On Saturday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12, 2018, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour hosted the Southeast Regional Invitational in St. Augustine, Florida. The two-day, thirty-six-hole event held at the World Golf Village - Slammer & Squire 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, Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 Division, Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division, and the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division.
Noah Zediker of Panama City, Florida claimed the title in the Tiger Woods Boys 16-18 Division after totaling +5 at the end of the two days. He made 6 birdies and led his playing field for the lowest scoring average at 74.5. Pablo Saenz Avila of Bogota, Colombia finished just one shot behind Noah at +6 resulting in his second-place finish. There was a three-way tie for third-place as Ryan O'Neil (Waxhaw, NC), Will Spivey (Douglas, GA), and James Ballato (Fernandina Beach, FL) all made 151 strokes through the thirty-six holes to finish at +7.
Michael Wu came out on top in the Will Smith Boys 14-15 Division play-off against Oni Martin following their tying +3 totals at the end of the thirty-six holes. As a result, Oni, of Orlando, placed second in the tournament. Michael and Oni both tied for the longest birdie or better streak (2) and the lowest scoring average (73.5)Third-place finisher, AJ Ford, of Atlanta, Georgia made 153 strokes to finish at +9.
It was a fight to the finish in the Ernie Els Boys 11-13 Division as Gavin Fleming and Brett Moore continued into a playoff after both totaling +3 after the thirty-six holes. Gavin (St. Augustine) came out on top in the playoff, resulting in Brett's (Hollywood, FL) second-place finish. Both tied for the most birdies (5), the lowest scoring average (73.5), and a Par-3 average (3.1). As for third-place, there was another tie, because Sam Brown (Boca Raton) and Tymon (Langting) Sun (Windermere) both made 152 strokes over the course of the two days to total +8.
Competition was high in the Justin Timberlake Girls 14-18 Division as Sierra Fink (Canton, GA) and Meghna Grover (Duluth, GA) both totaled +3 at the end of the thirty-six. With that said, Sierra came out on top in the playoff resulting in Meghna's second-place finish. She had a Par-3 average of 2.9 and a birdie or better streak of 2. She led her playing field with the most birdies (6) and tied Meghna for the lowest scoring average (73.5). Ava Marano of Jupiter, Florida placed third after making 149 strokes through the two days to total +5.
In the Justin Rose Girls U13 Division, it was West Palm Beach's Staci Pla who was victorious with her +17 total. She led her playing field with the most birdies (5), the longest birdie or better streak (2), and the lowest scoring average (80.5). Second-place finisher was Sritha Vemuri of Lake Mary, Florida who totaled +20 at the end of the two rounds. Elle Webber of Huntsville, Alabama placed third after making 173 strokes for a +29 finish.
Boys 10 Under
The Bryson DeChambeau Boys U10 tournament champion was Graden Lomax of Lutz, Florida who totaled +10. He made 1 birdie and led his playing field with the lowest scoring average at 77. Miles Russell of Jacksonville Beach, finished just one stroke behind Graden at +11, resulting in his second-place finish. Third-place finisher Alexander Kaufman of Sarasota, Florida made 157 strokes to finish at +13 on the weekend.