On Tuesday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Philadelphia Summer Junior Open in Yardley, Pennsylvania. The two-day, thirty-six-hole tournament that took place on the Makefield Highlands Golf Club consisted of players from five of our divisions, including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
It was a close finish in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division as the Top 3 golfers finished within one stroke of each other. Karsen Rush of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania captured the first-place title with a two-day total of +5. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (74.5), and tied for the most birdies (6), the lowest Par 3 average (3), and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Second-place finisher was Jaden Weisman of Malvern, Pennsylvania who made 150 strokes for a +6 finish. Alex Zhuo of Hong Kong finished third with 151 strokes to finish the tournament at +7.
Chase Cohen of Villanova, Pennsylvania was victorious in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division after he finished the thirty-six holes at +17. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (80.5), the lowest Par 3 average (3.2), and the most birdies (4). Second-place finisher was Jack Reid of Medford, New Jersey who made 164 strokes for a +20 finish. Nicholas Taylor of Newtown, Pennsylvania placed third after making 173 strokes to finish at +29.
In the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Nicholas Gross of Downingtown, Pennsylvania captured the title by finishing the thirty-six holes +3. He made 3 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest Par 3 average (2.8) and the lowest scoring average (73.5). Hunter Po of Bridgewater, New Jersey finished in second-place after making 148 strokes for a +4 finish. Third-place finisher was Henry Stone of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania who completed the two-day tournament at +6.
Mariel Isabella Tee’s best round on Wednesday (-2) helped her clench the first-place title in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she completed the tournament at -1. Tee, of Pasig City, made 5 birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average of 71.5. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania’s Elizabeth Beek shot 72 each day to finish the tournament E. Third-place finisher was Theresa Luu of Mullica Hill, New Jersey who made 155 strokes for a +11 finish.
Ning Yi (Amy) Li of Athens was the tournament in the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division with a total of 155 (+11). She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average of 77.5. Second-place finisher was Brooke Oberparleiter of Laurel Springs, New Jersey who made 167 strokes for a +23 finish. Li and Oberparleiter tied for the most birdies (4) and the lowest Par 3 average (3.4). Sammi Yeselavage of Doylestown placed third with 173 strokes to finish at +29.