Florida Junior at RedTail

SORRENTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club was nothing short of exciting this past weekend. Though the tough wind conditions, the participants battled through and competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

All Champions Trophy

The Boys 15-19 Division had an outstanding three way tie for first place. Luke Northwood of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Jose Haces of Puebla, Mexico, all shot a 3-under, 141. With a playoff between the three boys, Haces, took the win with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

“The course had really nice greens and were rolling great all weekend. I played very good over the weekend, round one was one of my best rounds of my life, and I shot 2-under par, 70. In the playoff I played great. I was able to hit a great drive and put the ball on the green with a chance for birdie and the win. I made a great read and hit the putt perfect,” said Haces.

Jose Haces Trophy (1)

 In the Girls Division, each top three were within one stroke of one another. Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, shot an astonishing total of 6-over, 151.  Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, came in second by one stroke after having the first day lead. She shot a total of 151. Alyssa Mercado of Bradenton, Fla., finished the Florida Open with a total of 152.

The winner of the Girls Division, Gonzalez took some time to reflect on her round;


“The course was tough, the wind played a lot into my decision making but I was able to manage it and control my game. This weekend putting was the strongest part of my game. Coming into today I knew it would be a long day and I wanted to stay calm and focus on the things I could control, and not the other girl’s scores,” commented Gonzalez.

Ximena Gonzalez Trophy


Five boys competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Jason Duff of Elkton, Fla., kept it consistent shooting 74 for both days, a total of 148. AJ Cavotta of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., had a great second round shooting 77, for a total of 168. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, also tied Cavotta for second place with a total of 168.

“I played well. Putting was not spectacular but, I was able to recover very well with my iron play and put myself in good positions to make good scores. The wind did not affect my game to much this weekend, being from Florida, I am use to playing in windy conditions so I was mentally prepared for it. My best club this weekend was driver, I put myself in great spots off the tee,” said Duff.

 Jason Duff Trophy

The IJGT also recognize the  Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.
Luke Northwood – 68
Ximena Gonzalez – 72

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season in Savannah, Ga., with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 27-28, 2016. This is one of the IJGT Major Championships. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

SORRENTO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 14, 2016. The weather was as followed:

Saturday – Sunny 65 degrees with 10-15 mph
Sunday – Sunny 55 degrees with 5-10 mph
 Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,700 yards, Par 72 (72.7/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees –5,989 yards, Par 72 (69.5/122) Girls Division: White Tees –5,734 yards, Par 72 (74.2/130).

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,700 Yards, Par 72

1. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *70-71–141

2. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *70-71–141

2. Luke Northwood, Howey In The Hills, FL *73-68–141

4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-69–142

5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *69-75–144

6. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *74-71–145

6. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *73-72–145

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146

9. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *73-75–148

9. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *73-75–148

11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *75-74–149

12. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *76-75–151

13. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *78-75–153

13. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *78-75–153

13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *74-79–153

13. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *73-80–153

17. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *79-75–154

18. Brandon Wehrle, Findlay, OH *77-78–155

19. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *78-78–156

20. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *77-80–157

20. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *76-81–157

20. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *76-81–157

20. Simone Colozza, Rome, Italy *75-82–157

20. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *82-75–157

25. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-77–158

26. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *80-79–159

26. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-81–159

26. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-74–159

29. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *80-80–160

29. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *83-77–160

31. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *79-82–161

32. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *78-84–162

33. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *85-78–163

34. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *86-78–164

35. Trevor Madredejos, St. Augustine, Fl *80-85–165

35. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-84–165

37. Alex Hellewell, Howey in the Hills, FL *89-77–66

37. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-82–166

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *82-84–166

40. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *80-87–167

41. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *88-83–171

42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-81–172

43. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *81-92–173

44. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *86-94–180

45. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *89-98–187

46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

47. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194

48. Cole Ohlrich, Findlay, OH *103-93–196

49. Preston Haugh, Alexandria, VA *114-115–229


Girls Division, White Tees, 5,734 Yards, Par 72

1. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *78-72–150

2. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *72-79–151

3. Alyssa Mercado, Bradenton, FL *77-75–152

4. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *85-75–160

5. Jenny Kim, Heathrow, FL *79-86–165

6. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *89-81–170

7. Lisa Colee, DeLand, FL *87-92–179

8. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-92–181

8. Kayla Li, Lake Mary, FL *87-94–181

10. Serina Li, Lake Mary, FL *104-108–212

11. Morgan Stephens, Sanford, FL *137-127–264




Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72

1. Jason Duff, Elkton, FL *74-74–148

2. AJ Cavotta, Saratoga Springs, NY *91-77–168

2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *78-90–168

4. Nicholas Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *87-89–176

5. Joshua Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *97-88–185