Go, Zeng earn IJGT Player of the Week honors (Dec. 2, 2014)

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.

Shiso Go

Shiso Go

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.

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Bunyaporn Zeng

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!

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final results (Nov. 29, 2014)

Luo wins the Thanksgiving Day Classic in a come-from-behind effort
A hole-in-one highlights Larcelet’s first-ever IJGT win 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The IJGT hosted the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic over the holiday weekend at TPC Sawgrass, the home of the PLAYERS Championship. The three-day event was held on November 27-29, 2014, and took place on both the Dye’s Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium courses. More than 85 juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points.

Luo-cropXue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, won the Boys 15-19 Division in a come-from-behind effort. Luo’s 74 and 75 in the first two rounds had him trailing divisional leaders but still in the hunt. In his best performance of the weekend, Luo improved on his round-two score to close the tournament with an even-par 72 and moved into first with a three-day total 221. Luo began the tournament with momentum, stringing together seven consecutive pars before carding an eagle on the par-5 No. 8 of the Valley Course. Despite seeing a few bogeys in round two, Luo countered with three birdies to keep him in the running. Finishing strong, Luo aimed for consistency and used three birdies to finish the tournament with a 2-under back nine.

“My focus coming into today was to stay calm and play my own game,” said Luo.

Luo’s score of 72 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

In second was Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., with scores of 77-70-78 to finish with a tournament total 225. Sharing third was Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The pair finished with tournament totals of 227.

Charles Larcelet copyIn his first IJGT event of his career, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, controlled the Boys 14 & Under all the way to victory. Combining scores of 77-73-80 for a total of 230, Larcelet finished a staggering 16 strokes ahead of the division. He opened with consistency by carding 13 pars. Moving on to his best round of the tournament, Larcelet birdied the par-5 No. 1 before going on to record the first hole-in-one of the tournament on the par-3 No. 14 for eagle. Thanks to the lead he generated in the first two rounds, a struggle with bogeys was not enough to derail Larcelet’s route to victory.

“I was stressed going into today but happy overall with my performance,” said Larcelet.

Rounding out the top three for the Boys 14 & Under Division was Dong Jin Park of Seoul, in second and Alex Whitehead of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in third. Park finished with a total 246 and Whitehead finished with a total of 250.

 

 

Yunjie Zhang copyYunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, was victorious in the Girls Division. After round one, she shared the lead but consistent performances in rounds two and three allowed her to pull ahead and take a commanding eight-stroke lead for the win. Three birdies in round one helped Zhang to a 3-over 75 to share the lead with Chomachana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Zhang improved by three strokes in round two after scoring par or better on 17 of 18 holes and took control of the division with her second round score of even-par 72. Four more birdies highlighted a second even-par performance to keep Zhang in first with a three-day total of 219.

“I was nervous on the range but birdies three of the first four holes and that calmed me down,” said Zhang.

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls went to both Zhang and Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, for their even-par scores of 72 in the third and final round.

Zeng finished in second with a tournament-total 227 while Phuchanbanchob finished third with a total 231.

Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, also recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 8 of the Stadium Course.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on December 6-7, 2014, for the Savannah Junior at The Landings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. – Final Results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 27-29, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Blue Tees – 6,668 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Blue Tees – 6, 669 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 72.6/131; Round 3: 74.0/146). Boys 14 & Under Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – White Tees – 6,227 yards, Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – White Tees – 6,079 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 70.6/130; Round 3: 70.8/137). Girls Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course – Green Tees – 5,895 yards Par 72; Round 3 Stadium Course – Green Tees – 5, 718 yards Par 72 (Round 1 & 2: 77.2/146; Round 3: 76.5/151).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 27-29, 2014 

Boys 15-19 Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Blue Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,668 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Blue Tees) Stadium Course: 6,669 Yards, Par 72

1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *74-75-72–221
2. Ben Albin, Santa Fe, NM *77-70-78–225
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *82-70-75–227
3. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *71-77-79–227
5. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *78-76-75–229
6. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-76-78–230
6. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *79-72-79–230
8. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *77-81-74–232
8. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *76-79-77–232
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-77-83–237
11. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *79-81-79–239
11. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *81-79-79–239
13. Devin Deogun, Orchard Lake, MI *80-83-77–240
13. Graydon Kent, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *76-83-81–240
13. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-76-82–240
16. Eric Costa, Largo, FL *78-79-84–241
17. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *83-81-78–242
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78-85–242
19. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *80-84-81–245
19. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *82-82-81–245
19. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-84-84–245
22. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *78-83-85–246
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *80-79-87–246
24. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *81-84-82–247
24. James Murphy, New York, NY *86-79-82–247
26. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *81-86-81–248
27. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *85-81-83–249
27. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-85-82–249
29. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *86-86-78–250
29. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-82-85–250
29. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *80-83-87–250
32. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *88-82-81–251
32. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *86-79-86–251
34. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-89-84–252
35. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *83-88-82–253
35. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *84-81-88–253
35. Clifford Lindholm, Montclair, NJ *81-79-93–253
38. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA *88-81-85–254
39. Conor McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA *85-86-86–257
39. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *85-82-90–257
41. Michael Guay, Chelmsford, MA *100-75-84–259
41. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *87-82-90–259
43. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *89-83-88–260
43. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *78-90-92–260
45. Titus Sung, Roslyn Heights, NY *90-87-88–265
46. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *91-83-92–266
46. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *84-88-94–266
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *88-90-89–267
49. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *88-91-90–269
50. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *95-84-91–270
50. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *78-92-100–270
52. Rich Streicher, Bluffton, OH *87-95-94–276
53. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *88-100-97–285
54. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *98-93-99–290
54. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *93-96-101–290
56. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *103-91-100–294
57. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *97-93-108–298

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, *
DQ. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA * (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *105-111-0–216
JWD. Prescott Butler, Old Westbury, NY *

Boys 14 & Under Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (White Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 6,227Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,079 Yards, Par 72

1. Charles Larcelet, Geraudot, France *77-73-80–230
2. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *82-83-81–246
3. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *84-82-84–250
4. Yujie Jin, Windermere, FL *88-90-83–261
5. Poppy Lee, Loxahatchee, FL *91-88-89–268
6. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *97-95-86–278
7. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *86-100-93–279
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *96-101-101–298
9. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *113-111-113–337

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *80-78-85—243 (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division
Rounds 1 & 2 – (Green Tees) Dye’s Valley Course: 5,895 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Green Tees) Stadium Course: 5,718 Yards, Par 72

1. Yunjie Zhang, Haikou City, China *75-72-72–219
2. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *76-79-72–227
3. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *75-77-79–231
4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-84-80–242
5. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-76–245
5. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82-81–245
7. Mind Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *82-82-82–246
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-80-84–246
9. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *84-87-76–247
10. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *81-81-86–248
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *85-77-87–249
11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *83-84-82–249
13. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *87-82-83–252
14. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *88-86-82–256
15. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *90-85-85–260
16. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *85-85-94–264
17. Dylaney Day, Toronto, ON *93-84-92–269
18. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *91-98-90–279
19. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *99-95-86–280
20. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *91-94-99–284
21. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *87-105-100–292

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Hannah Berman, Ponte Vedra, FL *88-87-0–175

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Round two recap (Nov. 28, 2014)

Early morning frost made an attempt to deter the second round of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass but within the hour delay, the sun prevailed, allowing juniors to return to the tee. The Boys 15-19 Division kicked off day two at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Girls and the Boys 14 & Under. With one final round still unplayed, we see both stamina from divisional leaders as well as lead changes. In review, each division’s leader’s round, in numbers, are below.

After a standout performance, Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

70 – his 2-under-par round-two score

17 – he recorded par or better on 17 of 18 holes

7 – he improved his opening round’s  score by seven strokes to move into first

3 – total number of birdies on his round

Holding on to the lead of the Boys 14 & Under Division is Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France. His round in numbers:

73 – his 1-over-par round two score

8 – he increased his lead to eight strokes

1 – he carded a hole-in-one for eagle on the par-3 No. 14 (his second hole-in-one this week)

Gaining full ownership of the lead after round two is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. Her round in numbers:

72 – her even-par score for round two

17 – she was par-or-better on 17 of 18 holes, including a birdie on the par-5 No. 17

5 – she now leads the division by five strokes

The third and final round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 29, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round two, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Round one recap (Nov. 27, 2014)

After a two week hiatus from tournament play, the IJGT was eager to hit the road to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Before consuming any turkey for the U.S. holiday, juniors teed off on the Dye Course beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of three rounds. The No. 9-ranked resort golf course in the United States and a top-ranked golf course in Florida, by Golfweek magazine, TPC Sawgrass is one of the most anticipated venues of the IJGT schedule. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Ponte Vedra Beach local, Sam Ohno. His round in numbers:

71 – his 1-under-par round one score

11 – his longest par-or-better streak including three consecutive birdies to finish his round

3 – the number of strokes he leads the division by

1 – the Thanksgiving Day Classic is Ohno’s first IJGT event

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, leads. His round in numbers:

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

13 – total number of pars on the round

3 – Larcelet leads the division by three

1 – Larcelet leads in his first IJGT event

Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China, and Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, share the lead of the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

ZHANG:

75 – the leading round one score of the division posted by both Zhang and Phuchanbanchob

6 – her longest par-or-better streak coming on holes No. 6 through 11

3 – total number of birdies on the day

PHUCHANBANCHOB:

37 – her best nine of the day came with a 1-over front-nine

2 – she finished second in last year’s Thanksgiving Day Classic

1 – she and Zhang lead the division by just one stroke after the opening round. Phuchanbanchob also has a single eagle on the par-5 No. 16

The second round at TPC Sawgrass will take place tomorrow, November 28, 2014, with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up to date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following on @IJGT Twitter.

IJGT celebrates the NCAA’s Early Signing Period with an IJGT Photo of the Week

November 12-19, 2014, served as the NCAA’s early signing period. For many IJGT juniors, the week-long period meant the lengthy search for the college of the future was over. More than 20 juniors playing on the IJGT put on their new school colors, pulled out their finest pens and made their commitments by signing their National Letters of Intent (NLI).

“A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution,” the NLI establishes a student-athlete’s intent to attend a particular university and to participate in a given sport.

Those IJGT members who participated in the early signing:

Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng University of Wisconsin
Connor McKay Lipscomb University
Masato Yoshitsugu Hawai’i Pacific University
TJ Kaczan California State University – Bakersfield
J.D. Moore St. Peters University
Aaron Terrazas Oklahoma University
Isidora Nilsson University of South Carolina
Min Yi “Samantha” Huang University of North Texas
Cara Basso Penn State University
Will Hicks Erskine College
Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob California State University – Northridge
Yeji Shin Georgia Southern University
Will Miles University of South Carolina
Rachel Corry University of Virginia
Kelly Whaley University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Thomas Avant Drake University
Kelly Anderson Northern Illinois University
Derrick Villarreal Charleston Southern University
Carter Ehms Cedarville University
Ryan Rose – Rutgers University
Tyler Dierwechter Stetson University
Clementina Rodriguez University of Washington
Keshav Sharma Erskine University
Kasidy Beckel Radford University
Emily Mills – Rutgers University

To celebrate our juniors, we shared photos of each junior as he or she proudly signed the National Letter of Intent. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob and her coach, Richard Wedzik, are featured in this week’s special edition of the Photo of the Week.

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Phuchanbanchob signed to play golf with California State University – Northridge. Having played in 35 IJGT events, Phuchanbanchob carries a scoring average of 77.475, has accumulated 115 birdies and has placed in the top-10 in all but two of her events.

Check out photos from each junior’s signing on our IJGT Facebook page here.

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Teran, Huber featured in IJGT Photo of the Week (Nov. 13, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to Dormie Club, rated the No. 2  course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, to host the Major Championship. Offering national rankings and IJGT merit points, juniors competed on a pristine golf course under tough competition. Following the event, the fans have spoken and a photo of Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, was selected as the fan-favorite IJGT Photo of the Week!

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(Left to right) Gabriela Teran and Lita Huber display their trophies at the awards ceremony of the Major Championship

 

Teran finished in second with a tournament total 154 while Huber finished in third just four strokes behind. Competing in their fourth event of the season, both girls had participated in the IJGT College Series at NC State, the IJGT Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club and the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Teran’s best round was her opening round at the Major, featuring two birdies and 11 pars. Adding 12 more pars in her second round, Teran nabbed second place in the Girls Division. She has finished in the top-10 in 13 of 15 events.

Huber finished third with scores of 79 and 80, her round of 79 being her first ever tournament score in the 70s. Huber has participated in 16 IJGT events and placed in the top-10 in 10 of those events.

Congratulations to Teran and Huber!

Don’t forget – each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’
2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)
3 points – per share

Inserra, Teran nab IJGT Player of the Week honors (Nov. 11, 2014)

The IJGT traveled to West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014, to host the Major Championship at Dormie Club. Rated the No. 2 course to play in the state of North Carolina by Golfweek, the course offered an entertaining challenge to each junior.  The course was in pristine shape and despite the greens being firm and fast, the juniors rose to the occasion and posted admirable scores both days. This week’s IJGT Player of the Week honors following the Major Championship go to Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua.

Brett Inserra

Brett Inserra

Inserra’s first round score of 82 put him in a tie for 19th place in a field full of strong players.  In his opening round Inserra started off slowly, struggling with a few bogeys. Never fully embracing a momentum, he finished the round with a four-hole par-or-better streak which included his single birdie of the day. With the determination to make up ground, Inserra returned for round two by carding par-or-better on the entire front nine. Four round-two birdies combined with 12 pars allowed Inserra to improve by a staggering 13 strokes and move him up the leaderboard into the top three. Inserra shared third place with Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a two-day total of 151 and brought home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions.

In three appearances in a Major Championship, this is Inserra’s first top-three finish.

Gabriela Teran

Gabriela Teran

Teran’s first round started off hot with a birdie on the par-4 No. 2.  Seven pars on her front nine had her at even-par at the turn. On the back nine, she carded another birdie the par-4 No. 14, bringing her first round score to75. Within reach of divisional leader Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and looking to advance, Teran’s began her second round with consistent play. Scoring par on 12 of 18 holes, Teran finished shy of moving into first but remained in control of second place with a total 154.

The second-place finish is Teran’s third top-five finish this season and the seventh of her IJGT career.

Congratulations to Brett Inserra and Gabriela Teran on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!

IJGA Invitational – Tour Preview

It is that time of year again! The IJGT announces the IJGA Invitational to be held on December 13-14, 2014, at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The two-day, 36-hole tournament is one of the IJGT’s biggest, most competitive events of the year. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and double IJGT merit points at the last Major Championship of the fall season.

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Harbour Town Golf Links is a nationally-recognized course located in Sea Pines. Harbour Town has played host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage (formally Heritage Classic) since 1969. The course is consistently awarded billing as one of the top courses, including being rated 18th in Golf Digest’s 2013-14 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Playing as a par-71, the course features five sets of tees stretching from 5,208 yards to 7,101 yards. The 18th hole at Harbour Town is one of golf’s most well-known holes, as players overlook Calibogue Sound and features the Harbour Town Lighthouse in the background.

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Harbour Town Golf Links

To register or for more information about the IJGA Invitational, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Tour Preview

The IJGT will be traveling to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on November 27-29, 2014. Held at one of the world’s most popular clubs, the three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the Pete Dye-designed Valley and THE PLAYERS Stadium Courses, of which the latter is highlighted by one of the most difficult holes on the PGA TOUR — the signature par-3 17th island green. TPC Sawgrass, which plays host to THE PLAYERS Championship, is the birthplace of the TPC Network and is the backdrop of the PGA Headquarters. At stake will be IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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TPC Sawgrass Golf Course

With a still-growing field of more than 80 juniors from across the nation and around the world, be sure to keep an eye on Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, in the Boys 15-19 Division. Both ranking in the top-three of the IJGT Tour Rankings, the two will look to take home hardware from the Thanksgiving Day Classic. Go is coming off of a first-place Major Championship victory at Dormie Club while Ogawa boasts two wins thus far this season.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, will look to hold on to his first-place ranking in the divisional IJGT Tour Rankings with another win. Pfoestl is coming off of his first IJGT win in the Major Championship at Dormie Club, his first win in a Major and first on the IJGT.

Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., will look to defend her second-place ranking in the IJGT Tour Rankings with her first southeast event of the season. Parker carries a two tournament winning streak, the most recent coming at the Major Championship at Out Door CC on Ocober 25-26, 2014. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, will also look to contend in the Girls Division. Tadokoro has three IJGT wins and has finished in the top five in 16 of her 25 career events.

If you have not registered for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, there is still time! Do not wait to join in on some of the best competition of the year!

To register or for more information about the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass, click here.

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Final results (Nov. 9, 2014)

Whaley brings home her second Major Championship
Pfoestl’s first Major Championship also his first-ever IJGT victory 

WEST END, N.C. – The IJGT hosted the Major Championship at Dormie Club on November 8-9, 2014. The second Major Championship of the season featured a field of more than 50 juniors from across the United States and around the world. Facing cooler temperatures and a difficult course, juniors competed for IJGT merit points and national rankings as well as the honor of being named the IJGT Major Champion.

DSC06876cropShiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, captured the title of Major Champion in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 77 and 71 for a two-day total of 148. Go started round two in a four-way tie for second place. After posting zero birdies in round one, Go improved by adding three birdies in the second round to his 23 total pars for the weekend. Go’s strong play on Sunday allowed him to move into first place and win by two strokes.

“My putting and short game are what I did really well with and what helped me win,” said Go.

Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan, finished in second place with a two-day total of 150. Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, shared third place with a tournament totals of 151. Inserra’s round-two score of 2-under-par 69 earned him the Clazic Belt Low Final Round Award, the award given to the male and female junior(s) recording the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

DSC06885cropThe Boys 14 & Under Division Champion was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. Pfoestl jumped out to a ten-stroke lead over the division in round one with his opening score of 79. Despite his second day struggles, Pfoestl maintained a ten-stroke lead with a second round of 83. With the help of three total birdies and 13 total pars, Pfoestl’s tournament total 162 earned him his first career IJGT win.

“I drove the ball well and I knew if I played smart in the final round I would win,” commented Pfoestl.

Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., finished in second with a tournament total of 172 while brother, Andrew Sample placed third with a two-day total of 198.

 

 

DSC06892cropKelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., became the Major Champion of the Girls Division with an even-par 142. Opening with the only round played under par on Saturday, Whaley recorded five birdies and 10 pars en route to a 2-under-par 69. Whaley followed up her strong first round with a 2-over-par 73 in round two thanks to four additional birdies. Her second round 73 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Whaley said, “I’ve worked really hard lately on my game and it’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”

Finishing in second was Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua, with a tournament total of 154. Rounding out the top three was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, with a total of 159.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-29, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

West End, N.C.. – Final Results of the Major Championship at Dormie Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 8-9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,644 yards Par 71 (72.5/131). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,807 yards, Par 71 (69.3/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,611 yards, Par 71 (72.5/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Dormie Club
West End, NC
November 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division 6,644 yards (Black Tees) Par, 71

1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-71–148
2. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-73–150
3. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-69–151
3. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *81-70–151
5. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *77-75–152
6. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *76-77–153
7. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-73–154
7. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *80-74–154
9. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-76–157
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *80-77–157
9. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *79-78–157
12. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-81–158
13. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *79-80–159
14. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *85-75–160
14. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *83-77–160
16. Santiago Suner, Cutral Co, Argentina *83-78–161
16. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *80-81–161
18. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *83-79–162
18. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *78-84–162
20. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *78-85–163
21. Karsen Rush, Chambersburg, PA *79-85–164
21. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *76-88–164
23. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *86-79–165
23. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *81-84–165
25. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *85-81–166
26. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA *82-85–167
27. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *84-85–169
28. Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *86-84–170
29. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *87-85–172
30. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-84–174
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *95-80–175
32. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-86–177
33. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *87-91–178
34. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *85-94–179
35. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *90-93–183
36. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *100-84–184
37. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *104-81–185
37. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *97-88–185
37. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *98-87–185

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-0–96 (Rule 6-8)
JWD. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *95-0–95
JWD. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *
JWD. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *

Boys 14 & Under Division — 5,807 Yards (Blue Tees) Par, 71

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-83–162
2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *89-83–172
3. Andrew Sample, New York, NY *101-97–198

Girls Division — 5,611 Yards (White Tees) Par, 71

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *69-73–142
2. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *75-79–154
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *79-80–159
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *84-82–166
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *109-101–210
6. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *120-116–236

DID NOT FINISH

JWD. Mary McGuinness, Haddonfield, NJ *71