Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course – Round one recap (Feb. 7, 2015)

The International Junior Golf Tour traveled to San Francisco, Calif., for the first west coast event of the year, the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course. Juniors teed off in the Golden State beginning at 9:40 a.m. PST for the first of two rounds. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

Drew Karren of Orinda, Calif., leads the Boys 15-19 Division. His round in numbers:

75 – His round one score for the lead is a 3-over 75

9 – Karren made par on the entire back nine

2 – His two birdies came on the par-5 hole No. 2 and the par-4 hole No. 8

1 – Karren leads the Boys 15-19 Division by a single stroke

The Boys 14 & Under Division is led by Brian Ma of Milpitas, Calif. His round in numbers:

76 – His opening round 76 to move ahead of the division with a five-stroke lead

3 – Ma carded a division-best three birdies in round one

1 – This is Ma’s first IJGT event

Angela Bagabas of San Ramon, Calif., leads the Girls Division. Her round in numbers:

3 – Bagabas’ three birdies came on the par-4 first hole, the par-5 ninth and the par-5 18th

8 – Her eight-hole par-or-better streak came on holes No. 8 through 15

4.5 – Her average on par-5s

74 – Her round one score to carry the lead

The second round of the Major Championship at Presidio will take place tomorrow, February 8, 2015, with tee times beginning at 9:40 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 the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 5, 2015

The IJGT hosted its third local tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation on January 31-February 1, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event featured juniors from around the world competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Although it was unseasonably cold during round one, the chilly weather didn’t stop the competitors from having a good time on the course. San Antionio, Texas native Jason Hijazi, and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., decided to have some fun by posing in the background while Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, teed off on the 14th hole. The threesome all attend the International Junior Golf Academy together.

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Hammerschmidt finished round one a single stroke behind the division leader. He closed out round two by making par on the final four holes and finished the tournament in a tie for third.

Tupamahu birdied the par-4 hole No. 2 in round one to begin a six-hole par-or-better streak.

Hijazi struggled in the first round, but recovered in the second knocking 10 strokes off his round one score.

Congratulations to Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page 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

Burnett, Clair earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 3, 2015

This past weekend, January 31 – February 1, 2015,  the IJGT competed at the Wexford Plantation, for the Lowcountry Junior. The cold weather and wind made the first day of competition tough but players enjoyed the challenging greens and warmer weather prevailed on day two. Following this event, the IJGT is proud to present Player of the Week honors to Camila Burnett and Cameron Clair, both of Bluffton, S.C..

Camila

Burnett, in her first IJGT appearance, exemplified sportsmanship. Younger than her fellow Girls Division competitors by at least two years, Burnett holed out from 50 yards on the par-4 hole No. 9 for birdie. She illustrated a passion for the game of golf despite her age and her performance was highlighted by at least one birdie in each round. Showing amazing maturity, Burnett recovered well mentally when shots didn’t go her way.

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Battling winds and chilly temperatures, Clair struggled through his first round front nine finishing 14-over. Determined to show his best, Clair returned on day to and during that same stretch in his final round, he carded a birdie and six par-or-better finishes to shave 12 strokes off his score on the front nine alone. On the back nine, he closed out tournament play strong with his longest par-or-better streak of the weekend on five straight holes.

Congratulations to Burnett and Clair for their Player of the Week honors!

IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes – Tour Preview

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The IJGT will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes on February 28-March 1, 2015.

The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on the George Fazio course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course. Named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association, the Fazio course has just two par-5s to compliment a series of long par-4s. The challenging course features open, tree-lined fairways on the front nine, but the back nine becomes tighter and more severe.

The IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes features an exciting field of talented junior golfers. In the Girls Division, Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, is coming off back-to-back top-four finishes in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. Also keep an eye out for Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who has three first-place finishes this season.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, is looking for his third IJGT championship of the season. He is currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour and coming off a third-place finish in the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor.  Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, and Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, tied for fourth in another IJGT Junior this spring, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, and will look to outdo one another at Palmetto Dunes.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, performed well in last season’s Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes: Ogawa finished second and Kim tied for fifth.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, players to watch include York, Pa., native Evan Greenplate, Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China and Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greenplate hasn’t finished below second place in an IJGT event this season. Phillips is coming off a win at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National and Hu is coming off a second-place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation.

The field for the IJGT Junior includes competitors from 13 states and 16 countries. Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points during the tournament. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island – Tour Preview

Traveling to an annual fan-favorite site, the IJGT will host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island on February 14-15, 2015. A weekend dedicated to love will allow juniors to experience a true love for this course. The two-day, 36-hole event will be played on both the Ocean Course and Turtle Point.

Kiawah Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is one of only four courses in the U.S. to have hosted every major PGA event in the country. It hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The par-72 course was designed by Pete and Alice Dye.

Wind provides an exciting challenge on the Ocean Course as its strength and direction is constantly changing and unpredictable; there are no prevailing winds on the course. It has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, 10 right along the Atlantic with the other eight running parallel. This provides players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s Atlantic coastline from every hole.

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The Ocean Course was named one of the Top 10 Courses in the U.S. and the World by the Travel Channel in 2014. In 2012, it was named the #1 Golf Course in South Carolina by Golf Digest.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point course gives players the opportunity to test not just their accuracy, but also their mental game.

All of Kiawah Island’s five courses are Audubon-certified Cooperative Sanctuaries. Located less than an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island offers an abundance of activities for visitors.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tops the list of players to watch for the Boys 15-19 Division of the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island. Go is currently ranked first in his division on the IJGT Tour Rankings. He has six top-three finishes this season, including wins at the IJGT College Series at NC STATE, the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club and the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines. Other players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Thomas Lipowicz of Alexandria, Va., and Karan Arjun of Bangalore, India, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah. Also keep an eye out for John Karcher of Novi, Mich., who is playing in his third IJGT event at Kiawah.

In the Girls Division, Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, finished third in last year’s Major Championship at Kiawah. This is her third IJGT event at the notoriously difficult course. Victoria Parker of Lewiston, N.Y., also played last year’s event, finishing in 11th place.

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, is coming off a first place finish in the Boys 14 & Under Division of the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. He is currently first in his division in the IJGT rankings. Pittsford, N.Y., native Daniel Schindler will look to improve on his second place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, his first IJGT event. Also keep an eye out for Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who finished 13th in last year’s IJGT event at Kiawah.

Juniors will be competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points as they play the world-renowned courses at Kiawah Island. Be sure to follow @IJGT on Twitter for live updates and download the IJGT app for live scoring.

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Final Results (Feb. 1, 2015)

Wren takes title in come-from-behind win
Whaley and Jaiswal best their fields

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted Lowcountry Junior at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Club on January, 1 – February, 2, 2015. The 36-hole event marked the third event in the IJGT’s Southeast Tour this spring and the line-up included 35 junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

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Trey Wren, of Suffolk, Va., came from behind and took home the win at the Lowcountry Junior. Coming off of a solid performance last weekend in a three-player playoff at the Carolina Classic, he carded an 86 in the first round with only one birdie. Then, in the final round he carded four birdies on the front nine alone and added one more on the back. His score for the final round was 71 making his scores for the weekend 86 and 71 for a total of 157.

Wren’s 1-under final round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the second weekend in a row. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award goes to the boy and girl each week with the lowest final round scores.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, with scores of 77 and 81 for a total of 158. Cheng, who had led after day one of competition, was bested by Wren’s birdie-laden final round. Third place was a tie between Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., with scores of 85-75—160 and 78-82—160, respectively. 

Kelly

In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 82 and 70 for a tournament total of 152. The senior IJGA student who recently signed to play NCAA DI golf at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill credited her success today to her putting, “I made 29 putts today so my putting really helped.”

Whaley’s performance in the final round started out with a bang as she carded an eagle on her very first hole of the day. She added three more birdies and 11 pars to her scorecard and posted the lowest score of the entire tournament.

Behind Whaley was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, who finished the day in second with scores of 87 and 82 for a total of 169 while Bluffton, S.C., native Sophia Burnett took third place with scores of 82 and 90 for a tournament total of 172 in her IJGT debut.

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Ayushmaan Jaiswal of New Dehli, India, took home top honors in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 92 and 90 for a tournament total of 182. Second place went to Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China.

For full results, click here.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course on February 7-8, 2015. The Major Championship will be held at the famous Presidio Golf Course in San Fransisco, Ca. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on January 31- February 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,669 yards Par 72 (73.0/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 72 (74.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 31 – February 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,669 yards, Par 72

1. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *86-71–157
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *77-81–158
3. Matthew Cesare, Milford, CT *85-75–160
3. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *78-82–160
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-77–161
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *85-76–161
7. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *87-78–165
7. Feng Chen, Baoding City *83-82–165
9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-81–167
9. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *87-80–167
9. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-81–167
9. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-85–167
13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-78–168
14. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-87–169
15. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *85-85–170
16. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-85–172
17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-84–178
18. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *95-85–180
19. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *92-89–181
20. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-91–182
21. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *100-91–191
21. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *86-105–191

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *97 (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

1. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *92-90–182
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *106-94–200

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *82-70–152
2. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87-82–169
3. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-90–172
4. Katelyn Martin, North Prairie, WI *91-93–184
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *105-96–201
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *99-102–201
7. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *103-110–213

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Round one recap (Jan. 31, 2015)

The IJGT stayed local for its third tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. In chilly but bright conditions, juniors teed off starting at 8:51 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan. His round in numbers:

1 – the number of strokes he leads by in the division

2 – this is his second IJGT Lowcountry Junior appearance

4.5 – his division-best average on the course’s par-5s

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, S.C., are tied for first in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:

WHALEY:

39 – her score on the front nine

8 – Whaley’s lone birdie of the day came on the difficult par-5 No. 8

3 – Whaley made par on the first three holes of the tournament

BURNETT:

1 – this is Burnett’s first IJGT event

3 – she closed out the first round by making par on the final three holes

2 – Burnett leads the division for round-one birdies with two

Leading the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ayushmaan Jaiswal of Wesley Chapel, Fla. His round in numbers:

14 – Jaiswal leads the division by 14 strokes

2 – consecutive pars he carded to close out the front nine

6- the Lowcountry Junior is Jaiswal’s sixth IJGT event of the season

The second round of the Lowcountry Junior will take place tomorrow, February 1, 2015, with tee times starting at 9 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 the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Carolina Classic champion Santiago Diaz featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 29, 2015

The IJGT continued its spring season with another local tournament, the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, on January 25, 2015. Heavy rain cancelled day one of the tournament, so instead of playing 36 holes over two days, the junior golfers completed 27 holes in one day. The field competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings in windy but bright conditions. After the tournament, fans chose this shot of Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico, as the IJGT Photo of the Week.

Santiago Diaz Photo of the Week

After 27 holes, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., found themselves in a three-way tie for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with tournament totals of 110. The tie meant a playoff, which was played on the challenging par-4 18th hole.

Although he was nervous competing in his first career playoff, Diaz maintained his composure and defeated his competitors earning sole possession of first place. Byrne and Wren tied for second.

This is Diaz’s second IJGT championship win this season as he also won the Savannah Junior at The Landings in December. Congratulations to Diaz!

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

Kay-Green, Chong Earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Jan. 27, 2015

The IJGT continued it’s spring season on January 24-25, 2015, with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. After inclement weather kept junior golfers off the course Saturday, Sunday dawned bright and clear, perfect weather for the 27-hole format. Following this event the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Taylor Kay-Green of Needham, Mass., and Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario.

Taylor Kay-Green

In his closing nine holes, Kay-Green carded par or better on eight of the nine holes, improving his score on his first go at the back nine by an impressive four strokes. His performance included a birdie on the difficult par-5 hole No. 16. His performance propelled him to his best finish in an IJGT event. Kay-Green tied for third in the division on the par-3 leaderboard, averaging even par on the course’s par-3 holes.

Melany Chong

After finishing her first round of back nine holes, Chong finished with a 5-over 41. Determined to improve, Chong returned to the back nine for her final nine holes of the event and used two birdies and three pars to shave two strokes from her score for a score of 39. Her scores helped earn her second place in the Girls Division, a personal best in her IJGT career.

Congratulations for Kay-Green and Chong on their Player of the Week honors!

MAJOR Championship at Presidio GC – Tour Preview

The IJGT is excited to host its first MAJOR of the spring season, the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Club in San Francisco, Calif. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on February 7-8, 2015, and be the first west coast event of the year.

Presidio Aerial

The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. Located within a national park, the Presidio course has been recognized as a leader in environmentally sensitive golf course management. In 2003 the course received certification from Audubon International as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Hole 12

The terrains at Presidio are varied and range from adobe clay to rock to sand. Sitting in the notoriously hilly San Francisco area, the course plays with difficult but entertaining changes in landscape from hole to hole.

Many famous athletes including Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Joe DiMaggio have played at the Presidio Golf Course.

San Francisco is a great city for foodies and the Presidio specifically is becoming a dining destination with a variety of exciting restaurants popping up in the area.