Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Recap

Shipley Goes Wire-to-Wire as Winner of Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions


Pittsburgh Native battles the elements to earn first-place; Ying-Ting Hsieh claims first in Girls Division


Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour capped off the 2017-2018 season in grand fashion as the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions was played at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. Over 20 countries represented the tournament field over the holiday weekend, showcasing a number of winners from events throughout the year and players looking to make one more splash before heading into the Summer golf season.


Players at the event competed for AJGA Stars, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and other national golf rankings such as Junior Golf Scoreboard and GolfWeek. Players also had a chance by qualifying for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final by securing victory in their respective age division.


In the Boys 15-19 Division, a star-studded field was already going to be competitive from the opening tee-shot and it remained the same until the final score was tallied. Even against the forceful winds brought along with the surrounding tropical storm, players were able to persevere and place remarkable scores on the leaderboard each round at Grand Cypress.


The player who achieved that each round was Neal Shipley, and after 54-holes, he stood alone as the winner of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions.


Shipley, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, put together a weekend total of 213 (3-under Par) with rounds under-par of 68 (4-under Par) and 71 (1-under Par), and then a score of 74 for Monday’s final round. This is Shipley’s first win of the year on the IJGT circuit, as he knows it will provide great momentum heading into his busy summer schedule.


In second-place is Kaleb Palm of Orlando, FL. The local standout put together a valiant effort all weekend and battled until the very end, shooting scores of 68 (4-under Par), 74 and 74 again on Monday. Palm ended the weekend with a total score of 216. Rounding out the top-three for the Boys 15-19 Division is Erik Fogel, who held the low-overall total of the final round with a score of 70 (1-under Par). The native of Sweden and current student at the International Junior Golf Academy also put together scores of 72 and 75 with his impressive final round score for a 217 total finish.


For the Girls Division, the spotlight was on two-time Player of the Year Ying-Ting Hsieh, and she continued to build her winning resumé again over the weekend by claiming first-place at Grand Cypress.


Hsieh, of Huantan Township, Taiwan and current student of Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) put together some superb rounds of golf, with scores of 75, 69 (3-under par) and 75 for the final round. Hsieh finished for a total score of 219.



The win caps off an amazing 2017-2018 season for Ying-Ting Hsieh, as this is her fifth win on the year and plans to build on the success heading into her Senior year of golf.


Finishing off in second-place is Tianyi Zhuang of Windermere, FL. Zhuang was impressive all weekend with her scores of 78, 73 and 74 for a total weekend score of 225. Sharing a tie for third-place on the weekend is Jessica Meyers and Cynthia Tu. Meyers, who traveled from Wexford, PA for the three-day event, earned herself scores of 76, 73 and 77 for a finish of 226. Tu, a former resident of Vienna, VA and current at BGGA put together scores of 78, 74, and 74 again on Monday for her 226 total as well.


Finishing off in the Boys 14 & Under Division with an impressive weekend victory is Koshiro Yagisawa. Yagisawa, who is an international student from Tokyo, Japan had a solid weekend performance on the New Course at Grand Cypress with scores of 76, 84 and 83. Yagisawa ends the weekend with a total of 243 for the weekend.


Finishing in second-place for the Boys 14 & Under is Vasu Sehgal of India. Sehgal put together rounds with scores of 82, 85 and 79 for a total finish of 246. Rounding out the top-three is Zoravar Singh Star of Pubjab, India. The current student at BGGA and member of the All-Tournament Team for his performance this season, Singh Star ends the weekend with 83, 82 and 81 for a 246 finish.



The Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions caps off another great season for the IJGT, and will now shift focus to the IJGT Summer Series events, beginning with the first event at Windsor Parke in Jacksonville, FL.

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Stay tuned later this week, as the IJGT will unveil its Fall Schedule for the 2018 season, including the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina.


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