Weekend Recap: Park and Pevny continue Winning Ways; Yin joins Winner’s Circle at Eagle Creek

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Pictured from Left to Right: Nic Pevny, Dongjin Park, and Kristine Yin

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Sunshine State once again to continue its ongoing Spring campaign, as Eagle Creek Golf Club played host to the Central Florida Classic. Players from all over the state of Florida and beyond gathered for the weekend as they competed in phenomenal course conditions and early-Spring weather.


After a record-breaking performance only two weeks ago at The Club at Savannah Harbor, Dongjin Park headlined the superb field at Eagle Creek, with all eyes on his group hoping to see an encore. Park did just that, shooting an opening round of 68 (5-under Par) on the Par 73 course at Eagle Creek, creating enough breathing room to hold the lead Sunday afternoon with a final round 70 (3-under Par) earning his second IJGT victory of the season with a final total of 138 (8-under Par).


Park, a 2019 graduate and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, admitted to favorable conditions during the weekend following his win. “The course was in phenomenal shape” Park spoke after the event. “Greens were at a great speed, and the pins locations were tough!”


This is Park’s second consecutive victory at an IJGT event, with both opening rounds seeing scores in the 60’s.


Park’s victory did not come easy once again, as many players showed great skill during the final round making it a crowded leaderboard following the event. In second-place is Aryaman Mohan, of Lusaka, Zambia. Mohan, who is also a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, had an impressive weekend after scores of 71 and 72 earned himself his first Top-3 finish of the IJGT season. Rounding out the Top-3 is Richard Kruger, of Pretoria, South Africa. The graduate of 2020 and student at the International Junior Golf Academy surged his way into the winners’ circle Sunday after a final round of 70. Kruger opened the weekend with a score of 74, earning himself a total score of 144.


For the Girls division, the leaders group was one to follow if you are looking for clutch shots, and high-drama as all three players at one point held a share of the lead. Following a great weekend, it was Kristine Yin who was able to come out as the weekend winner. Kristine, a former resident of Zhejiang, China and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, began her day in second-place after an opening round 74. After a steady, and competitive 18-hole final round of 73, Yin walks away with her first weekend of the IJGT season.


Finishing in a tie for second-place are two Florida standouts in Briana Gabe and Mary Kate Smith. Both Gabe and Smith hail from nearby Melbourne, FL, and had stellar weekends in their IJGT debuts, each shooting 75 and 73 for total scores of 148 (2-over Par).


For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Nic Pevny went 3-3 in his 2018 IJGT swing capturing another win at Eagle Creek. The Aspen, CO native had a great showing once again at the Central Florida Classic, earning a total score of 147, with scores of 72 and 75 respectively.


Muhamad Izwan Zaini earns his second-consecutive Top-3 finish by earning second-place for the weekend. The student by way of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia earned scores of 80 and 74 to finish at 154 for the weekend. Rounding out the Top-3 is Sumaer Dhalla of Princeton, NJ. Dhalla earned the low final-round of the Boys 14 & Under Division on Sunday after firing a 73 (even-par) to go with his opening round 82 from Saturday.


The IJGT will begin play once again in two weeks as the South Carolina Open will take place at Crescent Pointe GC. To sign-up for this event, or view the rest of the upcoming schedule be sure to visit the Schedules tab on IJGT.com.


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Weekend Recap: Record-Breaking Performance from Park Topped off by a Weekend Victory


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2019 student from South Korea shoots 61 Saturday to cruise his way into Faldo Grand Final


Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour hosted its first Faldo Series Qualifying event of 2018 as the Club at Savannah Harbor played host to the IJGT Georgia Open. Over 100 juniors from 15 different states, and over 20 countries gathered in Savannah earn spots into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with AJGA Performance Stars and other national golf rankings.


With a big stage like this, it is always exciting to see players rise to the occasion and create moments that will be remembered forever. On Saturday, Dongjin Park had everyone watching, on his way to a record-setting performance that would eventually lead to victory Sunday afternoon.


Park, a 2019 grad from Seoul, South Korea who is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, shot an 11-under par opening round, followed by a 70 on Sunday for his two-round total of 131. The opening score of 61 from Park on Saturday, is an all-time low round during an IJGT event. Along with his victory, Park earns an invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina.


Finishing in the top-three in second-place is Ty Sullivan with a weekend total of 140 after rounds of 69 and 71. Sullivan is a former resident of Toronto, Canada. In third-place is Drew Mullins, of nearby Pawleys Island, SC. Mullins ended the weekend with a score of 143, after rounds of 72 and 71.


The Boys Division was not the only contests full of excitement, as the Girls Division winner was decided by a Sudden-death playoff. After one playoff hole, Jeongbin Shin secured her victory after making Par. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Shin put together scores of 74 and 76 over her weekend, earning her a 150-total score.

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Following her closely and joining Shin on the playoff hole are Vivian Yen and Chiara Arya. Yen had a fantastic round Sunday after shooting even-par (72) to go with her 78 from Saturday’s round. Vivian is a native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Chiara Arya also ties for second-place after her strong weekend. Arya, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia, finished the weekend with scores of 76 and 74.


Rounding out the contests for the weekend is our Boys 14 & Under Division, which saw Nic Pevny able to go back-to-back with weekend wins. Pevny, of Aspen, CO earned scores of 74 and 77 to total 151. Coming in second-place in the weekend contest is Diego Sarraf. The student from Mexico City, Mexico earned scores of 78 and 76 to round out his weekend. Rounding out the top-three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. Zaini had a solid weekend outing as he finished with scores of 82 followed by a 76 Sunday.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor



The full list of Faldo Series Grand Final Qualifiers from the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor will be posted on Monday February 26 on IJGT.com.


The IJGT will resume play once again in two weeks with the playing of the Central Florida Classic at Eagle Creek. To sign-up for this event, or view the rest of the upcoming schedule be sure to visit the Schedule tab on IJGT.com


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Course Preview: Faldo Series Qualifier at Savannah Harbor


Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour is starting its 2018 season in grand fashion hosting its first Faldo Series Qualifier of the calendar year at one of the premier venues for the tour, at the Club at Savannah Harbor.


Savannah Harbor has been a popular stop among the players for many seasons now, as the field will consist of players from over 15 states and over 20 different countries represented during the weekend. The former site of the PGA Tour’s Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Champions Tour for 10 years, juniors from across the world will once again be taking center stage over the weekend to earn their way into the 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina.


With five qualifying spots up for grabs in each of the Faldo Series Divisions, (Boys 18-U and 16-U, Girls 18-U and 16-U) players who finish in the top 5 of their respected division for Faldo Qualifying, will earn a spot into the U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina later in 2018 over Thanksgiving weekend.


Players this weekend can expect to compete under great conditions this weekend at Savannah Harbor, as temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. The course has always been in great scoring condition as there were nearly 200 Birdies in the Boys Division last year along with over 70 in the Girls Division.


Players will also have the opportunity to compete for national golf rankings such as AJGA Performance Stars this weekend, which are up for grabs in the Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division. Also available is Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings, and Golfweek rankings.


Announcing their partnership in the fall of 2017, the Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.


The winners of the Faldo Series US Grand Final in U18 Boys and Girls, and U16 Boys and Girls, are invited to the 2019 Faldo World Series Asia Grand Final.


To find out more about the Faldo Series future qualifying events, follow the link here.


To view the rest of the upcoming schedule for IJGT follow the link here.


Be sure to follow all the action throughout the weekend through all of the IJGT social media accounts.

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Or follow along with the IJGT App, as scores will be updated Live throughout the day!

Orlando Shootout Recap: Huber Soars to Victory at Eagle Ridge

With a score of 7-under for the Final Round, Huber cruises to first victory of Spring season


Summerfield, FL: Over 50 junior golfers gathered over the weekend for the first International Junior Golf Tour event of 2018 and for many, first of their spring golf season. Taking full advantage of the opportunities at hand for one was Andreas Huber, who took home weekend honors in impressive and dominant fashion.


Huber, a native of Brunico, Italy and current Senior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, was the star of the weekend with consecutive low rounds of 69 and 65, earning a final score of 10-under par. His impressive weekend is highlighted by Sunday’s performance that saw 8 Birdies made. Huber will also be competing in next weekends’ IJGT event at Savannah Harbor.


In a tie for second-place are students who hail from the International Junior Golf Academy; Rowan Cowhey and Luis Martinez. Cowhey, who hails from Dublin, Ireland shined in his debut on the tournament stage putting together scores of 73 and 69 over the weekend. Martinez also fought his way into contention Sunday afternoon, with scores of 73 and 69. The native of Caracus, Venezuela is committed to play golf next fall at Nova Southeastern.


In the Girls Division, competition was tight from the beginning with the decision coming only within one stroke. But there could be only one winner this weekend, and once again Ying-Ting Hsieh answered the call for her fourth win of the IJGT season.


Hsieh, who is also a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy by way of Huantan Township, Taiwan, put together even quality rounds of 71 a piece for her outright victory.


Following her closely in second-place is her classmate Tracy Lee of Seoul, South Korea. Lee put the pressure on Sunday after firing a 2-under par 70 to go with her opening round of 73. Rounding out the top-three is Kristine Yin of Zhejiang, China after her weekend concluded with scores of 74 and 72 and a 146 total score.


Perhaps the most exciting finish of the day came first in the Boys 14 & Under division where the competition was decided in a sudden-death playoff. Between the play of Nic Pevny, and Samuel Hord, the pairing was neck and neck all weekend, with Hord forcing a playoff after and even-par round Sunday afternoon.


On the first playoff-hole, Nic Pevny was able to weather the great comeback by making par and securing his first victory of the new year. The resident of Aspen, CO played steady golf all weekend with scores of 74 each round, totaling for 148.


Securing a second-place after a great Sunday showing is Samuel Hord of nearby Orlando. Hord paired his 72 Sunday with an opening round of 76. Rounding out the top-three is Zaid Khan, who clinches his first top-three finish of the season. Khan, who attends the International Junior Golf Academy by way of El Dorado Hills, CA, finished the weekend with scores of 78 and 74 earning his total of 152.



This event begins a busy stretch for the IJGT, as they head to a popular stop amongst the players next weekend with the playing of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor. To view more about this event, or an upcoming event near you be sure to view our full schedule here.


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