First round highlights from the IJGA Invitational

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14 was plagued by constant rain, heavy enough to force a temporary delay. The first round was held at both Harbour Town Golf Links, with the Boys 15-19 Division playing there, and Sea Pines Ocean Course hosting the Boys 14 & Under and Girls Divisions. Players will switch courses for the final round of the tournament. The field consisted of 102 players representing 19 states and 18 countries. On the line at the IJGA Invitational are national rankings and Double IJGT Merit Points.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., leads after shooting a 3-over-par, 74. Here is Miles’s round by the numbers:

Will Miles

36 (even -par) – Score on the front-nine

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

8 – There are 8 players within two strokes of Miles

3 – This is his third season with the IJGT. Also the number of birdies in his first round (16.67% of scores)

1 – Stroke lead over Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb.

-1 – Score on the course’s three par-5’s

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ryan McCarthy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., firing a first round score of 1-over-par, 73. Here is McCarthy’s first round by the numbers:

Ryan McCarthy

36 (even -par) – Score on the back-nine

13 – Number of pars (72.2% of his scores)

7 – This is McCarthy’s seventh career appearance on the IJGT, spanning three seasons

4 – Stroke lead over Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., entering the final round

3 – Number of birdies (16.67% of his scores)

2 – Number of birdies, coming at the 4th and 14th hole.

 

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga. heads the Girls Division after carding a 4-under, 68. Here is Ashmore’s round by the numbers:

Maggie Ashmore

33 (3-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of top-10 finishes in her IJGT career.  She is looking for her first victory.

6 – Number of birdies (33.3% of her scores)

4 – Stroke lead over Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand

2 – This is her second year competing on the IJGT

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Click here to see a short interview with first-round leader Ashmore.

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the IJGA Invitational can be found here; Sea Pines – Ocean, Harbour Town

IJGT Photo of the Week – Dec. 7-8

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Daiki Okada keeps an eye on his ball following his tee shot off of No. 1 during the first round.

Southeast Tour

Bluffton, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Southeast Tour headed to Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was held at Hampton Hall’s Pete Dye Signature Course, with the first round being played in near perfect golfing conditions while the final round took place in cold, wet, and windy weather. This week’s Photo of the Week is of Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan eyeing his tee shot off the first tee during the first round.  Okada fired tournament totals of 78-80-158 to finish in a tie for 21st. Okada was one of only two players in the Boys 15-19 Division to birdie the 417-yard, par-4 12th hole during the final round.  This was Okada’s sixth appearance on the IJGT of the 2013-14 season, and he will next tee it up at the IJGA Invitational on Hilton Head Island on Dec. 14-15.

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J.T. Bloomer poses with his trophy after capturing the Major Championship at La Costa.

West Coast Tour

Carlsbad, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Carlsbad, Calif., for the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held on the recently re-designed Legends Course at the La Costa Resort & Spa, this pen-ultimate West Coast Tour event of the 2013 calendar year featured a talented field of junior golfers. Playing in unusually chilly conditions for a California December, the competitors braved through winds and rain showers at times to make for a spectacular event. This week’s Photo of the Week is of J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, who emerged victorious for the first time in his IJGT career in the Boys 15-19 Division. Bloomer fired consecutive rounds of 79 to finish with a tournament total of 158, and run away with an 11-stroke victory. Bloomer was the only player in the field to birdie No. 16,  a 426-yard, par-4, over the weekend We look forward to seeing more strong play from Bloomer in the Spring Season!

IJGT Players of the Week – Dec. 7-8

Southeast Tour

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT)  hosted the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8. Played on Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye Signature Course, highlighted by numerous water hazards, large and quick greens, and strategically placed bunkers, the two-day, 36-hole tournament featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries. While the first round was played in near perfect conditions, the final round featured cold temperatures, wind, and rain. Our Southeast Tour Players of the Week for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club are John McCabe of Sewickley, Pa, and Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China.

John MccabeMcCabe (left) had a strong outing on his home course this past weekend at the Hampton Hall Club.  Mccabe was able to take advantage of his knowledge of the course and put together rounds of 77 and 75 to get himself into the top-ten.  McCabe fired a first round score of 77, placing him in a tie for 15th heading to the final round.  As scores rose with the tougher playing conditions, McCabe fought through, shooting a 75 and cracking the top-ten.  His final round score, which included shooting two birdies and an even-par, 36 on the back-nine, was the fourth-lowest score of the day.  This is McCabe’s seventh top-ten finish in his IJGT career and he will look to continue his successes finish when he next tees it up on Dec. 14-15 at the IJGA Invitional.

photo (17)Chee (right) put together her lowest career round on the IJGT during the first round, firing a 3-over-par, 75. During her round, Chee carded two birdies, including one on the par-4, 10th, which played as the toughest hole for the Girls Division. Chee fired a 1-over, 37 on the front-nine and a 2-over, 38 on the back-nine to complete her impressive first round. Chee’s 75 placed her 4th after the first round and it marked a three-stroke improvement over her previous career low with the IJGT, which was a 78 at the Sanctuary Shootout at Sanctuary Golf Club on Sep. 28-29, 2013. As with the majority of the field, Chee was unable to match her total from the prior day during the final round, carding an 83. With scores of 75-83-158, Chee finished in 5th place, marking her fourth top-5 finish of the 2013-14 season. Chee will hope to carry momentum from her strong performance at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall as she prepares for her next event at the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 14-15.

 

West Coast Tour

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Carlsbad, Calif., for the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013. Held on the recently re-designed Legends Course at the La Costa Resort & Spa, this pen-ultimate West Coast Tour event of the 2013 calendar year featured a talented field of junior golfers. Playing in unusually chilly conditions for a California December, the competitors braved through winds and rain showers at times to make for a spectacular event. The Players of the Week for the West Coast region are Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., and Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif.

Rybicki Tee (crop)Rybicki (left) put together two solid rounds on the tough Legends Course at La Costa, shooting a first-round 84 followed up by a final-round 85 to finish in second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. His first round was composed of six pars and a birdie on the par-5 No. 9, which capped off a front-nine 41 before he closed out the back with a 43. Rybicki put forth a similar performance during the final round, carding six more pars and another birdie on the par-5 No. 7 en route to a 38 on the front nine, making a three-stroke improvement. He turned in a one-over-par effort on the course’s par-5s on both days. Rybicki looks to continue this strong level of play when he competes for the top rankings at IJGT’s West Coast finale at the Scottsdale Open at Troon North on Dec. 14-15.

Garay Putt (crop)Garay (right) was the Girls Division victor in her first-ever IJGT appearance. She shot a tournament total 181, which was highlighted by her impressive five-stroke improvement on the difficult Legends course on the final day. Her first and final rounds both comprised of six pars, where four of her pars on the final day came on holes (Nos. 5, 9 and 14) on which she previously shot higher. This performance was good enough to earn her the Player of the Week honors in her first IJGT Event. We look forward to seeing her improve in future tournaments!

Final results from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Cheng captures crown at Bluffton Junior

Phuchanbanchob earns first IJGT Victory

 

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour was in Bluffton, S.C. on Dec. 7-8 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was contested on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club. The field featured 57 players representing 15 states and 15 countries competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Hampton Hall Club’s Pete Dye course was played at 6,936 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division, 5,895 yards for the Girls Division, and 6,219 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division. Water hazards came into play on a number of holes while an abundance of bunkers gave the players even more difficulty. Weather for the first round was perfect, as temperatures hovered in the 70s with a slight breeze. The final round was drastically different, with temperatures around 50, rain, and more wind than the prior round.

Cheng HHIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, emerged with a two-stroke victory over GeunTae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, after shooting a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament.

Cheng’s played his first round bogey-free, on his way to a 4-under-par, 68. He shot a matching 34 on both the front and back nine, with birdies on Nos. 3, 9, 11, and 15. Even with the impressive score, Cheng sat in a tie for second with Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C., after the first round, two shots behind Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada. Magi caught fire on the front nine, with five birdies over a six-hole stretch on Nos. 3-8. He finished with a front-nine score of 32, the lowest nine-hole score of the tournament. Magi strung together three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and despite a bogey on the par-5, 15th, finished his round at 6-under-par 66 to capture the lead.

Cheng, Magi, and Nimmer were part of an impressive group of eight players who shot under-par during the first round. Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan shot 2-under-par 70, while Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Lohith Ramaraju of London, England, Jan Schneider of Erlangen, Germany, and Borys Shubinsky of Hilton Head Island, S.C., all shot 1-under-par 71.

Cheng shot under-par on the front-nine again during the final round, finishing at 1-under-par 35 to move to 5-under-par for the tournament and grab the lead after 27 holes. Cheng birdied the par-5, third hole, for the second consecutive day, to go along with eight pars on the front. Ahead of Cheng, Kim was making a charge, shooting a front-nine 33 to get back into contention.

As others faltered, the tournament became a three-man race between Cheng, Kim, and Nimmer. Cheng double-bogeyed No. 13, putting Nimmer only one stroke back, but Nimmer bogeyed holes Nos. 14 and 15 to fall back. Kim had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 while scoring par at the 17th and 18th to finish with a score of 75-68-143, awaiting Cheng in the clubhouse. Cheng finished off his tournament in style, making birdie on the 18th hole to seal his victory.

“I tried to stay patient. I knew the scores would be high out there today,” Cheng mentioned when asked how he had prepared for the final round.

Kim’s final round 68 won him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and gave him his fourth top-three finish of the season. Nimmer rounded out the top three with tournament totals of 68-76-144.

PhuchanbonchobCake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, gathered her first career IJGT Victory in the Girls Division, earning the win by three strokes over Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn.  Phuchanbanchob started the first round hot, draining a birdie on the opening hole. She dropped a stroke at No. 2 but quickly regained it with a birdie at the third. She carded her third birdie of her opening nine at the ninth hole to finish with a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Phuchanbanchob was matched by Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand on the front nine, as Siriko put together three consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 2-4 to shoot a 34. Whaley also impressed on the front, making birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 on her way to a 35. The three continued their strong play on the back nine, with Whaley’s even-par, 36 setting the tone. Phuchanbanchob and Whaley shot matching 71s in the first round, while Siriko lurked only one stroke back.

Despite the difficult weather conditions, Phuchanbanchob thrived during the final round. She shook off a bogey on hole No. 1, going on to birdie Nos. 3, 6, and 8 to again shoot a 34 on the front. Siriko carded an even-par, 36 on the front, but still fell three shots back of Phuchanbanchob while, Whaley was unable to keep pace with the leader, falling six strokes back.

Phuchanbanchob’s lead grew to seven strokes over both Siriko and Whaley after the 11th hole, and she was able to cruise to her victory. She finished the final round with scores of 34-39-73, good for a tournament total of 144. Her 73 also won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Phuchanbanchob said her key to dealing with the final round conditions was, “hitting an extra club,” and she also noted a strong short game as her key to victory.

Whaley finished second, with a total score of 147, while Siriko placed third at 149.

ShimojiThe Boys 14 & Under Division ended in a tie, with Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, earning the victory over Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., via scorecard playoff. Both players finished the tournament with total scores of 155, but due to Shimoji finishing with a 41 to McBride’s 42 over the final nine holes, Shimoji was credited with the victory.

The two excelled during the first round, repeatedly going shot-for-shot. McBride jumped out early with a birdie at the par-5, third hole, but Shimoji answered with a birdie at the par-3, seventh hole. After the first nine, McBride held the lead by two strokes after carding a 1-over-par 37. Both performed even better on the back nine. McBride carded three more birdies on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 17, while dropping a stroke at the 10th and 11th holes to finish his day with an even-par 72. Shimoji birdied the 15th hole but bogeyed the 18th  hole to shoot even-par on the back nine, and a 3-over-par 75, giving McBride the lead after the first round.

Neither McBride nor Shimoji were able to become comfortable in the cold, wet weather during the final round. Shimoji was able to pick up two strokes on McBride on the front nine to cut the lead to one as they entered the home stretch. Shimoji grabbed his first lead of the final round with a birdie on the 11th hole coupled with a McBride par. The lead flip-flopped between the two multiple times over the next couple holes, but as they walked to the 18th tee McBride held a one-shot lead. As darkness quickly crept in, McBride and Shimoji battled for the win. McBride could not connect on a par putt while Shimoji was able to save par. McBride willed in an eight-foot par putt to force a tie after 36 holes. With insufficient sunlight, the committee ruled that Shimoji was victorious via the recommended tiebreaker prescribed by the United States Golf Association, which was the score on the last nine holes of the competition.

Shimoji noted his driving was “very good,” and helped make up for a “so-so,” short game over the weekend.

Luis Sanchez of Tampico, Mexico, rounded out the top three with a tournament total of 80-82-162.

The International Junior Golf Tour’s next event will be the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Dec. 14-15. The two-day, 36-hole event will consist of one round on the Ocean Course at Sea Pines and one round at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Final results from the Major Championship at La Costa

Bloomer dominates Boys 15-19 Division

Ordona and Garay capture first Major victories

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Contested on the recently re-vamped Legends Course at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa, the competitors took to the greens to fight for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of the 2013 calendar year.

J.T. BloomerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, put on a commanding performance throughout the event, turning a first-round five-stroke lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He shot back-to-back 79s to card a tournament total of 158, of which the latter earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score among all male competitors. Bloomer sank 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of five on holes Nos. 6-10. His one birdie on the day came on the par-4 No. 16, and he played the course’s difficult par-5s in even-par.

“I think my wedge game from 95 [yards] and in was really good this week…I was sticking it pretty close, so that’s good,” said Bloomer.

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

Ryan Rybicki of Maricopa, Ariz., finished in second place with a tournament total of 169, and Ryan Hicks of Santa Monica, Calif., landed in third with a final score of 172.

DSC03409 (2)The Boys 14 & Under Division saw Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., grab his first Major victory after shooting a 90-83–173. Entering the final round with a narrow five-stroke lead over runner-up Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif., Ordona handled the pressure well, improving his score by seven strokes and stretching his lead to a 21-stroke victory. Ordona carded six pars and one birdie on the par-4 No. 15.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round, Ordona replied, “I just tried my best, and tried to keep my place.”

Ordona has won four events in his four seasons playing for the IJGT, with this Major Championship marking his first victory of the 2013-2014 season.

Fanticola rounded out the division with a tournament total of 194.

Madeleine GarayMadeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., took home the trophy in the Girls Division, shooting a 93-88–181 through 36 holes. Her five-stroke improvement on the second day was also good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award for her impressive performance on a tough course. She sank six pars on each of the two days, and scored four strokes better on the back-nine during the final round.

When reflecting on the highlights of her performance, Garay stated, “I think my driver was the best part [of my game]. I was hitting it long.”

This was Garay’s first appearance with the IJGT.

The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 14-15, 201for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz. 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.

 

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (73.3/130).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.4/124). Girls Division: Red Tees – 6,991 yards, Par 72 (75.9/141).

Weather:      Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday:  Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 3-5 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, Calif.
December 7-8, 2013
 
Legends Course

Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,781 yards, Par 72
1. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *79-79–158
2. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-85–169
3. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *84-88–172
4. Don Luvsan, Temecula, CA *89-86–175
5. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *115-105–220

DID NOT FINISH
Trevor Hernstadt, Woodside, CA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,184 yards, Par 72
1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-83—173
2. Chandler Fanticola, Newport Beach, CA *95-99—194

Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,991 yards, Par 72
1. Madeleine Garay, La Jolla, CA *93-88–181

First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

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

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT

 

Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.

First round highlights from the Major Championship at La Costa

CARLSBAD, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the first round of the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Taking place on the completely re-designed Legends Course at the phenomenal La Costa Resort & Spa, the first round featured a field of junior golfers who are eagerly competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of 2013.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, had a strong first round while shooting a 7-over-par 79 to lead his age group. Here is Bloomer’s round by the numbers:

J.T. Bloomer:

38 – score on the back-nine (2-over-par)

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

5 – stroke lead going into the final round

2 – this is his second IJGT Event of the season, after tying for second at the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16-17.

1 – number of birdies

Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., leads the way in the Boys 14 & Under Division after shooting a first-round 90. Here is Ordona’s round by the numbers:

Mikee Ordona:

42 – score on the front-nine (6-over-par)

5 – stroke lead going into the final round

4 – number of pars (22.2% of his scores)

3 – this is his third IJGT Event of the season

1 – number of birdies

Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., is the leader of the Girls Division after a first-round score of 93. Here is her round by the numbers:

Madeleine Garay:

46 – score on the front-nine

6 – number of pars (33.3% of her scores)

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

1 – this is her first appearance with the IJGT

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final-round action at the Major Championship at La Costa can be found here.

NEW WEST COAST EVENT

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce the addition of a new West Coast Event for the Spring Season. The IJGT and Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. will be teaming up to host the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes on April 18-19. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be played on Friday and Saturday, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

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Located less than 45 miles south of Phoenix, Southern Dunes Golf Club stretches over 320 acres of Arizona desert. The par-72 course features six tees ranging from 7,517 yards to 5,036 yards with a course rating of 76.2 and slope of 141 from the back tees. The course is highlighted by an abundance of bunkers. Southern Dunes has received a number of accolades including 60th “Top Resort Course” by GolfWeek, and 5th on the “Top Courses You Can Play” for Arizona and 87th on the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine.

To register for the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes, click here.

The IJGT would also like to remind players about other upcoming West Coast Events;

 

IJGT Photo of the Week – Nov. 29-Dec. 1

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Trophy winners in the Boys 15-19 Division; (from left to right) Sam Meuret, Alex Shattuck, Ryoto Furuya, and Rij Patel.

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The three-day, 54-hole tournament featured the first two rounds being played on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, with the final round played on TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course. This week’s Photo of the Week is of our trophy winners in the Boys 15-19 Division. From left to right; Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, N.D., Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md. Furuya captured the championship firing scores of 76-75-72-223. Meuret placed second, shooting 78 in all three rounds for a total of 234, while Patel and Shattuck tied for third with a score of 236. We look forward to seeing all four players in future IJGT Events!

IJGT Players of the Week – Nov. 29-Dec. 1

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Ponte Vedra, Fla.  The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held over Thanksgiving weekend and featured 105 players. The tournament consisted of two rounds on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, with the final round being played at TPC Sawgrass’s renowned Stadium Course. The IJGT Player of the Week honors for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 go to Ryan Davis of Berkeley Heights, NJ and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Cake PPhuchanbanchob, a 16 year old in the Girls Division, played very consistent throughout the weekend.  She shot the best score in the Girls Division on the Valley Course. She finished her first round with a score of 5-over-par 77. For the second round Phuchanbanchob managed to shoot 6-over-par, 78 with 20 mph winds and difficult weather conditions.  Phuchanbanchob was battling Rei Nakatani this whole weekend. Nakatani outlasted Phuchanbanchob on the last day to take home the victory, with Phuchanbanchob finishing second. Her second place finish her best finish this year on the IJGT. Phuchanbanchob finished with a tournament total of 27-over-par, 243. Phuchanbanchob will use her second place finish as a momentum builder for upcoming events.

photo (16)Ryan Davis found himself in a tie for 18th place after the first two rounds on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.  Davis battled the high winds and shot scores of 89 on Friday and 83 on Saturday.  The final round brought less winds and warmer temperatures and Davis took advantage.  Playing in the fourth group off No. 1, Davis was able to make an early charge at the leaders.  A front nine score of 39, with three bogeys and six pars, put him at 3-over heading to the back nine.  During the back nine, Davis shot 1-under, highlighted by two birdies.  With a final round of 74, Davis cracked the top 10 for the first time in his IJGT career.  His 74 was the second-lowest final round score in the Boys 15-19 Division.  Davis will look to get off to a hot start in the 2014 season after his top 10 finish over the weekend.