On Saturday, August 4 – Monday, August 6, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the HJGT Summer World Championship in Winter Garden, Florida. The three-day, fifty-four-hole event held on both the Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses of Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge consisted of players from all six of our divisions including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division. The first-place winner in each age group has won the opportunity to meet their division ambassador.
Morgan Tournemire of Delray Beach, Florida captured the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division after totaling -4 allowing him the opportunity to meet Tiger. He made 11 birdies, had a Par-3 average of 2.9, and the lowest scoring average in his playing field of 70.7. Pablo Saenz Avila of Bogota completed the fifty-four holes at -2 to place second. Third-place finisher was Matthew Soucinek of Lake City, Florida who made 215 total strokes to result in his -1 finish at the end of the tournament.
Brian Park will be spending a day with Boys 14-15 Division Ambassador, Will Smith after winning the tournament with his -3 total. He made 13 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 71. Second-place finisher, Alex Song of Ocoee, FL had his best round on Monday (70) which helped him finish at +5. Kevin Rodriguez of Punta Cana placed third after making 224 strokes through the fifty-four holes to finish at +8.
Our Boys 11-13 Division Ambassador, Ernie Els, will have the pleasure of meeting Chapman Barnett who won the division with his -6 total. The Duluth, GA native made 12 birdies and led his playing field with the lowest Par-3 average (2.9) and the lowest scoring average (70).Palm Beach's Rafe Cochran placed second as he finished E at the end of the three day tournament. Third-place finisher was Andrew Reyes of Kathleen, GA who made 220 strokes for a +4 finish.
Jacksonville's Celeste Valinho gets to meet Justin Timberlake, the Girls 14-18 Division ambassador, after winning the tournament with her impressive three-day total of -7. She led her playing field with the most birdies (15), the lowest Par-3 average (2.9), and the lowest scoring average (69.7). Second-place finsher, Yue Zhang of Orlando completed the rounds with a -3 total. There was a four-way tie for third-place as Mary Kate Smith (Melbourne, FL), Arlynn Spence (Lakeland, FL), Alyssa Mercado (Lake Mary, FL), and Jordyn Hodgson (Orlando, FL) all made 228 strokes over the course of the fifty-four holes to finish at +12.
Ariana Carvalho of Windermere, Florida walked away with the title and a meet-and-greet, with her division ambassador, in the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division after shooting +15. She made 2 birdies, had the lowest scoring average in her playing field (77), and tied for the longest birdie or better streak (2) and the lowest Par-3 average (3.2). Vilda Westh-Blanc of Bell Buckle, Tennessee finished the tournament in second-place, resulting from her +17 completion through the fifty-four holes. Third-place finisher was Sabree Lefebvre of Tallahassee who made 234 strokes for a +18 finish.
Boys 10 Under
Mi Yiduo of Nanjing won the Boys U10 Division with his three-day total of +13 which means that he will meet his division ambassador, Bryson DeChambeau. He led his playing field with the most birdies (6), the lowest Par-3 average (3.0), and the lowest scoring average (76.3). Second-place finisher, Colby Baran of Wading River, New York totaled 245 strokes throughout the fifty-four holes to finish at +29. William Sanders of Gray, Tennessee totaled +34 with 250 strokes at the end of the tournament to claim the third-place spot.