Weekend Recap: South Carolina Open

Strasheim Shines in Victory of the South Carolina Open
Trailing 2-Shots off the Leader before the Final Round, the Senior Standout goes Low for first IJGT Victory

Bluffton, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour kicked back into the Spring calendar and season with the playing of the South Carolina Open. The third event of the Spring Season was held at Crescent Pointe Golf Club in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina, where juniors from across the country and internationally gathered to compete for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and first-place finishers earning an automatic invite to the 2019 Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

The conditions and weather could not have been better over the weekend, however that still presented the great challenge at Crescent Pointe in its tough layout for scoring. In the Boys Under 19 Division, the top of the leaderboard was crowded heading into Sunday’s Round with multiple players within only a few shots of the lead.

Taking full advantage of the opportunity was Steven Strasheim of Bluffton, SC, by putting together a final round of 72 to claim his victory at the South Carolina Open. Strasheim, a Senior student at nearby International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), paired the low-round 72 with an opening round 76 to finish at 6-over Par for the event. This is the first IJGT victory for Strasheim, who has given a verbal-commitment to play his college golf at New Mexico State University.

Rounding out the top-three in the Boys Under 19 Division in a two-way tie for second place is JeongJoo Kim and Oliver Paddon. Kim, of Yongin, South Korea and current student at IJGA, held the lead after the opening round with a score of 74, followed by an 81 on Sunday for a two round total of 155. Paddon, a native of Sydney, Australia and current student at the Junior Players Golf Academy of Hilton Head (JPGA), had an impressive weekend as well in his second-place finish. Paddon put together rounds of 78 and 77 for a total score of 155.

In the most highly contested event of the weekend, the Boys Under 16 Division was one to follow Sunday afternoon at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Clutch shots, and big moments were a theme throughout the Final Round with our feature group.

Standing alone after the 36-holes of competition and a stellar Sunday showing is Henry Stone of Kennett Square, PA. Stone fired up a 74 on Sunday, to pair with his opening round of 81 for a total score of 155. This is Stone’s first IJGT victory of the season.

Finishing closely in second-place is Muhamad Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. A current student at IJGA as well, Zaini battled back valiantly on Sunday afternoon, putting together a final round of 76 to pair with his opening 80 from Saturday. The two-round total for Zaini over the weekend was 156. Rounding out the top-three is Will Oliver III. The nearby native of Pooler, GA, Oliver III also battled into contention all weekend long. Finishing with rounds of 82 and 79, Oliver III finishes the weekend with a total score of 161.

In the final competition of the weekend, Fann Lehoczky claimed victory of the Girls Under 16 Division in her debut IJGT event at Crescent Pointe Golf Club. Lehoczky, a native of Budapest, Hungary, finishes off the weekend going wire-to-wire for her debut win, with scores of 73 and 79, two round total of 152.

Finishing in second-place for the Girls Under 16 Division is Pamas Abhiteachapan of Bangkok, Thailand. The current student of IJGA, Abhiteachapan shot scores of 99 and 101 to round out the weekend.

The IJGT ramps up the Spring schedule over the coming weeks, including opportunities for Faldo Qualifying. The next event on the schedule is the playing of the Faldo Series Philadelphia Championship at White Manor Country Club. To view this event or any other future event, be sure to visit to visit the schedules tab on IJGT.com.

Final Results of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on March 24, 2019.

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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.

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

 

 

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.

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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.

 

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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!

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.

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

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.