On Saturday, September 23th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Egg Harbor City, NJ to hold the South Jersey Junior Classic at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. Both 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 Blue Heron Pines 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
Ryan Pongrac is the boys 16-18 champion. The Freehold, NJ native took home the division championship by edging out his competition in two highly contested rounds. Our division champion posted a 76 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday for a two-day total of 148 in route to a victory. Gabriel Porges from Plantation, FL finished in 2nd with a two-day total of 152 (78-74). 3rd place was shared between Alec Ryden (79-77) of Moorestown, NJ and Andrew Perry (81-75) of Basking Ridge, NJ after both having a tying at 156. 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
George Duangmanee is the champion of the boys 14-15 division. The Fairfax, VA native posted rounds of 73 and 72 for a two-day total of 145 by playing sharp and consistent. George Clark of South Riding, VA took home the second-place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 152 (75-77). Third place was taken home by Case Hummer who is from Glen Mills, PA and posted a two-day score of 155 (79-76). 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
Josh Duangmanee is the boys 11-13 champion. A 74 and 74 were enough to secure the victory for the Fairfax, VA native, who finished with a two-day total of 148. Austin Liao (77-72) of Warren, NJ took home second place posting a two-day score of 149. James Pryor (81-76) of Greenwich, CT finished third with a two-day score of 157. These group of boys showed nothing but class, sportsmanship, and gentlemanlike behavior over the course of the tournament, which showed in their play.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
Julia Mclaughlin of Princeton, NJ is the girls 14-18 champion. McLaughlin paired a 75 Saturday with an 72 Sunday for a two-day total of 147 to edge out the competition and take the girls 14-18 division. Gio Kim from Upper Saddle River, NJ who posted rounds of 72 and 80 for a two-day total of 152 came in second to round out the division. Danae Rugola of Uniontown, PA posted rounds of 75 and 79 for a two-day score of 154 to come in third. The ladies all enjoyed their experience, even with some intense competition down the stretch.
Justin Rose Girls U13
Elizabeth Beek is the girls under 13 champion. Beek, of Blue Bell, PA, emerged victorious after pairing a 73 Saturday with a 73 Sunday. This netted Beek a score of 146 to take a championship trophy back to Blue Bell. Finishing 2nd was Sydney Yermish of Wynnewood, PA who posted a two-day total of 161 (80-81). 3rd place honors were brought home by Amanda Phillips of New York, NY who submitted a two-day total of 162 (85-77). This division’s great play was inspiring and promising as the field, staff and spectators enjoyed watching them compete.
Boys 10 Under
Colby Braun of Wading River, NY took home the 1st place trophy for the boys under 10 division. Lafollette posted a two-day score of 182 (93-89). Jeremiah Smith of Bristow, VA took home second place trophy after posting a two-day score of 192 (102-90) for the South Jersey Junior Classic at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. Everyone was excited to see such lively and inspiring play from golf’s future leaders.