On Saturday, October 21th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Greensburg, Pennsylvania to hold the Pittsburgh Junior Open at the Totteridge Golf Course 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 Totteridge 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.
Scott Bitar is the boys 16-18 champion. The Pittsburgh, PA native took home the division championship in golf’s most exciting finish, a sudden death playoff. Our division champion posted a 74 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday for a two-day total of 148 in route to a victory. Angus Mcholme of Elizabeth Township, PA finished in second with a two-day total of 148 (74-74) by pushing our champion to the limits before being edged out in a competitive playoff. Third place was a two-way tie by Benjamin Smith (81-73) of Blain, PA and Alex Lawson (78-76) of Pittsburgh who all posted two-day scores of 154. The field, spectators, and staff were excited to see such a fantastic finish by this division full of talented competitors.
Adam Lauer is the champion of the Boys 14-15 division. The Pittsburgh, PA native posted rounds of 77 and 74 for a two-day total of 151 by playing sharp and consistent. Amani Dambrosio of Cheswick, PA took home the second-place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 160 (80-80). Third place was taken home by Adam Yamrick of Irwin, PA for a two-day total of 164 (81-83). 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.
Emil Riegger is the boys 11-13 champion. A 74 and 75 were enough to secure the victory for the Potomac, MD native, who finished with a two-day total of 149. Jack Berl (82-80) of Victor, NY took home second place posting a two-day score of 162. Carter Pitcairn (81-84) of Pittsburgh, PA finished third with a two-day score of 165. These group of boys showed nothing but class, sportsmanship, and gentleman like behavior over the course of the tournament, which showed in their play.
Hannah Conroy of Cheswick, PA is the girls 14-18 champion. Conroy paired an 82 Saturday with an 85 Sunday for a two-day total of 167 to edge out the competition and take the girls 14-18 division. Aiyana Chopra of Gibsonia, PA finished second for a two-day total of 172 (88-84). Third place was taken by Alyssa Newsom of Granville, OH for a two-day score of 179 (92-87). The ladies all enjoyed their experience, even with some intense competition down the stretch.
Caroline McConnell is the girls under 13 champion. McConnell, of South Fayette, PA, emerged victorious after pairing an 82 Saturday with an 81 Sunday. This netted McConnell a score of 163 to take a championship trophy back to South Fayette. Finishing second was Mya Morgan of Elizabeth, PA, who posted a two-day total of 211 (102-109) to round out the division. 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 153 (77-76). Jonah Schollaert of Beaver, PA took home second place trophy after posting a two-day score of 161 (83-78). Aaron Didjunas of Pittsburgh, PA came in third with a two-day total of 185 (94-91) for the Pittsburgh Junior Open at Totteridge Golf Club. Everyone was excited to see such lively and inspiring play from golf’s future leaders.