On Saturday, October 28th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Clifton, Virginia to hold the Northern Virginia Junior Open at the Westfields Golf Course which hosted the tournament as well. Saturday and Sunday saw equally beautiful, breezy and some rainy conditions which nonetheless were 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) and Tarheel Youth Golf Association Points (TYGA) on the line as well for qualified players. Overall, the Westfields Golf Club allowed for a weekend full of great competition from all divisions with elevated levels of play from the nation’s most talented junior golfers.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Jacob Calamaro is the boys 16-18 champion. The Duluth, GA native took home the division championship by edging out his competition in two highly contested rounds. Our division champion posted a 75 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday for a two-day total of 146 in route to a victory. Jack Hoel of Vienna, PA finished in second with a two-day total of 147 (76-71). Third place was won by Will Faulks (72-77) of Mclean, VA who had a two-day total of 149. The field, spectators, and staff were excited to see such a fantastic finish by this division full of talented competitors.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
Shawn Colella is the champion of the boys 14-15 division. The Marcellus, NY native took home the division championship in golf’s most exciting finish, a sudden death playoff. Our division champion posted rounds of 79 and 71 for a two-day total of 150 by playing sharp and consistent. Second place was a two-way tie between Bradford Chandler (77-73) of Fairfax, VA and Nick Fleming (77-73) of Cabins, WV with a two-day total of 150 by pushing our champion to the limits before being edged out in a competitive playoff. Third place was taken home by David Luo of Centreville, VA for a two-day total of 151 (75-76). 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.
Ernie Els 11-13
Suneil Peruvemba is the boys 11-13 champion. A 73 and 70 were enough to secure the victory for the Mclean, VA native, who finished with a two-day total of 143. Corey Minkoff (75-69) of Gaithersburg, MD took home second place posting a two-day score of 144. Alexander Maloy (71-81) of Potomac, MD finished third with a two-day score of 152. These group of boys showed nothing but class, sportsmanship, and gentleman like behavior over the course of the tournament, which showed in their play.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
Melanie Green of Medina, NY is the girls 14-18 champion. Green paired an 78 Saturday with an 73 Sunday for a two- day total of 151 to edge out the competition and take the girls 14-18 division. Second place was taken by Lauren Artis of Upper Malboro, MD with a two-day score of 162 (81-81). The ladies all enjoyed their experience, even with some intense competition down the stretch. Mel Walker finished third with a score of 177 (94 and 83).
Justin Rose Girls U13
Victoria Matthews is the girls under 13 champion. Matthews of Great Falls, VA, emerged victorious after pairing an 83 Saturday with a 77 Sunday. This netted Matthews a score of 160 to take a championship trophy back to Great Falls after facing and holding her own against a tough 14-18 girls division. Although she didn’t face players from her age division, her great play was inspiring and promising as the field, staff and spectators enjoyed watching her compete.