Curd Claims his third straight victory with the IJGT. Trockel breaks from the tie to win the Girls Division.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Golf Club Hilton Head Island, SC

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 

Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in Hilton Head Island, SC to the Palmetto Hall Golf Club. Brutal winds played a huge factor this weekend, along with the uncharacteristic cold temperatures. The Hilton Head Open had players competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

 

 The Boys 15-19 Division started out with 42 competitors and ended with 30 players. Even though the course played long, with the help of the wind, HaoHua Zhang took first Place. Zhang, of Howey-in-the-Hills, F.L., shooting a total of 154. He finished with 6 birdies, and one stroke within second place. Philip Chen of Taiwan, Taipei, and Jacob Lampe of Zionsville, IN, both tied for second place. Chen and Lampe both shot a total of 155.

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           “I was nine strokes behind after the 8th hole but I never gave up. I knew that I needed to make some birdies to make something happen. My best shot was on hole nine, I hit one really close with my 9 Iron and made a birdie, which ended up being a three shot swing and allowing me to get back in it.I really liked the course. It was very difficult but fair, the wind was a big factor,” remarked Zhang

Collier Curd of Bowling Green, KY, won the Boys 14 Division with a total of 166. This is Collier’s third win with the IJGT this Spring. Battling the wind, like all competitors, he kept a 15 stroke difference between him and second place. Reed Sweigart of Roswell, G.A., took second with a total of 181. Siyu Liao of Urmqi, China, came in third with a total of 191.

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             “I thought that I would play well coming into the weekend, especially coming off of a win at Royce Brook. The course was really tough and the wind made it even harder. My best shot was on hole 12 when I chipped in from a downhill lie next to the bunker. I really liked the course, hole 18 was my favorite tee shot. I hit a stinger there both days,” commented Collier.

 The Girls Division Champion carded a 152, and was awarded to Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany. After being tied with Kayla Kozak from day one, Trockel pushed through the conditions to secure her first place title. Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., came in second shooting a 154. Third place in the Girls Division was claimed by Wint Phoo Aung. Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, shot a total of 156.

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              “Coming in to today, I was very confident that I could win. I was in a similar situation last weekend at Innisbrook with the AJGA. My ball striking was really good this weekend. I didn’t hit many bad shots and I really liked hole 16. I played it one under for the weekend,” said Trockel.

 

The IJGT also recognizes the Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.

Linda Trockel- 77

Wint Phoo Aung-77

Marc Groenhuysen-76

Jacob Lampe-76

 

 The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season with The Spring Architects Cup in Lopatcong, N.J. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the The Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 9-10, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,704 yards Par 72 (73.4/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.5/131). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,760 yards, Par 72 (73.3/134).

 

Saturday – Sunny 57 degrees with 20-25 mph winds. Sunday – Sunny 60 degrees with 15-20 mph winds.

International Junior Golf Tour Hilton Head Open at Palmetto Hall Hilton Head, SC

April 9-10, 2016

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,704 yards, Par 72

 

  1. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *74-80–154
  2. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *76-79–155

2. Jacob Lampe, Zionsville, IN *79-76–155

4. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *84-79–163

4. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *79-84–163

4. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *74-89–163

  1. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *82-82–164
  2. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *83-82–165
  3. Nelson Ou, Foshan, China *79-88–167
    1. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *93-76–169
    2. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-88–171

11. Nick Mayfield, Rock Hill, SC *83-88–171

  1. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-81–172
  2. James Walton, Duluth, GA *87-87–174

14. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-94–174

  1. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *88-87–175
  2. Ted Hsiao, Taipei City, Taiwan *94-82–176

17. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *93-83–176

  1. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *91-86–177
  2. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-90–179
  3. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *94-87–181
  4. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *100-87–187
  5. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *99-91–190

23. Yash Vardhan Sarda, Calcutta, India *94-96–190

25. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *98-96–194

25. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *93-101–194

  1. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *94-102–196
  2. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *109-93–202

28. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *98-104–202

30. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *118-89–207

 

DID NOT FINISH

Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China, *WD

Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan, *WD

Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT, *WD

Bu Min Choi, Anyang, South Korea, *78 (Rule 6-6b)

Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines, *79 (Rule 6-6d)

Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS, *81 (Rule 6-6b)

Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea, *72(Rule 6-6d)

David Fu, Zhengzhou, China, *84 (Rule 6-6b)

Gabriel Han, Beijing, China, *96 (Rule 6-6b)

Trent Hope, Savannah, GA, * DQ (Rule 6-6b)

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,760 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *75-77–152
  2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *75-79–154
    1. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *79-77–156
    2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *80-82–162
    3. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *81-85–166
    4. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *86-81–167
    5. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *89-83–172

7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *86-86–172

7. Madison Elliott, Little River, SC *87-85–172

  1. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *92-82–174
  2. Emily Song, Waxhaw, NC *95-86–181
  3. Olivia Traynor, Villanova, PA *88-95–183
  4. Cindy Song, Waxhaw, NC *90-95–185
  5. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *94-96–190
  6. Yiqing Gong, Upper Saddle River, NJ *90-103–193

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *82-84–166
  2. Reed Sweigart, Roswell, GA *88-93–181
  3. Siyu Liao, Urumqi, China *101-90–191

 

With tough conditions, Sheehan claims victory. Broderick credits her driver for the win.

Marlton, NJ – The International Junior Golf Tour continued their tour in New Jersey this weekend in Marlton. Again, battling the cold this spring, the IJGT Open at the Links Golf Club had players competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

 The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Patrick Sheehan, claimed first place with a total of 158 for the tournament. Sheehan, from Doylestown, P.A., fought the tough conditions both days and carded three birdies in two days. Between first and second place, Sheehan had a fifteen stroke lead. Deion Shepherd of Dayton, N.J., took second at the IJGT Open shooting a total of 173. Behind Shepherd was James Bagdonas, of Scotch Plains, N.J., carding a 175.

“I’m not use to hitting such low shots so many times in one round, but overall I played well.  My driver, I hit it far and it was the strongest part of my game. It feels good bouncing back after White Manor. I am happy to finally pull it all together,” remarked Sheehan.

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Steven Lee, of Scarsdale, N.Y., was the Boys 14 & Under Division Champ for the IJGT Open at Links GC. Battling through the weekend he carded an impressive 174.

“My wedges are my favorite clubs and they worked well for me this weekend. The course was in great shape, and the greens were really fast. The weather was my competition,” said Lee.

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The Girls Division Champion carded a 173, and was awarded to Marissa Broderick of Bayonne, N.J.. Keeping her first place secured from round one, she fought through the winds to take a three shot lead over second place. Kaitlyn Lee, of Scarsdale, N.Y., came in second with a total of 176. Lee also was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. Rounding out the Girls Division was Anna Bowman, of Westfield, N.J., shooting a total of 183 for third place.

“My driver is the best part of my game. I am the most consistent with my driver, it’s what helped me get my win today,” Broderick explained.

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The IJGT also recognizes the Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.

 

Patrick Sheehan-83.

Kaitlyn Lee- 84.

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C at Palmetto Hall. The Hilton Head Open will be April 9-10, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the IJGT Open at Links Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on April 2-3,2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees 6,726 yards Par 72 (71.5/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees 5,616 yards, Par 72 (66.9/120). Girls Division: White Tees 5,616 yards, Par 72 (66.9/120).​

Saturday – Light rain 55 degrees with 10-15 mph

Sunday – Sunny 40 degrees with 25-30 mph

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Open at The Links

Marlton, NJ

April 2-3, 2016

 

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,726 yards, Par 72

 

1. Patrick Sheehan, Doylestown, PA *75-83–158

2. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *85-88–173

3. James Bagdonas, Scotch Plains, NJ *82-93–175

4. Kyle Quagliero, Medford, NJ *78-98–176

5. Davis Rosato, Villanova, PA *84-100–184

6. Ethan Murphy, Mechanicsburg, PA *91-99–190

7. Maxwell Rubin, Marlton, NJ *91-106–197

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

WD. Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ

 

Girls Division – Blue Tees, 5,616 yards, Par 72

1. Marissa Broderick, Bayonne, NJ *88-85--173
2. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *92-84--176
3. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *89-94--183

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Emily Cohen, Darien, CT

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 5,616 Yards, Par 72
1. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *86-88--174

 

Bookholdt kept it low to win Girls Division, Tammaro sinks 20 foot birdie putt and gains confidence to win!

Hillsborough, NJ – The International Junior Golf Tour spent the Easter weekend at the New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook Golf Club. Sunny, yet painfully cold, the players competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

 

In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J., kept her lead from round one to take the championship. Finishing the New Jersey Major, she carded a 146, six strokes ahead of second place.  Esther Park and Jennifer Cleary, both from Wilmington, D.E., tied for second shooting a 152. This is Haley’s first win this season, coming in second last weekend at the Philly Challenge at White Manor Country Club.

 Haley BookHoldt - Girls Champ

“I felt good. I just tried to play my own game and make some putts. I always tell myself that the little shots count. I also really like the layout of Royce Brook,” remarked Bookholdt.

 

Joe Tammaro of West Islip, N.Y., took home the Boys 15-19 Division Championship. Tammaro shot a total of 147, securing his first place spot for both days. Coming in second with a total of 153 was Stanley Garrant of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Derek Li of Hillsborough, N.J., finished up in third place with a total of 154.

“I was a little nervous to start the day but focused on keeping my game straight and not worrying about my competitors. One shot that got me going was my 20 foot birdie putt on hole 2. That putt gave me the confidence I needed to win. The weather did not affect me that much. Playing on Long Island, you get use to the conditions,” Tammaro commented.

Joe Tammaro - Boys 15-19 Champ

 

Thirteen boys competed in the 14 & Under Division. Collier Curd of Bowling Green, K.Y., took the title of Champion shooting an impressive total of 145. This is Curd’s second win this season with the IJGT. Yida Wang of Potomac, M.D., took second shooting a total of 153. Steven Lee of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Junior Rauscher of Wayne, P.A., both tied for third shooting a 158.

 

“My driver really helped me in the first round. It feels great to win two tournaments in a row. I played against great competition and great people,” said Curd.

Collier Curd Boys 14 & Under Champ

 

 

 

 

The IJGT also recognizes the Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.

 

Joe Tammaro- 74

Stanley Garrant- 74

Haley Bookholdt- 73

 

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season in Marlton, N.J., with the IJGT Open at the Links Golf Club April 2-3, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final Results of the IJGT New Jersey Major Championship at Royce Brook conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on March 26-27, 2016.

 

Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,737 yards Par 72 (72.6/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,937 yards, Par 72 (69.2/126). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,774 yards, Par 72 (73.9/130).​

 

Saturday – Sunny 48 degrees with 10-15 mph

Sunday – Sunny 44 degrees with 10-15 mph

 

 

 

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6, 737, Par 72

1. Joe Tammaro, West Islip, NY *73-74–147
2. Stanley Garrant, Poughkeepsie, NY *79-74–153
3. Derek Li, Hillsborough, NJ *77-77–154
4. Deion Shepherd, Dayton, NJ *79-78–157
4. Mario Oliva, Wellesley, MA *82-75–157
4. Luke Dougherty, Sea girt, NJ *79-78–157
7. Jay Kim, Holmdel, NJ *76-84–160
7. Alex Kyriacou, Suffern, NY *76-84–160
9. Davis Weil, Ridgewood, NJ *81-86–167
10. Tyler Senior, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-81–168
11. Ryan Gresham, Binghamton, NY *82-87–169
12. Kyle Gardner, Rye, NY *94-88–182
13. Josh Wimer, Garrison, NY *92-93–185
14. Sean McDonnell, Brooklyn, NY *93-100–193

DID NOT FINISH

Peter Walter, Westfield, NJ *89-DQ

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 5, 937, Par 72

1. Collier Curd, Bowling Green, KY *70-75–145
2. Yida Wang, Potomac, MD *77-76–153
3. Steven Lee, Scarsdale, NY *79-79–158
3. Junior Rauscher, Wayne, PA *82-76–158
5. Eegan McDermott, East Brunswick, NJ *79-80–159
6. Ty Brinker, Wilmington, DE *82-78–160
6. AJ Cavotta, Saratoga Springs, NY *76-84–160
8. Garrett Kessler, North Caldwell, NJ *84-78–162
9. Edmund Trang, New York, NY *84-87–171
10. Juan Oliva, Wellesley *87-87–174
11. Barnes Blake, Westfield, NJ *93-85–178
12. Sam Demeri, Staten Island, NY *107-105–212
13. Kasper Shroff, Hoboken, NJ *116-102–218

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5, 774, Par 72

1. Haley Bookholdt, Columbus, NJ *73-73–146
2. Esther Park, Wilmington, DE *76-76–152
2. Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington, DE *75-77–152
4. Malini Rudra, Syosset, NY *76-77–153
5. Phoebe Brinker, Wilmington, DE *75-79–154
6. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *78-77–155
7. Jessie Kweon, Little neck, NY *81-75–156
8. Madison Braman, Loudonville, NY *80-77–157
9. Sophia Bae, Norwood, NJ *82-76–158
10. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *81-80–161
10. Sarah Perine, Staten Island, NY *77-84–161
12. Katherine Lu, Plainsboro, NJ *78-84–162
13. Emma Shen, Tenafly, NJ *84-83–167
14. Gracie Stillman, Lancaster, PA *81-88–169
15. Cassidy Gavaghan, Ambler, PA *91-83–174
16. Anna Bowman, Westfield, NJ *85-90–175
17. Kelli Andersen, Staten Island, NY *88-92–180
18. Amelia Shen, Tenafly, NJ *90-91–181

 

 

 

Kim comes from behind to secure first IJGT title. Walker goes wire to wire to secure Girls Division Championship

 

 

Malvern, PA. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Malvern, PA., to host the Philly Challenge at White Manor. Juniors competed in cold and overcast conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars, during the two day, 36 hole event.

 

Chris Lee, of West Nyak, NY came from behind to lock up first in the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 78- 73 for a two day total of 151. Lee started out the final day six shots off the lead, but started hot on the cold and windy final day, with a birdie on the opening hole. His steady play continued throughout the day, shooting an even-par 35 on the front nine, and a two over 38 on the back.

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When asked what his mindset was going into the final round chasing the leader, Lee said “my mindset was to go into today and go low, and take everything shot by shot.” Lee was also awarded the Clazic Belts low final around award, along with Hayden Rousselle, firing a final round 73. Brynn Walker took home the Clazic Belt award for the Girls Division carding a 76 on day two. The award given to the boy and girl junior(s) that shoots the lowest score on the final day of the event.

 

There was a three way tie for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division. In second place, with a two day total of 152 was Brendan Hansen, of Spring Lake, NJ, Hayden Rousselle, of New Hope PA and the first round leader, Patrick Sheehan, of Doylestown, NJ

 

Brynn Walker, of St. David, PA won the Girls Division with a two day total of eight over, 150. Walker started out the tournament with an impressive, three-over 74 on day one. The PA native carded two birdies on the day, along with a fantastic eagle on the long par 5, 11th hole. When asked about the tough conditions this week, Walker said “With the weather conditions this week, it was a grind and my putting was the strongest part of my game this week.” Walker followed up her strong first round, with a 76. For the tournament, Walker finished with an impressive 4 birdies and an eagle.

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IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee, wins Symetra Tour's IOA Championship

IJGT alumna, Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., won the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship Presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa with a tournament total of 11-under, 205. This was the opening tournament of the 2016 Symetra Tour season and was Lee’s debut performance on the Symetra Tour.

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour's IOA Championship (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynne Lee wins the Symetra Tour’s IOA Championship (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

Lee was trailing by four strokes heading into the final round, but she had all cylinders firing en route to a 7-under, 65 in the final round. Her round included six birdies and one eagle, and Lee needed everyone of them to outlast Jessica Wallace of Langley, British Columbia, for the title.

“I worked really hard during the winter time and hard work is paying off,” commented Lee.

With victory Lee guarantees herself full status on the Symetra Tour for the rest of the 2016 season. She also sits in the top position on the Volvik Race to the Card Standings. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, the top 10 players will earn their 2017 LPGA cards.

Erynee Lee (photo credit - Symetra Tour)

Erynee Lee (photo credit – Symetra Tour)

As a junior on the IJGT, Lee finished in second place at the 2005 IJGT at Sandpiper.

Florida Junior at RedTail

SORRENTO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club was nothing short of exciting this past weekend. Though the tough wind conditions, the participants battled through and competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

All Champions Trophy

The Boys 15-19 Division had an outstanding three way tie for first place. Luke Northwood of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Jose Haces of Puebla, Mexico, all shot a 3-under, 141. With a playoff between the three boys, Haces, took the win with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

“The course had really nice greens and were rolling great all weekend. I played very good over the weekend, round one was one of my best rounds of my life, and I shot 2-under par, 70. In the playoff I played great. I was able to hit a great drive and put the ball on the green with a chance for birdie and the win. I made a great read and hit the putt perfect,” said Haces.

Jose Haces Trophy (1)

 In the Girls Division, each top three were within one stroke of one another. Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, shot an astonishing total of 6-over, 151.  Yeji Ahn of Changwon-City, South Korea, came in second by one stroke after having the first day lead. She shot a total of 151. Alyssa Mercado of Bradenton, Fla., finished the Florida Open with a total of 152.

The winner of the Girls Division, Gonzalez took some time to reflect on her round;

 

“The course was tough, the wind played a lot into my decision making but I was able to manage it and control my game. This weekend putting was the strongest part of my game. Coming into today I knew it would be a long day and I wanted to stay calm and focus on the things I could control, and not the other girl’s scores,” commented Gonzalez.

Ximena Gonzalez Trophy

 

Five boys competed in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Jason Duff of Elkton, Fla., kept it consistent shooting 74 for both days, a total of 148. AJ Cavotta of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., had a great second round shooting 77, for a total of 168. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, also tied Cavotta for second place with a total of 168.

“I played well. Putting was not spectacular but, I was able to recover very well with my iron play and put myself in good positions to make good scores. The wind did not affect my game to much this weekend, being from Florida, I am use to playing in windy conditions so I was mentally prepared for it. My best club this weekend was driver, I put myself in great spots off the tee,” said Duff.

 Jason Duff Trophy

The IJGT also recognize the  Clazic Belts Low Final Award Winners.
 
Luke Northwood – 68
Ximena Gonzalez – 72

The IJGT will continue the Spring 2016 Season in Savannah, Ga., with the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 27-28, 2016. This is one of the IJGT Major Championships. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points, AJGA Performance Stars, and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

SORRENTO, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Open at RedTail Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 14, 2016. The weather was as followed:

Saturday – Sunny 65 degrees with 10-15 mph
Sunday – Sunny 55 degrees with 5-10 mph
 Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees- 6,700 yards, Par 72 (72.7/138). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees –5,989 yards, Par 72 (69.5/122) Girls Division: White Tees –5,734 yards, Par 72 (74.2/130).

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,700 Yards, Par 72

1. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *70-71–141

2. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *70-71–141

2. Luke Northwood, Howey In The Hills, FL *73-68–141

4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-69–142

5. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *69-75–144

6. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *74-71–145

6. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *73-72–145

8. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146

9. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *73-75–148

9. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *73-75–148

11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *75-74–149

12. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *76-75–151

13. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *78-75–153

13. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *78-75–153

13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *74-79–153

13. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *73-80–153

17. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *79-75–154

18. Brandon Wehrle, Findlay, OH *77-78–155

19. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *78-78–156

20. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *77-80–157

20. Marc Sabria, Barcelona, Spain *76-81–157

20. Chung Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *76-81–157

20. Simone Colozza, Rome, Italy *75-82–157

20. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *82-75–157

25. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *81-77–158

26. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *80-79–159

26. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-81–159

26. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *85-74–159

29. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *80-80–160

29. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *83-77–160

31. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *79-82–161

32. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *78-84–162

33. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *85-78–163

34. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *86-78–164

35. Trevor Madredejos, St. Augustine, Fl *80-85–165

35. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-84–165

37. Alex Hellewell, Howey in the Hills, FL *89-77–66

37. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84-82–166

37. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *82-84–166

40. Francisco Noguerol, Rosario, Argentina *80-87–167

41. Griffin Smith, Holland, PA *88-83–171

42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *91-81–172

43. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *81-92–173

44. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *86-94–180

45. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *89-98–187

46. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-97–192

47. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194

48. Cole Ohlrich, Findlay, OH *103-93–196

49. Preston Haugh, Alexandria, VA *114-115–229

 

Girls Division, White Tees, 5,734 Yards, Par 72

1. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *78-72–150

2. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *72-79–151

3. Alyssa Mercado, Bradenton, FL *77-75–152

4. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *85-75–160

5. Jenny Kim, Heathrow, FL *79-86–165

6. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *89-81–170

7. Lisa Colee, DeLand, FL *87-92–179

8. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-92–181

8. Kayla Li, Lake Mary, FL *87-94–181

10. Serina Li, Lake Mary, FL *104-108–212

11. Morgan Stephens, Sanford, FL *137-127–264

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *WD

 
Boys 14 & Under Division, Blue Tees, 5,989 Yards, Par 72

1. Jason Duff, Elkton, FL *74-74–148

2. AJ Cavotta, Saratoga Springs, NY *91-77–168

2. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *78-90–168

4. Nicholas Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *87-89–176

5. Joshua Veracruz, St. Johns, FL *97-88–185

 

Tournament Exemptions – IMG Junior World Championships

IMG Junior World Qualifier Banner

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is committed to providing its members with the finest playing opportunities in the world. Again this year, the IJGT will be awarding an exemption into the IMG Junior World Championships. Here are the details:

Who: Boys 15 – 19 Division and Girls Division*

What: 2016 IMG Junior World Championships Exemptions

When: July 10-15, 2016

Where: Torrey Pines – South and La Costa (Southern California)

How: The Boys 15-19 Division and Girls Division Champions at the IMG Junior World Qualifier at Hilton Head Lakes on April 23-24 and the Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club on May 7-8 will receive exemptions to the 2016 IMG Junior World Championships

*The qualifier must be 17 years old or younger as of July 15, 2016

 

About the IMG Junior World Championships
The IMG Junior World Championships has grown to 1200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states. The IMG Junior World Championships is the largest international event in the world and is unique for its international representation and cultural diversity. Former champions include Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, and many other professional golfers from around the world.

Final Results-IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club

Kang wins first IJGT Title

Chong wins Girls Division in Playoff

 

Okatie, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) had a fantastic kick off to their 2016 Spring Season with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club. Junior golfers ages 9-19 years old represented 20 different countries and 14 different states. They competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The top five players in each division earned preferred entry into any IJGT Major Championship and the Champions of each division earned an invitation to the 2016 IJGT Tournament of Champions.

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Tae Young Kang of Busan, South Korea took home his first win with the IJGT. Shooting an impressive 74-70 for a total of 144, claiming the Boys 15-19 Division by four strokes. Kang only had one birdie on the first day but battled back with a total of four birdies on the second day. In the final round on the back nine at Oldfield Golf Club, Kang started out bogey, birdie, and then made six consecutive pars. He ended the tournament with a notable birdie finish to complete his victory.

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“I played well. I did not hit it in hazards or out of bounds. I’m trying to get my game better to compete on Korea’s National team,” commented Kang.

 

There was a tie for second place with a tournament total of 148 between Mark Goodall of Livingston, Scotland, and Luis Pons of Leon, Mexico.

 

The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the boy and girl who records the lowest score in every IJGT championship, was awarded to Kang, T.J. Nolan of Rapid City, S.D., and Juan Ignacio De Giocomi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, all shooting 2-under, 70.

 

Melany Chong of Mississauga, Canada, took home the Girls Division trophy after a playoff hole battle. Over the 36-hole tournament, Chong claimed nine birdies, and had a two-stroke lead going into Round 2 after firing a 1-over, 73 in the first round. Chong recorded a 2-over, 74 to end the day tied with Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar. Aung recorded an even-par 72 to force a playoff. This round also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

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In the playoff, Chong was able to make par on the par-3, 13th hole at Oldfield to secure the victory.

 

“My mind set coming in to round two was just to play my own game. I knew I had a two shot lead but I prepared for it to be close. I was very nervous going into the playoff because I know Wint Phoo (Aung) is an awesome player. My tee shots were great, and it helped my game,” said Chong.

 

Aung claimed second after losing the playoff hole finishing with a tournament total of 147. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, took third shooting a 150.

 

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., took his fourth win of the IJGT 2015-2016 season at Oldfield Golf Club. In the first round, Phillips did not have his best game, but recorded a score of 80. He went into day two facing a five-shot deficit to Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., who recorded a 3-over, 75. Phillips was able to overcome the deficit with a phenomenal round of 2-over, 74 to record his victory.

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“My driving was working really well, off the tee I couldn’t complain. My mental game was really strong, I knew it would be tough to come from behind to win. The course was in great shape and the greens were working well for me,” Phillips remarked.

 

Sample finished second with a 157. Coming in third from Mendon, N.Y., was Noah Levine, shooting a 180.

 

The IJGT will continue the spring 2016 Season in Sorrento, Fla., with the Florida Junior at RedTail Golf Club on Feb. 13-14, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Okatie, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Invitational at Oldfield Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed January 31, 2016. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,825 yards, Par 72 (73.9/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,976 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,799 yards, Par 72 (73.7/132).

 

                                                                                                      

Weather:        Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60’s with 5-10 mph winds

Round 2: Partly Cloudy with temperatures in the high 50’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour

IJGT Junior Open at Oldfield

Okatie, S.C.

January 30th-31st, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,825 yards, Par 72

 

1. Tae Young Kang, Busan, South Korea *74-70–144

2. Mark Goodall, Livingston, Scotland *76-72–148

2. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *75-73–148

4. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton SC, *77-72–149

4. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-75–149

6. Juan Ignacio De Giocomi, Buenos Aires, Argentina *80-70–150

6. T.J. Nolan, Rapid City, SD *80-70–150

6. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *75-75–150

6. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *75-75–150

10. Quincy Stith, Wichita, KS *78-75–153

10. Christian Garruppo, Pottersville, NJ *77-76–153

10. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-77–153

10. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *76-77–153

14. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *81-74–155

14. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *80-75–155

14. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-77–155

17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *77-79–156

17. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *76-80–156

19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *82-75–157

19. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *76-81–157

19. Vince Brunet, Ottawa, Canada *75-82–157

22. Ryo Harada, Tokyo, Japan *82-76–158

23. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-79–162

24. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *88-76–164

24. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *82-82–164

26. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *86-79–165

26. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *80-85–165

28. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-90–166

29. Mark Richardson, South Berwick, ME *81-87–168

29. Alex Roman, Versoix, Switzerland *79-89–168

31. Michael Crogan, Palm Coast, FL *86-83–169

32. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *95-76–171

33. Taylor Rockwell, Boonton Township, NJ *88-88–176

33. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *87-89–176

35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-85–177

35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *88-89–177

37. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-88–178

38. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *92-87–179

39. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *87-94–181

40. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *82-100–182

41. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China *96-92–188

42. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190

43. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *89-107–196

 

DID NOT FINISH

DQ. Jack Friedman, Charleston, SC

Boys 14 & Under Division-Blue Tees- 5,976 yards, Par 72

 

1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-74–154

2. Luke Sample, New York, NY *75-82–157

3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *90-90–180

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,799 yards, Par 72

 

1. x-Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *73-74–147

2. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *75-72–147

3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *77-73–150

4. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India*79-75–154

4. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *77-77–154

6. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *84-78–162

7. Lexi Clark, Fairfax, VA *80-85–165

8. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *89-81–170

8. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *85-85–170

10. Renata Fierro, Yucatan, Mexico *85-89–174

11. Emily Ma, Taipei, Taiwan *89-89–178

 

x – Won in playoff

 

IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town – Final Results

Go repeats as IJGA Invitational Champion

Kozak wins Girls Division at Harbour Town

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) concluded the 2015 Fall Season with the annual International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) Invitational at Harbour Town Golf Links. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 10 different states and 14 countries competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, repeated as the Boys 15-19 Division Champion in the IJGA Invitational with a tournament score of 1-over, 143. Go started off the tournament well making four birdies and firing a 1-under, 70. This was the best round recorded in the tournament and gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final day of competition.

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Shiso Go won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 15-19 Division

Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, is a challenging test of golf, and even a player of Go’s caliber was going to have to play well to maintain a lead. Go did not get off to the start he wanted in the final round, making a double-bogey on the opening hole. He rebounded quickly though, with birdies on his next two holes to get it back to even-par. From there, Go was able to hold off his fellow competitors by making 12 pars in his last 14 holes. He finished with a round of 2-over, 73 and a seven-stroke victory. This was Go’s first IJGT victory of the 2015-2016 Season. Go was the 2014-2015 IJGT Player of the Year in the Boys 15-19 Division.

“Even though I won this tournament last year, I was just trying to do my best,” said Go.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Colton Tanner of Westport, Conn., and Brock Erwin of Muldrow, Okla., who both recorded tournament totals of 150.

Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va., fired a final-round score of 1-over, 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

In the Girls Division, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., recorded her second career IJGT victory with a tournament total of 147. Kozak won in wire-to-wire fashion recording an impressive five-stroke victory. In the first round, Kozak made four birdies en route to a 3-over, 74. This only gave her a one-stroke margin heading into the final round.

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kayla Kozak won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Girls Division

Kozak used a meticulous game plan during the final round to hold off her competition. At the turn, Kozak improved her lead to three strokes, but after hole No. 12, her lead was back to one stroke. The pivotal point of the tournament came at hole No. 13 where Kozak made birdie to extend her lead to three strokes. From there Kozak made five straight pars to finish up her round of 2-over, 73 and collect the Girls Division title.

Kozak’s final-round score of 2-over, 73 was the lowest score of the event in the Girls Division, and also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“It is an honor to win, because the competition was great. This tournament has given me the momentum for 2016 and the confidence to know I can play well,” commented Kozak.

Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan, finished in second place with a tournament total of 152. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasaki, Japan, ended the tournament in third place after recording a score of 157.

Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his strong performance in IJGT tournaments with his third victory of the 2015-2016 Season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Phillips recorded a tournament total of 161 to earn a two-stroke victory over Nick Hance of Irving, Texas. Hance recorded a final-round score of 76, which was the lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Chase Phillips won the 2015 IJGA Invitational in the Boys 14 & Under Division

Phillips made two birdies in the tournament with both of them coming on the par-3, fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. This was Phillips’s first Major Championship victory.

“I liked that this course had smaller greens because it plays well too my game,” said Phillips.

The IJGT will kick off the Spring 2016 Season in Okatie, S.C., with the IJGT Junior at Oldfield Golf Club on Jan. 30-31, 2016. Players will compete for IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGA

The IJGA trains junior golfers for success in tournament golf and beyond. They are the only academy in the world that combines training, academics, and competition. Through their supportive and competitive environment, students develop the critical qualities of commitment, goal setting and a consistent work ethic to best impact their academics, golf, and future endeavors.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, Iconic Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 13, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,600 yards, Par 71 (73.1/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 5,881 yards, Par 71 (69.7/131) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,675 yards, Par 71 (73.6/136).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 5-10 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGA Invitational
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
December 12-13, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,600 yards, Par 71
1. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *70-73–143
2. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *74-76–150
2. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *74-76–150
4. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *76-75–151
4. Austin Fox, Delmar, NY *74-77–151
6. Mason Williams, Bridgeport, WV *80-72–152
6. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *79-73–152
6. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *73-79–152
9. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *79-75–154
10. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
10. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *75-80–155
10. Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, SC *76-79–155
13. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *78-79–157
13. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *78-79–157
13. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-79–157
13. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *78-79–157
17. Liam Powderly, Cockeysville, MD *77-81–158
18. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *82-77–159
19. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *79-82–161
19. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *77-84–161
21. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *81-82–163
21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-89–163
23. Marco Oliverio, Bridgeport, WV *80-84–164
23. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *80-84–164
25. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE *83-82–165
26. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *87-79–166
27. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *81-86–167
27. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *79-88–167
29. Dominic Wagner, Alexandria, VA *78-90–168
30. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *89-80–169
30. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-86–169
32. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *88-86–174
33. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *90-85–175
33. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *85-90–175
35. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *92-84–176
36. Matt Saraceno, Ridgewood, NJ *92-85–177
37. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *91-88–179
38. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *97-89–186
39. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *99-90–189
40. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *90-100–190
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *108-88–196
42. Andres Rosado, Mexico City, Mexico *110-109–219

DID NOT FINISH
Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 5,881 yards, Par 71
1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *81-80–161
2. Nick Hance, Irving, TX *87-76–163

DID NOT FINISH
Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *112-WD

Girls Division- Gold Tees, 5,675 yards, Par 71
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *74-73–147
2. Haruka Shintani, Setagaya, Japan *75-77–152
3. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *81-76–157
4. Siyan Chen, Hanzhou City, China *87-74–161
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *78-83–161
6. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-81–162
7. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-81–163
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-83–163
9. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *83-81–164
9. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *78-86–164
11. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-81–166
12. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *84-93–177
13. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *92-103–195
14. Zhenni Zhu, Chongqing, China *100-108–208
 

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass – Final Results

Beshoory earns first IJGT title at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro victorious in Girls Division

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 14 different states and 20 countries competed in the 54-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, World Amateur Golf Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.

The first and final rounds were contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is home to the PGA Tour’s The PLAYERS Championship. The second round was held at Dye’s Valley Course, which is home to the PGA Tour’s Web.com Tour Championship.

Pryce Beshoory of Pearland, Texas, won the Boys 15-19 Division in dramatic fashion at the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. In the first round, also contested on the Stadium Course, Beshoory carded a solid 2-over, 74 to put himself in second place. Beshoory played the back nine on the Stadium Course in 3-under, 33. The leader after round one was Sampson Zheng of Orlando, Fla., who carded a 1-over, 73.

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

Pryce Beshoory wins the Boys 15-19 Division at TPC Sawgrass

The second round switched over to the Valley Course where high winds made scoring conditions very challenging. Beshoory was able to put a solid round of 3-over, 75 together to remain within one of Zheng’s lead. Zheng also fired a 3-over, 75, a round that included four birdies.

The final round on the Stadium Course was no different as Beshoory and Zheng battled back and forth all day. After nine holes, Beshoory squared up the tournament, and then took the lead after hole No. 10. Zheng would not back down as he rebounded and tied everything after 11 holes. The two juniors remained tied until hole No. 16 where Beshoory hit the par-5 green in two and two-putted for birdie to take a one-stroke lead. Both players made par on the famous island green, hole No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Beshoory was able to convert an up-and-down on hole No. 18 to finish with an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Zheng.

This was my first IJGT Tournament and I had a blast. I love the tour and the international people. It was great to play with them,” commented Beshoory.

Beshoory’s final-round score of even-par, 72 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award which goes to the boy and girl that record the lowest final round score in each IJGT tournament.

Zheng claimed runner-up honors with a tournament total of 222. Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, took home third place after finishing with a tournament score of 227.

Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, won the Girls Division in wire-to-wire fashion with a tournament score of 239. Tadokoro opened up the tournament with a first-round score of 82 to build a one-stroke cushion over the rest of the field. Consistent winds of 15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph made the difficult Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass even more challenging.

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Sera Tadokoro won the Girls Division at TPC Sawgrass

Tadokoro took control of the tournament in the second round on the Valley Course. She carded a 3-over, 75 to build a six-stroke lead. Her round of 75 was the lowest of the tournament in the Girls Division.

The final round did not get off to a good start for Tadokoro. She made the turn with a 45 on the front nine, and her lead of six strokes was gone. Caroline Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y., fought back to tie it up. Tadokoro was able to maintain her composure and she played her first four holes on the back nine in 1-under-par to reclaim her lead. Tadokoro closed with a 1-over, 37 on the back nine to claim a four-stroke victory, which was her sixth career IJGT title.

“My long game was working for me, my driver and irons. I had fun playing on the Valley Course,” said Tadokoro.

Hodge finished in second place with a tournament total of 243. Hodge’s final-round score of 80 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. There was a tie for third place between Wint Phoo Aung of Yangon, Myanmar, and Kristin Whitehead of Johannesburg, South Africa, who finished with a tournament score of 252.

Will Whittaker of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division in wire-to-wire fashion carding a three-day total of 244. Whittaker got off to a great start in the first round at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass carding a 78 to build a seven-stroke lead. His round of 78 was the lowest round of the tournament in the Boys 14 & Under Division.

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

Will Whittaker won the Boys 14 & Under Division at TPC Sawgrass

In the second round, Whittaker did not have his best game in the challenging weather conditions on the Valley Course. However, his fellow competitors were not able to make up much ground leaving Whittaker with a five-stroke lead going into the final round.

Whittaker knew that if he was able to play his game, he would control his own destiny. After nine holes, Whittaker still led by five shots, but after two double-bogeys his lead evaporated to nothing when Ty Vanitvelt of Grand Blanc, Mich., made birdie on hole No. 12 to square things. Whittaker was not going to back down and he responded like a true champion playing his last six holes in 2-under-par including back-to-back birdies on the famous 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass. Whittaker closed the final round with an 81 to claim the victory, which was his first IJGT tournament victory.

“I have played at this same tournament three times. From my first time playing to today, I have knocked off 50 strokes. I have been working really hard,” said Whittaker.

Vanitvelt took home second place after finishing with a tournament total of 249. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., finished in third place with a tournament total of 257.

The IJGT will conclude the Fall 2015 Season in Hilton Head Island, S.C., with the IJGA Invitational on Dec. 12-13, 2015. The Major Championship will feature AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings and double IJGT Merit Points. It will be contested at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Thanksgiving Day Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 28, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division (Stadium): Black Tees – 6,670 yards, Par 72 (73.9/146). Boys 14 & Under Division (Stadium): Blue Tees – 6,003 yards, Par 72 (70.4/136) Girls Division (Stadium): White Tees – 5,720 yards, Par 72 (76.5/151). Boys 15-19 Division (Valley): Black Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (73.1/136). Boys 14 & Under Division (Valley): Blue Tees – 5,979 yards, Par 72 (70.4/129) Girls Division (Valley): White Tees – 5,775 yards, Par 72 (75.7/144).

Weather:       
Round 1: Overcast and rain with temperatures in the high 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 3: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 26-28, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division-
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,704 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,670 Yards, Par 72

1. Pryce Beshoory, Pearland, TX *74-75-72–221
2. Sampson Zheng, Orlando, FL *73-75-74–222
3. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *77-74-76–227
4. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *77-77-75–229
5. Arjun Puri, New Delhi, India *81-75-75–231
5. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *81-71-79–231
7. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *83-74-78–235
7. Sam Murphy, Decatur, AL *80-77-78–235
7. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *77-79-79–235
10. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-81-81–237
11. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *79-79-80–238
11. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *75-77-86–238
13. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *83-80-76–239
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *85-77-77–239
13. Sam Ohno, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *80-77-82–239
16. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *83-79-78–240
17. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *78-79-84–241
18. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *83-79-80–242
18. Saptak Talwar, New Delhi, India *83-78-81–242
20. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *77-87-79–243
20. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *83-86-74–243
22. Ben Pirro, Lake Mary, FL *84-77-83–244
23. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *87-79-79–245
24. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *86-80-80–246
24. Jack Cornforth, Summit, NJ *82-79-85–246
26. Dennis Volostnykh, Troy, MI *80-83-84–247
27. Mac Murphy, Decatur, AL *84-81-86–251
28. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *86-85-81–252
29. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *86-82-85–253
30. William Sheedy, Washington, DC *91-80-85–256
30. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *84-83-89–256
32. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *82-88-88–258
33. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *88-89-82–259
34. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *86-90-86–262
35. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *90-87-86–263
35. Jacob Smith, Yorba Linda, CA *87-88-88–263
37. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *85-93-89–267
38. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *90-85-93–268
38. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *87-88-93–268
40. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *90-83-96–269
41. Ryan Miles, Greenwich, CT *94-96-93–283
41. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *81-92-110–283
43. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *95-92-97–284
44. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *104-114-91–309
DID NOT FINISH
Marco Lahmar, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *79-WD
Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Armand Cadieux, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *97-DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,979 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 6,003 Yards, Par 72

1. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *78-85-81–244
2. Ty Vanitvelt, Grand Blanc, MI *87-81-81–249
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-84-88–257
4. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-85-83–258
5. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *89-90-90–269
6. Zachary Locke, Horseheads, NY *100-100-102–302
6. Ben Miles, Ottawa, Canada *105-91-106–302
8. Nicholas Bohac, Ottawa, Canada *109-96-102–307

Girls Division
Round 1 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Par 72
Round 2 – (White Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,775 Yards, Par 72
Round 3 – (White Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

1. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *82-75-82–239
2. Caroline Hodge, Larchmont, NY *83-80-80–243
3. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *83-85-84–252
3. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa *83-86-83–252
5. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *93-83-82–258
6. Erin Holmes, Cumberland, ME *92-83-86–261
7. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *89-81-92–262
8. Alice Hodge, Larchmont, NY *95-83-91–269
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *97-88-85–270
10. Bailey Plourde, Newcastle, ME *95-87-93–275
11. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *100-93-92–285
12. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *95-104-95–294