On Wednesday, July 25 – Thursday, July 26, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the TPC Sugarloaf Junior Open in Duluth, Georgia. The two-day, thirty-six-hole course held at the TPC Sugarloaf – Stables/Meadows consisted of players from all six of our divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Blake Kollin of Milton, Georgia captured the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division as he totaled +4 through the two days. He made 5 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 74. Second-place finisher was Jackson Buchanan of Dacula, Georgia who made 150 strokes for a +6 finish. Keith Watkins of McDonough, Georgia placed third after making 151 strokes throughout the thirty-six holes to result in a +7 finish.
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, it was James Baker of Johns Creek who took first place with his +6 total. He made 3 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 75. Duluth native, Mason Dean placed second after making 154 strokes for a +10 finish. As for third-place, there was a two-way tie between Luke Ferrara (Atlanta, GA) and Andrew Kim (Alpharetta, GA) as they each finished their thirty-six holes at +13.
Duluth native, Chapman Barnett secured the victory in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after an impressive first round finish of 69 helped him finish the tournament at -1. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (71.5), the most birdies (6), and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Second-place finisher, Nicholas Schwendiman of Suwanee, Georgia shot 152 strokes resulting in a +8 finish. Barnett and Schwendiman tied for the lowest Par 3 average in their division, each averaging 2.9. Clayton Couey of Johns Creek placed third at +15 due to his 159 strokes.
Alice Acosta was successful with her +6 total in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she went on to capture the victory. She made 4 birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average of 75. Duluth native, Meghna Grover placed second after she made 157 strokes, totaling a +13 finish. Third-place finisher was Sarah Hsu of Buford, Georgia whose 159 strokes resulted in a +15 finish.
Kylee Lynn of Opelika, Alabama walked away the champion in the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division with a +26 total through the thirty-six holes. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average of 85. Rachel Hoang of Lawrenceville, Georgia claimed second-place after making 178 strokes that resulted in +34. Farmingdale’s Peyton Cerminaro placed third with 182 total strokes for a +38 finish at the end of the two rounds.
Boys 10 Under
The Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 tournament champion was Connor Brummitt of Abingdon who shot 169 strokes through the two-day tournament to finish at +25. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 84.5. William Kilborn of Atlanta, Georgia completed the thirty-six holes with 173 strokes (+29) to secure the second-place spot. Both Brummitt and Kilborn led their playing field with the most birdies as they each made 1.