On Saturday May 12 – Sunday May 13, 2018 The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the North Florida Junior Open at The Golf Club at Fleming Island in Orange Park, Florida. 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, Boys Under 10 Division, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18 and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Noah Zediker from Panama City, Florida cruised to an easy victory this past weekend after shooting scores of 73-75 for a two day total of 148. Right behind him in second place was Cameron Meek from West Palm Beach, Florida. Meek shot 81-79 for a two day total of 160. Lastly we have Tysson Sangermano from Lincoln, Rhode Island who was in second place after round one, but dropped to third after a final round 88. Sangermano's first round of 76 was good enough to secure his third place finish.
In the Will Smith Division, William Masuhr from Bradenton, Florida was able to solidify his victory by 5 shots. Masuhr's 75-78 was consistent enough to take home the victory and secure his first win of the season. In second place, Michael Bell from Bradenton, Florida improved by 6 shots from his first round 82 making a charge for the second place finish. Coming in third place was Daiki Taniguchi. Taniguchi shot rounds of 85-75 for a total of 160. He improved his score by 10 shots which was the best of the weekend.
Erik Plenge of Lima, Peru finished in first place in the Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13. Plenge finished with a two-day total score of 145 (77-68). Asher Joseph of Melbourne, Florida came in second place with a two-day total score of 149 (75-74). Frank Bellino of Putnam Valley, New York finished in third place with a two-day total score of 155 (77-78).
Celeste Valinho of Jacksonville, Florida finished in first place after shooting 72-73 for a two day total of 145. Scarlet Weidig came in second place with a two-day total score of 154 (76-78). Monica Abiwardani (83-79) and Mizuho Amesaka (81-81) both tied for third place honors with a two day total of 162.
In the Girls Under 13 Justin Rose Division, Staci Pla of West Palm Beach, Florida finished in first place with a two-day total score of 170 (81-89). Yuting Dai came in second place with a two-day total score of 176 (86-90). Yuhan Zheng of finished in third place with a two-day total score of 155 (77-78).
Boys 10 Under
Jeremiah Smith took home the victory in the Boys U10 division shooting rounds of 92-89 for a two day total of 181. This is his first win of the season and has not finished out of the top 5 yet. His recent move to Florida may scare others in his division since he was in the top 10 points earners in 2017.