From Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Pittsburgh Junior Challenge at Birdsfoot Golf Club in Freeport, PA. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from five divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
The competition was fierce in the Tiger Woods Division, but Skyler Fox of Beaver Falls, PA earned the gold by finishing with 139 strokes. Just one stroke behind him was Jeffrey Fang of Newmarket, Canada, with 140 strokes. Rounding out the division was Luke Lestini of Bridgeville, PA with 145 strokes.
The gold medal in the Will Smith Division went to Nolan Nicklas of Cranberry Township, PA, who finished out the tournament with 161 strokes. Owen Delaney of Pittsburgh, PA earned the silver with 173 strokes. Rounding out the podium was Ryan Steigerwald of Mars, PA, who finished just one stroke behind Delaney.
It was a tight race in the Ernie Els Division, as there was a champion and a three-way tie for second. David Fuhrer of Pittsburgh, PA won the gold as he finished out the tournament with 160 strokes. Trevor Todd of Indiana, PA, Nicholas Turowski of Harrison City, PA and Jonah Schollaert of Sewickley, PA each finished with 164 strokes.
Leading off the Justin Timberlake Division was Paige Scott of Butler, PA, with 164 strokes. Natalie Brosig of Erie, PA earned second with 171 strokes. Just one stroke shy of the silver was Adena Rugola of Uniontown, PA.
The gold for the Justin Rose Division went to the one and only Julia Zigrossi of Spencerport, NY, as she finished with 160 strokes. Right behind her was second-place finisher Isabella Goyette of Medina, OH with 165 strokes.