IJGT Photo of the Week – December 21-22

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22, 2013. This was the first tournament the IJGT has ever hosted in the state of Louisiana, and it could not have occurred at a better venue. TPC Louisiana has hosted the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic for eight years and is one of the best tests of golf the state has to offer. This week’s Photo of the Week went to Alexander Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Thaller Putt2

Thaller finished in second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total score of 130 including a 40 in the final round which was the second best score of the day regardless of division. Conditions were very challenging and being able to bounce back like Thaller did is what all great competitors do. His final round included five pars and no scores worse than bogey in the rainy conditions. This is Thaller’s best finish in an IJGT tournament after he finished in seventh place back over Labor Day Weekend in the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club. We look forward to seeing Thaller in more IJGT tournaments in the future.

IJGT Player of the Week – December 21-22

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22, 2013. This was the first tournament the IJGT has ever hosted in the state of Louisiana, and it could not have occurred at a better venue. TPC Louisiana has hosted the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic for eight years and is one of the best tests of golf the state has to offer. This week’s Player of the Week honors went to Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., and Angelica Harris of Harvey, La.

The weather played a prominent role in the tournament as high winds of 25+mph ruled the first 18 holes. On the final round of the Event, rain and thunderstorms forced the competition to be shortened to just nine holes.

Lambert Tee Shot1Lambert displayed the best all-around game over the weekend as he went to post a tournament-low score of 120 over the 27 holes and win the Boys 14 & Under Division. Lambert’s first round got off to a shaky start, but he was able to bounce back after a 45 and record an even-par 36 on the back-nine to finish with an 81. During the final round, the weather again was not cooperative with the players, but Lambert found a way to post a solid 39 to secure his victory. This was Lambert’s first IJGT Event.

Harris Tee Shot1

 

 

In the Girls Division, Harris lead from start to finish and never looked back. Coming in as the favorite to win the tournament she built a 12-stroke lead after the first round. Things got off to a slow start, but Harris finished strong playing her last seven holes in 1-over-par including two birdies. She was up to the challenge in the final round as well even with the terrible weather. Harris avoided any large numbers on her card to take home her first IJGT title. She had played in two previous tournaments finishing third place in 2012 at Callaway Gardens.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

Meyers wins shortened IJGT Junior

Harris and Lambert take home titles at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana where a field of talented junior golfers competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The tournament was held at TPC Louisiana which hosts the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. Weather ruled the tournament as winds of over 25 mph during the first round push scores higher and rain and thunderstorms during the final round forced the tournament to be shortened to 27 holes.

Meyers TrophyWilliam Meyers of Baton Rouge, La., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division after carding an impressive 3-over-par 39 during the final round.  Meyers trailed Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., by four strokes coming into the final round of play. Primeaux recorded a score of 43 on the front nine at TPC Louisiana to finish with a total score of 124 which was identical to Meyers. By the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf the tournament was decided via a scorecard-playoff because the course was unplayable. The deciding factor were the last nine holes of the event giving Meyers his first IJGT title.

“I looked at the weather this morning and I knew par was going to be my friend with the rain…try and get as many greens in regulations as possible,” commented Meyers.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Will Dufour of Gretna, La., with a tournament total of 128.

Lambert TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division was not as closely contested as the older boys division with Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., winning in convincing fashion. Lambert began the tournament with a shaky front-nine score of 45, but quickly rebounded with an even-par 36 on the back nine including seven consecutive pars to finish his round. He took a six-stroke lead going into the final round and never looked back.

“I just wanted to play my game and take it from there. I really didn’t want to think about it (the lead),” said Lambert.

Even with the rain during the final round, Lambert was able to manage his way around the front nine in 39 strokes giving him a 10-stroke victory. His total score of 120 was the lowest of the tournament regardless of division.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Wondell Smith of New Orleans, La., and Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with tournament totals of 130.

Harris TrophyThe Girls Division at TPC Louisiana was won by Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., after she recorded a tournament total of 131. Harris took control in the first round as she built a 12-stroke cushion going into the final day of play. Her round was highlighted by two birdies on her back nine, and five total pars on the day. The final round looked to be a battle as fellow competitor Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J., played her first five holes in 1-under-par, but Harris played the last four holes of the front nine in 1-over-par to clinch the victory in the rain-shortened event. This was Harris’s first IJGT victory in three attempts.

“My mindset was to play steady all day and try to make par, and not try to make big mistakes…especially at a course like TPC (Louisiana),” commented Harris.

Herring finished in second place after posting a tournament total of 140 including a 41 in the final round.

Each IJGT tournament the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is given to the players that record the lowest score in the final round. Meyers, Lambert, and Herring took home the prize this weekend for their great performances.

The IJGT concluded tournament play for 2013. Action will continue in 2014 with the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay on Jan. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

AVONDALE, La. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Dye Tees – 6,952 yards, Par 72 (73.9/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Players Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130). Girls Division: Club Tees – 5,800 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 25-30 mph
Rain with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana
Avondale, La.
December 21-22, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Dye Tees) 6,952 Yards, Par 72
1. x-William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *85-39–124
2. Gage Primeaux, Lake Charles, LA *81-43–124
3. Will Dufour, Gretna, LA *87-41–128
4. Austin Campbell, Lake Charles, LA *90-40–130
5. Beau David, Lafayette, LA *88-47–135

DID NOT FINISH
Casey Panepinto, Hammond, LA *104-DQ(Rule 6-3a)
 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Players Tees) 6,188 Yards, Par 72
1. Nolan Lambert, Gretna, LA *81-39–120
2. Wondell Smith, New Orleans, LA *87-43–130
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-40–130
4. Kyle Estay, Lockport, LA *92-47–139
5. Trey Morse, New Orleans, LA *98-44–142
Girls Division – (Club Tees) 5,800 Yards, Par 72
1. Angelica Harris, Harvey, LA *87-44–131
2. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *99-41–140

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First-round highlights from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Junior at TPC Louisiana was dominated by one story line: the wind. On an unseasonable warm day just outside of New Orleans, high winds created havoc for the junior players in the field. With consistent speeds of 25 mph or more and gusts up to 35 mph it was most certainly a day where par was a great score on every hole. Even with the tough playing conditions, some competitors were able to post solid scores.

Primeaux Tee Shot1In the Boys 15-19 Division, Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., was able to offset the wind and put together an impressive score of 81 to take the first-round lead. Here is Primeaux’s round by the numbers.

6,952 – yardage of the Boys 15-19 Division
9 – number of pars in his round
4 – stroke-lead going into the final round
1 – number of birdies in his round

Harris Tee Shot1Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., took control of the Girls Division after putting together two consistent nine-hole scores. Here is Harris’s round by the numbers.

5,800 – yardage of the Girls Division
43 – back-nine score
5  – number of pars in her round
2 – number of birdies in her round

Lambert Tee Shot1In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., used a stellar back-nine score to take the lead after firing a 81 on the first day at TPC Louisiana. Here is Lambert’s round by the numbers.

6,188 – yardage of the Boys 14 & Under Division
36 – back-nine score
7 – consecutive pars to finish his round
2 – number of birdies in his round

For complete first-round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana click here. For tee times for the final round click here.

 

IJGT Photos of the Week – Dec 14-15

Will Miles stares down his target during the IJGA Invitational. Miles finished tied for 2nd in the Boys 15-19 Division.

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole Major Championship consisted of one round at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. The field featured 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. They were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.  This week’s photo of the week features Will Miles, whose consistent play garnered him a tied-for-second finish in the Boys 15-19 Division.

The top finishers from the Boys 15-19 and Boys U-14 Divisions at the IJGT Scottsdale Open

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) also headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to host the West Coast tour’s last event of the Fall season at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15. Taking place on the club’s par-71 Pinnacle Course, the competitors experienced what it was like to play pure desert golf, with an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders lurking at every turn.  This week’s photo of the week features the top finishers at the tournament: the Boys 15-19 Division’s Samuel Foust, Jackson Whisenhunt, and Thomas Avant and the Boys U-14 Division’s Jack Whisler and Reese Phillips.

IJGT Player of the Week – Dec. 14-15

Southeast Tour

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour hosted the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole Major Championship consisted of one round at the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links. The field featured 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. They were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. This week’s Player’s of the Week for the Southeast Tour are Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island and Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China.

Will MilesCompeting in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Farrell faced off with 15 other talented junior golfers vying to capture his first IJGT victory. During the first round, Farrell battled the heavy rain and wind to put himself in a tie for fifth place. A round of 80, including a birdie on the intimidating par-3 11th at the Ocean Course, proved to be a strong score in the first round with the difficult conditions.  Playing his final round at Harbour Town, Farrell knew he needed an impressive showing to move up the leaderboard.  Playing in the second-to-last group of the day, Farrell again shot 80, which was the third lowest in his division that day, on one of the hardest golf courses in the country, and slide into third place.  With this third place finish, Farrell cracked the top-3 for the first time in his young IJGT career.  We look forward to seeing Farrell build off his accomplishments in future IJGT Events.

Phyllis TangPhyllis Tang started off the tournament at the Ocean Course in the heavy rain. Tang was looking to add another top-5 finish to her impressive career, which already includes an IJGT champion and numerous top -5 finishes.  Tang put together an impressive round of 76 during the first round but found herself in a tie for 7th.  The final day brought added drama to the scene, as the Girls Division teed off at Harbour Town.Tang knew she had to post a good score to make up ground on the leaders and get into the top-5.  She shot a final round score of 78, including four birdies, to jump into the top-5 of the final standings.  As scores rose due to the difficulty of Harbour Town, Tang played consistently smart golf to shoot in the 70s for a second straight round. This is Tang’s 13th top-5 finish in her IJGT career and will look to add another top finish at the College Classic at Duke University in April.

West Coast Tour

Joe Highsmith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) also headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to host the West Coast tour’s last event of the Fall season at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15. Taking place on the club’s par-71 Pinnacle Course, the competitors experienced what it was like to play pure desert golf, with an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders lurking at every turn. Further, the gorgeous weather, along with the beauteous backdrop of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains, were a gracious add-on for the golfers. The Player of the Week for the West Coast region is Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash.

The 13-year-old played up a division at the event and kept his own — an honor in itself — while posting a respectable outing in the Boys 15-19 Division. Highsmith tallied a tournament total of 74-81–155, and landed a tied for fourth place finish in his first-ever IJGT appearance. After a remarkable first round that consisted of eight pars and four birdies, including one that was sealed with a 30 foot putt on the par-5 No. 14, Highsmith found himself in third place going into the final round. Despite a rough start to the final round, he remained consistent, sinking six straight pars on Nos. 4-9 en route to a front-nine 38. He would finish the day with an 81, but his fourth place finish is not one to overlook.

AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT Events – NEW 2014

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) provides International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) members opportunities to earn AJGA Performance Based stars. Accumulating these stars is important in earning entry into AJGA tournaments. There will be some NEW changes for IJGT members effective Jan. 1, 2014. These changes will go in effect for all other junior golf tours and associations as well.

All tournaments other than the IJGT Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will have provisional status for AJGA Performance Stars. What that means is the following requirements will need to be met in order to earn AJGA Performance Stars in these tournaments. For those of your familiar with the AJGA Performance Based Entry system in regards to IJGT Events this first part has not really changed. The NEW changes are highlighted in bold below.

 

AJGA Performance Based Entry status for top finishers is available if the field size reaches 40 players in the Boys 15-19 Division, 12 players in the Girls Division, and 20 players in the Boys 14 & Under Division. The following will be awarded if the specific division meets the aforementioned requirement.

Boys 15-19 Champion = 4 Performance Stars

Top 5 in Boys 15-19 Div. = 1 Performance Star

Girls Division Champion = 4 Performance Stars

Boys 14 & Under Champion = 1 Performance Star

Additionally, if a tournament field has at least 55 players in the Boys 15-19 Division or 18 players in the Girls Division, the AJGA will recognize the top 10% of the specific division with 1 AJGA Performance Star. For example if the field reaches 60 players in the Boys 15-19 Division in addition to what is listed above, 6th place will be awarded 1 AJGA Performance Star.

 

As you can see, the new changes will be beneficial to our members as more IJGT stars will be given out at our events! Many of our events from last Spring would have given out more AJGA Performance Stars under the new system, so do not miss your chance to get signed up this year for those marquee events including Colleton River, Kiawah Island, White Manor CC, Duke Golf Club, Architects Golf Club, and Hershey CC.

For a complete explanation of the AJGA’s Performance Based Entry system click here. If you have any questions you can contact their Player Services Department at 770-868-4200. For questions about the IJGT and our tournaments please call our Players Services Department at 843-785-2444.

Final results from the Scottsdale Open at Troon North

Foust wins Boys 15-19 Division
Whisler captures second win of season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15, 2013. The two-day, 36-hole event provided the players with a pure desert golf experience on the club’s Pinnacle Course, where an array of natural ravines, foothills, bentgrass greens and giant granite boulders made for challenging, yet memorable play. The backdrop of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains at every turn, topped off with gorgeous weather, were a gracious add-on for the golfers, who competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Sam FoustIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., was crowned victor with his dominating play. After a tournament-low, 2-under-par 69 in the first round put him atop the leaderboard with a four stroke cushion, Foust came out on the second day poised and determined to keep his momentum going. He ended his final round with an even-par 71, which put him at a tournament total of 2-under-par 140. This secured a nine-stroke victory for Foust, who also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, along with Thomas Avant of Chandler, Ariz., for their even-par rounds. Foust sank 11 pars and four birdies on the day to cap off a spectacular outing.

When asked about the strongest part of his game over the weekend, as well as his mindset going into the final round, Foust explained, “Driving the ball was probably the strongest part of my game… I was just trying to expand my lead and stay ahead.”

This was Foust’s first appearance and win with the IJGT.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division were Jackson Whisenhunt of Phoenix, Ariz., and Avant, who carded tournament totals of 149 and 150, respectively.

Jack WhislerThe Boys 14 & Under Division was spearheaded by Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., who finished the two-day event with a tournament total of 166. Whisler carded respectable back-to-back 83’s on the unforgiving Pinnacle Course, and was able to extend a 14-stroke lead after the first round to an ultimate 22-stroke victory. He tallied four pars and a birdie on the par-5 number No. 5, while also playing the course’s three par-5s in even-par for his final round.

When considering any pressure on the final day to hold onto his first-round lead, Whisler stated, “I didn’t really think about that. It was just me against the course, trying to improve my score from yesterday.”

This is Whisler’s second win in as many events for the IJGT. His first win also came in his hometown, at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale on Sept. 1-2.

Reese Phillips of Murrieta, Calif., landed in second place with a total score of 188.

This was the Fall finale for IJGT’s West Coast Tour, which will be in action next on Feb. 1-2, 2014, for the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif. To register for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Final round results of the IJGT Scottsdale Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,751 yards, Par 71 (73.5/150).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Silver Tees – 6,134 yards, Par 71 (68.9/129).

Weather:        Saturday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Scottsdale Open at Troon North GC
Scottsdale, Ariz.
December 14-15, 2013
 
Course: Pinnacle Course
 
Boys 15-19 Division – (Gold Tees) 6751 yards, Par 71
1. Samuel Foust, Edina, MN *69-71–140
2. Jackson Whisenhunt, Phoenix, AZ *75-74–149
3. Thomas Avant, Chandler, AZ *79-71–150
4. Sam McKay, Scottsdale, AZ *79-76–155
4. Brian Rogers, Trophy Club, TX *76-79–155
4. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *73-82–155
4. Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, WA *74-81–155
8. Riley Schank, Anthem, AZ *77-80–157
9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA *79-79–158
10. Colton Gage, Vail, AZ *88-78–166
11. Carson Bock, Phoenix, AZ *84-98–182

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Silver Tees) 6134 yards, Par 71
1. Jack Whisler, Scottsdale, AZ *83-83—166
2. Reese Phillips, Murrieta, CA *97-91–188

 

Final results from the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort

Meuret excels in victory at IJGA Invitational

Quevedo’s back-nine propels her to Championship

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held their annual IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was competed on both Sea Pines Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The field consisted of 102 talented junior golfers representing 19 states and 18 countries. Players were competing for national rankings and double IJGT Merit Points.

Consistently rainy weather made scoring difficult at both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town during the first round, while a light rain, but more wind, gave the players fits during the final round. The par-72 Ocean Course played to 6,781 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,230 yards for the Boys 14 & Under, and 6,024 yards for the Girls Division. The course featured numerous water hazards, as well as one of the only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island; the par-3, 15th hole. Contrary to the Ocean Course’s abundance of water, Harbour Town featured a wealth of bunkers, as well as tight fairways and small greens. The course has a par of 71. An annual stop for the PGA Tour, Harbour Town was played at 6,643 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 6,001 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 5,702 yards for the Girls Division.

meuretIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., came away on top of a stacked leaderboard after shooting scores of 75-71-146.

Outside of a hiccup on No. 11 during the first round (he started on the 10th tee,) Meuret excelled throughout the weekend. Playing the first round on Harbour Town, Meuret finished his back nine with a score of 2-over-par 37, being one of only two players in his division to card a birdie on the difficult par-3, 17th. As the rain became heavier, Meuret’s play improved. Following bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3, he put together a streak of six straight pars to end his round with a score of 4-over-par 75. He sat one stroke off the lead following the first round, as Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished with a 74, including an even-par 36 on the front nine. Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., was the only player in the field to shoot a nine-hole score under-par during the first round, accomplishing the feat with a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine. The three players were a group of eight that sat within two strokes of the lead entering the final round.

Play moved to the Ocean Course for day two and, with less rain to deal with, scores improved. Meuret and Miles were joined by Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., in the final pairing. Russell fell off the pace, as Miles was scoring par after par and Meuret birdied hole No. 8 and followed that with an eagle at No. 9. By the turn, Meuret held a one-stroke lead over Miles and the two had separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Meuret picked up another stroke when Miles, after finishing with par on the first 11 holes, bogeyed the 12th. Meuret’s lead fell back to one after he bogeyed the par-3, 15th and Miles made par. The two exchanged pars at Nos. 16 and 17, and Meuret headed to the 18th hole with his lead intact. Miles tee shot on No. 18 found the water on the right, closing out his chances of a victory, while Meuret thrashed his drive right down the center. Having the advantage, Meuret was able to conservatively play his way to a par and the victory, finishing his round at 1-under-par 71. That score tied him with Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, for the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I’d like to thank Harbour Town and Sea Pines Resort for being great hosts this week,” commented Meuret during his Awards Ceremony speech.

Miles and Ben Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, tied for second with tournament totals of 149.

isidoraIn the Girls Division, Isidora Quevedo of Santiago, Chile, came back from a five-stroke first-round deficit to earn the Championship with final scores of 73-73-146.

The Girls Division played the first round on the Ocean Course and Quevedo was up to the challenge, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including three birdies at Nos. 11, 12, and 15. Even after her impressive round, Quevedo was five shots back of Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who shot a staggering 4-under-par 68. Ashmore carded six birdies, including a nine-hole tournament low of 3-under-par 33.

Quevedo started her final round at Harbour Town with a birdie on the first hole and then birdied again on the fifth as part of a front-nine 39. She trailed Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, by three strokes at the turn, as Siriko held the lead at 1-over-par through 27 holes.

Quevedo began to make her move with a birdie on hole No. 11 and then made another birdie at No. 14. She bogeyed the 15th hole but finished with three straight pars to finish with a second-straight 73, and awaited the rest of her division to finish their rounds. Siriko was not able to match Quevedo down the stretch allowing Quevedo to earn the victory.

Quevedo’s final-round score of 73 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“I knew the scoring wouldn’t be too good since it was a hard golf course. I played aggressive, but when I didn’t have to, I played smart,” noted Quevedo.

Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, finished second with scores of 73-75-148 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was third with totals of 73-76-149.

McCarthyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., road a first-round 73 to an 11-shot victory.

McCarthy impressed with his performance at the Ocean Course during the first round, carding a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine, and then besting that with an even-par 36 on the back nine. McCarthy did most of his damage on the course’s four par-5s, playing them at 2-under-par. He held a five-stroke lead over Will Klein of Bethesda, Md., and Yuichi Murao of Yokohama-shi, Japan, following the first round.

McCarthy did not take his foot off the pedal during the final round at Harbour Town. After opening with a bogey, he birdied hole No. 2, continuing his success with par-5s on the weekend. He carded a 3-over-par 39 on the front-nine, keeping his five-stroke lead unharmed.

He picked up two more birdies on the back nine, including finishing his round in style with a birdie at the famous 18th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. He finished his final round with a 75, concluding his two-day tournament with a total of 148, 11 shots clear of Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia.

McCarthy’s mindset entering the final round with a comfortable lead was, “…to keep the ball in play, eliminate double-bogeys, and putt well.”

Charlie Farrell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 160.

The IJGT wraps up their fall schedule with the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22. The tournament will be contested on a PGA Tour venue for the second consecutive week. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGA Invitational conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 15, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (72.9/143).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): White Tees – 6,230 yards, Par 72 (70.7/133) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Green Tees – 6,024 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Blue Tees – 6,643 yards, Par 71 (73.0/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): White Tees – 6,001 yards, Par 71 (70.2/133) Girls Division (Harbour Town Golf Links): Gold Tees – 5,702 yards, Par 71 (73.4/130).

 

Weather:       

Saturday: Heavy Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

Sunday: Rain with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 15-20 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 14-15, 2013
                                                                                         

 

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Harbour Town: 6,643 yards, Par 71
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course: 6,781 yards, Par 72
 
1. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *75-71–146
2. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *76-73–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *79-71–150
4. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *76-74–150
6. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *78-73–151
6. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *76-75–151
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico, *77-75–152
9. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan, *79-74–153
9. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *76-77–153
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *76-77–153
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-77–153
13. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-75–154
13. Luke Scealf, Knoxville, TN, *79-75–154
13. Bryce Johnson, Oakton, VA, *76-78–154
16. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *80-75–155
16. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *79-76–155
18. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA, *82-75–157
19. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *81-77–158
19. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *77-81–158
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *78-80–158
19. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75–158
23. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *82-77–159
23. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA, *84-75–159
25. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *81-79–160
25. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *80-80–160
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *79-81–160
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *81-80–161
28. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *80-81–161
28. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *84-77–161
31. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *85-77–162
32. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA, *86-77–163
32. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *84-79–163
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-83–166
34. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD, *79-87–166
34. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *80-86–166
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *85-81–166
38. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *89-78–167
38. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *88-79–167
38. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *86-81–167
41. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *83-85–168
42. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *83-86–169
42. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *87-82–169
44. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *83-87–170
44. Bobby Firth, Jenkintown, PA, *91-79–170
44. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *85-85–170
47. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *91-80–171
47. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *86-85–171
47. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *85-86–171
50. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA, *92-81–173
50. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-84–173
52. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *94-80–174
52. Christopher Chiminski, Penns Park, PA, *88-86–174
54. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *88-89–177
55. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *86-93–179
56. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *89-92–181
57. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-90–182
57. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *89-93–182
59. William Dunn III, Lancaster, PA, *91-95–186
60. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *96-91–187
61. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *91-98–189
62. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *94-97–191
63. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *96-96–192
64. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *102-99–201

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *90–DQ(Rule 6-3a)
Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *81–JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Ocean Course: 6,230 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Harbour Town: 6,001 yards, Par 71
 
1. Ryan McCarthy, Rockville Centre, NY, *73-75–148
2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *80-79–159
3. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *80-80–160
4. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *81-84–165
4. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *83-82–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *83-82–165
4. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-shi, Japan, *78-87–165
4. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-87–165
9. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-89–178
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *92-91–183
11. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *88-96–184
12. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *89-99–188
13. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *95-100–195
14. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *99-99–198
15. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *104-112–216

DID NOT FINISH
Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA, *77–DQ(Rule 6-6b)

 
Girls Division
Round 1 – (Green Tees) Ocean Course: 6,024 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Harbour Town: 5,702 yards, Par 71
 
1. Isidora Quevedo, Santiago, Chile, *73-73–146
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela, *73-75–148
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *73-76–149
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *72-78–150
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *76-78–154
5. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *72-82–154
7. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *76-81–157
7. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, *76-81–157
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China, *77-83–160
9. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-84–160
11. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA, *68-93–161
12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *77-86–163
13. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-78–165
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *77-89–166
15. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *80-91–171
16. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *88-87–175
17. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *87-92–179
18. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *100-95–195
19. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *98-103–201
20. Joanna Keck, Springdale, AR, *106-111–217

 

 

 

First round highlights from the Scottsdale Open at Troon North

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14, 2013. The two-day, 36-hole event is taking place on the club’s breathtaking, par-71 Pinnacle Course, where views of Arizona’s Pinnacle Peak mountains line each hole, and where giant granite boulders and towering cacti challenge the players for a true desert golf experience.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Samuel Foust of Edina, Minn., leads the way with a 2-under-par 69 going into the final round of play. Here is Foust’s first round by the numbers:

Samuel Foust:

31 – score on the front nine (4-under-par)

9 – number of pars (50% of his scores)

6 – number of birdies (33.3% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

1 – this is Foust’s first appearance with the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s par-3s and par-4s

The Boys 14 & Under Division has a first-round leader in Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., who shot an 83 through 18 holes. Here is Whisler’s round by the numbers:

Jack Whisler:

38 – score on the front nine (3-over-par)

14 – stroke lead going into the final round

10 – number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

4 – his longest streak of pars on the days (on Nos. 4-7)

+2 – score on the course’s par-3s and par-5s

2 – this is Whisler’s second event with the IJGT (after a win at the West Coast Kickoff at TPC

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North can be found here.