Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Recap

Bae’s Breakout Party Cemented as Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Champion

Photo by Cy Cyr (http://www.cycyr.com/)

New Jersey Standout finishes 3-day Event at 13-Under Par and First-Ever Girls Champion to Win at U.S. Final

 

Montverde, FL: The 2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final concluded in fantastic fashion over the weekend at Bella Collina Golf Club in sunny Central Florida. The Sir Nick Faldo design course was the perfect destination for some of the game’s best junior golfers, with players representing 22 different countries and 15 different American states.

From start to finish, and in a weekend full of stellar performances, it was the eventual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final champion Sophia Bae that shined brightest all weekend. Bae, a native of Norwood, NJ, was impressive from the opening tee-shot to the final putt as she finished the weekend at 13-under Par after rounds of 67, 69 and 67 for a total of 203.

Bae, who also takes first place in the Girls Under 16 Division, is the first-ever female winner in the U.S. Grand Final history. Bae plans to play her college golf at Duke University once completing High School in 2021.

Boys Under 19 Champion Petr Hruby (Photo by Cy Cyr http://www.cycyr.com/)

In the most competitive division of the weekend, the Boys Under 19 Division was highly contested with 9 players finishing their weekend under Par and a stellar comeback to earn the first-place finish. Petr Hruby stormed back Sunday firing a low-round total of 64 to secure top honors as division champion. Hruby, who hails from Pilsen, Czech Republic and is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, capped off his amazing comeback climbing 5-spots on the leaderboard Sunday afternoon. Hruby’s 64 on Sunday goes with his 74 and 66 from the prior two rounds to finish the weekend at 12-under Par. Hruby has signed his letter-of-intent to play college golf at the University of Washington.

Following Hruby in second-place in the Boys Under 19 Division is Kotaro Murata. Murata played stellar and consistent all weekend long with scores of 68, 69, and 69 for a 10-under Par finish. Murata is a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, and has committed to play college golf at the University of Hawaii.

Securing third-place in the Boys Under 19 Division is Junfan Wang of Shandong, China. A student at the nearby Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Wang finished the weekend at 9-under Par after rounds of 70, 67, and 70 on Sunday afternoon.

Sir Nick Faldo and Girls Under 18 Champion Anne Yu

For the Girls Under 19 Division, Anne Yu stands alone as division champion after a solid weekend at Bella Collina. Yu, who is also a student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, ended the weekend at 8-under Par after 3-consecutive rounds under Par on the Sir Nick Faldo design course.

Susan Xiao finishes in second-place for the Girls Under 19 Division at 3-under Par. Xiao, a native of Surrey, Canada and student at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, put together rounds of 70, 70, and 73. Rounding out the top-three is Thin Wai Khaing of Yangon, Myanmar. Khaing, who is also a student at Gary Gilchrist Golf academy in Central Florida, finished the 3-day final with rounds of 70, 73, and 74.

Another stellar performance and worthy champion from an amazing weekend at Bella Collina, Jack Turner took home the top honors in the Boys Under 16 Division. A native of Saunderstown, RI and current student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, Turner went wire-to-wire for the division championship, finishing the weekend at 3-under Par and a total of 213.

Sir Nick Faldo and Boys Under 16 Champion Jack Turner

In second-place is Te-Lun Hsu of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Hsu finished the weekend after rounds of 75, 68, and 76 to end the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Rounding out the top-three for the division is Jantai Malataev. Malataev, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, ends the weekend shooting scores of 75, 72, and 73.

To cap off her Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final championship, Sophia Bae takes home top honors in the Girls Under 16 Division. In second-place for the division is Yoko Tai. Tai finished the weekend at 1-over Par after finishing with rounds of 70, 75, and 73. Tai is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy.

Rounding out the top-three for the Girls Under 16 Division is One Kashima from Tochigi, Japan. The current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, Kashima put together rounds of 73, 78, and 75 to conclude the weekend.

The second annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final concludes after a great weekend at Bella Collina Golf Club. The International Junior Golf Tour would like to thank Sir Nick Faldo, and Matthew Faldo for being a part of this wonderful international junior event.

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 the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final are now invited to participate in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March of 2019 at another Sir Nick Faldo design, Laguna Lang Co.

Final Results of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on December 2, 2018.

For full results of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina Golf Club, follow the link here.

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The International Junior Golf Tour would like to thank Cy Cyr for taking some fantastic photos over the weekend at Bella Collina. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram @cycyrdotcom

Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final: Round 1 Recap

13 Players Open the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Under Par at Bella Collina

Strasheim, Bae, and Turner the early Leaders heading into Second Round

 

Montverde, FL: The opening round of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final took center stage on Friday morning at the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Club. This is the second consecutive year of the U.S. Grand Final that is hosted by the International Junior Golf Tour. Players from 22 different countries and 15 US States earned their way into this prestigious International Junior event through 8 Qualifiers throughout the IJGT season, as well as earning victories at IJGT scheduled events.

 

For the 3-day, 54-hole event with the winner receiving an invitation to play in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, players surged up the leaderboard in impressive fashion. The biggest early advantage goes to Steven Straisheim (Bluffton, SC) who fired an opening 66 (6-Under Par) on Friday. Straheim is followed closely in the Boys U-19 Division by Kotaro Murata (Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan) who concluded the opening round at 4-under Par.

 

In a three-way tie for third place is Yuxan Song (Beijing, China), Aaron Pha (Yangon, Myanmar) and Artem Yolevenko (Moscow, Russia). Each player earned a 3-under Par, 69 for their opening round at Bella Collina.

 

Another early frontrunner for the U.S. Grand Final comes from the Girls U-16 Division, as Sophia Bae (Norwood, NJ), showed great skill during her opening round with a 5-under Par, 67. Bae, holds a 3-stroke lead over second-place holder Yoko Tai (Singapore, Singapore). Tai ended the day with a round of 70. Rounding out the top-three of the Girls U-16 is One Kashima (Tochigi, Japan), who finished the day 1-over Par.

 

In the Boys U-16 Division, Jack Turner currently sits alone atop the leaderboard heading into “moving day” on Saturday. Turner, fired a 2-under 70 for his opening round here at Bella Collina. Following Turner is Gautam Potdukhe (India) and Chih Yu Lin (New Taipei City, Taiwan), who both finished their rounds at 1-over Par respectively.

 

For the final competitive division, and certainly the most crowded after day-1, 3 players hold a share of the lead heading into Saturday’s second round. Thin Wai Khaing (Yangon, Myanmar), Anne Yu (China), and Susan Xiao (Surrey, Canada) each finished the day tying with a score of 70 a piece, good for 2-under Par.

 

Saturday will serve as the unofficial “moving day” here at Bella Collina as tee-times will once again begin at 8 a.m. eastern time.

 

For a full look at the leaderboard heading into Round 2, follow the link here.

 

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Tournament Preview: 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final

2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Set to Begin at Bella Collina Golf Club

80 Juniors from Around the World Gathering for a Chance to Compete on the World Stage

 

Montverde, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour in partnership with the Faldo Series is eager to begin play of the 2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The 3-day event will take place at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL and hosted by Sir Nick Faldo. Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final earn an invitation to participate in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, taking place in the Spring of 2019.

 

80 Junior golfers from around the world, representing 22 different countries and 15 different states will make up the stellar tournament field. The tournament field consist of players that have earned an invitation into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final based on qualifying at one of eight Faldo Qualifiers from the 2018 season with the IJGT, or by winning an IJGT event over the past year.

 

A number of players were also a part of the Inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in 2017, including winners Ying-Ting Hsieh (Huantan Township, Taiwan) and Egor Zotov (Moscow, Russia). During last year’s Grand Final, the tournament saw a number of great performances, most notably the winner of the Boys U-19 Division Teddy Tetak finishing the event at 15-Under Par.

 

Before the week gets started, we wanted to showcase what players can expect during the 3-day event including stats, information about the course, and projected weather for the weekend.

 

The Course

Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL will play host for the second-consecutive year of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. A Sir Nick Faldo design, this is not the typical Central Florida course, as the 18-hole championship venue features dramatic elevation changes, open fairways and sweeping dunes.

Last year at the Inaugural Grand Final, players had great success at Bella Collina as players in the Boys U-19 Division had an overall scoring average for the weekend of  73.02, with 284 Birdies made during the championship event.

Thanks to our friends over at Bluegolf, we compiled stats from last year’s U.S. Grand Final for a preview at what players can expect and take advantage of this coming weekend:

Boys U-19 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 73.02
  • Total Birdies Made over the 3-day event: 284
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 9th hole (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th hole (Par 5)

 

Girls U-19 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 75.68
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 28
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 6th Hole (Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

Boys U-16 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 74.89
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 190
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 15th Hole (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

Girls U-16 Division (2017)

  • Scoring Average: 78.76
  • Total Birdies made over 3-day event: 53
  • Best chance at Birdie or Better: 2nd and 6th Hole (Par 5 and Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: 12th Hole (Par 5)

 

As said, there are many great scoring opportunities available on the course, and some short Par 5’s that give players the chance to be aggressive and aim for the green in two. The hardest hole as it can be seen is the 12th hole, an uphill Par 5 with very tough bunkers surrounding the green.

 

For a complete look at the course stats and more information from last year’s Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, follow the link listed here.

 

Weather

Friday Forecast

  • Partly Sunny
  • High of 75 Degrees
  • Winds from 5 to 10 mph

 

Saturday Forecast

  • Cloudy with a chance of showers later in the day
  • Precipitation percentage: 50 %
  • High of 77 Degrees

 

Sunday Forecast

  • Light clouds and mostly sunny throughout the day
  • Chance of rain: 30%
  • High of 83 Degrees

 

Weather for the weekend is turning out very nicely in favor of some great conditions for the tournament field. Any updates on weather delays or threats will be addressed immediately and passed along to our tournament field and spectators. To follow along and be first to hear about updates, make sure to follow IJGT.com, and all of our social media accounts that will be listed below.

 

Tee-Times for Round 1 will be announced and published November 29th at 10 a.m. and will be available on the tournament information page. There are a full-list of activities apart of this year’s Grand Final so now is the time to follow along on social media!

 

Follow along for videos, pictures, and live updates all weekend long at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from the 2018 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Weekend Recap: Palmetto Classic at Hilton Head Lakes

SULLIVAN SOARS TO FIRST-PLACE AT THE PALMETTO CLASSIC

Toronto Native Wins Second IJGT Event of the Season

 

Hardeeville, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour kicked off the month of November by hosting The Palmetto Classic at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes on November 3-4. Over 60 junior golfers from the Lowcountry and abroad gathered at the beautiful Tommy Fazio design course for two-rounds of stroke play competition.

Toronto, CA Native and current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) Ty Sullivan was able to secure first-place over the weekend. Sullivan fought his way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a 73 to pair with his opening round of 73, good for a 146 (4-over Par) total finish. Sullivan, who won his first IJGT event of the season at the Lowcountry Shootout, has committed to play college golf at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Claiming second-place at The Palmetto Classic is Hoshi Yadav of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Yadav, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) led after round-one with a 1-under 71, followed by a 76 on Sunday afternoon. The Holy Names University commitment finished the weekend with a total score of 147 (5-over Par). Rounding out the top-three for the weekend is Kotaro Murata. A native of Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan and current Senior at IJGA, Murata had the low final round for the field carding a 1-under Par 71, to pair with his opening round score of 77.

For the Boys Under 16 Division, David Xu of Shanghai, China was able to secure his first victory of the IJGT season at Hilton Head Lakes. The current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), Xu concluded his weekend with scores of 76 and 77 to earn the first-place finish.

Finishing in second-place is Muhamad Zaini, of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia after shooting scores of 77 and 77 again on Sunday. The IJGA student finishes the weekend with a total of 154. Coming in third-place for the Boys U-16 Division is Patrick Sun. Sun, who is also an IJGA student by way of Dalian, China, earned weekend scores of 73 and 82.

 

Sophia Burnett was crowned champion in the Girls Under 19 division over the weekend at Hilton Head Lakes. The local star of Bluffton, SC had a big finish on Sunday shooting an even-Par 72 to pair with her opening round 75. Burnett ends the weekend with at 147 total score.

Claiming second-place is Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany. Hesse, who is also a current student at the JPGA ended the weekend after consecutive rounds of 75 for a 150 total score. Rounding out the top-three is a two-way tie with Hannah Conroy and Sae Saito sharing the honors. Conroy, a JPGA student formerly of Cheswick, PA put together rounds of 81 and 78, while Saito, a current IJGA student from Tokyo, Japan ended with rounds of 79 and 80.

In the final competing division for The Palmetto Classic, One Kashima earned top honors for her weekend performance after rounds of 74 and 77. Kashima, who is a current student at IJGA and formerly of Tochigi, Japan, finished with a total score of 151 for the two-day competition.

Securing a second-place finish for the weekend is Vasundhara Singh Thiara of Chandigarh, India. Thiara, who is now a current student at IJGA, concluded her weekend with scores of 79 and 74, ends the competition with a final tally of 153. Rounding out the top-three for the weekend is local standout Camila Burnett. Burnett had a solid weekend with scores of 79 and 81 for a 160 total score.

 

The next scheduled event for the International Junior Golf Tour will be the long awaited Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The event is scheduled for November 30-December 2 and will be held at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL.

For more information on this event, or for a look at the newly published Spring Schedule for 2019, follow the link here.

Final Results of The Palmetto Classic at Hilton Head Lakes were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 4, 2018.

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For full results from The Palmetto Classic, follow the link here.

 

 

Weekend Recap: Philly Open at Radley Run CC

LAUSHELL SOARS TO VICTORY AT RADLEY RUN

Morrisville Native Puts Up Red Numbers on Sunday for a Wire-to-Wire Victory

 

West Chester, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Northeast part of its Fall Schedule as it hosted the annual Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club. The West Chester course has been a great host to the IJGT for a number of years now, as juniors from around the Northeast competed for IJGT Merit Points, and many National Rankings.

 

In the Boys Under 19 Division, Patrick Laushell was able to walk away as weekend champion after consecutive low rounds in a wire-to-wire victory. Laushell, a native of nearby Morrisville, PA, put together weekend scores of 76 and a one-under 71 on Sunday. Laushell finished the weekend with a total score of 147 (3-over Par).

 

Finishing in second place for the weekend is Benny Hagerty of Manasquan, NJ. Hagerty had a stellar showing on Sunday afternoon shooting a 76 for a sole finish in second-place. Hagerty paired his round-two score with an opening 85 for a 161 finish. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys U-19 Division is Conrad Benford of Parker Ford, PA. Benford had a solid weekend with scores of 85 and 81 for a 166 finish.

 

For the Boys Under 16 Division, it was Philadelphia’s own John Bradbeer taking first place after solid play over both rounds. Bradbeer opened up the weekend with of score of 79 then followed with a 73 on Sunday, including a walk-off Birdie on the 18th hole. Bradbeer finished the weekend with a score of 152.

 

In second-place is Peter Meehan of Fairfield, CT. Meehan finished the weekend after rounds of 83 and 84 for a total score of 167. Rounding out the top-three is Jackson Debusschere. A resident of nearby Wallingford, PA, Debusschere finished the weekend with rounds of 86 and 83, finishing with a score of 169.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Sarah Hendrickson was able to step back into the winners circle with a solid showing at Radley Run. Hendrickson, a native of Bel Air, MD shot scores of 94 and 99 over the weekend competition. In second-place for the weekend is Rebecca Maude of Scarsdale, NY. Maude put together finishes the weekend competition with rounds of 107 and 93.

 

The IJGT will be returning to action again when it resumes play with the Palmetto Classic at the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes on November 3-4. To view this event, and the rest of the upcoming tour schedule, follow the link here.

Be sure to follow all of the action by following us on social media for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Final Results of the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 7, 2018.

 

Boys Under 19 Division: Blue Tees, 6,494 Yards, 72.3/126. Boys Under 16 Division: White Tees, 6,159 Yards, 70.0/132. Girls Division: Gold Tees, 5,814 Yards, 73.9/130.

 

To view the full results from the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run, follow the link here.

Weekend Recap: Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends at Parris Island

SULLIVAN EDGES OUT THE FIELD FOR VICTORY AT PARRIS ISLAND

Lowcountry Shootout winners include First-Time Winner and Returning Winners in highly competitive field

 

Parris Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its own “back-yard” as it hosted its first local event of the Fall calendar with the playing of the Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends of Parris Island.

Over 60 juniors from the region and internationally gathered on the unique and challenging layout at The Legends. Play was unfortunately cut short during Saturday’s round with lengthy weather delay. The severe weather forced the event to be observed as a 27-hole finish for the juniors competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

With play being shortened to a 27-hole tournament, competition among the leaderboard was very tight, and even a small slip would be costly with the number of great players in the field.

In the Boys U-19 Division, Ty Sullivan was able to withstand a number of solid efforts and ended the weekend atop the leaderboard as the winner at Parris Island. Sullivan, a native of Toronto, Canada and a current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy in Hilton Head, ended the weekend with a 74 on Sunday to pair with his opening 9-hole score of 34, good for a 108 total finish (1-Over Par).

Following closely in second-place for the weekend is Steven Strasheim of Lincoln, NE. Strasheim, who is now a current student at nearby International Junior Golf Academy, had a solid weekend as well shooting a 74 on Sunday to go with his opening 35 on Saturday. Strasheim ended the weekend with a total of 109 (2-Over Par).

Rounding out the top-three is Aaron Pha of Yangon, Myanmar. Also a student of the International Junior Golf Academy, Pha put together scores of 35 and 76 for the weekend, for a grand total of 111 (4-Over Par).

In the Girls U-19 Division, a familiar face ended the weekend at the top of the leaderboard. Sae Saito took home top honors for the second-consecutive event, as she started off here season with a win at Falcons Fire. Saito, who is formerly of Tokyo, Japan but is now enrolled at the International Junior Golf Academy, had great showing again at Parris Island, shooting scores of 77 and 36 for a 113 total score (6-Over Par).

Finishing nearby in second-place for the Girls U-19 Division is Hannah Conroy of Cheswick, PA. Conroy, who is now a student at the Junior Players Golf Academy in Hilton Head, concluded her weekend with scores of 81 and 36, good for a total score of 117 (9-Over Par).

Rounding out our top-three is Katharina Hesse of Bremen, Germany. Hesse, who also is a current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy, ends the weekend with scores of 82 and 36 for a finishing score of 118.

 

For the Boys U-16 Division, a local talent of the Lowcountry took fool advantage over the weekend and climbed up the leaderboard during the Final Round at Parris Island.

Andrew Swanson climbed four spots up the leaderboard during Sunday’s final round that ended with a victory at the Lowcountry Shootout. A resident of nearby Bluffton, SC, Swanson started the weekend with a 38 on Saturday then a 75 on Sunday. The 113 total score (6-Over Par) was just enough to secure a well-earned victory at The Legends at Parris Island.

Tying for a second-place finish is Jantai Malataev of Bishek, Kyrgyzstan. Malataev, who is also a student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes out the weekend with scores of 36 and 79, good for a total score of 115.

Also tying for second-place is Kevin Li, who ends his weekend with scores of 36 and 79 as well. Li, who is currently a student at the International Junior Golf Academy is formerly of Chong Ching, China.

 

For the final competitive division of the weekend, a new winner stepped into the winner’s circle after an impressive Sunday Performance.

Vasundhara Thiara earns her first victory of the 2018-2019 campaign after scores of 37 and 77 for the weekend. Thiara, a former resident of Chandigarh, India and now student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes with a total score of 114 (5-Over Par).

Finishing second for the weekend is Maria Fedorowycz of Kyiv, Ukraine. Fedorowycz, a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy ended the weekend shooting scores of 36 and then 82 on Sunday.

Tying for third-place over the weekend are One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan and Emma Kim of Ulsan, South Korea. Both ended the weekend with total scores of 119.

The IJGT team returns to the Northeast next weekend, with the annual playing of the Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, PA.

To view this event and the remainder of the upcoming Fall Schedule, follow the link here.

Be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT by following all of our social media accounts for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Final Results of the IJGT Lowcountry Shootout at The Legends at Parris Island were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 30, 2018.

 

Boys Under 19 Division: Black Tees, 6,861 Yards, 72.8/130. Boys Under 16 Division: Blue Tees, 6,190 Yards, 69.7/121. Girls Under 19 Division: White Tees, 5,751 Yards, 72.9/127. Girls Under 16 Division: White Tees, 5,751 Yards, 72.9/127.

Weekend Recap: Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Park Leads The Pack for New Group of Winners at Florida Junior

Dongjin Park returns to the Winners Cirlce at Falcon’ Fire, along with First-Time Winners in first Southeast event in 2018-2019

 

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to the Southeast part of the United States as it continued the stretch of Fall events with the playing of the Florida Junior at Falon’s Fire. Over 80 juniors from Central Florida and beyond gathered at the very popular Rees Jones design layout for the 36-hole, nationally ranked competition.

 

Players would be competing in four separate age divisions, Boys Under 19 and Boys Under 16, while Girls competed in divisions of Girls Under 19 and Under 16 as well. This new alignment was designed to more reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and players looking to qualify for the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year.

In the Boys Under 19 Division, a familiar face returned to the winner’s circle, as Dongjin Park (Seoul, South Korea) claimed his first victory of the 2018-2019 season. Park, a member of the 2019 graduation class and student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy had a very successful weekend at Falcon’s Fire, with rounds of 69 and 70 for his 139 total finish (5-under Par).

Finishing in second-place for the weekend is Alex Liu (France) after a weekend with scores of 74 and an impressive 68 during Sunday’s Final Round. Liu finished with a total of 142 (2-Under Par) for the weekend. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys Under 19 division is Brad Riley (Olney, MD), who put together scores of 69 and 74 over the weekend for a finish of 143 (2-Over Par).

For the Boys Under 16 category, a lot of eyes were on the leaderboard on Sunday as five players saw themselves within 2-shots of the lead. After some great competition and scores, only one player could leave Falcon’s Fire as champion.

Alex Song(Windermere,FL) was able to make an impressive comeback over Sunday’s round and come away as champion of the first Southeast event of the season. Song ended the weekend with scores of 73 and 70 for a 143 total finish (2-Under Par).

Four different players found themselves in a tie for second after the two rounds of competition. Benjamin Cai (Shanghai, China) tied for second after scores of 74 and 72 at Falcon’s Fire. Merlin Dohm (Berlin, Germany) had quite the impressive Sunday as well, with a 71 during the final round to pair with his opening 75 for a 146 total finish. Brian Park also shared honors for second-place, earning scores of 72 and 74 for the weekend. The final player to tie for second-place is Gautam Potdukhe (India) who shot consecutive rounds of 73 to round out to a 146 total score.

In the Girls Under 19 competition, it was another impressive display from a group of talented junior golfers, led by eventual champion Sae Saito. Saito (Tokyo, Japan) earns her first career victory along with her first of the 2018-2019 season after scores of 79 and 71 for a score of 150. Saito, a member of the 2020 graduation class is a student at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, SC.

 

Earning a second-place finish in the Girls Under 19 Division is Emily Luu (Mullicahill, NJ). Luu had a solid weekend with scores of 77 an 76 for a 153 total to claim second-place honors. Rounding out the top-three is Miriam Ayora (Barcelona, Spain). Ayora had an impressive weekend as well, and ends it with scores of 83 and 78 for a 161 total.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Yoko Tai was able to take home the top honors in the Girls Under 16 division after an impressive opening weekend. Tai (Singapore, Singapore) put together a weekend with scores of 77 and 73 for a 150 total score (6-Over Par). Tai, the student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, earns herself the first victory of the 2018-2019 season at Falcons’ Fire.

 

In second-place is Emma Kim (Uslan, South Korea) after finishing the weekend with scores of 76 and 79. Vsundhara Thiara (Freeport, Bahamas) earns third-place after a weekend shooting scores of 78 and 79 for a 157 total finish.

 

The IJGT will resume play once again in two weeks, with the playing of the Lowcountry Shootout at Parris Island. This event begins a string of consecutive events for the IJGT, so be sure to view the rest of the upcoming schedule by following the link here.

 

Be sure to follow all of the action from the IJGT by following all of our social media accounts for live updates, pictures, videos and much more! Follow us on Twitter @IJGT, on Instagram @IJGT_ and on Facebook at International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

 

Click here for the full results of the IJGT Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire.

Course Preview: Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour returns to action this weekend as it kick-starts another exciting season by returning to one of the favorite stops of junior golfers, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. The Orlando area course has been a consistent stop now for the tour for multiple seasons, as players enjoy lighting up the scoreboard during competition at the Rees Jones design.

Falcon’s Fire has been recognized both Regionally and Nationally as one of the top public courses in all of the Orlando area. Falcon’s Fire has been honored with the prestigious Apex Award, and has been voted as one of the “Top 10 Golf Tournament Facilities” in North America by the National Association of Golf Tournament Directors.

Falcon’s Fire has been a favorite for players from the IJGT for years now, and this years event is now different as players from all over Florida and Internationally will gather during the 36-hole, nationally ranked event.

Before we begin with all of the excitement this weekend, we wanted to give a preview of what players can expect at this years Florida Junior at Falcon’s Fire.

 

The Course

 

 

Thanks to our friends at Bluegolf, we are able to go check out past events and get all the hole-by-hole stats to see what we can expect this weekend. We went back to our last event played at Falcon’s Fire (Faldo Series Florida Championship) and compiled some awesome stats to take note of before we kickoff the weekend:

Boys Division

  • Scoring Average: 77.47
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 4
  • Toughest Hole: Hole 8

Girls Division

  • Scoring Average: 81.14
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 4
  • Toughest Hole: Hole 18

 

Weather

 

Sunday Forecast

  • Scattered Showers in Afternoon
  • Precipitation 60%
  • Temperature 91 Degrees
  • Projected Temperature at First Tee-Time: 76 Degrees

Weather for competition this weekend should be ideal for both rounds, as the temperature and humidity will surely rise towards the end of our rounds. Any updates if there are any delays, be sure to follow us along at IJGT.com, or any of our social media accounts listed below.

Tee Times begin at 7:30 AM for both Saturday and Sunday. To have a look at the pairings for the opening round, click here.

Be sure to follow the IJGT across all of our social media accounts as well. You can receive live updates all weekend from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from Falcon’s Fire.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT: Age Divisions Changes and Updates

Age-Division Changes and Updates Announced; Effective Immediately

 

Hilton Head, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour announced Wednesday a realignment in their age divisions, effective immediately. This new adjustment to tournaments will reflect the partnership with the Faldo Series and other International partners, such as Global Junior Golf.

Age divisions will now be broken into four total divisions, two separate categories per gender. Boys 19 & Under competing division and a Boys 16 & Under division. Along with a Girls 19 & Under division, and then a Girls 16 & Under age division.

If a players is born BEFORE September 1, 2002, he/she will be competiting in the 19 and Under age divisions at IJGT events. Any birthday on or after September 1, 2002, will be competiting in the 16 and Under division.

If you wish to compete in the higher age division, please contact an IJGT staff member during registration at Info@IJGT.com or by calling (844) 779-3374. Most importantly, once you compete in the higher age division, you must remain in that category for the remainder of the season for National Rankings purposes.

These changes will go into effect immediately, starting with the next event on the schedule with the playing of the Florida Junior at Falcons Fire on September 15-16.

In its first year of operation beginning in 1995, the IJGT held eight regional events. Three years later, the IJGT had expanded to 23 events nationwide. Now in its 23rd year, the IJGT is open to all junior golfers, and the 2018-2019 season features 40 events at some of golf’s finest venues.

The IJGT gives junior golfers a true opportunity to compete on the international stage as well, with the announcement of the partnership with the Faldo Series beginning in 2017. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual events in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against some of the best juniors in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.

Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final in 2017 were invited by Sir Nick Faldo himself to compete in the 2018 Faldo Series Asia grand Final.

The second annual Faldo US Grand Final will be hosted November 29 – December 2, 2018 at the Sir Nick Faldo designed Bella Collina Golf Club in Central Florida. The event will be 54 holes and the winners for each age category qualifying to represent the U.S. at the Faldo Series World Final. The North American Grand Final will be a meeting of the best junior golfers in the world, looking to compete and win to prepare for the next level.

 

For any questions, please contact an IJGT staff member today at Info@IJGT.com or by calling (844) 779-3374.

 

To view the upcoming schedule with IJGT, follow the link here.

Weekend Recap: Labor Day Classic at Hershey

Ryan Leaves Hershey in Familiar Fashion; Wins to Kickoff 2018-2019 Season

 

Lauren Jones, and Colin Vineberg take First-Place in respective divisions of Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC

 

 

Hershey, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour began the 2018-2019 season in familiar territory, with the annual playing of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club. The “Sweetest Place on Earth” has been a great host for many years to players of the IJGT, and was once again a fantastic host for the 36-hole, nationally ranked, stroke-play event. Players in the three separate age divisions competed for IJGT Merit Points, along with national rankings such as Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, and Global Junior Golf Rankings.

 

After 36-holes in the Boys 15-19 Division, Joshua Ryan and Evan Owan battled it out during the Final Round and found themselves tying on the scoreboard. The competition would then go to a Sudden-Death Playoff to determine the winner on the opening weekend of the 2018-2019 season.

 

Joshua Ryan was able to secure victory on the first playoff hole, dropping a 6-foot Par putt and earn the first victory of the Fall season. Ryan finishes the weekend with a total score of 147 on the East Course at Hershey CC, shooting scores of 74 and 73 over the weekend.

Ryan, of Norristown, PA is no stranger to the winners circle at Hershey CC, having won in May in the playing of the Faldo Series Northeast Championship and punching his ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Evan Owan, a resident of Germantown, MD, secures sole possession of second-place after rounds of 73 and 74. Rounding out the top-three of the weekend is Ian Rivers of East Syracuse, NY. Rivers finishes the weekend with a score of 149 after putting together rounds of 78 and an opening-round and weekend low, 71.

 

In the Girls Division, Lauren Jones of Newtown Square, PA was able to go wire-to-wire for the weekend victory at Hershey. Jones begins her Fall campaign in impressive fashion after a great performance over the weekend, shooting scores of 74 and 75 for a total of 149.

Following nearby in second-place is Mary Kate Norcross of Chambersburg, PA. Norcorss ends her weekend after rounds of 79 and 77 for a total score of 156. Earning third-place for the Girls Division is Riley Quartermain. The native of Bryn Mawr, PA put together a solid weekend as well, shooting scores of 76 and 82 for a total of 158.

 

In the final competition of the weekend, Colin Vineberg earns his first victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vineber, of Sparks, MD earned scores of 82 and 85 to earn his weekend victory at Hershey CC.

 

Earning second-place honors is Davis Perry of Basking Ridge, NJ. Perry finished the weekend with scores of 89 in each of his rounds during the Holiday weekend. Rounding out the top-three is Griffin Walizer. The nearby resident of Mill Hall, PA finishes the weekend after scores of 98 and 93.

 

The conclusion of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey begins a busy Fall campaign for the IJGT. The next event on the schedule will be the Florida Junior at Falcons Fire in Kissimmee, FL. To view this event, or the rest of the upcoming Fall schedule for the IJGT, follow the link here.

 

 

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Final Results of the Labor Day Classic at Hershey CC were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 2, 2018.