On Wednesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Lake Nona Junior Classic presented by Lou Holtz in Orlando, Florida. The two-day, thirty-six-hole course played at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club 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, Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
In the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Matthew Soucinek of Lake City, Florida, took home the victory after shooting 150 strokes (+6). He made 5 birdies and had the lowest scoring average in his playing field at 75. Jacksonville, Florida’s Tommy Bishop made the most birdies (9) and shot 152 strokes (+8) through the thirty-six holes to finish second. Third-place finisher was Coleman Barnes of Lake Mary, Florida who finished +12.
Kyo Morishita of Japan captured the title in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division with a two-day total of +4 with 148 strokes. He made 7 birdies and had a scoring average of 74, the lowest in his division. There was a tie for second-place between Chase Gullikson (Orlando, Florida) and Patrick McCann (Tallahassee, Florida) who both had a low scoring average of 74.5 and shot 149 strokes for a +5 finish. McCann made the most birdies in his playing field (8), while Gullikson had the lowest Par 3 average (2.9) in his field.
Cooper Claycomb of Bowling Green, Kentucky’s -3 performance on Thursday helped him take home the first-place trophy in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division. He finished the tournament at +2 (146 strokes), made 5 birdies, and tied for the longest birdie or better streak (2). Nicholas Gross of Downingtown, Pennsylvania finished second with a two-day total of 149 strokes (+5). Third-place finisher was Aaron Dewitt of Winter Haven, Florida who finished with 150 strokes for a +6 finish.
South Korea’s Deborah Chang captured the first-place title in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as she finished E after the two-day tournament. She made 7 birdies and led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (72) and the longest birdie or better streak (2). Second-place finisher, Haylie Turnquest of Loxahatchee, Florida finished at +5 with 149 strokes. Turnquest made the most birdies (8) and tied Chang for the lowest Par 3 average in their division (3). There was a three-way tie for third-place as Emily McLatchey (Winter Park, Florida), Minny Byun (Bradenton, Florida), and Sarah Scott (Oviedo, Florida) all completed the thirty-six holes with a total stroke count of 153 for a +9 finish.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, Sammy Chao of Orlando, Florida took home the victory as a result of her 152 (+8) performance. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (76), the most birdies (5), the longest birdie or better streak (2), and the lowest Par 3 average (3.2). Second-place finisher, Lindsay McGrath of Canada shot 169 strokes (+25) through the thirty-six holes. Sifat Sayal of Winter Garden, Florida finished third with a two-day total of 176 strokes for a +32 finish.
Boys 10 Under
In the Boys U10 Division, Luis Cortes of Puerto Rico was victorious as he finished +21 with 165 strokes. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average of 82.5. Connor Brummitt of Abingdon, Virginia finished second with 174 strokes for a +30 finish through the thirty-six holes. Both Cortes and Brummitt tied for the most birdies as they each made 1.