From Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour held the PGA National Junior Open at PGA National Resort in West Palm Beach, FL. The tournament was made up of a 36-hole, two-day format and the field was made from all 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 Boys 10 and Under, Justin Timberlake Division Girls 14-18, and the Justin Rose Division Girls 13 and Under.
Tiger Woods Boys 16-18
Alexis Valenzuela of Albany, Bahamas was on fire this weekend, as he finished with 142 strokes. This caused him to become to champion of the Tiger Woods Division. Five strokes behind him was second-place finisher Yuya Eguchi of Port St. Lucie, FL with 147 strokes. Just one stroke behind Eguchi, there was a two-way tie for the bronze. Hank Schaefer of Orlando, FL and Shutaro Umeuchi of Port St. Lucie, FL finished with 148 strokes each.
Will Smith Boys 14-15
The top spot on the podium in the Will Smith Division went to Max Jelinek of Port St. Lucie, FL with 145 strokes. Andres Atrio of Coral Gables, FL earned the silver just three strokes shy of the gold. Rounding out the division was Alexander Dalmau of Coral Gables, Fl with 153 strokes.
Ernie Els 11-13
It was a tough race in the Ernie Els Division, as there was a champion and a two-way tie for second, just two strokes behind him. Phillip Dunham of Jacksonville, FL was the champion as he finished with 149 strokes. Matvey Golovanov of Boca Raton, FL and Brayden Jenard of Wellington, FL finished with 151 strokes each.
Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18
There was a competitive field in the Justin Timberlake Division as there was a champion and a four-way tie for the silver. Anne Fernandez of Albany, Bahamas earned the gold with 142 strokes. Margaret Fernandez of Albany, Bahamas, Anika Richards of Fernandina Beach, FL Kiley Malmberg of Jupiter, FL and Vilda Westh Blanc of Wartrace, TN all finished with 152 strokes each.
Justin Rose Girls U13
There was another close call in the Justin Rose Division but Madison Moman of Palm Beach Gardens, FL earned the gold as she finished out the tournament with 148 strokes. Just one stroke behind her fell silver medalist Morgan Rodriguez of Delray Beach, FL with 149 strokes. Gabriella DeGasperis of Briarcliff Manor, NY took the final spot on the podium, with 154 strokes.
Boys 10 Under
The Bryson DeChambeau Division was no match for Ethan Ranney of Wellington, FL. He finished out the tournament with 183 strokes.