TOURNAMENT RECAP: Orange County National

Winter Park, FL- The International Junior Golf Tour continued along its Spring tour over the weekend, making a stop at the popular Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. A new regular stop along the tour, the juniors participating in the event experienced both of nationally reviewed courses OCN offers; Crooked Cat and Panther Lake. The weekend was played in beautiful conditions for both rounds, with low winds, high temperatures made for a great weekend for scoring as the players competed for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.


For those participating and following the Boys 15-19 Division, the scoreboard was a very popular place to be at the end of round one. Entering the final round on Sunday, six players had shot under par, and numerous players starting the final round with scores in the low 70’s. Alone at the top of both rounds, was Sungjin Noh of nearby Kissimmee, FL that was able to claim victory for the weekend. Noh was simply sensational, putting together scores of 64 and 71, finishing the weekend with a 135 total and nine-under par.
While Noh was nearly unstoppable for the first round played on the Crooked Cat course, the final round on Panther lake was filled with competitors chasing down the leader. Placing second after Noh, is Woojin Jung, also from Kissimmee, FL. Jung was also a standout performer for the weekend, shooting scores of 68 and 69 for a 137 total. Rounding out the Top-3 is another competitor from the Sunshine State, Connor Campbell. Campbell, who hails from Bellair Bluff was another star during the final round shooting a 69 after a round one score of 73 for a 142 finish.


In the Boys 14 & Under Division, John Daly II once again found himself at the top of the leaderboard for back-to-back events. After an impressive opening round of 77 that placed him second entering Sunday, Daly II charged up the leaderboard with a score of 75 for a 152 finish. “Putting was the best part of my game”, Daly II added after the round. “I made six birdies over the two rounds, but today I had even more par putts which was the big reason for the win”.Although entering the final round two-shots off the lead, Daly II attributed entering the day with the same energy and routine crucial to claim victory.
Finishing closely in second place is Oscar De la Fuente of Queretaro, Mexico, tallying scores of 80 and 78 for a two-day total of 156. Finishing out the top-3 is Julian Sanchez-Garcia, of Merida, Mexico. Sanchez-Garcia finishes off the weekend with scores of 80 and 78, totaling 158.With the theme of the weekend clearly being competition, the theme would also be the story of the Girls Division. Claiming victory is Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan. Sasaki showed very consistent play throughout the weekend on both tournament courses, putting together scores of 71 and 77 for a 148 finish.


“Putting was the best part of my game all weekend” Sasaki added after the round. “While the pin positions were easier for round one, I made a lot of par putts on the second day”. Sasaki also continued raving about the conditions both tournament courses were in for the weekend. This is Sasaki’s first win of the Spring season and second Top-3 finish of the IJGT Season (Central Florida Open at RedTail).
Securing second-place for the weekend is Taylor Miano of Dobbs Ferry, NY. Miano, tied for the lead entering the day with a round one score of 71, concluded her weekend with a 79 for a 150 total. Landing in third-place is Wendy Chen of Guangdong, China, who was able to place scores of 78 and a low Girls overall final round of 76, for a 154 finish.

 

To view full results from OCN, click here.

The IJGT Tournament Season will continue February 25-26 at Savannah Harbor. While this event is full, you can still register for the 10 other tournaments in the IJGT Spring Schedule by clicking here.

 

Why We Love Golf

Happy Valentine’s Day from the IJGT Team!

“They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken,” Raymond Floyd. At IJGT, the four letter word that we associate with this game is love.. as cheesy as that sounds. As a staff, we love the game, we love our players, and we love getting to spend our weekends watching juniors compete and succeed.

Whether the game was something we picked up as a child, or something fun we learned to do as adults, or just something that we learned about once we started working in the industry, it is a special game that has a special place in all of our lives.

For me, I love golf because my favorite memories are hitting golf balls on the driving range with my dad during high school. I feel so lucky that I have these moments to look back on and think it is pretty special that this game helped us become that much closer.

Everyone has their own special golf stories and memories, and so we asked around to try and get a better picture of why we all love the game, check it out:

“I love golf because it creates fun family time where we can also be competitive!” Ryley Hendry, IJGT CEO

“I love golf because you can take 4 strangers that have all different skill levels and still not only compete against each other, but make new friends.” Jared Steger, IJGT Community and Operations Manager

“I love golf primarily because it is the most unique sport in the world. In that each round is different and courses differ from each other in so many ways, and you more than likely won’t have the same shot twice. All of those attributes added in with playing with friends or in a competitive setting make it the most unique sport of its kind.” Nick Walker, IJGT Tournament Director

“I love golf for the fashion it allows me to sport.  I would never wear bright color pants unless I was playing golf.” Brandon Nettles, IJGT Tournament Director

“I love golf because it is a great way to stay competitive while still having fun. Every day is a new course, with new challenges that you need to overcome.” Chris Schramm, IJGT Director of Operations and Membership Services

“I love golf because it’s inexhaustible how much anyone can improve. A beginner can get better and so can a tour player. The challenge of mastering all the games within the games is also fun!” Jonathan Yarwood, BGGA Master Coach

“I love golf for bringing my family together on the weekends for 18 holes and a hamburger (no cheese).” Meaghan O’Reilly, IJGT Director of Communications and Event Management

“I love golf because it has been a huge part of life for 43 years. It has provided every relationship I’ve had and gave me a chance to travel around the world.  Thank you to my father for introducing me to the game I love!!” Scott Shaffer, BGGA Coach

“I love golf as it’s the perfect companionship for me and my dog Snuffles.” Andrew Summers, IJGT Owner

“I love golf because the skills we learn on the course can transfer to our life and the skills we learn in life can transfer to the course.” Iain Highfield, IJGA/BGGA Director of Mental Performance

“I love golf because it teaches you so many life lessons. Perseverance, the value of hard work, and how to face adversity are all good examples.” Jeff Hay, BGGA Coach

“The opportunity to combine skill, competition and etiquette while being surrounded by nature and being with people I care about.” Barb Bausch, IJGA Residential Coordinator of Community

“I love golf because here at IJGA because it is used as a universal language for students who do not speak the same language.” Shawn Mehring, IJGA Director of Performance Training

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, may it be filled with birdies! Want to let us know why you love golf? Follow us on Facebook and leave a comment!

 

 

COURSE PREVIEW – Orange County National

Less than 24 hours away from round 1 of the Florida Junior at Orange County National, the IJGT team is on site marking the course, setting hole locations, and getting all of the prep work done before competition begins. As junior golfers arrive and play their practice rounds today, we have a little preview of conditions going into the weekend.

Click here for the tournament information page.

OVERVIEW

Throwing a bit of a curve ball from our normal tournaments, the Florida Junior will be played on both Crooked Cat and Panther Lake courses at Orange County National (Winter Garden, FL). According to the on-site team, the greens are playing smooth and fast, running 11 on the stimpmeter, and the temperature is around 80 degrees with 10/15 mph winds.

Both courses are set up for the following yardages by division:

Boys 15-19: 6684

Boys 14 & Under: 5858

Girls: 5650

Did you miss our OCN preview blog? Check it out.

ABOUT THE COURSES

PANTHER LAKE:

Described on the OCN website as “everything you could want in a golf course”, Panther Lake is unique because there is no development in or around the course- a.k.a. no homes, a.k.a. good news for anyone worried about duck hooking it into someone’s window. There are a lot of different shots to be played and each hole will play a little different.  The greens were replaced in 2011 with Champions Dwarf Grass Bermuda, that produces similar conditions to the bent grass you would see on courses in cooler climates. The shorter tee distances are considered to be a little more friendly than the tips, so possibly an opportunity for Boys 14 & Under or the Girls to capitalize on.

Click here to check out Panther Lake’s yardage book.

CROOKED CAT:

Similar to Panther Lake, Crooked Cat is made up of elevation changes, rolling fairways, and long contoured greens. However, with fewer trees, wider landing areas, and native heather and mounding framing the fairways, Crooked Cat will provide the junior golfers with more of a links style experience. The greens are the same Bermuda as Panther Lake, described to have a true roll and quick pace. Crooked Cat is more exposed than Panther Lake, giving the wind an opportunity to play a factor in ball flight.

Click here to check out Crooked Cat’s yardage book.

 

CHALLENGING HOLES

Panther Lake #17, Par 3

Boys 15-19: 159 yards

Boys 14 & under: 132 yards

Girls: 125 yards

This par 3 has a tough, two tiered green that will make it hard to get the ball close.The green is also well protected with water in the front and bunkers surrounding the green. This hole will be tough if you miss the green, or if you hit it to the wrong tier.

 

Crooked Cat #12, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 410 yards

Boys 14 & under: 380 yards

Girls: 365 yards

Nicknamed “The Sweep”, hole 12 will set up for a tough second shot into a big green. There is water on the right that comes into play both off the tee and for the approach shot. On the approach, junior golfers will be forced to carry water while avoiding water by the green on the right side.

 

SCORING OPPORTUNITIES

Panther Lake #12, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 295 yards

Boys 14 & under: 295 yards

Girls: 285 yards

Playing as a drivable par 4, expect to see at lot of birdies here this weekend- especially from some of our older boys. The tees being up will definitely give players a little more to think about on their tee shot- and could be the difference an aggressive player needs to win. The green is well protected with bunkers but with a well struck drive a player could be putting for eagle.

 

Crooked Cat #9, Par 4

Boys 15-19: 370 yards

Boys 14 & under: 324 yards

Girls: 315 yards

Called “The Bend” for its severe dog-leg left, this par 4 brings the opportunity to capitalize on a strategic tee shot. If a player can hit the fairway, they will have a short approach shot into the green. With the right shot, a good player can set themselves up to go for the flag, hit it close and have a good chance at birdie.

 

We are so excited to be at Orange County National this weekend, the two unique and interesting courses will definitely create a test for everyone in the field. If you would like more information on OCN, or either of the courses we are playing this weekend, check out their website by clicking here. On behalf of everyone at IJGT, we are so grateful to be able to play such an awesome venue.

Saturday tee times start at 9:40 AM Eastern Time, and you can follow the leaderboard here, and make sure you are following IJGT on Facebook so you can get notifications when we are doing live pre and post round interviews.

Good luck to everyone in the field and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend!

Questions, comments, concerns? Email us at info@ijgt.com.

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WEEKEND PREVIEW – Florida Junior at Orange County National

This weekend, Feb. 11-12, IJGT is excited to be hosting the Florida Junior at Orange County National in Winter Garden, FL. As the team heads down to the Orlando area to get ready, here is a quick preview of what’s ahead:

WEATHER

It is looking like conditions are going to be nearly perfect this weekend at OCN. Although  it may rain on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny with highs in the 80s and a less than 10% chance of rain. The weather was a bit of a factor at Oldfield, where it was in the 40s during tee times and the wind was pretty strong. Winds for this weekend are forecasted to be around 6-7 mph, which shouldn’t have too much of an impact on ball flight. (Note: We aren’t meteorologists, feel free to check out the 10-day forecast and make your own judgements)

COURSE

OCN is a championship layout, and is always a good test of golf. The conditions are always prime, with consistent greens and a well-manicured course. This weekend’s event will be played on both Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses. OCN has hosted finals of Q-School and College events, along with IJGT events in the past. Click here to go to the website for a full preview.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BOYS 15-19:

CARSON BARBE

Carson is coming in to the Florida Junior straight off a win at the Winter Classic at Oldfield where he shot 71-74 to win the Boys 15-19 Division. The senior from Beckville, TX, shot 71-76 last fall when IJGT was at Orange County National to finish T10.

LUIS MARTINEZ

Looking at the results from last fall, Luis has an awesome chance to go low this week. He is returning to OCN after firing 71-69 (-3), finishing in second during the October event. Also a senior, the Caracus, Venezuela native will have a great opportunity to perform this weekend.

JACK CRAWSHAW AND CAMERON SHEEDY

Two solid players from BGGA, Crawshaw and Sheedy both tied for 3rd last time we visited OCN, shooting -2. Sheedy also finished in 4th place at the Winter Classic at Oldfield, showing that he is ready to compete in 2017.

Click here to see Winter Classic at Oldfield results.

BOYS 14 & UNDER:

JOHN DALY II

After shooting 75-80 to win his division at the Winter Classic, as well as earning stars for the Boys 15-19 Division, we can expect to see some good numbers coming from Daly this weekend. Described by coach Jonathan Yarwood, as “refreshing to watch, playing with flow and flair,” he was completely level headed during the entire tournament at Oldfield and showed a lot of maturity for such a young player.

JULIAN SANCHEZ GARCIA

The IJGA student from Merida, Mexico finished right behind Daly at Oldfield, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two at the top of the leaderboard again at OCN. Julian has won 2 of his last 4 IJGT events and it will be exciting to see if he adds a 3rd win this weekend.

OSCAR DE LA FUENTE

Coming in second at the Orange County National Junior in October, there is a lot on the horizon for this BGGA student. As impressive as a second place finish is, it is more notable to look at his second round even-par 72 after shooting 80 in round 1. Watch out for a continuation of the low score trend.

GIRLS:

MANHUA CHEN AND ROU YIN

The two BGGA students from China placed 1st and 2nd during October’s OCN event. Tied after the first round with a score of 74, it only came down to two strokes in round 2 for the championship. It will be exciting to see it get close in the girls division this weekend, with hopefully more low scores.

Click here to see full results from the OCN Junior last fall.

Good luck to everyone in the field, we are ready for the action this weekend! Make sure you are following IJGT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the post round interviews and updates from the course.

Tournament Recap – Winter Classic at Oldfield

On January 28-29, Oldfield Golf Club hosted the IJGT’s Winter Classic. Carson Barbe of Beckville, TX won the Boys 15-19 Division with a Round 1 score of 1-under-par 71 and shooting 3-over par, 74, in Round 2. Barbe is currently enrolled in a post-grad year at Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Howey-in-the-hills, FL and plans to attend Mississippi State as a preferred walk-on to the golf team.

In 2nd Place for the Boys 15-19 Division, Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy recovered from an 80 in Round 1 to shoot a 2-under par 70 in Round 2. Saptak Talwar of New Delhi, India came in 3rd shooting 72-80.

In the Girls Division, Bluffton local and IJGA/Heritage Academy senior, Kayla Kozak won shooting 77-74. Kozak is committed to play golf at the University of Central Florida in fall of 2017. In 2nd place, Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia shot 86-83 followed by Rachel Smith of North Yarmouth, ME who shot 86-87.

John Daly II, son of professional golfer John Daly and student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy shot 75-80 to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by 3 strokes. Coming back strong in Round 2, Julian Sanchez-Garcia of Merida, Mexico shot 81-77. In third place, Bluffton local Andrew Swanson shot 81-79.

IJGT will host the Florida Junior at Orange County National on February 11-12 and will be back in the lowcountry at Savannah Harbor for the Georgia Open February 25-26.

Register for upcoming IJGT Tournaments here.

Want to see the best photos from the weekend? Check out our photos on Facebook.

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic

TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.- The International Junior Golf Tour returned to an annual stop on their tour this week with the playing of the Thanksgiving Classic at TPC Sawgrass. The juniors were challenged throughout the weekend on both courses, with Pete Dye’s Valley Course and TPC Stadium Course, home of the PGA Players Championship. The players enjoyed spectacular weather for the late November event, all while competing for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings, and IJGT merit points.

 

After three rounds of great competition, the Boys 15-19 Division would ultimately be decided in a two-way playoff. After one playoff hole, Gordan Brixi of Potomac, MD came away victorious after a stellar final round.

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“It feels good to get the win”, Brixi said after the round. “I did not change much today, just needed to play my game because I did not

know how the leaders were playing. I was happy to go to a playoff because I wanted to keep playing on this great course.”

 

Brixi tallied scores of 74 and 80 for the first two rounds on the Valley course. Then on Saturday, he finished with an impressive round of 74 on the Stadium course, ultimately creating the playoff. Brixi concluded after the round that winning the playoff on the famous 17th hole was great, but the 16th hole was the favorite for him on Saturday.

 

“That is where I started to turn it around for me”, Brixi added. “After that hole I knew there was a good chance some good would follow, and clearly it did.”

Finishing in second place for the week is Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, SC. Phillips was impressive all weekend, putting together scores of 79, 70 and 79 for 228 finish. Then, finishing out the top three is Jaden Weisman of Malvern, PA, putting together rounds of 77, 74, and 80 for a 231 finish.

 

 

For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Julian Sanchez- Garcia went wire-to-wire earning the top prize. Sanchez- Garcia showed great consistency throughout the weekend, tallying scores of 79, 77, and 79 for a total of

  1. Sanchez-Garcia said there was no additional pressure or challenge and focused on playing his best in earning the victory.

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“After the first day I had a comfortable lead and felt great where I placed myself”, Sanchez-Garcia added. “You do not get to play at a course like this every day so just enjoying everything and playing my best was the biggest reason for the win”.

 

Finishing in the top three for the weekend are Seung Jae Mo of South Korea, who had rounds of 93, 80 and 89. Rounding out top three is Matthew Pilgrim of Canada, finishing with rounds of 90, 84 and 92.

 

Then, in the Girls Division, Sophia Burnett continued her impressive play as of late adding a victory over the

weekend. Battling some minor setbacks during the first round, Burnett found her comfort zone during the second round ultimately finishing the week off with a victory.

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“Feels pretty cool to win, because it is TPC Sawgrass and I am grateful to win here”, Burnett said after the round. “I had some hiccups on a few holes during the first round that I was able to overcome, but the

second round I was much more comfortable on those holes”.

 

Burnett, like the majority of the field, spoke highly of the new renovations made to the TPC Stadium course. Those changes luckily played to the strength of her game.

 

Burnett added “They are great changes, some of the holes I did not recognize at first but the course here is simply amazing”.

 

The IJGT will conclude its Fall season in a few weeks, with the playing of the IJGA Invitational at Harbourtown Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC. Players will be competing for national rankings, and the chance to earn IJGT Merit points as well as AJGA Performance Stars. To sign up for this event, or view future events, visit IJGT.com, or call (844) 779-3374.

 

Final results of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on November 26, 2016.

 

Boys 15-19 Division: Rounds 1 & 2 Dye’s Valley Course- Black Tees 6,684 Yards, 71.9/129. Round 3 Stadium Course- Black Tees 6,650 Yards, 74.0/146. Boys 14& Under Division: Rounds 1& 2 Dye’s Valley Course- Blue Tees 5,972 Yards, 69.4/131. Round 3 Stadium Course- Blue Tees 5,992 Yards, 70.3/136. Girls Division: Rounds 1 &2 Dye’s Valley Course- White Tees 5,765 Yards, 65.0/115. Round 3 Stadium Course- White Tees 5,720 Yards, 76.0/151.

 

International Junior Golf Tour Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

November 24-26, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 6,684 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 6,684 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 6,650 Yards, Par 72

 

1-x. Gordan Brixi, Potomac, MD *74-80-74–228

  1. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-70-79–228
  2. Jaden Weisman, Malvern, PA *77-74-80–231
  3. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *76-78-80–234
  4. Noah Schwartz, Cherry Hill, NJ *78-74-83–235
  5. PJ ORourke, Ho Ho Kus *73-79-84–236
  6. Sean Niles, Northville, MI *79-75-82–236
  7. Elliot Wright, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *78-77-81–236
  8. Alex Whitehead, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL *79-79-81–239
  9. Mike Donner, Hamburg, NY *76-77-87–240
  10. Frank Parisi, Schenectady, NY *83-81-79–243
  11. Chun Yan Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *78-85-83–246
  12. Philipp Katich, St.Leon-Rot *82-81-87–250
  13. Will Englander, Cohasset, MA *84-84-83–251
  14. Michael Katsman, Howey-In-The-HIlls, FL *80-81-91–252
  15. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL *84-79-89–252
  16. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *91-82-80–253
  17. Jamie Murray, Ontario, Canada *79-89-87–255
  18. Oreo Prommart, Thung Khonkaen, Thailand *84-81-92–257
  19. Matthew Chorches, West Hartford, CT *77-85-97–259
  20. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *89-82-88–259
  21. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *84-83-96–263
  22. Mike Tomczak, Lake View, NY *87-83-93–263
  23. Ethan Dawson, Edmond, OK *90-93-91–274
  24. Adam DeSorbo, Amsterdam, NY *89-95-93–277
  25. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *91-90-99–280
  26. Zack Jiang, Guangdong, China *96-88-96–280

 

Boys 14 & Under Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 5,972 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,972 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 5,992 Yards, Par 72

 

  1. Julian Sanchez-Garcia, Xalapa, Mexico *79-77-79–235
  2. Seung Jae Mo, Goyang, South Korea *93-80-89–262
  3. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *90-84-92–266
  4. Zach Locke, Horseheads, NY *95-88-93–276
  5. Finn ORourke, HoHoKus, NJ *96-90-98–284
  6. David Murigi, Nairobi, Kenya *90-96-102–288

 

Girls Division-

Round 1 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course 5,765 Yards, Par 72 Round 2 – (Black Tees) Dyes Valley Course: 5,765 Yards, Par 72 Round 3 – (Black Tees) Stadium Course: 5,720 Yards, Par 72

 

  1. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *86-74-83-243
  2. Gabriella Gilrowski, Westfield, IN *85-81-88–254
  3. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *89-92-96–277
  4. Erica Boyd, Charlotte, NC *95-95-92–282
  5. Megan Donahue, Lafayette, IN *101-87-101–289
  6. Sabrina Reyes, Leon Guanajuato, Mexico *102-97-102–301

Orange County National Junior

 

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents

Orange County National Junior

Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge

October 1-2, 2016

 

Orlando, FL.– The International Junior Golf continued their fall tour down in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge. With the course, Crooked Cat, in pristine condition, there were a dozen of scores under-par on both days. Greens were lighting fast, fairways were wide open, and the weather conditions were picture perfect for this two-day tournament.

 

The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Robin Williams, had an impressive two-day total of 149, five under par. Williams, of Leeds, United Kingdom, carded eleven birdies and stayed under par both days. He battled against forty-seven players to take the champion title. Coming in second place from Venezuela, was Luis Martinez. Martinez shot even par the first day, then stepped up to shoot three-under par to move up in the field.  Martinez had five biridies in total and only two bogeies. There was a tie for third place at two-under par. Jack Crawshaw and Cameron Sheedy tied with a score of 142.

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“I played very well, I believe it was my irons. I set myself up for a lot of birdie putts. On the first day of the tournament I dug deep and I realized there were a lot of opportunities on the back. On the final round, my putting was much better. Without my putter, the results of today would have been very different,” remarked Williams.

 

The Boys 14 & Under Division had five players compete for the first place title. Taking the championship was Grant Gobezie of Hunting Valley, OH. Gobezie took the lead on day one after shooting a 71, one-under par. He finished the tournament with a total of 147, three over par. Fighting for the second place finish was Oscar De la Fuente of Queretaro, Mexico. After shooting an 80 in round one, Fuente came back to shoot even par to get him to a total of 152. Right behind him was Krishiv Tekchandani signing for a score of 153.

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“I enjoyed the course this weekend. I played great and hit a lot of fairways. Hitting the fairways helped me score this weekend,” said Gobezie.

 

The Girls Division Champion carded a 150, and was awarded to Manhua Chen of Guangdong, China. With ten girls in the field this week, Chen broke away from the tie after day one to claim the Division. Chen shot 74, 76 for a total of 150 with five birdies on her score card. Rou Yin, of Zhejiang, China, came in second place, two strokes behind Chen. Yin had a combine total of 152 with four birdies. Rounding out the Girls Division was Peisha Fan, ten over par, a total of 154.

“I was happy that I played great all weekend. My putting was not the greatest unfortunately. My driver was my best club for the tournament. I hit many fairways and it kept me in play,” Chen explained

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The IJGT will continue the Fall 2016 Season in Ringoes, N.J., at The Ridge at Back Brook. The Major Championship at the Ridge will be October 8-9, 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 Orange County National Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 1-2,2016.

 

Boys 15-19 Division Black tees 6,697 yards, 72.7/129. Boys 14 & Under: Blue tees 6,023 yards, 68.9/122. Girls Division: White tees 5,741 yards, 72.9/130.

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Orange County National Junior

Winter Garden, FL

October 1-2, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,697 yards

 

  1. Robin Williams, Leeds, United Kingdom *68-71–139
  2. Luis Martinez, Caracus, Venezuela *72-69–141
  3. Jack Crawshaw, Winnetka, IL *72-70–142
  4. Cameron Sheedy, Pepperell, MA *70-72–142
  5. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *71-72–143
  6. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *69-74–143
  7. Dongjin Park, Seoul, South Korea *74-70–144
  8. Samsona Lu, New Taipei City, Taiwan *78-67–145
  9. Ian Peng, Chang Hua, Taiwan *73-73–146
  10. Zach Greifenberger, Toronto, Canada *76-71–147
  11. Carson Barbe, Beckville, TX *71-76–147
  12. Tate Heintzelman-Dee, Granger, IN *71-76–147
  13. Wonjun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *75-73–148
  14. Senne Ramiah, Cape Town, South Africa *73-75–148
  15. Jaco Campos, Madrid, Spain *74-75–149
  16. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *74-77–151
  17. Egor Zotov, Russia *77-75–152
  18. Florian Blatti, Epalinges, Switzerland *77-76–153
  19. Cannon Tarnow, Port Orange, FL *75-78–153
  20. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *75-78–153
  21. Kim Kang, Howey-In-The-HIlls, FL *73-80–153
  22. Shaojun Xie, Guangdon, China *78-76–154
  23. Daniel Song, Beijing, China *78-76–154
  24. Frank Parisi, Schenectady, NY *76-79–155
  25. Xavier Marcoux, Lexington, MA *75-80–155
  26. Niels Schmidlin, Switzerland *75-80–155
  27. Phillipp Krahmer, Munich, Germany *77-79–156
  28. Kevin Horono, Daegu, South Korea *82-74–156
  29. Sebastian Carranza, Guatemala *79-77–156
  30. Marco Nieto, Eynon, PA *75-81–156
  31. Silas Lee, Petoskey, MI *78-79–157
  32. Michael Marsico, Aspinall, PA *78-80–158
  33. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *78-80–158
  34. Tommy Nguyen, Windermere, FL *80-78–158
  35. Luigi Wong, Baguio City, Philippines *78-81–159
  36. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *86-75–161
  37. Preston Haugh, Alexandria, VA *85-78–163
  38. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *82-81–163
  39. Philip Wirz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *79-86–165
  40. Juan Pablo Vega, Mexico *84-81–165
  41. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *81-84–165
  42. Rohan Govil, Monroe, NJ *83-84–167
  43. Federico Jaramillo, Bogota, Colombia *85-87–172
  44. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *91-86–177
  45. Mateo Lancheros, Bogota, Colombia *90-93–183
  46. Taylor Rockwel, Winter garden, FL *90-97–187
  47. Zack Jiang, Guangdong, China *95-93–188

DID NOT FINISH

  1. Victor Sanchez, Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico, *

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,741 yards

  1. Manhua Chen, Guangdong, China *74-76–150
  2. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *74-78–152
  3. Peisha Fan, Baoding, China *76-78–154
  4. Chiara Arya, Jakarta, Indonesia *77-81–158
  5. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *76-83–159
  6. Stephanie Vargas, Bogota, Colombia *85-82–167
  7. Audrey Kennett, Corte Madera, CA *89-79–168
  8. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *86-89–175
  9. Sabrina Reyes, Leon Guanajuato, Mexico *96-92–188
  10. Luciana Ramos, Mexico City, Mexico *106-90–196

 

 

Boys U-14 Division- Blue Tees- 6,023 yards

 

  1. Grant Gobezie, Hunting Valley, OH *71-76–147
  2. Oscar De la Fuente, Queretaro, Mexico *80-72–152
  3. Krishiv Tekchandani, India *78-75–153
  4. Zijie Jeremy Cai, Shenzhen, China *76-83–159
  5. David Murigi, Nairobi, Kenya *86-81–167

 

Inaugural Juniors FORE Warriors Charity Invitational.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents

Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational

 

Parris Island, SC – The International Junior Golf Tour took a step out of their comfort zone this weekend. Juniors FORE Warriors was the Inaugural Invitational that benefited two Non-profit Organizations; Hope for the Warriors and Junior Champions Foundation. The weekend started off with a private tour of the Parris Island Marine Base on Friday September, 23. The tournament was played Saturday and Sunday with hot and sunny conditions.

The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Jeremy Sisson, took the title for the second weekend in a row with the IJGT. Sisson won the Island Invitational at Dolphin Head CC, he kept his momentum up by shooting a total of three-under for the two days. Sisson, from Skaneatles, N.Y., had the low final round of 69. Samuel Cudjoe, from Trinidad and Tobago, had an impressive second round of two-under par. Cudjoe, who was tied with three people after round one, had five birdies to move up in the pack. Rounding our third was Leo Hernandez, shooting three-over par, with a total of 147.

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“Winning twice in a row feels really good. It doesn’t happen often, so I’m pretty happy. This place, Parris Island, is special. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The wildlife and the course is special, and it being on a Marine base makes it truly unique,” remarked Sisson.

AJ Gilpin, of Norwell, M.A., was the Boys 14 & Under Division Champ for the Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational. Gilpin kept his lead after day one, shooting 76, 76. Coming up five strokes behind Gilpin was Matthew Pilgrim. Pilgrim, from West Vancouver, shot three stokes better in his second round. He carded 80, 77, for a total of 157. In third place of the Boys 14 & Under Division was Bryan Kim, signing for a total of 161.

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“I played great, I hit a lot of greens and fairways this weekend. This was my first time playing at Parris Island. I loved the course and these are the fastest tournament greens I have ever played on,” said Gilpin.

The Girls Division Champion carded a 156, and was awarded to Vivian Yen of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Keeping her first place secured from round one, she fought through the heat and ended up with a round two score of 81. Maria Aslanis, of Hinckley, O.H., came in second with a total of 184.

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“I played well, even though my putting was not the greatest. The course was incredible, the greens were fast and in fantastic shape. My best club in my bag this weekend was my 8 iron. I always practice with it and it payed off,” Yen explained

The IJGT will continue the Fall 2016 Season in Orlando, Fla., at Orange County National. The Orange County National Junior will be October 1-2, 20016. 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 Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational at Parris Island conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 24-25,2016.

Boys 15-19 Division: 6,588 Yards, 71.5/126. Boys 14 & Under Division: 6,092 Yards, 69.3/128. Girls Division: 5,825 Yards, 73.3/128.

International Junior Golf Tour

Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational

Parris Island, SC

September 24-25, 2016

 Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,588 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Jeremy Sisson, Skaneatles, NY *72-69–141
  2. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *75-70–145
  3. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *73-74–147
  4. Dan Byrne, Cork, Ireland *76-73–149
  5. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *75-76–151
  6. Luis Martinez, Caracus, Venezuela *75-76–151
  7. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *77-77–154
  8. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC *76-83–159
  9. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala *85-79–164
  10. Tucker Etro, Eliot, ME *87-81–168
  11. Punya Khanna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates *85-85–170
  12. Jorge Castaneda Luna, DF, Mexico *82-93–175
  13. Ryan Touzeau, Center Valley, PA *98-85–183

 

Girls Division – White Tees, 5,825 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Vivian Yen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan *75-81–156
  2. Maria Aslanis, Hinckley, OH *92-92–184

 

Boys 14 & Under Division- Blue Tees, 6,092 yards, Par 72

 

  1. Aj Gilpin, Norwell, MA *76-76–152
  2. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *80-77–157
  3. Bryan Kim, Evans, GA *81-80–161

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Sisson takes the title after leading Day 1, Lee credits her chipping to a stellar finish.

International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Presents

Island Invitational at Dolphin Head Golf Club

September 17-18, 2016

Hilton Head Island, SC

 

Jeremy Sisson takes the title after leading Day 1

Lee credits her chipping to a stellar finish.

 

 

Hilton Head Island, SC – The International Junior Golf Tour dodged tropical storm Julie and had scorching temps this weekend at the Island Invitational. The tournament had 50 participants that battled this weekend. 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. AJGA Stars were also award in the Boys 15-19 Division

 

The Boys 15-19 Division Champion winner, Jeremy Sisson, claimed first place with a total of 145 for the tournament. Sisson, from Skaneatles, N.Y., competed in his first IJGT tournament over the weekend and kept his first place lead both days. Sisson, after just having his appendix taken out, carded three birides. Conor Bryne, claimed second place, after having a comeback second round shooting 71. Bryne, from Dublin, Ireland, had a total of 147 for the tournament. Rounding out the Boys 15-19 Division was Lino Galdin, shooting 76, 73, for a total of 149.

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“It’s my first IJGT event, I enjoyed it! On day one I was inside twenty feet for every putt and was making pars. Today I was chunking my irons, my chipping saved me, getting inside three feet and making the putt.  The course was short, which hitting it straight gave you great reward. I just had my appendix taken out and just started playing two weeks ago, it felt great to get back out there,” remarked Sisson.

 

In the Girls Division, there were two that finished the tournament. Tracy Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, had a strong weekend shooting 74, 76, for a total of 150. Lee, coming off from a win from a previous tournament, showed strong iron play with 2 birides for her rounds. Taking second place was Yuna Sato of Fukushima, Japan. Sato was able to battle back after her round one score of 85, to shoot an impressive 74 on the last day.

 

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“My round went good. My short game was pretty strong, anything under 30 yards I was able to get it up and down. On hole eight I stuck it less than a foot and had a tap in for birdie, my only birdie in the final round, I was very excited. The course was challenging because you had to be straight off the tee. I feel great going into this season, I can tell I’m improving.,” said Lee.

 

 

There were six players in the Boys 14 and Under Divison. Round one, Julian Sanchez-Garcia and Bryan Kim were tied; ultimately it came down to the last hole where Garcia beat Kim by one stroke. Garcia, from Xalapa, Mexico, had a consistent round of 77, 77. Kim shot one stroke better in his final round for a total of 155. Taking third place was AJ Gilpin, shooting 157.

 

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

 

Conor Bryne- 71.

Yuna Sato- 74.

 

 

 

 

 

The IJGT will continue the Fall 2016 Season in Parris Island, S.C at the Inaugural Juniors FORE Warriors Invitational. This tournament will be September 24-25, 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 Island Invitational at Dolphin Head GC conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on September 17-18, 2016.
Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees-6,505 yards par 72 (72.7/140). Boys 14 &Under Division: Blue Tees-6,025 (70.5/129). Girls Division: White Tees-5,611 (68.5/124).

Saturday – Sunny 89 degrees with 5 mph winds.

Sunday – Sunny 91 degrees with 5 mph winds.

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Island Invitational at Dolphin Head

Hilton Head Island, SC

September 17-18, 2016

 

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees- 6,505 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Jeremy Sisson, Skaneatles, NY *71-74–145
  2. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-71–147
  3. Leo Hernandez, Bluffton, SC *72-78–150
  4. Drew Mullen, Pawleys Island, SC *75-76–151
  5. Erik MacDonald, Braintree, MA *74-77–151
  6. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *80-72–152
  7. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *76-76–152
  8. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *72-80–152
  9. Mark Laken, Kenosha, WI *77-76–153
  10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *76-77–153
  11. Aidan McCloskey, Northborough, MA *76-77–153
  12. Alan Smith, Winchendon, MA *74-79–153
  13. Tyden Wilson, Concord, MA *78-77–155
  14. Mikus Ming, Smiths, Bermuda *78-77–155
  15. Charlie Farrell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
  16. Luis Martinez, Caracus, Venezuela *75-80–155
  17. Jorge Castaneda, Bluffton, SC *0-83–83
  18. Carson Barbe, Beckville, TX *76-80–156
  19. Kameron Daniels, Bowie, MD *82-75–157
  20. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *77-80–157
  21. Ray Ahn, Daegu, South Korea *75-82–157
  22. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *74-83–157
  23. Feng Chen, Beijing, China *76-83–159
  24. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *81-79–160
  25. Luigi Oddera, Genova, Italy *79-81–160
  26. Dan Byrne, Cork, Ireland *87-74–161
  27. Andrew Choi, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-82–161
  28. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *81-80–161
  29. Oreo Prommart, Thung Khonkaen, Thailand *83-80–163
  30. Victor Sanchez, Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico *77-86–163
  31. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *78-87–165
  32. Frank Parisi, Schenectady, NY *82-85–167
  33. Ian Arnold, Allentown, PA *87-82–169
  34. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo Japan, *84-85–169
  35. Jorge Casteneda Luna, DF, Mexico *90-83–173
  36. Ryan Touzeau, Center Valley, PA *87-87–174
  37. Kiet Trieu, Hanoi, Vietnam *86-89–175
  38. Zhuole Lin, Shenzen, China *94-87–181

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

  1. Nick Gioffre, Waxhaw, NC

 

 

Boys U-14 Division- Blue Tees- 6,025 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Julian Sanchez-Garcia, Xalapa, Mexico *77-77–154
  2. Bryan Kim, Evans, GA *78-77–155
  3. Aj Gilpin, Norwell, MA *82-75–157
  4. Matthew Pilgrim, West Vancouver, BC *84-80–164
  5. David Murigi, Nairobi, Kenya *92-76–168
  6. Seung Jae Mo, Goyang, South Korea *90-81–171

 

 

 

Girls Division- White Tees- 5,611 yards- Par 72

 

  1. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *74-76–150
  2. Yuna Sato, Koriyama, Fukushima, Japan *85-74–159

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

  1. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

 

British Open Proves Challenging for IJGT Alums

This weekend one of the most prestigious events of the year, the British Open hosted by Royal Troon Golf Course, came to a historic end. Royal Troon Golf Course is a links style course which requires accurate shots to be made throughout the round. The front nine is easier than the back, as a strong wind comes into play. The IJGT was well represented during the British Open, as six alumnus took part in the event.

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Webb Simpson, courtesy of http://4.bp.blogspot.com/

 

 

Scotland, the land of golf, was the perfect venue for such a significant event. IJGT junior golfers are eligible to earn points to play in the land of golf and experience the status of European courses. The Race to Scotland features courses like the Old Course at St. Andrews, North Berwick GC, Archerfield Links, Gullane GC, and Muirfield GC. These courses will challenge the junior golfers, much like the Royal Troon challenged the professionals. For each tournament played in, points will be awarded to the top golfers in each division, and then will be redeemable for the trip.

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IJGT Race to Scotland 2016

 

The field was composed of the best players in the world, and among them were IJGT Alum. Webb Simpson was not a stranger to this tournament, this was his fourth appearance in the British Open. He finished with a 4-over total which earned him a tie for 39th. In 2011, Simpson had his best finish at the British Open, finishing tied for 16th at Royal St. George’s after being on tour for just three years. During his time playing in IJGT tournaments, he placed 7th in the tournament at Pinehurst Course No. 5 in February of 1999.

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Rickie Fowler, courtesy of http://blog.golfballs.com/

Rickie Fowler, who made his 6th British Open appearance, had a difficult third round, finishing 5-over, to score a 6-over total, tied for 46th. Fowler was arguably the most well-known IJGT alum, he won the IJGT tournament at Westin Keirland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona in April 2003. His best finish was at Royal Liverpool in 2014, where he carded a 15-under earning him a second place finish.

Kevin Chappell, Daniel Summerhays, and Jamie Lovemark all made their debut at the 2016 British Open and as rookies, and had fantastic finishes. Chappell carded a 7-over total finishing tied for 53rd while Summerhays shot a 9-over total, ultimately tying for 59th place. Jamie Lovemark had a great first round finishing 3 over, but the Royal Troon proved to be too difficult as his second round (81) put him outside of the cut line.

The IJGT is very excited to continue following their alums and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!