The IJGT traveled to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The course, rated the top course to play in the state of Florida by Golfweek, did not disappoint, however the weather was a bit of a surprise for the “Sunshine State.” With cold mornings and windy afternoons, the juniors from all over the world were forced to plan each shot accordingly. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand.
Go, who was the Boys 15-19 Champion at the Major Championship at Dormie Club, started out slowly in round one on the Dye’s Valley Course with bogies on three of his first four holes. He finished the round by shooting a score of 82, which put him in a tie for 27th place.
Go rallied in the second round starting the day with an even-par score of 36 on the front nine with birdies on the par-5 No. 1 and the par-4 No. 6 on the back nine, Go was able to birdie three of the last five holes to give him some confidence moving into round three on Saturday. His round two score of 2-under par, 70, was enough to boost him into the top 10.
Round three was played on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and the course was in pristine condition. In round three Go once again played the front nine holes at even par, 36, carding birdies on holes No. 3, 6, and 9. The back nine proved to be tough for the entire field but Go was still able to card three birdies on holes No. 12, 15, and 16, on his way to a final round total of 3-over par, 75. His 227 tournament total was good enough for a share of third place.
Despite the cold weather, Bunyaporn Zeng started the weekend strong scoring par-or-better on 14 holes in the first round including a run of six pars in a row on the back nine. Her opening round score of 76 put her in third heading into the second round.
Although she struggled with bogeys in the second round, Zeng managed to finish the day at 79, good for fourth overall.
Zeng was hot in round three shooting one-under on the front nine with birdies on holes No. 5 and 9. She finished the day with an even-par 72, earning her the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award.
Congratulations to Shiso Go and Bunyaporn Zeng on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!