Weekend Recap: Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor

Sunday Showcase Provides Fireworks at Savannah Harbor For Faldo Series Georgia Championship

Champions of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor (L-R) Jantai Malataev, Maria Fedorowycz, Katharina Hesse, and Eloy Vigil.

Comeback Winners, and Sudden-Death Playoffs create an action-packed Sunday for first stage of U.S. Grand Final Qualifying

 

Savannah, GA: The second event of the 2019 calendar year for the International Junior Golf Tour took center stage over this late February weekend, as the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship was contested at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Over 90 of the best junior golfers from across the country and world gathered in the “Hostess City of the South” to earn a chance to qualify for the 3rd annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, which will be played in late 2019 at Bella Collina Golf Club (Montverde, FL).

Over the weekend, players also competed for national rankings, such as Junior Golf Scoreboard, Global Junior Golf Rankings, and Golfweek, as well as IJGT Merit points.

In the 4-separate competing age divisions, there were high stakes and even higher drama in each competition. From the opening tee-shot, to the final putt, which for two divisions would need more than 36-holes, a select group of players walked away punching their ticket to the 2019 U.S. Grand Final.

Boys 19U Winner- Eloy Vigil

In the Boys 19U Division, it was a marvelous Sunday showing by Eloy Vigil who put together a low final round of 67 (5-under Par) to cap off the weekend victory. Vigil, a native of Mexico and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), opened his weekend on Saturday with an even-Par 72, trailing 4-shots only off the lead. The two round total of 139 (5-Under Par) secures Vigil’s first victory in IJGT competition, and clinches a spot in the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Tying for second-place are Erik Fogel and Ty Sullivan with total scores of 142 respectively. Fogel, a native of Stockholm, Sweden and now current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), had a stellar weekend with rounds of 68 and 74. Sullivan, a student at the Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head (JPGA) and former Toronto, Canada resident, finished off the weekend with consecutive rounds of 71. Sullivan is committed to play college golf at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Boys 16U Winner- Jantai Malataev

In the Boys 16U Division, it was another Sunday comeback to secure victory, as Jantai Malataev showed great poise in securing his first victory in IJGT competition. The current IJGA student by way of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan put together rounds of 69 and 73 for a two-round total of 142 (2-under Par). With the win, Malataev earns automatic invitation to the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Finishing in second place in the Boys 16U Division is JeongJoo Kim. After rounds of 70 and 75 each, the current IJGA student and former resident of Yongin, South Korea finishes the weekend with a final tally of 145. Rounding out the top-three is Patrick Sun of Dalian, China. Sun, who is also a current student at IJGA, showed great discipline in tough conditions, finishing with rounds of 73 and 74, for a total score of 147.

In the two-final competitions on Sunday, both Girls Division winners would ultimately need a sudden-death playoff to secure victory at the Faldo Series Georgia Championship.

Girls 19U Winner- Katharina Hesse

In the Girls 19U contest, Katharina Hesse drained a big Par-putt on the opening sudden-death playoff hole to secure her first ever IJGT victory. Hesse, of Bremen, Germany and a current student at JPGA of Hilton Head, also used a comeback on Sunday to step into the winner’s circle, firing a 72 to pair with her opening round of 74. Hesse has signed her Letter of Intent at Rollins College.

Finishing in second-place for the Girls 19U is Sophia Burnett. The local standout of Bluffton, SC had an impressive weekend once again, finishing with rounds of 70 and 76 for a two-round total of 146. Rounding out the top-three is Hannah Conroy of Cheswick, PA. Conroy, who is also a current student at JPGA of Hilton Head, finishes off the weekend with a total score of 153.

And in the final competition of the weekend, 36-holes was simply not enough to decide the winner of the Girls 16U Division. After a successful Par putt on the first playoff-hole, Maria Fedorowycz claimed victory for the first time in her IJGT career, and secures a spot in the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

Girls 16U Winner- Maria Fedorowycz

The native of Kyiv, Ukraine and current student at BGGA, Fedorowycz battled the elements on her way to her first victory, shooting scores of 73 and 81 on Sunday.

Finishing closely in second-place is One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan. The current IJGA student played steady rounds with scores of 77 on her way to her second-place finish, and clinching a spot in the 2019 U.S. Grand Final. Rounding out the top-three is Emma Kim. The former native of South Korea and current IJGA student, Kim ends the weekend with rounds of 76 and 82.

The next stop for the IJGT will be with the playing of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe Golf Club (Bluffton, SC). The next Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity for players when the IJGT treks north, as the playing of the Faldo Series Pennsylvania Championship will be contested at White Manor Coutnry Club (Malvern, PA). To view the full upcoming schedule for the IJGT, follow the link here.

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.

Final Results of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship at the Club at Savannah Harbor were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 24, 2019.

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Weekend Preview: Faldo Series Georgia Championship at Savannah Harbor

Opening Weekend of Faldo Series Qualifying Set to Return at Savannah Harbor

Star-Studded Field begins their quest towards the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final with the playing of the Georgia Championship

 

Savannah, GA: The International Junior Golf Tour is back in action over the weekend, with high-stakes as the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship will be played at the Club at Savannah Harbor. Over 90 of the best junior golfers from the United States and abroad will compete with the opportunity to punch their ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on in Fall of 2019.

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.

The top-two finishers this weekend in each of the competing divisions (Boys 19U & 16U, Girls 19u & 16U) will earn automatic invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final to be held later in 2019 at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL.

Before we get our weekend started, we wanted to showcase what players can expect from the course, including stats from last year’s Faldo Series Georgia Championship, and projected weather for the weekend.

 

The Course

 

The Club at Savannah Harbor has been a popular stop for the IJGT for a number of years now. A former stop of the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, the 18-hole championship course was originally designed and created by Robert Cupp, in conjunction with Golf Legend, Sam Snead. The Club at Savannah Harbor offers unparalleled views of historic downtown Savannah, all while competing on championship level putting surfaces, offering players a great opportunity for a great low-scoring round.

 

Last year in the playing of the Faldo Series Georgia Championship, the IJGT saw a tour record be set for low overall round of 61 (11-Under Par), set by Dongjin Park of Seoul, South Korea.

 

Thanks to our official tournament partners over at Bluegolf, we compiled statistics of last year’s Georgia Championship for a preview at what players can expect and take advantage of this coming weekend:

 

Older Boys Division:

  • Scoring Average: 77.91
  • Total Birdies Made: 313
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 11 (Par 5) or Hole 13 (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 7

 

Younger Boys Division:

  • Scoring Average: 85.27
  • Total Birdies Made: 25
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 10 (Par 4)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 4 (Par 5)

 

Girls Divisions

  • Scoring Average: 80.43
  • Total Birdies Made: 76
  • Best Chance at Birdie or Better: Hole 10 (Par 4) or Hole 13 (Par 5)
  • Hardest Hole: Hole 4 (Par 5)

 

For a complete look at last year’s statistics from the Faldo Series Georgia Championship, follow the link here.

 

Weather

Saturday Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy with rain possible in the Morning
  • High of 66/ Low of 62
  • Chance of Rain: 30%

Sunday Forecast

  • Showers likely in the Morning, then cloudy skies for the afternoon
  • High of 73/ Low of 45
  • Chance of Rain: 80%

We do encourage all players to prepare for possible rain throughout the weekend.  Due to the amount of rain that the area has had this winter, the course is wet, so the tournament committee has decided to shorten the yardage of the course from the original plan. The weather looks promising for Saturday’s opening round, however, there is a chance for showers on Sunday morning so please be sure to prepare accordingly.

Tee-Times and Pairings have now been sent out via email, and can be viewed and found at the link listed here.

Be sure to follow along with all of the action by following the IJGT on Social Media! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for videos, pictures, and scoring updates throughout the weekend!

 

Weekend Recap: MetroWest Classic

Daly Seals the Deal; Wins in Opening Weekend for 2019

Wire-to-Wire Winner to start off New Season, Daly II Claims Victory at MetroWest Classic

 

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play over the weekend with its first of many events taking place in 2019. The first stop of the tour for this Spring was the playing of the MetroWest Classic in beautiful Orlando for a weekend with some of the top juniors in the game competing for national rankings, IJGT Merit points, and winners earning an automatic invitation the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

John Daly II of Clearwater, FL earned his first victory of 2019 claiming first-place in the Boys U18 Division. Daly II, son of PGA Legend John Daly and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, put together fantastic consecutive rounds in difficult conditions, shooting an opening 70 (2-Under Par) Saturday followed by a 73 on Sunday afternoon. This the seventh all-time victory as part of the IJGT for Daly II.

 

In second-place for the Boys U18 Division is Egor Zotov of Moscow, Russia, who ends the weekend with rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total finish. Rounding out the top-three is Niels Schmidlin of Zug, Switzerland. Schmidlin concluded the 36-hole contest with rounds of 77 and 74 for a 151 total score. Like Daly II, both Zotov and Schmidlin are also current students of Bishops Gate Golf Academy.

 

Girls U18, Manhua Chen

In the Girls U18 Division, competition was closely watched from the opening tee-shot until the final putt. Standing alone after two-tough rounds of play was Manhua Chen of Guangdong, China. Chen, who also is a current Senior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, played solid all weekend finishing with rounds of 72 and 74, a total score of 146. Securing second-place for the MetroWest Classic is Miriam Ayora. Ayora, of Barcelona, Spain and a current student at Leadbetter Golf Academy, ended her solid weekend after shooting scores of 71 and 79 for a total of 150. And finishing third for the weekend competition is Hana Yasuda of Kanawagu, Japan. Yasuda, the 2019 graduate now attending Leadbetter Golf Academy, finished off the weekend with scores of 80 then 81 on Sunday.

 

Boys U16 Champion, JeongJoo Kim

One of the most impressive performances of the weekend came from the Boys U16 Division, as JeongJoo Kim took home first-place in his IJGT debut. Kim, of Yongin, South Korea and current student of the International Junior Golf Academy, put together a stellar weekend with some highlight worthy shots. Kim finished off the weekend with scores of 70 and 75, for a total score of 145.

 

In a two-way tie for second-place with a total score of 150 are Elias Turner and Eduaro Garcia. Turner, a native of Veracruz, Mexico and current student at Leadbetter Golf Academy, capped off the weekend Sunday with a 77 to go with his opening-round 73. Garcia, another native of Mexico and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy rounds out the weekend after scores of 74 and 76.

 

Girls U16 Champion, Loa Johannsson

Our final weekend winner at MetroWest and surprise standout, is Girls U16 Champion Loa Johannsson of Champions Gate, FL. A 2024 graduate, Johannsson was able to go wire-to-wire for her victory at MetroWest with rounds of 75 and 81 for a 156 total score.

 

Trailing but only one stroke but walking away in second-place is Maria Fedorowycz. The native of Kyiv, Ukraine and current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, Fedorowycz ended her weekend after rounds of 81 and 76 for a 157 total score. Rouding out the top-three for the weekend is One Kashima of Tochigi, Japan. Kashima, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, finishes off the weekend with rounds of 80 and 82 for a grand total of 162.

 

The International Junior Golf Tour will resume play once again on February 23-24, with the playing of the first Faldo Series Qualifier of the 2019 calendar year as the Faldo Series Georgia Championship takes center stage at the popular Club at Savannah Harbor. The top finishers in each of the competing Age Divisions (Boys 19U & 16U, Girls 19U & 16U), will earn automatic invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later in 2019.

 

To view this event, or one of the many upcoming events on the IJGT Spring Schedule, be sure to visit IJGT.com.

 

Final results of the MetroWest Classic at MetroWest Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on February 10, 2019.

 

Be sure to follow all of the action by following all of the social media accounts from IJGT! For live videos, pictures, scoring updates and much more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

IJGT Blog: New Rules to Start the New Year!

New Year, New Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019

New rule changes announced by the R&A for 2019

 

Bluffton, SC: Effective on January 1, 2019, The R&A announced some significant changes to the Rules of Golf for the upcoming year. It has been a hot topic from all levels of the sport from the professional ranks all the way to the Junior level. So, with the Spring Season right around the corner, the IJGT Tournament Staff highlighted some of the bigger rule changes that will be in effect for 2019 and help better prepare players for their first competitive event.

  1. Drop from Knee height (not Shoulder Height)

One of the biggest changes to the Rules of Golf is players must take drops from Knee-height rather than from the Shoulder. As a few popular videos have shown recently, there are multiple ways to do this, but players must drop from Knee-height when putting the ball in play.

  1. Time to search – 3 minutes (Not 5 Minutes)

When searching for a Lost Ball, the allocated time to search is now 3 minutes dropping from 5 minutes. This encourages Pace of Play for you and your group’s round of competition.

  1. If you accidentally move your ball while searching for it, replace it without penalty

When searching for a Lost Ball, if you or anyone of your group happens to accidentally move the ball during the search, you may replace it as close as you can to the original spot without any penalty to you or your playing partner if they happen to have caused the movement.

  1. No penalty for a double hit; counts as one-stroke

When making a stroke on the golf ball, and a double-hit occurs? There is no longer a penalty and it will only count as One-Stroke (Rule 10.1a).

  1. No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole

One of the newest rule changes for this year, and one both players and fans may have noticed at the most recent PGA Tour event, is that there will be no penalty when choosing to leave the flagstick in the hole (Rule 13.2).

  1. Ball accidentally is moved on the putting green; replace without penalty

If you or your opponent or another player in your group accidentally causes your ball to move on the putting green, you must replace your ball to its original spot. The exception of this rule, is that your ball must be played as it lies when it begins to move during your backswing or stroke and the stroke is made (Rule 13.1d).

  1. Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position; replace the ball to the original spot

File this one under “crazy circumstance” but you truly never know! If wind or natural forces cause the ball to move after being replaced, place the ball to the original spot or as close as possible if unsure without penalty.

  1. Penalty areas now replace water hazards, and you are permitted to move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty

Another big rule change to benefit players is the changes made from water hazards to the now called penalty areas. Without penalty, players can now ground the club, move loose impediments and take practice swings in penalty areas (Rule 17.1).

  1. In bunkers, players may move loose impediments

Before playing your ball in a bunker, you are permitted to remove loose impediments under Rule 15.1 and moveable obstructions under Rule 15.2. This also includes any reasonable touching or movement of sand in the bunker.

  1. Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough

Embedded means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground. Relief is allowed under Rule 16.3b only when a player’s ball is embedded in the General Area. Additionally, there is no relief under this rule if the ball is embedded anywhere except in the general area (Penalty Areas, and bunkers). Players are permitted to take a relief of one club-length, but must stay in the general are and must not be nearer the hole.

All of these changes and more can be explained in greater detail at www.randa.org. There is also a special Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, available at www.randa.org that we highly recommend to check out before your next competitive event.

 

Be sure to visit the Schedules tab at www.ijgt.com and sign-up for one of our many Spring Tournaments today!