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.’
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.
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.