of 147. Suneil Peruvemba (77-72) of Mclean, VA finished third with a two-day score of 149. These group of boys showed nothing but class, sportsmanship, and gentlemanlike behavior over the course of the tournament, which showed in their play.
Bailey Shoemaker of West Edmonton, NY is the girls 14-18 champion. Shoemaker paired a 76 Saturday with a 72 Sunday for a two-day total of 148 to edge out the competition and take the girls 14-18 division. Second place was a two-way tie between Lauren Chen (74-78) of Manhasset, NY and Gio Kim (76-76) of Upper Saddle River, NJ for a two-day total of 152. Third place was taken by Faith Francioso of Wantagh, NY for a two-day score of 155 (81-74). The ladies all enjoyed their experience, even with some intense competition down the stretch.
Amanda Phillips is the girls under 13 champion. Phillips, of New York, NY, emerged victorious after pairing an 82 Saturday with a 76 Sunday. This netted her a score of 158 to take a championship trophy back to New York. Finishing 2nd was Gabriella DeGasperis of Briarcliff Manor, NY, who posted a two-day total of 165 (83-82). 3rd place honors were brought home by Sophia Li of New York, NY who submitted a two-day total of 166 (83-83). This division’s great play was inspiring and promising as the field, staff and spectators enjoyed watching them compete.
Boys 10 Under
Carson Higginbotham of Clarksburg, WV took home the 1st place trophy for the boys under 10 division. Higginbotham posted a two-day score of 156 (79-77). Colby Baran of Wading River, NY took home second place trophy after posting a two-day score of 172 (80-92). Jeremiah Smith of Bristow, VA came in third with a two-day total of 188 (94-94) for the Northeast Regional Invitational at Bethpage State Park- Blue. Everyone was excited to see such lively and inspiring play from golf’s future leaders.