On Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Turning Stone Junior Open in Verona, New York. The two-day, thirty-six-hole event held at Kaluhyat at Turning Stone consisted of players from four of our divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, and the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Aiden Spampinato of Victor, New York claimed the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division tournament champion title after totaling +7. He made 3 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 75.5. Evan Sitts of Oneonta, New York placed second after finishing just one shot behind Aiden at +8. Third-place finisher was Nicholas Hano of Warrington, Pennsylvania who made 159 strokes through the thirty-six holes to finish at +15.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, it was Rochester's Philip Minnehan who claimed the first-place trophy after totaling +10 at the end of the two days. He made 4 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest Par-3 average (3.1) and the lowest scoring average (77). There was a tie for second-place as Seth Conway (Elmira, NY) and Charlie Fischer (Orchard Park, NY) both made 160 strokes to total +16.
Ernie Els 11-13
Punn Chittaratlert of Jamesville was victorious in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after he completed the two days at +19. He led his playing field with the most birdies (3) and the lowest scoring average (81.5). Second-place finisher, Matthew Carpentier of Pittsford, New York totaled +25 through the thirty-six holes. Nick Joyce of Quakertown, Pennsylvania made 171 strokes to total +27, resulting in his third-place finish.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
The Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division's first-place trophy went to Mikah McDonnell of Webster who totaled +13. She led her playing field with the most birdies (6) and the lowest scoring average (78.5). Madison Barber of Bath, Ontario shot just one more stroke than Mikah at +14, resulting in her second-place finish. Third-place finisher was Brenna Callahan of Clarence Center, New York who made 184 strokes to finish at +40.