From Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the Orange County National Junior Open at Orange County National Golf Club in Winter Garden, FL. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from six divisions that included the Tiger Woods Division Boys 16-18, Will Smith Division Boys 14-15, Ernie Els Division Boys 11-13, Bryson DeChambeau Division Boys 10 and Under, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
It was a very tight race in the Tiger Woods Division, but Bradley Hull of Windermere, FL took the top spot with 144 strokes. Just two strokes behind him, there was a two-way tie for second. Lucas Cena of Winter Garden, FL and Chase Gullikson of Orlando, FL finished with 146 strokes each.
It was another close call in the Will Smith Division, but Xirong Cheng of Bradenton, FL earned the gold with 146 strokes. One stroke behind him fell second-place finisher Chih Yu Lin of New Taipei, Taiwan with 147 strokes. Michael Thomas of Lutz, FL rounded out the division just two strokes behind Lin.
Leading off the Ernie Els Division is Shawn Coultoff of Winter Garden, FL, as he finished out the two-day tournament with 145 strokes. The silver medal went to Ryan Banas of Winnetka, IL with 148 strokes. Jiacheng Xu of Winter Garden, FL earned the final spot on the podium with 153 strokes.
It was a close call in the Justin Timberlake Division, but Mi Li of Orlando, FL gave it her all, as she captured the first-place title with 149 strokes. Carla Alvarez Perez of Panama earned the silver, as she finished just one stroke shy of Li. There was a two-way tie for third, as Caroline Nemes of Orlando, FL and Alise Knudson of East Greenwich, RI rounded out the division as they both finished just one stroke shy of the second-place finisher.
The champion of the Justin Rose Division was the one and only Menglu Zhu of Beijing, China, as she finished with a competitive two-day total of 150 strokes. There was a tie for second, as Sammy Chao of Orlando, FL and Elan Zhang of Orlando, FL each finished with 161 strokes.
Boys 10 Under
Staying consistent throughout the weekend was key for Santiago Navarro of Caracas, FL to earn the gold in the Bryson DeChambeau division. Camilo Quast of Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles earned the silver with 235 strokes.