Carolina Classic at Colleton River – Final Results (Jan. 25, 2015)

Diaz prevails in three-player playoff
Zeng, Pfoestl also nab top honors in 27-hole event

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted Carolina Classic at the local venue, Colleton River Plantation Club. Due to inclement weather the event was played entirely on January 25, 2015 with one round of 18 holes and one of nine utilizing a shotgun start. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.

santiSantiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico finished first after a three-player sudden-death victory in a playoff for the Boys 15-19 Division. After regulation, Diaz, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, and Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va. were in a three-way tie for first place.

Wren had led the division after the first 18 holes but Diaz and Byrne closed the gap with a chip for birdie on hole 15 and seven straight par finishes respectively.

The playoff began on the course’s par-4 hole No. 16. From the tee, Byrne found the fairway while Diaz and Wren both found their way to the outer edges of the fairway. Byrne was the first to reach the green but came up short on his putt. Wren found himself in a right-side bunker forcing him to earn his putt. All three juniors fell just shy of the hole on their attempts for par, leveling the playing field. In the end, it was Diaz who handled the pressude, ending the playoff with his successful putt for bogey and for the win.

Diaz finished with scores of 72 and -38 for 27-hole a total of 110. His regulation play was highlighted by par-or-better finishes on 23 of 27 holes including three birdies in his first 18. This was Diaz’s first ever playoff and when asked how he felt during the extra hole he said, “Really nervous.” When asked his favorite hole he said “It would probably have to be 15, the one I chipped in.”

Wren finished with scores 70 and-40 for a total of 110. His first round included par-or-better finishes on all but one hole.  Wren also took home the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which, due to the special circumstances, was awarded to the male and female player with the best nine-hole score at the event. Wren took the title home with a score of 35 on both the front and back nine in his first 18. Byrne, who finished with scores of 71 and-39 for a total of 110, finished his day with seven straight pars and four birdies.

natIn the Girls Division, Bunyaporn “Nat” Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 74 and-37 for a total of 111 on the day. Her round of 35 on the back nine was her best of the day where she earned the Low Round award and carded two birdies. When asked how she felt about the day Zeng said, “I felt really good and nervous and a bit tired.” She said her favorite hole was, “hole no. 16 because, I birdied it every time.”

Behind Zeng was Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario, who finished the day in second with scores of 80 and-39 for a tournament total of 119 and Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, in third with scores of 79 and-41 for a total of 120.

 

thomasThomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy won the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 79 and-42 for a total of 121. Coming off of a second-place finish at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National last week, Pfoestl carded a streak of nine pars to take a lead heading into the final nine holes. Daniel Schindler of Pittsford, N.Y., made his IJGT debut and took second in the division with scores of 93 and-37 for a total of 140.

The IJGT’s Southeast Tour will host its next event January 31 – February 1, 2015. The Lowcountry Junior will be held at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Course, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

Carolina Classic at Colleton River- Dye Course
Bluffton, SC
January 25, 2015 

Boys 15-19 Division- Back Tees, 6,707 yards, Par 72 (27 hole competition)

1. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *72-38–110
T2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *71-39–110
T2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *70-40–110
4. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-36–112
5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *72-41–113
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan, *76-38–114
7. Taylor Kay-Green, Needham, MA *79-36–115
8. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River NJ, *80-37–117
9. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *76-42–118
10. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg *79-40–119
11. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-41–120
12. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *82-39–121
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *81-42–123
13. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *82-41–123
13. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *82-41–123
16. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *79-45–124
16. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *85-39–124
18. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *81-44–125
19. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *81-45–126
19. Brandon McLean, Unionville, ON *86-40–126
21. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-43–129
21. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *83-46–129
21. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *86-43–129
24. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *93-44–137
25. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-49–151
25. Spencer Eller, Phoenix, AZ *98-53–151

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JWD Trent Hope, Savannah, GA JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division- Medal Tees, 6,079 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *79-42–121
2. Daniel Schindler, Pittsford, NY *93-47–140

Girls Division- Member Tees, 5,679 yards, Par 71 (27 hole competition)

1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-37–111
2. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *80-39–119
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *79-41–120
4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-47–133

IJGT alum Brandon Hagy making PGA Tour debut at Humana Challenge

Brandon Hagy, who had three Top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), is participating in his first PGA TOUR event this week. Hagy, 23, is chasing the title at the Humana Challenge, which began January 22 and will conclude on Jan. 25, 2015, in La Quinta, Calif.

After a successful amateur career, the Westlake Village, Calif., native played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, he competed in four NCAA Championships. Following his senior season, Hagy earned consensus first-team All-American honors and was ranked No. 6 in the final 2013-2014 collegiate rankings according to both Golfstat and Golfweek. Hagy graduated from the prestigious Haas School of Business in May of 2014.

Last season Hagy competed in three Web.com Tour events and one PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The 2015 Humana Challenge features a field of 156 professional players. The format is Pro-Am play for the first 54 holes; each of the pros will switch amateur partners and courses over the first three days. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the low 70 professionals and ties will play the final round of the 72-hole event.

The Humana Challenge defending champion, Patrick Reed, is also an IJGT alum.

Reed will tee off today, Saturday Jan. 24, at 10:20 a.m. and Hagy will tee off immediately after at 10:30 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Private at PGA WEST. Stay tuned to the leaderboard here.

Best of luck to Brandon Hagy and Patrick Reed!

Ahn, Nakayama featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Jan. 22, 2015

The IJGT kicked off its spring season locally, hosting the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Conditions were chilly but sunny during the two-day, 36-hole event. The field, which included participants from eight states and 10 countries, competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

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A photo of Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, was selected as this week’s IJGT Photo of the Week. Ahn and Nakayama, both students at the International Junior Golf Academy, decided to match outfits for round one of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. In addition to being paired with each other on both days, Ahn and Nakayama also finished next to each other in the standings.

Nakayama used a division-best three birdies to tie Concord, Mass., native Skylar Frankiewicz for first after 36 holes. Frankiewicz won the playoff leaving Nakayama in second. The second-place finish was Nakayama’s best of the season and propelled her into the top 20 in the IJGT Rankings.

Ahn’s third-place finish boosted her 23 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to Yeji Ahn and Yuki Nakayama 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

Will Miles named Planet Fitness Academic Athlete of the Week

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Will Miles, who has 13 top-10 finishes on the International Junior Golf Tour, was named the Planet Fitness Academic Athlete of the Week. The Hilton Head Island, S.C., native was selected to receive the award for his excellence both on the golf course and in the classroom. Miles currently attends Heritage Academy, which allows him to take rigorous academic courses without interfering with his intense tournament schedule.

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Well-known local sports anchor Frank Sulkowski of WJCL News presented Miles with the award and interviewed him as part of a segment that will air tonight at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Miles is the defending champion of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor having won titles at the event in both 2014 and 2013. This year’s Georgia Junior will be held February 21-22 at Savannah Harbor.

Miles has been participating in IJGT events since 2012 and will be joining University of South Carolina’s men’s golf team in the fall.

Congratulations to Will Miles on his well-deserved recognition as Planet Fitness Academic Athlete of the Week!

Two IJGT alumni to compete on Golf Channel's Big Break

If you tune into Golf Channel’s Big Break this season, you just might see a familiar face. Or two.

IJGT alumni Richy Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., and Justin Martinson of Avondale, Pa., will both be competing on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. Throughout the 11-episode season, contestants will compete against each other in a variety of challenges that test both their physical skills and mental toughness. Each week, one golfer will be eliminated until a champion is crowned.

This season, the contestants will be competing for an exemption into the 2015 Barbasol Championship as well as cash and other prizes.

The diverse, all-male cast includes collegiate All-Americans, mini tour champions and a pair of trick shot experts. At 23, Werenski, a 2010 International Junior Golf Academy graduate, is the youngest golfer in the competition. He will be competing against 11 other talented individuals including his former roommate and teammate at Georgia Tech, Kyle Scott.

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In December, Werenski earned playing status in the first eight events on the Web.com Tour schedule at the Web.com Tour Qualifying School. Werenski has qualified for the U.S. Amateur four times, but lists winning the 2012 Porter Cup, and consequently having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson, as his greatest golf accomplishment thus far.

Justin Martinson

Before he became one of the most successful amateur golfers in University of Delaware history, Martinson was one of the top players on the International Junior Golf Tour. Multiple wins during his final year on the IJGT caught the attention of several college golf coaches. He accepted a scholarship from Charleston Southern University, but transferred to the University of Delaware after his freshman year. Martinson turned pro immediately after graduating from the University of Delaware in 2011. His 10-under-par 278 earned him fifth place in the four-day, 72-hole eGolf Tour Championship in December.

Although the Big Break season premiere doesn’t air until next month, it was taped in September at PGA National Resort and Spa, home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The contestants competed on four courses: The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio and The Squire.

Be sure to tune in for the season premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 2 on Golf Channel. A special “Meet the Players” show will air Monday, January 26 at 10 p.m. ET.

Good luck to both Richy and Justin!

Berger, Gerbelova earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Jan. 20, 2015

The IJGT hosted its first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015. Junior golfers competed in chilly but bright conditions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Statesboro, Ga., native Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Ford Berger

Ford Berger

Competing in just his second IJGT event, Berger used the help of two birdies to knock an impressive six strokes off his round one score. His round-two birdies came on holes No. 7 and 13.

Combining scores of 87 and 81, his tournament total of 168 was good for third in the Boys 14 & Under Division. After his strong finish this weekend, Berger shot up 15 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Martina Gerbelova

Martina Gerbelova

Gerbelova had her best two-day total of the 2014-2015 season during the IJGT Junior. Consistent rounds of 96 gave Gerbelova her first top-five finish of her career. Her fifth place finish moved her up nine spaces in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to both Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova on their Player of the Week honors!

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Wexford Plantation

The recently-renovated Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Wexford Plantation plays through tall, majestic oaks and stately pines before continuing around the harbor and coastal marshlands. It was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golfweek Magazine‘s 2014 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes. Its six sets of tees range from 4,670 yards to 6,913 yards, allowing the course to offer a challenge at any distance.

The course’s signature hole is the 380-yard 18th, which requires a tee shot over a marsh and up a dogleg right fairway, then an approach shot over another marsh to the green. The challenge of the course combined with a competitive field will make this a tournament you do not want to miss.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pa., will look to improve upon his most recent top-15 finish at the IJGA Invitational in December of 2014. A victory at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation would be Rodgers’ first IJGT victory of his career. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., who will look to make a statement with his first appearance in an IJGT event.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be one to watch in the Girls Division as she looks to extend her two-win streak after winning the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Major Championship at Dormie Club in the fall season of 2014. Also looking to continue a winning streak is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. After her win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 27-29, 2014, Zhang will be in pursuit of her second consecutive win this season.

If you have not yet registered for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation, there’s still time! Click here for more information or to sign up.

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Final Results (Jan. 18, 2015)

Byrne comes from behind to force playoff

Phillips and Frankiewicz capture first IJGT victories 

The IJGT hosted the first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, on January 17-18, 2015. The field for the two-day, 36-hole tournament included junior golfers from eight U.S. states and 10 countries. Juniors competed in chilly but bright conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Conor Byrne

Conor Byrne

After finishing round one in fourth place, Conor Byrne of Dublin, Ireland, came from behind to tie Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., for first with a tournament total of 146 after 36 holes. Byrne won the Boys 15-19 Division in a playoff by sinking a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 9th hole to edge out Skae for the title.

The victory was Byrne’s first on the International Junior Golf Tour. Byrne’s round two even-par 71 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior to card the lowest score in the final round of the event.

“I was surprised to shoot the low final round, especially how I started by three-putting the first hole,” said Byrne after his win. “I knew Ryan [Skae] had an eight-footer left for par, so all I was trying to do was get it close. I knew it had good speed and it just so happened to fall. It was pretty cool to win on a birdie.”

Skae, who finished in second, led the field with a 14-hole bogey-free run stretching from hole No. 16 in round one to hole No. 11 in round two. His impressive par-or-better streak on Nos. 1 through 11  included back-to-back birdies on holes No. 6 and 7 in round two.

Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., finished in third in the Boys 15-19 Division with a tournament total of 149. O’Donovan led the field in birdies with eight including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 in round two.

Wataru Koguchi of Fukuoka, Japan, was the only junior to card an eagle. He needed only three strokes to complete the par-5 hole No. 3 in round one.

Skylar Frankiewicz

Skylar Frankiewicz

The Girls Division also saw a playoff in which Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., came out victorious. Frankiewicz and Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, finished with tournament totals of 159, but Frankiewicz defeated Nakayama by one stroke in the one-hole playoff leading to her first IJGT victory.

“I felt a little pressure throughout the day, but I knew where I stood in relation to Yuki [Nakayama],” Frankiewicz said after her win. “I had a bad hole on 17, but I knew if I could beat her by one on the last hole I would be able to send it to a playoff, I did. The win in a playoff made the entire trip from Massachusetts worth it!”

Nakayama’s round two score of 79 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the girls.

Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, finished third in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 174.

Chase Phillips

Chase Phillips

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., built off a two-stroke lead in round one to capture his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He knocked two strokes off his round one score to finish with a tournament total of 158. Phillips carded six birdies during the tournament including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 7 and 8 in round two.

“I knew coming into the final round all I had to do was play the way I played the first day to win,” Phillips said after the tournament. “I hit it great and made a few putts. It was nice to improve and finish strong with a 78.”

Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, finished second in the Boys 14 & Under Division defeating third-place finisher Ford Berger of Statesboro, Ga., by two strokes.

The IJGT will continue tournament play on January 24-15, 2015 with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.

Bluffton, S.C. – Final Results of IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,655 yards Par 71 (72.5/125). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,016 yards, Par 71 (79.3/124). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,627 yards, Par 71 (71.7/123).

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National

Bluffton, S.C.

January 17-18, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6655 yards, Par 71

1. x-Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *75-71--146 
2. Ryan Skae, Old Tappan, NJ *74-72--146
3. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *74-75--149
4. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *77-74--151
4. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *74-77--151
6. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *78-74--152
7. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *80-81--161
8. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-77--163
9. Cole Sutherland, Charlotte, NC *78-86--164
9. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *79-85--164
11. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-82--166
11. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *83-83--166
13. Jake Rumfola, Dublin, OH *83-84--167
14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Hilton Head, SC *83-85--168
14. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *81-87--168
16. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86--169
17. Alexander Zahn, Saddle River, NJ *83-88--171
18. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *83-89--172
19. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *85-89--174
20. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *88-88--176
21. Karan Bhasin, Mishref *90-93--183

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6016 yards, Par 71

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-78--158
2. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-84--166
3. Ford Berger, Statesboro, GA *87-81--168

Girls Division- White Tees, 5627 yards, Par 71

1. x-Skylar Frankiewicz, Concord, MA *79-80--159
2. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *80-79--159
3. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *87-87--174
4. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *89-94--183
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *96-96--192

 

IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National – Round One Recap (Jan. 17, 2015)

The IJGT opened its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. Juniors teed off in chilly but bright conditions on January 17, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, are each division’s leaders rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15 – 19 Division Kanata Irei of Japan, Jack O’Donovan of Pittsford, N.Y., and Ryan Skae of Old Tappan, N.J., all share the lead. Their rounds in numbers:

IREI:
74- the leading round one score carded by Irei, O’Donovan and Skae

8 – his longest streak of par coming on holes 6 through 13

1 – number of birdies he carded in the first round

O’DONOVAN:
10 – successfully carded par or better on 10 of the first 11 holes

5 – this is the fifth time O’Donovan has shot sub-80 this season

SKAE:
2- number of birdies he carded in the first round

1 – this is his lowest round on the tour this season

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Chase Phillips of Hilton Head, S.C., leads the way. His round in numbers:

80 – his round one score to lead the division

1 – his first round of 80 or lower since the first tournament of the season

2 – amount of birdies he carded in this opening round

2 – he leads the division by two strokes

Skylar Frankiewicz of Concord, Mass., is in front for the ladies. Her round in numbers:

79 – her round one score to lead the division

9 – carded par or better on nine of her last ten holes

3 – Frankiewicz is coming off of a third-place finish at the Savannah Junior at The Landings on December 6-7, 2014

2 – this is Skylar’s second IJGT tournament

The second and final round of the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National will take place Sunday, January 18, 2015 with tee times starting at 8:30 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Stay on top of all the action with up-to-the-minute updates by following @IJGT on Twitter.

Fall Highlights and Spring Preview

Following a successful fall season full of low scores, beautiful courses and even holes-in-one, the IJGT is excited to kick off its spring season with the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015.

LOOKING BACK

During the fall season junior golfers had the opportunity to play a variety of world-renowned courses.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the IJGT hosted the Thanksgiving Day Classic at the ever-famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This tournament was one of the few three-day, 54-hole events. The junior golfers performed admirably on both THE PLAYERS Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses. Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, edged out Ben Albin of Santa Fe, N.M., to win the Boys 15-19 Division. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, and Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., tied for third. All of the top three finishers in the Boys 15-19 Division had a round at or below par and eights golfers across the three divisions carded eagles.

The Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass saw not one but two holes-in-one! In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Charles Larcelet of Geraudot, France, had an ace on the par-3 hole No. 14 on the Valley Course. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, carded a hole in one on the par-3 hole No. 8 on the Stadium Course.

Playing the iconic par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium course was a highlight of the fall season for many of the young golfers.

Dormie Club, No. 43 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, played home to the MAJOR Championship at Dormie Club. Despite a course that proved to be challenging for the entire field, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., carded an impressive nine birdies during the tournament. Ritwik Jain of New Delhi, India, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both had bogey-free streaks that lasted 16 holes.

The final event of the fall, the IJGA Invitational, was held at Sea Pines Resort where junior golfers had the opportunity to play both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. The latter ranked No. 19 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 199 Greatest Public courses and ranked in the top 50 of Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. It is also the host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

LOOKING FORWARD

The spring season features another selection of top-ranked courses. The first three tournaments are local to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area. On January 24-25, 2015, during the Carolina Classic at Colleton River, junior golfers and their families will have a chance to explore the host of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur. The Pete Dye course, where the Carolina Classic will be played, offers unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes.

The IJGT will travel to the west coast for the MAJOR Championship at Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., on February 7-8, 2015. The Presidio Golf Course is one of the oldest courses on the west coast and has been a national historic landmark since 1962. An Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, it is located within a national park.

On Valentine’s Day weekend (February 14-15, 2015), the IJGT will be traveling to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is ranked No. 20 on the 2015-2016 edition of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list and third on their America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. This course was the first designed for a specific event, the 1991 Ryder Cup. Known for its challenging and unpredictable winds and spectacular ocean views, the Ocean course is No. 25 on Golf.com’s 2014 list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

The Major Championship at Duke University in Durham, N.C., on March 28-29, 2015, provides an excellent opportunity for junior golfers investigating college golf programs to explore Duke as well as the nearby University of North Carolina.

The Northeast Tour of the IJGT will host the Pennsylvania Open at Nemacolin on April 11-12, 2015. The junior golfers will have the chance to play both the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock and the par-70 The Links. Mystic Rock placed No. 60 on the 2015-2016 Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The following weekend, the Northeast Tour will travel to The Architects Golf Course in Lopatcong, N.J., for The Architects Cup.

On April 25-26, 2015, the IJGT will host a Major Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. Bulle Rock sits at No. 45 on Golf Digest’s 2015-2016 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The spring season will culminate with the highly anticipated Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The three-day, 54-hole event will take place on May 23-25, 2015. On the evening of May 24 the IJGT will announce its All-IJGT Team and Player of the Year honors for each division at the Night of Champions.

Juniors in all divisions will be competing for AJGA Performance Stars and national rankings. In addition, the winner of the Boys 15-19 Division will receive an exemption to the 2015 International Junior Masters tournament.

Well wishes to all of our juniors as we reflect graciously on the fall and welcome the spring. Good luck to all!