It was the annual trek through Delaware for the Philadelphia Section PGA’s Junior Tour, which included three courses over three days in a Junior Golf Scoreboard Mizuno Rehoboth Beach Series event as well as winners crowned at each individual event and a local qualifier for the Junior Tour’s Junior PGA Championship sectional qualifier.
The series included stops at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, Del. Tuesday, Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Del. Wednesday and the Bayside Resort Golf & Country Club in Selbyville, Del. Thursday.
Jack Halleron of Timonium, Md. breezed to the series crown in the 16-to-18 division with rounds of even-par 72 at the 6,502-yard, par-72 Cripple Creek layout, a 3-over 75 at the 6,455-yard, par-72 Bear Trap Dunes course and a 2-over 74 at the 6,289-yard, par-72 Bayside Resort course for a 221 total.
Devin Sanders of Camden, Del. claimed second at 232, Nathaniel Hiriak of Doylestown and Joseph Centeno of Flourtown finished in a tie for third at 235, Brady Erb of Conestoga was fifth at 240, Jacob Suder of Greencastle was sixth at 243, Cameron Arnold of Coopersburg was seventh at 245, Timothy Chaykosky Jr. of Ambler was eighth at 251 and Dylan Sterlacci of Downingtown was ninth at 254.
The series winner in the 13-to-15 division was Nikita Romanov of Wilmington, Del., who had an 87 at Cripple Creek, a 2-under 70 at Bear Trap Dunes and a 3-over 75 Bayside Resort for a 232 total.
Nicholas Covey of Easton, Md. finished second at 254, Roy Anderson of Chadds Ford was third at 263, Nathan Lutz of Middletown, Del. was fourth at 263 and Aidan Letendre of Gwynedd Valley was fifth at 297.
The series winner in the girls 16-to-18 division was Casey Oppenheimer of Conshohocken, who opened with a 98 at Cripple Creek and added a 77 at Bear Trap Dunes and an 88 at Bayside Resort for a 263 total.
Briana Hocker of Warminster finished second at 298 and Sera McClintock of West Chester finished third at 370.
Hannah Lydic of Ocean View, Del. was the only player among the nine-holers to tee it up all three days, carding rounds of 46 at Cripple Creek, 43 at Bear Trap Dunes and 40 at Bayside Resort for a 129 total.
Halleron, who had won the 16-to-18 division in the Rehoboth Junior Open Monday, made it two wins in as many days when his even-par 72 took top honors at Cripple Creek. Sanders was second, a shot back at 73, and Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md. finished third with a 74.
Morgan Lofland of Paoli won the 13-to-15 title at Cripple Creek with an 80, Logan Hess of Willow Street finished second with an 82 and Alex Mulrooney of Wilmington, Del. took third with an 84.
Grace Stillman of Lancaster topped the field in the girls 16-to-18 division in a match of scorecards with Molly Holbert of Mechanicsburg after each carded an 89. Oppenheimer took third with a 98.
Among the nine-holers, Bret Bergey of Downingtown led the way with a 42. Matthew Homer of Wilmington, Del. finished second with a 45, Lydic was third with a 46, Will Slavik of Middletown, Del. and Evan Barbin of Elkton, Md. were tied for fourth at 47, Maceo Giampietro of Malvern was sixth at 48, Anthony Ciconte and Jeffrey Homer, both of Wilmington, Del., were tied for seventh at 49 and Joey Suarez of Downingtown was ninth at 71.
Powderly, while not competing in all three series events, had the best round of the week, a spectacular 5-under 67 that gave him the 16-to-18 division title at Bear Trap Dunes. Hiriak was second with a 71 and Chaykosky took third with a 73.
Romanov won the 13-to-15 division with a 2-under 70. Covey finished second with a 77 and Zak Summy of Media finished third with a 78.
Oppenheimer won the girls 16-to-18 division with a 77, one shot better than Stillman’s 78.
Cristea Park of Blue Bell won the 13-to-15 division with an 85. Olivia Schwandt of Wilmington, Del. was the runnerup with a 93.
Lydic was the only competitor among the nine-holers and carded a 43.
Centeno carded a 1-over 73 to take top honors in the 16-to-18 division at Bayside Resort. Halleron was a shot back in second with a 74, Suder was third with a 75 and Arnold was fourth with a 76.
Romanov won the 13-to-15 division with a 75, Jacob Zeng, a Downingtown resident and a freshman at Episcopal Academy, finished second with an 80 and Christopher Skean of Kennett Square was third with an 82.
Oppenheimer won the girls 16-to-18 division with an 88 with Hocker the runnerup at 98.
Park won the girls 13-to-15 division with a 91. Lily Yang of West Chester finished second with a 92 and Schwandt took third with a 95.
Lydic was the only competitor among the nine-holers and carded a 40.
The boys who earned a trip to the sectional qualifier for the Junior PGA Championship are Centeno, Halleron, Suder, Romanov, Arnold, Matthew Bricker of York, Hiriak, Erb, Sanders, Kevin Scherr of Nazareth, Andrew Forjan of York and Hayden Rousselle of Doylestown.
The boys sectional qualifier will be held July 11 at Whitford Country Club while the sectional qualifier for the girls and nine-holers will be July 11 LuLu Country Club.