On Saturday, September 30th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Laytonsville, Maryland to hold the Worch Financial Group Junior Shootout at Laytonsville Golf Club 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 Laytonsville 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
Gary Bullard is the Boys 16-18 champion. The Chantilly, VA native took home the division championship by edging out his competition in golf’s most exciting finish, a sudden death playoff. Our division champion posted a 75 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday for a two-day total of 148 in route to a victory. In addition to the division championship playoff, Gary also won a playoff to determine the AJGA stars champion against Mac. Mac Webster from Baltimore, MD finished in 2nd with a two-day total of 148 (77-71) by pushing our champion to the limits before being edged out in two intense playoff rounds. 3rd place was won by Nicholas Roberson (75-74) of Chevy Chase, MD with a total of 149. 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
Connor McGarrity is the champion of the Boys 14-15 division. The Bethesda, MD native posted rounds of 73 and 75 for a two-day total of 148 by playing sharp and consistent. Zachary Maloy of Potomac, MD took home the second-place trophy after finishing with a two-day total of 149 (75-74). Third place was a four-way tie by Ethan Chelf (77-74) of North Potomac, MD, Corey Minkoff (75-76) of Gaithersburg, MD, Ritik Verma (76-75) of Potomac, MD and Matt Cooper (75-76) of Dobbs Ferry, NY who all posted a two-day score of 151. 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
Alexander Maloy is the Boys 11-13 champion. A 75 and 80 were enough to secure the victory for the Potomac, MD native, who finished with a two-day total of 155. Benjamin Siriboury (83-80) of Clarksville, MD took home second place posting a two-day score of 163. Minh Le (85-81) of Frederick, MD finished third with a two-day score of 166. 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
Jordan Cornelius of Bethesda, MD is the girls 14-18 champion. Cornelius paired a 73 Saturday with an 81 Sunday for a two-day total of 154 to edge out the competition and take the girls 14-18 division. Tatum Mckelvey from Sewickley, PA who posted rounds of 84 and 76 for a two-day total of 160 came in second to round out the division. Third place was a two-way tie between Lauren Artis (86-80) of Upper Marlboro, MD and Aine Kenwood (81-85) of Potomac, MD for a two-day score of 166. The ladies all enjoyed their experience, even with some intense competition down the stretch.
Justin Rose Girls U13
Victoria Matthews is the girls under 13 champion. Mathhews of Great Falls, VA, emerged victorious after pairing an 80 Saturday with a 87 Sunday. This netted Matthews a score of 167 to take a championship trophy back to Great Falls after facing and holding her own against a tough 14-18 girls division. Although she didn’t face players from her age division, her great play was inspiring and promising as the field, staff and spectators enjoyed watching her 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 161 (81-80). Declan Worch of Gaithersburg, MD took home second place trophy after posting a two-day score of 211 (112-99) for the Worch Financial Group Junior Shootout at Laytonsville Golf Club. Everyone was excited to see such lively and inspiring play from golf’s future leaders.