Saketh Hegde successfully defends his title and wins the 2018 Aliv Grand Bahama Junior Open

“Saketh Hegde successfully defends his title and emerges as the champion of the 2018 Aliv Grand Bahama Junior Open.” “Ashley Michel captures the 2018 Grand Bahama Junior Open Flag in a one hole playoff”

The Grand Bahama Junior Open was successful with two winners emerging, one as the back to back Grand Bahama Junior Open Champion (Saketh Hegde) and one as the “Capture the Flag” winner (Ashley Michel).

Mr. Lou Parker, chair of the Northern Junior Division said “The Northern junior division of the Bahamas Golf Federation was proud to host the Aliv Grand Bahama Junior Open. The turnout was great, and we want to thank the sponsors especially Aliv, who helped to make the event great. We look forward to hosting this event next year.”

The Grand Bahama Junior Open Champion

Saketh Hegde emerged as the Grand Bahama Junior Open carding scores of 79-79. The weather conditions were favorable, and the golfers in the 18 & Under division made it an exciting event. This is Saketh’s second win this year, and looks promising to continue his steady play. Saketh is happy to have defended his title and looks forward to making it a three-peat win in 2019.

The Flag

Every event, we have tournament flags, which the kids sign. At the end of the event, the low scorer for the event takes home one of the flags, one flag is held for the event sponsor, and the final flag is retained by Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy and The Front 9.

Capturing the Event Flag with a score of 82-76 is Ashley Michel. This is her third flag for 2018. We will all be watching to see if our player with the lowest scoring average will be the winner of the most flags and our 2018 Player of the Year.

Our thanks goes out to:

· Aliv - Our Title Sponsor for the event

· The Paint Fair- Snacks & Drinks

· Zorbas - Lunch

· Max Russell and the staff at the Reef Golf Club at Our Lucaya

· Parents and volunteers for making another event a huge success

· The Front 9 Tour Sponsors (Abaco Insurance Agency, Aquapure, Bahamas First Insurance, Breezes Bahamas, Brice & Newball Foundation, Corner Bank, EFG Bank, Marcos Pizza, Nutrament, & Royal Fidelity Bank)

The top three finishers in each division are:

8 & Under

Michael Knowles (1st Place)

Chemari Pratt (2nd Place)

Kamaya Burnside (3rd Place)

10 & Under

Rhan Miller (1st Place)

Alexander Knowles (2nd Place)

Percival Richardson (3rd Place)

13 & Under

Matthew Deveaux (1st Place)

Adrian Stan-Busuioc (2nd Place)

Zion Taylor (3rd Place)

18 & Under

Ashley Michel (1st Place)

Saketh Hegde (2nd Place)

Xavier Robinson (3rd Place)

Check out the full results by downloading the app: The Front 9.

The next event is the Brice & Newball Foundation Junior Shootout. This will be held Lyford Cay Golf Club on June 16th.

If you have a junior golfer between the ages of 6-18 and they are interested in playing our events, please let them contact us through the app or send an email to

The Front 9 is dedicated to ensuring that our junior golfers have a full tournament schedule and other opportunities to succeed in the first half of their golf lives. The tour has events being played at all courses in The Bahamas including, Abaco, Freeport, Exuma, and Nassau.


Follow the juniors by:

1. Download “The Front 9” app on your Apple or Android device.

2. website under the events tab.

3. website under their Junior Golf tab.

4. Check out and type in the search bar “The Front 9.”


If you are interested in volunteering as a scoring marshal, please contact Coach G at 828-4653.

Hope to see all junior golfers there! Thank you Aliv!

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