Post-Event Recap: Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor

This weekend, February 25-26, The Club at Savannah Harbor hosted the International Junior Golf Tour for the Georgia Open. Winners of each division included Philipp Krahmer (Boys 15-19), John Daly II (Boys 14 & Under), and Sera Tadokoro (Girls).

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Carson Barbe of Beckville, TX and a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, shot a 66 (-6) in Round 1 to lead by 6-strokes. Making for a dramatic Round 2, Barbe was unable to hold on to the lead and opened the winning spot up to the rest of the field. Shooting 72 in Round 1, Philipp Krahmer of Munich, Germany, also a student at BGGA, capitalized on the opportunity and shot a two-under-par 70 to win the division and finished at 2-under overall. In second place, Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland shot 72-71 (-1). Dongjin Park of Seoul, South Korea shot 73-72 (+1) to place third.’

ICYMI: Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor Post Round Interviews

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro, a senior at the International Junior Golf Academy from Osaka, Japan shot 71-73 (E) to win. Tadokoro held the lead after round one, saying in a post round interview that her strategy “was to smile”. In second place, shooting 73-72 (+1), was Fai Khamborn, a junior at IJGA from Thung Khonkaen, Thailand. Bishops Gate Golf Academy student Yukie Sasaki, from Hiroshima, Japan, shot 75-71 (+2) to place third.

For the third time this year, John Daly II dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division. Daly shot 78-72 (+6) to win the division by two strokes. Tying for second, Bradford Cummins, a 7th grader from Nashville, TN, shot 73-79 to finish +6 alongside Douglas Beney from Rye, NY.

We would like to thank Savannah Harbor and their entire staff for all of their support this weekend. It was a great event at an awesome course, and we could not have been treated more hospitably.

We would also like to thank our tournament director, Brandon Nettles, and the team of IJGT staff and volunteers that made this event possible.

IJGT would not be able to operate without the support of our sponsors. We would like to thank the following partners:

Bridgestone Golf – The Official Golf Ball of IJGT, helping our players get the most distance and control

PUMA – The Official Apparel, to keep our staff and players looking fresh

Oakley – The Official Eyewear of IJGT, because long days in the sun are better in sweet shades

We had a great turn out of coaches and parents this weekend, and would like to thank everyone who came out to support their junior golfers. It is so important for young athletes to have support systems and it is apparent that our players have great cheerleaders, coaches, and friends in their corners.

ICYMI: Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor Post Round Interviews

Lastly, we would like to thank all of the participants from this weekend. Savannah Harbor is always one of our strongest fields and the competition this weekend was not only exciting to watch, but great experience in competing against tough competitors.

IJGT will return March 11-12 for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. This is a special event that will include a Junior-Amateur tournament on Friday, benefiting the Wexford Foundation and the Junior Champions Foundation. To learn more about the Lowcountry Junior, click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor – Round 1 Interviews

Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor saw a ton of awesome rounds from all of our junior golfer. Carson Barbe, a BGGA student from Beckville, TX, fired a 6-under par 66 to lead the Boys 15-19 Division. In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro, an IJGA Senior, shot 71 (-1) to lead by two strokes going in to our final round today. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Bradford Cummins, a 7th grader from Nashville, TN, shot 73 to lead by 1 stroke. While we look forward to an exciting Sunday, check out the post round interviews from yesterday. Check out the full leaderboard here, and follow along for scoring updates throughout the day. For the latest content from the course, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Savannah Harbor Course Preview

This weekend, IJGT is heading out to Savannah Harbor for the Georgia Open. We went out to the course last week to check things out and made a video to preview what competitors will be facing this weekend.

TOURNAMENT RECAP: Orange County National

Winter Park, FL- The International Junior Golf Tour continued along its Spring tour over the weekend, making a stop at the popular Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. A new regular stop along the tour, the juniors participating in the event experienced both of nationally reviewed courses OCN offers; Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. The weekend was played in beautiful conditions for both rounds, with low winds, high temperatures made for a great weekend for scoring as the players competed for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.


For those participating and following the Boys 15-19 Division, the scoreboard was a very popular place to be at the end of round one. Entering the final round on Sunday, six players had shot under par, and numerous players starting the final round with scores in the low 70’s. Alone at the top of both rounds, was Sungjin Noh of nearby Kissimmee, FL that was able to claim victory for the weekend. Noh was simply sensational, putting together scores of 64 and 71, finishing the weekend with a 135 total and nine-under par.
While Noh was nearly unstoppable for the first round played on the Crooked Cat course, the final round on Panther lake was filled with competitors chasing down the leader. Placing second after Noh, is Woojin Jung, also from Kissimmee, FL. Jung was also a standout performer for the weekend, shooting scores of 68 and 69 for a 137 total. Rounding out the Top-3 is another competitor from the Sunshine State, Connor Campbell. Campbell, who hails from Bellair Bluff was another star during the final round shooting a 69 after a round one score of 73 for a 142 finish.


In the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Daly II once again found himself at the top of the leaderboard for back-to-back events. After an impressive opening round of 77 that placed him second entering Sunday, Daly II charged up the leaderboard with a score of 75 for a 152 finish. “Putting was the best part of my game”, Daly II added after the round. “I made six birdies over the two rounds, but today I had even more par putts which was the big reason for the win”.Although entering the final round two-shots off the lead, Daly II attributed entering the day with the same energy and routine crucial to claim victory.
Finishing closely in second place is Oscar De la Fuente of Queretaro, Mexico, tallying scores of 80 and 78 for a two-day total of 156. Finishing out the top-3 is Julian Sanchez-Garcia, of Merida, Mexico. Sanchez-Garcia finishes off the weekend with scores of 80 and 78, totaling 158.With the theme of the weekend clearly being competition, the theme would also be the story of the Girls Division. Claiming victory is Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Sasaki showed very consistent play throughout the weekend on both tournament courses, putting together scores of 71 and 77 for a 148 finish.


“Putting was the best part of my game all weekend” Sasaki added after the round. “While the pin positions were easier for round one, I made a lot of par putts on the second day”. Sasaki also continued raving about the conditions both tournament courses were in for the weekend. This is Sasaki’s first win of the Spring season and second Top-3 finish of the IJGT Season (Central Florida Open at RedTail).
Securing second-place for the weekend is Taylor Miano of Dobbs Ferry, NY. Miano, tied for the lead entering the day with a round one score of 71, concluded her weekend with a 79 for a 150 total. Landing in third-place is Wendy Chen of Guangdong, China, who was able to place scores of 78 and a low Girls overall final round of 76, for a 154 finish.

 

To view full results from OCN, click here.

The IJGT Tournament Season will continue February 25-26 at Savannah Harbor. While this event is full, you can still register for the 10 other tournaments in the IJGT Spring Schedule by clicking here.

 

Why We Love Golf

Happy Valentine’s Day from the IJGT Team!

“They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken,” Raymond Floyd. At IJGT, the four letter word that we associate with this game is love.. as cheesy as that sounds. As a staff, we love the game, we love our players, and we love getting to spend our weekends watching juniors compete and succeed.

Whether the game was something we picked up as a child, or something fun we learned to do as adults, or just something that we learned about once we started working in the industry, it is a special game that has a special place in all of our lives.

For me, I love golf because my favorite memories are hitting golf balls on the driving range with my dad during high school. I feel so lucky that I have these moments to look back on and think it is pretty special that this game helped us become that much closer.

Everyone has their own special golf stories and memories, and so we asked around to try and get a better picture of why we all love the game, check it out:

“I love golf because it creates fun family time where we can also be competitive!” Ryley Hendry, IJGT CEO

“I love golf because you can take 4 strangers that have all different skill levels and still not only compete against each other, but make new friends.” Jared Steger, IJGT Community and Operations Manager

“I love golf primarily because it is the most unique sport in the world. In that each round is different and courses differ from each other in so many ways, and you more than likely won’t have the same shot twice. All of those attributes added in with playing with friends or in a competitive setting make it the most unique sport of its kind.” Nick Walker, IJGT Tournament Director

“I love golf for the fashion it allows me to sport.  I would never wear bright color pants unless I was playing golf.” Brandon Nettles, IJGT Tournament Director

“I love golf because it is a great way to stay competitive while still having fun. Every day is a new course, with new challenges that you need to overcome.” Chris Schramm, IJGT Director of Operations and Membership Services

“I love golf because it’s inexhaustible how much anyone can improve. A beginner can get better and so can a tour player. The challenge of mastering all the games within the games is also fun!” Jonathan Yarwood, BGGA Master Coach

“I love golf for bringing my family together on the weekends for 18 holes and a hamburger (no cheese).” Meaghan O’Reilly, IJGT Director of Communications and Event Management

“I love golf because it has been a huge part of life for 43 years. It has provided every relationship I’ve had and gave me a chance to travel around the world.  Thank you to my father for introducing me to the game I love!!” Scott Shaffer, BGGA Coach

“I love golf as it’s the perfect companionship for me and my dog Snuffles.” Andrew Summers, IJGT Owner

“I love golf because the skills we learn on the course can transfer to our life and the skills we learn in life can transfer to the course.” Iain Highfield, IJGA/BGGA Director of Mental Performance

“I love golf because it teaches you so many life lessons. Perseverance, the value of hard work, and how to face adversity are all good examples.” Jeff Hay, BGGA Coach

“The opportunity to combine skill, competition and etiquette while being surrounded by nature and being with people I care about.” Barb Bausch, IJGA Residential Coordinator of Community

“I love golf because here at IJGA because it is used as a universal language for students who do not speak the same language.” Shawn Mehring, IJGA Director of Performance Training

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, may it be filled with birdies! Want to let us know why you love golf? Follow us on Facebook and leave a comment!

 

 

COURSE PREVIEW – Orange County National

Less than 24 hours away from round 1 of the Florida Junior at Orange County National, the IJGT team is on site marking the course, setting hole locations, and getting all of the prep work done before competition begins. As junior golfers arrive and play their practice rounds today, we have a little preview of conditions going into the weekend.

Click here for the tournament information page.

OVERVIEW

Throwing a bit of a curve ball from our normal tournaments, the Florida Junior will be played on both Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at Orange County National (Winter Garden, FL). According to the on-site team, the greens are playing smooth and fast, running 11 on the stimpmeter, and the temperature is around 80 degrees with 10/15 mph winds.

Both courses are set up for the following yardages by division:

Boys 15-19: 6684

Boys 14 & Under: 5858

Girls: 5650

Did you miss our OCN preview blog? Check it out.

ABOUT THE COURSES

PANTHER LAKE:

Described on the OCN website as “everything you could want in a golf course”, Panther Lake is unique because there is no development in or around the course- a.k.a. no homes, a.k.a. good news for anyone worried about duck hooking it into someone’s window. There are a lot of different shots to be played and each hole will play a little different.  The greens were replaced in 2011 with Champions Dwarf Grass Bermuda, that produces similar conditions to the bent grass you would see on courses in cooler climates. The shorter tee distances are considered to be a little more friendly than the tips, so possibly an opportunity for Boys 14 & Under or the Girls to capitalize on.

Click here to check out Panther Lake’s yardage book.

CROOKED CAT:

Similar to Panther Lake, Crooked Cat is made up of elevation changes, rolling fairways, and long contoured greens. However, with fewer trees, wider landing areas, and native heather and mounding framing the fairways, Crooked Cat will provide the junior golfers with more of a links style experience. The greens are the same Bermuda as Panther Lake, described to have a true roll and quick pace. Crooked Cat is more exposed than Panther Lake, giving the wind an opportunity to play a factor in ball flight.

Click here to check out Crooked Cat’s yardage book.

 

CHALLENGING HOLES

Panther Lake #17, Par 3

Boys 15-19: 159 yards

Boys 14 & under: 132 yards

Girls: 125 yards

This par 3 has a tough, two tiered green that will make it hard to get the ball close.The green is also well protected with water in the front and bunkers surrounding the green. This hole will be tough if you miss the green, or if you hit it to the wrong tier.

 

Crooked Cat #12, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 410 yards

Boys 14 & under: 380 yards

Girls: 365 yards

Nicknamed “The Sweep”, hole 12 will set up for a tough second shot into a big green. There is water on the right that comes into play both off the tee and for the approach shot. On the approach, junior golfers will be forced to carry water while avoiding water by the green on the right side.

 

SCORING OPPORTUNITIES

Panther Lake #12, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 295 yards

Boys 14 & under: 295 yards

Girls: 285 yards

Playing as a drivable par 4, expect to see at lot of birdies here this weekend- especially from some of our older boys. The tees being up will definitely give players a little more to think about on their tee shot- and could be the difference an aggressive player needs to win. The green is well protected with bunkers but with a well struck drive a player could be putting for eagle.

 

Crooked Cat #9, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 370 yards

Boys 14 & under: 324 yards

Girls: 315 yards

Called “The Bend” for its severe dog-leg left, this par 4 brings the opportunity to capitalize on a strategic tee shot. If a player can hit the fairway, they will have a short approach shot into the green. With the right shot, a good player can set themselves up to go for the flag, hit it close and have a good chance at birdie.

 

We are so excited to be at Orange County National this weekend, the two unique and interesting courses will definitely create a test for everyone in the field. If you would like more information on OCN, or either of the courses we are playing this weekend, check out their website by clicking here. On behalf of everyone at IJGT, we are so grateful to be able to play such an awesome venue.

Saturday tee times start at 9:40 AM Eastern Time, and you can follow the leaderboard here, and make sure you are following IJGT on Facebook so you can get notifications when we are doing live pre and post round interviews.

Good luck to everyone in the field and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend!

Questions, comments, concerns? Email us at info@ijgt.com.

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If you missed getting into the field at OCN, we still have a couple spots left at Savannah Harbor (Feb. 25-26) and you can click here to register.

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WEEKEND PREVIEW – Florida Junior at Orange County National

This weekend, Feb. 11-12, IJGT is excited to be hosting the Florida Junior at Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. As the team heads down to the Orlando area to get ready, here is a quick preview of what’s ahead:

WEATHER

It is looking like conditions are going to be nearly perfect this weekend at OCN. Although  it may rain on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the 80s and a less than 10% chance of rain. The weather was a bit of a factor at Oldfield, where it was in the 40s during tee times and the wind was pretty strong. Winds for this weekend are forecasted to be around 6-7 mph, which shouldn’t have too much of an impact on ball flight. (Note: We aren’t meteorologists, feel free to check out the 10-day forecast and make your own judgements)

COURSE

OCN is a championship layout, and is always a good test of golf. The conditions are always prime, with consistent greens and a well-manicured course. This weekend’s event will be played on both Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses. OCN has hosted finals of Q-School and College events, along with IJGT events in the past. Click here to go to the website for a full preview.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BOYS 15-19:

CARSON BARBE

Carson is coming in to the Florida Junior straight off a win at the Winter Classic at Oldfield where he shot 71-74 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The senior from Beckville, TX, shot 71-76 last fall when IJGT was at Orange County National to finish T10.

LUIS MARTINEZ

Looking at the results from last fall, Luis has an awesome chance to go low this week. He is returning to OCN after firing 71-69 (-3), finishing in second during the October event. Also a senior, the Caracus, Venezuela native will have a great opportunity to perform this weekend.

JACK CRAWSHAW AND CAMERON SHEEDY

Two solid players from BGGA, Crawshaw and Sheedy both tied for 3rd last time we visited OCN, shooting -2. Sheedy also finished in 4th place at the Winter Classic at Oldfield, showing that he is ready to compete in 2017.

Click here to see Winter Classic at Oldfield results.

BOYS 14 & UNDER:

JOHN DALY II

After shooting 75-80 to win his division at the Winter Classic, as well as earning stars for the Boys 15-19 Division, we can expect to see some good numbers coming from Daly this weekend. Described by coach Jonathan Yarwood, as “refreshing to watch, playing with flow and flair,” he was completely level headed during the entire tournament at Oldfield and showed a lot of maturity for such a young player.

JULIAN SANCHEZ GARCIA

The IJGA student from Merida, Mexico finished right behind Daly at Oldfield, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two at the top of the leaderboard again at OCN. Julian has won 2 of his last 4 IJGT events and it will be exciting to see if he adds a 3rd win this weekend.

OSCAR DE LA FUENTE

Coming in second at the Orange County National Junior in October, there is a lot on the horizon for this BGGA student. As impressive as a second place finish is, it is more notable to look at his second round even-par 72 after shooting 80 in round 1. Watch out for a continuation of the low score trend.

GIRLS:

MANHUA CHEN AND ROU YIN

The two BGGA students from China placed 1st and 2nd during October’s OCN event. Tied after the first round with a score of 74, it only came down to two strokes in round 2 for the championship. It will be exciting to see it get close in the girls division this weekend, with hopefully more low scores.

Click here to see full results from the OCN Junior last fall.

Good luck to everyone in the field, we are ready for the action this weekend! Make sure you are following IJGT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the post round interviews and updates from the course.

Tournament Recap – Winter Classic at Oldfield

On January 28-29, Oldfield Golf Club hosted the IJGT’s Winter Classic. Carson Barbe of Beckville, TX won the Boys 15-19 Division with a Round 1 score of 1-under-par 71 and shooting 3-over par, 74, in Round 2. Barbe is currently enrolled in a post-grad year at Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-hills, FL and plans to attend Mississippi State as a preferred walk-on to the golf team.

In 2nd Place for the Boys 15-19 Division, Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy recovered from an 80 in Round 1 to shoot a 2-under par 70 in Round 2. Saptak Talwar of New Delhi, India came in 3rd shooting 72-80.

In the Girls Division, Bluffton local and IJGA/Heritage Academy senior, Kayla Kozak won shooting 77-74. Kozak is committed to play golf at the University of Central Florida in fall of 2017. In 2nd place, Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia shot 86-83 followed by Rachel Smith of North Yarmouth, ME who shot 86-87.

John Daly II, son of professional golfer John Daly and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy shot 75-80 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by 3 strokes. Coming back strong in Round 2, Julian Sanchez-Garcia of Merida, Mexico shot 81-77. In third place, Bluffton local Andrew Swanson shot 81-79.

IJGT will host the Florida Junior at Orange County National on February 11-12 and will be back in the lowcountry at Savannah Harbor for the Georgia Open February 25-26.

Register for upcoming IJGT Tournaments here.

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