From Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Chateau Elan Junior Open at the Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, GA. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from six divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Bryson DeChambeau Division Boys Under 10, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
Leading off the Tiger Woods Division this past weekend was Nathan Kraynyk of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with 151 strokes. Michael Hauer of Naples, FL earned second place, with 154 strokes. Rounding out the podium was a two-way tie for third. Jonathan Xoinis of Chattanooga, TN and Mason Dean of Duluth, GA finished just one stroke behind Hauer.
Billy Abdow of Duluth, GA captured the first-place finish in the Will Smith Division with a 2-day total of 150 strokes. With solid play both days, Abdow was able to hold off second place finisher, Zachary Ong of Scarsdale, NY, by only one stroke. Just one stroke shy of second was Ken Shibata of Faribault, MN.
In the Ernie Els Division, Tip Price of Greenville, SC took the first-place trophy with a two-day total of 149. With solid play in both rounds, Price was able to hold off Anthony Purcea of Buford, GA and Rohan Gopaldas of Suwanee, GA, who finished with 151 and 155 strokes respectively.
Susana Olivares of Guadalajara, Mexico won first place in the Justin Timberlake Division with a two-day total of 142 strokes. Romina Villanueva of Mexico City, Mexico earned the silver trophy with 148 strokes. Rounding out the division was a three-way tie for third. Iris Cao of Duluth, GA, Michelle Cao of Duluth, GA and Morgan Jones of Auburn, AL finished with 151 strokes each.
Kate Ha of Auburn, AL was the champion of the Justin Rose Division, as she finished with 162 strokes. It was a tight race for second, but Zoe Duval of Cumming, GA earned the silver trophy with 167 strokes. Right behind her was Camryn Coffield of Hamilton, GA, finishing with 168 strokes.
Boys 10 Under
In the Bryson DeChambeau Division, Cooper Smith of Jasper, GA took home the title by shooting a 36-hole total of 16. He maintained a 4-stroke victory over Xeve Perez of Evans, GA, who took home the silver trophy.