From Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Jekyll Island Junior Open at Jekyll Island Golf Club in Jekyll Island, GA. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from five divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
It was a close call in the Tiger Woods Division, but Jay Nimmo of Benton, KY ended up on top with 142 strokes. Just one stroke behind him was second-place finisher Mason Kleinlein of Statesboro, GA with 143 strokes. Rounding out the division was James Ballato of Fernandina Beach, FL, who finished just two strokes behind Kleinlein.
In the Will Smith Division, Marshall Butler of Macon, GA earned the gold by finishing with 147 strokes. Right behind him was Lee Smith of Waycross, GA, with 149 strokes. Ryan Porterfield of Cumming, GA earned the last spot on the podium with 153 strokes.
Leading off the Ernie Els Division was Gavin Fleming of Saint Augustine, FL, with 144 strokes. Just two strokes shy of the gold was Trace Carter of Blackshear, GA. Nolan Harper of Saint Augustine, FL earned the bronze, as he finished two strokes behind the second-place finisher.
Shooting 77 the first day and improving to 71 the second day caused Christian Williams of Tallapoosa, GA to win first place in the Justin Timberlake division. Christina Surcey of Cartersville, GA earned second, with 155 strokes. Madison Logan of Brasstown, NC took the last spot on the podium, as she finished with 158 strokes.
Mary Miller of Savannah, GA was on her game this weekend, as she finished with 72 the first round and 69 the second. This caused her to be the champion of the Justin Rose Division. Shelby Clark of Portal, GA earned second with 158 strokes. Lorenza Hernandez of Florida earned third by finishing with 175 strokes.