On Monday, June 11 – Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Northeast Florida Junior Open in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The two-day, 36-hole tournament that took place at Marsh Landing Country Club consisted of golfers from five divisions, including the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division, Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division, Boys U10 Division, and the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division.
Tamerlan Bashikov of Bradenton, Florida captured the victory in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division after a two-day total of 147 (+3). He made 5 birdies and had the lowest scoring average in his field of 73.5. Cole Miller of Tallahassee, Florida, finished even on Tuesday and made 6 birdies (the most in playing field) to help him take second-place in the tournament for a total of +7. Third-place finisher was Noah Cone, of Bradenton, Florida, who finished with a total of 157 strokes (+13).
In the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division, Kyo Morishita of Hyougo, Japan was the first-place champion after finishing +3 with 147 strokes. He led the playing field with the lowest scoring average (73.5), most birdies (5), and tied for the longest birdie or better streak (2). Shoichiro Sakamoto of Bradenton, Florida finished second after tying Morishita for the longest birdie or better streak (2) to contribute to a two-day total of +10. Jacksonville, Florida’s Adam Vermut was the third-place finisher with a total of +11 through thirty-six holes.
Sho Suzuki of Bradenton, Florida was victorious in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division after finishing +19 with 163 strokes. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (81.5) and the most birdies (1). Second-place finisher was Nicholas Farraye of St. Augustine, Florida who finished +24 (168). Carlos Heinsen of Santo Domingo, Florida finished third at +30 after the thirty-six holes.
Deborah Chang of Seoul, South Korea, captured the title in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division finishing at +1. She led her playing field with the lowest scoring average (72.5) and the most birdies (5). Handa (Ying Xian) Liu of Bradenton, Florida placed second with a two-day total of +13. Third-place finisher was Minny Byun of Bradenton, Florida who shot 163 through thirty-six holes for a +19 finish.
Boys 10 Under
The Boys U10 Division’s first-place finisher was Miles Russell of Jacksonville Beach, Florida who finished +12. He led his playing field with the lowest scoring average (78) and the lowest Par 3 average (3.4). Jeremiah Smith of Viera, Florida finished second with a two-day total of 190 for a +46 finish. Both Russell and Smith made 2 birdies.