The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Cantigny Summer Junior Open at the Cantigny Golf Club from July 26-27. Boys and girls traveled from all over the country to participate in the 36-hole tournament.
The event had five divisions: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Girls 14-18, and Girls U13. 

Boys’ 16-18 Division

Tied for first place in the boys’ 16-18 division was Dominic Howard from Aurora, IL, and Max Oberweis-Manion from Los Altos, CA. Howard is a newcomer to the HJGT, and this was his first tournament; he brought in scores of 80 and 75, along with three birdies. Oberweis-Manion brought in three birdies and scores of 76 and 79.

Both ended the tournament with scores of 155 strokes. Quinn Knight from Lake Forest, IL, finishes up the top three honors. Knight brought in scores of 79 in round 1 and 80 in round 2 for a total of 159 strokes. 

Boys’ 14-15 Division

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In the boys’ 14-15 division, Jack Zeiger from Chicago, IL, finished the tournament in first place. Zeiger brought in six birdies; he scored a 78 in round 1 and a 74 in round 2. He ended the tournament with a total of 152 strokes. This was Jack’s third win of the year.

In his first HJGT tournament, Tyler Burchett from Rochester, NY, took home the runner-up honors. With four birdies, he scored 78 and 77 for a total of 155 strokes. Fitzpatrick Knight from Lake Forest, IL, finishes up the top three honors. His scores of 80 and 85 gave him a total of 165 strokes. This was Knight’s fourth Top 3 finish of the year. 

Boys’ 11-13 Division

Newcomer to the HJGT, Joshua Coniaris from Downers Grove, IL, was our first-place finisher in the boys’ 11-13 division. This was Coniaris’ third event of the year and his first win. He had scores of 89 in round 1 and 80 in round 2 for a total of 169 strokes.

The runner-up honors went to Blake Sarkady from Chicago, IL. Sarkady did a great job on the course to bring in his lowest score of the year. In round 1, he scored a 98, and a 95 in round 2, totaling 193 strokes. 

Girls’ 14-18 Division

Leading the girls’ 14-18 division was Kelby Anderson from International Falls, MN. With scores of 79 on both days, Anderson finished the tournament with 158 strokes to take home the champion title and her first win of the year.

The runner-up honors went to Ava Johnsen from Mount Prospect, IL. With two birdies, Ava brought in scores of 85 and 88, totaling 173 strokes. Johnsen ranked in the Top 50 players of HJGT point rankings. Taylor Bush from Mokena, IL, finishes up in the top three honors with a scorecard of 176 strokes. 

To finish off a great tournament, Nicha Chaosaowapa from Chicago, IL, was crowned champion of the girls under 13 division. This was Nicha’s second tournament and second win of the year. She ended the tournament with scores of 86 and 94 for a final score of 180.

The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) was founded in 2007 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 8-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment.

The tour’s vision is to provide superb hospitality and make every event a memorable one.

With play open to both males and females, nearly every junior golfer is eligible to participate in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Currently, the HJGT is the largest multi-day junior golf tour in the United States, hosting more 2-day nationally ranked events than any other tour.

The HJGT has been able to achieve this goal by running the most professional events and providing exceptional value to all of our players and families over the last 15 years.

Based out of Orlando, FL, the HJGT administers events all across the country. In 2023, the HJGT will conduct events in:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Canada.

Juniors will compete in 1 of 6 divisions which are: Boys 16-18, Boys 14-15, Boys 11-13, Boys under 10, Girls 14-18, and Girls Under 13.

Memberships for the 2023 season start at $259.
The HJGT season is based on a calendar year, and players earn points throughout the season towards year-end honors beginning December 31, 2023.

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