Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Recap

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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Round 2 Update: Moving Day at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

 

Moving Day at the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions

Shipley continues to stay atop the Leaderboard at Grand Cypress, while Hsieh puts up Red Numbers and continues her Lead

 

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play for the second round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions on Sunday morning at Grand Cypress. While the starting time was adjusted due to potential severe weather from the surging tropical storm, it was a select group of players storming in their own way up the leaderboard as this was the unofficial moving day of the flagship event.

 

Neal Shipley continued to stay consistent and now sits alone atop the leaderboard after the initial 36-holes with a round two score of 71 (1-under par). Shipley began his weekend with another under-par score of 68 on Saturday.

 

Shipley, a native of Pittsburgh, PA hopes to take home the top prize come Monday but a number of players are still in the hunt and within striking distance entering the final round at Grand Cypress.

 

Kaleb Palm is now in sole possession of second-place after a round two score of 74 on Sunday. The local product that calls Orlando, FL home shot an opening round of 68 on Saturday and will be part of the lead group come Monday morning.

 

Clawing back into contention during the second-round was Dongjin Park of Seoul, South Korea, after having the overall low for the second-round in the Boys 15-19 Division. Park put together a round of 70 (2-under par) on Sunday morning and will look to go low again on Monday, looking to complete his Spring season in winning fashion.

 

The Girls Division Player of the Year was once again the star-of-the-show on Sunday, as Ying-Ting Hsieh posted a low-round of 69 (3-under par) Sunday at Grand Cypress. The two-time player of the year from Huantan Township, Taiwan put together an opening round of 75 on Monday, and will look to go for another big win on this Memorial Day.

 

Behind Hsieh and continuing her impressive weekend is Jessica Meyers of Wexford, PA. Meyers has been steady all weekend long with scores of 76 and 73, and will look to make another surge up the leaderboard come Monday morning’s final round. In third-place is Tianyi Zhuang of Windermere, FL. Zhuang had an excellent second-round as well with a score of 73 to pair with her opening round score of 78.

 

For the Boys 14-Under Division, many players are within reach of first-place leader Koshiro Yagisawa. The resident of Tokyo, Japan has played well all weekend with scores of 76 and 84 entering Monday’s final round. The players following closely behind Yagisawa are Zoravar Singh Star and Sumaer Dhalla. Singh Star, of Punjab, India only trails by 5-shots after scores of 83 and 82. Dhalla of Princeton, NJ, holds position in third-place with scores of 85 an 82.

 

 

Final Round coverage begins bright and early on Memorial Day with an 8 a.m. Shotgun start at Grand Cypress.

 

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Round 1 Update from TOC: Murata and Hsieh Earn Top Honors; Crowned Players of the Year

Kotaro Murata and Ying-Ting Hsieh earn Player of the Year for Respective divisions at Grand Cypress

 

Orlando, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour began its end-of-season celebration with the opening round of the annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Resort. Players from all over the world gathered are competing in the three-day stroke-play event that gives winners a number of top honors, including World Amateur Golf Rankings, AJGA Performance stars and other national golf rankings.

 

As part of the international event, the Players of the Year were crowned from the 2017-2018 season. Compiled from the IJGT Merit Point system, the players receiving the crowning achievement were Kotaro Murata, Ying-Ting Hsieh and Muhamad Izwan Zaini.

 

Kotaro Murata takes home the top performer of the year in the Boys 15-19 Division after a stellar season that saw two victories (Island Open at Dolphin Head, Orange Lake Open at the Reserve at Orange Lake) and a number of Top 3 finishes (Faldo Series S.C. Championship at Parris Island, Faldo Series S.C. Championship at Palmetto Hall).

The native of Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan and a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy experienced a number of stellar rounds over the course of the season, the most memorable in his eyes was his final round at the inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina. Murata was able to storm back into contention during the final round with a low-round of 63. This gave Murata a third-place finish at the inaugural international event.

 

Murata will look to retain his title again next year, as he is a graduate of the 2019 class.

 

It was truly an encore performance over the 2017-2018 season for Ying-Ting Hsieh, as she takes home the Player of the Year honors for the Girls Division for the second-consecutive season.

 

Hsieh, a resident of Huantan Township, Taiwan and current student at Bishops gate Golf Academy was dominant in her back-to-back title over the season. A season where she accomplished 6 victories (Florida Junior at Falcons Fire, Central FL. Classic at LBV., Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, Orlando Shootout, and Faldo Series FL. Championship), and earned a Top-3 finish at the Faldo Series S.C. Championship (Parris Island). As noted, one of the victories for Hsieh was at the inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, as she took home first-place in the Girls U-16 division. This gave Hsieh the opportunity to compete on the world stage as she competed in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, a truly memorable experience that she hopes to achieve once again in the Fall of 2018.

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Muhamad Izwan Zaini took home the top honors as Player of the Year in the respective category.

 

Izwan Zaini, a former resident of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, was able to take home the top honors after an impressive Spring portion of the season. Izwan Zaini was inside the winners circle numerous times with multiple top-three finishes (Georgia Open at Sav. Harbor, Central FL. Classic, South Carolina Open, Orange Lake Open, Faldo Series S.C. Champ., and Faldo Series F.L. Champ.). The first victory of the 2017-2018 came at the last scheduled event of the season, as he took home first-place at the Lowcountry Championship at Dolphin Head.

 

The Boys 15-19 Division All-Tournament Team for 2017-2018 is as follows:

  1. Kotaro Murata – Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan
  2. Alex Lamarca- Westwood, NJ
  3. Luis Martinez- Caracus, Venezuela
  4. Dongjin Park- Seoul, South Korea
  5. Jairus Gaines- Baltimore, MD
  6. Jaden Weisman- Malvern, PA
  7. John Daly II- Clearwater, FL
  8. Jonathan Griz- Hilton Head Island, SC
  9. Aryaman Mohan- Lusaka, Zambia
  10. Jack Hughes- Snowmass Village, CO

Full IJGT Merit Point Rankings for Boys 15-19 Division for 2017-2018.

 

The Girls Division All-Tournament Team for 2017-2018 is as follows:

  1. Ying-Ting Hsieh- Huantan Township, Taiwan
  2. Chiara Arya- Jakarta, Indonesia
  3. Maria Fedorowycz- Kyiv, Ukraine
  4. One Kashima- Tochigi, Japan
  5. Fiona Khaing- Yangon, Myanmar
  6. Sophia Burnett- Bluffton, SC
  7. Mary Kate Norcross- Chambersburg, PA
  8. Kristine Yin- Zhejiang, China
  9. Maria Fernanda Sosa- Monterrey, Mexico
  10. Sae Saito- Tokyo, Japan

Full IJGT Merit Point Rankings for Girls Division.

The Boys 14 & Under Division All-Tournament Team for 2017-2018 is as follows:

  1. Muhamad Izwan Zaini- Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
  2. Eugene Kang- Seongnam, South Korea
  3. Zoravar Singh Star- Punjab, India
  4. Lorenzo Sanz- Glen Arm, MD
  5. Akmetzhan Tagashev- Astana, Kazakhstan
  6. Harrison Freeze- Plano, TX
  7. Eduard Tor Clemente- Spain
  8. Jaden Han- Mahwah, NJ
  9. Andrew Liu- Clinton, NJ
  10. T10. Sumaer Dhalla- Princeton, NJ
  11. T10. Jaivear Chahal- Princeton, NJ

Full IJGT Merit Point Rankings for Boys 14 & Under Division.

 

The second-round of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions will start tomorrow morning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on the New Course at Grand Cypress.

 

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Weekend Recap: Local Standout Steps Into Winners Circle Again at Dolphin Head

Local Standout Steps Into Winners Circle Again at Dolphin Head

Jonathan Griz continues his big Spring with a victory at Lowcountry Championship

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its official “home-base” over the weekend with the playing of the Lowcountry Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Club. The Gary Player design is a favorite amongst local players and players from area golf academies as players from 20 different countries represented the tournament field. Players this weekend had the opportunity to compete for national golf rankings, as well as IJGT Merit Points as a final tune-up event before the annual end of season celebration at Grand Cypress, with the playing of the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Championship.

 

For competition in the Boys 15-19 Division, local standout Jonathan Griz was able to complete the wire-to-wire victory over the weekend with a remarkable final round on Sunday. The Hilton Head native shot a 4-under par (68) on Sunday to pair with his opening round score of 1-under par (71) to complete his weekend with a score of 139.

 

This is the second victory of the Spring season for Griz, as he took home top honors of the South Carolina Open at Crescent Pointe GC.

 

Following closely in second-place is Alex Lamarca of Westwood, NJ. Lamarca, a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), played well all weekend with scores of 72 and 71 rounding out to a 143 total score. Finishing in a tie for third-place is J.D. Patterson and Leo Hernandez. Patterson, another local product from nearby Bluffton, SC, put together rounds of 75 and 74 for a total of 149. Hernandez, a current student at IJGA finished the weekend with rounds of 73 and 76 for 149 as well. Hernandez has signed a letter-of-intent to play college golf at Newberry College in the Fall.

 

In the Girls Division, Maria Fernanda Sosa was able to make a remarkable comeback to earn herself top honors as winner of the weekend at Dolphin Head. Sosa, a resident of Monterrey, Mexico and current student of the Junior Players Golf Academy (JPGA) put together an impressive final round of 74 to go with her opening round of 83. Sosa finished with a total score of 157.

 

Claiming second-place for the weekend is Ally Buchanan of Athens, GA. Buchanan, who is also a current student at JPGA, put together solid rounds of 78 and 88 for her weekend total of 166. Rounding out the top three is Sae Saito. Saito is currently a student at IJGA by way of Tokyo, Japan and ended her weekends shooting scores of 83 and 84.

 

Claiming his first victory in the Boys 14 & Under category is Muhamad Izwan Zaini of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia. The current student of IJGA has been very consistent all spring with multiple top-three finishes, and gets his first IJGT victory at Dolphin Head after scores of 88 and an impressive 75 on Sunday. Izwan Zaini finished with a total score of 163.

 

Finishing in second-place is Zaid Khan of El Dorado Hills, CA. Khan continues his impressive Spring season play after consecutive rounds of 82 for a 164 finish. Rounding out the top three is Harrison Freeze, of Plano, TX. Freeze, a current student of Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) finished the weekend with scores of 82 and 83 for his 165 total finish.

 

 

The IJGT will resume play once again during Memorial Day weekend with its annual end of season celebration at Grand Cypress for the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions. The event will include the awards for Players of the Year in each division, along with recognizing the best moments of the 2017-2018 season.

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Weekend Recap: Victory is Sweet for Winners at Faldo Series Northeast Championship

 

 

Faldo Series Northeast Championship at Hershey CC Full Recap


Joshua Ryan and Mary Kate Norcross take home top-honors at Hershey; earn Invitation into Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final

 

Hershey, PA: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to a familiar venue over the weekend, as players gathered at Herhsey Country Club as playing of the Faldo Series Northeast Championship took center stage. Players from all over the Northeast region of the United States gathered at the “Sweetest Place on Earth” to earn a guaranteed spot into the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Players were also competing for national rankings such as AJGA Performance Stars, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek rankings.

 

 

This being the sixth of eight qualifiers the IJGT has on schedule for 2018,  2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers would earn an guaranteed spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The Faldo Series also extends invitation to two of the top Girls U-18 and U-16 finishers as well. The Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final will take place again at Bella Collina Golf Club in Central Florida.

 

After an exciting opening round, a number of players found themselves within striking distance in the Boys 15-19 Division. Players were well aware of the high stakes entering Sunday and that ultimately there could be only one winner. Taking full advantage of that opportunity was Pennsylvania native, Joshua Ryan.

 

Ryan, who resides in nearby Norristown, PA put together quite the show for Sunday’s final round, shooting a 69 (2-under Par) and earning himself a first-place finish at Hershey CC. Ryan paired his spectacular round two score with his opening score of 77 to earn a 146 total score finish. By earning top honors for the first time in an IJGT event, Ryan also punched his ticket for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final and will be competiting in the Boys U-16 Division.

 

Following behind Ryan in a two-way tie for second are Will Knauth and Alec Ryden. Knauth, who is from Williamsport, PA, had a very consistent weekend with scores of 78 and 78 for a 156 total finish. Alec Ryden, of Moorestown, NJ, had a solid weekend as well with scores of 77 and 79 for a 156 total finish as well.

 

For the Girls Division, it was another impressive display over the weekend as Mary Kate Norcross was able to take home top honors once again at Hershey. Norcross is a nearby resident of Chambersburg, and takes home first-place as well as a guaranteed spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later this year.

 

Norcross played well throughout the weekend as she put together scores of 78 and 86 for a 164 total score.

 

Following her in second-place is Kayleigh Zeman of Silver Spring, MD. Zeman, who earned her invitation to the U.S. Grand Final at the Pennsylvania Championship at White Manor, put together a weekend with scores of 89 and 88 for a 177 total score. Rounding out the top-three and sharing the honor are Julianne Lee and Jessica McClellan. Lee, who resides in nearby York, PA, earned scores of 95 and 89 for the weekend event. McClellan, who also hails from Pennsylvania in the town of Freeland, also finished off the weekend with scores of 95 and 89 as well.

 

The drama was indeed saved best for last at Hershey over the weekend, as a sudden-death playoff was forced in the Boys 14 & Under division between two great young players, Derek Mcglaughlin and Lorenzo Sanz. After each finishing with scores of Par on the first two playoff holes, Mcglaughlin was able to hang on and secure the victory for the weekend by making Par again.

 

Mcglaughlin, who resides locally in Elizabethtown, PA, had a solid weekend of scores shooting 84 each round to earn himself a total score of 168.

 

Lorenzo Sanz takes home second-place for the weekend after also shooting scores of 84 each round at Hershey CC. Sanz, of Glen Arm, MD, has now earned himself consecutive top-three finishes in his first two IJGT events of 2018.

 

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The full list of Faldo Series Qualifiers will be made available at IJGT.com on May 8th, 2018.

 

The IJGT returns to action again next weekend as it plays host to the Lowcountry Championship at Dolphin Head Golf Club. Following that event, the IJGT will be set to host its annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, taking place at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, FL.

 

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Weekend Recap: Faldo Series Florida Championship

Familiar Faces Return to Winner’s Circle at Faldo Series Florida Championship

Dongjin Park and Ying-Ting Hsieh earn top prize at Falcons Fire; Sumaer Dhalla earns first IJGT Victory

 

Kissimmee, FL: The International Junior Golf Tour continued to heat up its Spring Schedule as it returned to sunny Central Florida for its fourth-consecutive Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity as Falcons Fire played host to the Florida Championship. Falcons Fire is a favorite amongst the players with ideal course conditions perfect for low-scoring opportunities.

Players from over 20 countries gathered at the Orlando area course, competing to earn a spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with earning national golf rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

This is one of eight qualifiers IJGT has scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, with 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earning an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The Faldo Series also extends invitation to the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

Learn more about the Faldo Series and our new partnership at IJGT.

For the Boys 15-19 Division crown, a heavy leaderboard was seen at the conclusion of round one and winning this event would take a valiant effort for Sunday’s final round. Two players rose to that challenge with both Dongjin Park and Erik Fogel each putting a 66 on their scorecard, but as previously seen there could only be one winner over the weekend. And after a solid opening round performance, Dongjin Park found himself in the winner’s circle once again.

 

 

Park, a native of Seoul, South Korea who is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA), notches his third victory of the Spring season and has already earned himself a spot to the Faldo Series Grand Final with his record-setting performance at Savannah Harbor. Park finishes the weekend shooting scores of 71 and 66 earning himself a finshing score of 137, good for 7-under par.

 

Jack Hughes claims his first top-three finish of the season by earning second-place for the weekend. The former resident of Snowmass Village, CO by way of BGGA had a very impressive weekend with scores of 69 and 71 for his finish of 140. As previously stated, Erik Fogel had quite the Sunday round putting a 66 on the leaderboard and leaping into third-place for the weekend. Fogel, a native of Sweden who is currently a student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) opened the weekend with a 76 for a 142 total finish.

 

In the Girls Division, 36-holes was simply not enough to decide our weekend winner as two well-deserving players; Ying-Ting Hsieh and One Kashima, earned their way into a sudden-death playoff. Each player made Par on the first two playoff holes, and on the third playoff hole, Ying-Ting Hsieh was able to knock down a 10-foot Birdie putt to earn herself winning honors at Falcons Fire.

 

 

Hsieh continues her impressive 2017-2018 campaign with IJGT, as this is her fourth victory of the season and second-consecutive win at Falcons Fire. The former resident of Huantan Township, Taiwan who is currently a student at BGGA, finished off the weekend with scores of 76 and 72 for a 148 total score.

 

One Kashima finishes off the weekend earning second-place honors at Falcons Fire. Kashima has also had quite an impressive stretch lately, as this is her third top three finish of the IJGT season. Kashima, who hails from Tochigi, Japan and currently resides at IJGA, finished off her weekend with consecutive scores of 74 earning a total of 148 as well.

 

Multiple players finished their weekend tying for third, as Chiara Arya, Tracy Lee, and Katya King all share the honor for the top-three finish. Arya, of Jakarta, Indonesia and current student at BGGA finishes with scores of 77 and 75 for a total finish of 152. Tracy Lee follows that as well with scores of 77 and 75 as well, earning the Seoul, South Korea native another top-three finish for the IJGT season. Katya King earns herself her first top-three of the IJGT season, as the nearby resident of Celebration, FL finishes with rounds of 75 and 77.

 

Earning himself his first IJGT victory in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Sumaer Dhalla. The Princeton, NJ native had an excellent weekend as he earns scores of 77 and 82 for a total score of 159. Rounding out the top-three are Muhamad Izwan Zaini and Harrison Freeze, as Izwan Zaini takes home second-place honors for the weekend. The former resident of Seri Kembangan, Malaysia who is a current student at IJGA earned scores of 85 and then division low of 75 on Sunday. Freeze earns himself his first top-three finish of the year with rounds of 79 and 84 for a 163 total finish.

 

A number of players also punched their ticket to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, earning top qualifying spots that were up for grabs. The top qualifiers for the Boys U-18 division were Erik Fogel and Andreas Huber. The top qualifiers for the Boys U-16 category are Jack Hughes and Kaleb Palm.

 

Earning spots in the Girls competitive divisions are Katya King and Tracy Lee for the Girls U-18 division. For the U-16 division, One Kashima and Yukiko Takasato.

 

The full list of Faldo Series Qualifiers will be made available at IJGT.com on May 1st, 2018.

 

 

The IJGT will host a fifth-consecutive Faldo Series Qualifier next week, as they return to the “Sweetest Place on Earth” as Hershey Country Club plays host to the Northeast Championship. There will be another Faldo Series Qualifying opportunity later on this Summer for the New York Championship at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.

 

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Weekend Recap: Tickets Punched to Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final with Big Final Rounds

Alex Lamarca and Fiona Khaing take home top honors at South Carolina Championship; earn invitation to U.S. Grand Final

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour returned to its “home-base” that is the beautiful area of the Lowcountry as Palmetto Hall was the site of the Faldo Series South Carolina Championship over the weekend. A heavy international field, sprinkled in with some of the best local talent was on full display on the Arthur Hills design course for a 36-hole stroke play event. Invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final were on the line for a second-consecutive weekend, giving the field a special opportunity to compete in the annual event.

 

This being one of the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for the 2018 calendar year, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

 

In our Boys 15-19 Division, the bar was set high with an impressive opening round from Aryaman Mohan after an even-par 72 on Saturday. The lead group would feature Mohan, Alex Lamarca and John Del Priore as the lead was only within 3-shots of the following competitors.

 

Lamarca was able to remain consistent again on Sunday morning, firing a 75 (3-over par) to finish out the weekend and eventually land him in first place on the leaderboard. Lamarca, a student attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) from Westwood, NJ also shot a 75 on Saturday’s opening round to finish his weekend with a total score of 150. This is Lamarca’s first win of the IJGT season and grants him invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Aryaman Mohan finishes the weekend with a brilliant effort earning him second-place honors after a final round of 81 on Sunday, earning him a total score of 153. Mohan, formerly of Lusaka, Zambia is also a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) in Florida. Tying for second after a valiant effort on Sunday is Kotaro Murata. Murata, of Matsuyania City, Japan and current student at IJGA, continues his impressive play of this IJGT season. Murata finished the weekend with scores of 78 and 75, to earn a total of 153 for the weekend.

 

After Saturday’s round, two players shared the lead atop the Girls Division but only one would be able to walk away as the champion at Palmetto Hall. Fiona Khaing battled the elements from start to finish and was able to secure victory after a stellar final round Sunday of 79. The current student at IJGA by way of Yangon, Myanmar, paired her 79 with her 83 from Saturday to earn her a finish of 162.

 

Following in nearby second-place is Maria Fedorowycz of Kyiv, Ukraine. Fedorowycz played consistently all weekend and earned herself scores of 84 and 84 to total 168. Rounding out the top-three for the Girls Division is savannah Weyrauch. The Bloomington, IN native bounced back strongly on Sunday shooting an 81 to pair with her 89 from round one. Weyrauch finished the weekend with a total score of 170.

 

The most impressive performance of the weekend had to be from the Boys 14 and Under Division on Sunday, where Zaid Khan put on a remarkable performance of 3-under par for the final round, and earned himself another victory with the IJGT.

 

Khan, of El Dorado Hills, CA who currently is a student at IJGA, opened his weekend with an 85 before his record-low round Sunday to finish the weekend at a total of 154. Khan now has two IJGT wins in consecutive weeks as he continues his impressive Spring campaign.

 

Finishing in second-place is Eugene Kang of Seongnam, South Korea. Kang, who is also a student at IJGA, finished the weekend with scores of 87 and 85 for a total of 172. Rounding out the top-three is Muhamad Izwan Zaini. The youngster from Seri Kembangan, Malaysia finishes out his weekend with scores of 82 and 91 for a 173 finish.

 

 

The IJGT will continue its string of Faldo Series Qualifying events again next weekend as the Florida Championship will be played at Falcons Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, FL. A bi-annual stop for the IJGT, the Orlando area course will play as a perfect host-site to an event with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Following the Faldo Series Florida Championship, there will be two more opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Grand Final. The Northeast Championship is scheduled to be played at Hershey Country Club on May 5-6, and then later on this Summer the New York Championship will be competed for at Bristol Harbour Golf Club.

 

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The full list of Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final qualifiers will be posted on Monday April 23rd on IJGT.com.

 

 

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Golf Legend Nick Faldo Presides over IJGA Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Bluffton, SC. April 16, 2018. Six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for IJGA’s stunning Performance Training Center at the IJGA headquarters in Bluffton, SC. IJGA recently underwent a $2 million building renovation turning an iconic 20,000 sq. ft. horse barn into a state-of-the-art indoor training facility for junior golfers.

Under the direction of British PGA Master Professional and IJGA Director of Golf, Jonathan Yarwood oversees golf instruction for IJGA’s international juniors. The new facility includes indoor hitting bays, short game area and a Performance Studio, which houses the Swing Catalyst Force Plate equipment. Golf-centric technical equipment such as TrackMan, BodiTrak, K-Vest and SAM PuttLab provide players with immediate feedback on swing analytics.

Outdoors, construction has recently begun on an 18-hole, 9-green, par-3 “Challenge Course” and St. Andrews Links style “Himalayas” putting green located on the grounds of IJGA’s Old Carolina campus.

Sir Faldo hosted a special golf clinic for IJGA student-athletes and the general public prior to the Grand Opening. The three-time Masters champion, RBC Heritage title winner, CBS and Golf Channel Announcer demonstrated a variety of distance shots and short-game techniques which helped him achieve legendary success throughout his victorious career.

About Sir Nick Faldo: A former World Number 1 in the Official Golf Ranking for a total of 98 weeks and winner of six major Championships with more than 40 tournament victories in total, Faldo is regarded as the most successful golfer Britain has ever produced. Nick Faldo received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in November of 2009 for his lifetime contribution to the game golf. Sir Nick Faldo is the only living golfer to receive such an honor.

 

Weekend Recap: Higher Stakes and Bigger Rewards for Winners of IJGT Faldo Series Championships

High Stakes and Bigger Rewards for Winners at IJGT Faldo Series Championships

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Faldo Series Championships Live up to the Hype as new winners are crowned and top finishers earn U.S Grand Final Invites

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The International Junior Golf Tour held one of their biggest weekends of the year thus far for 2018, as two Faldo Series Championships were held with invitations on the line for the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. The two host sites for the events, Architects Golf Club (New Jersey) and White Manor Country Club (Pennsylvania) were the perfect stage for juniors from all over the United States to gather for these prestigious events. The juniors also were competing for national junior golf rankings, such as Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings and Golfweek Rankings as well.

 

Debuting the partnership in the early Fall of 2017, the IJGT and Faldo Series are joining together to give domestic golfers a chance to compete on the world stage. The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in these high stakes competitions against some of the best players in the world.

 

Through the eight qualifiers the IJGT has scheduled for 2018, 2 of the top Boys U-18 and U-16 finishers earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, along with the top Girls U-18 and top U-16 finisher as well. The U.S. Grand Final is scheduled to take place at Bella Collina Golf Club (Florida) in October of 2018.

 

From our Pennsylvania Championship at White Manor, the star-studded field was going to be a true battle of skill and determination for the 36-hole stroke play event. And even after 36-holes took place, a winner was still not decided. A four-way playoff including Alex Kyriacou, David Hurly, Jaden Weisman and Patrick Sheehan was then arranged in sudden-death format.

 

After each scoring Par on the opening playoff hole, Alex Kyriacou and Jaden Weisman were able to extend the tournament that then moved on to a the second playoff hole to decide the weekend winner. After making Par again on the second-playoff hole and 38-holes of competition, Alex Kyriacou stood alone as the weekend winner.

 

Kyriacou, a native of Suffern, NY stormed back Sunday to earn his way into the playoff with a final round of 75 to pair with his Saturday of 78. Kyriacou finished his weekend with a total score of 153 on the Par-71 course. This win gives Kyriacou his first victory of his 2018 season and the IJGT season, along with earning an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

Jaden Weisman, Patrick Sheehan and David Hurly all hold the honors together finishing tied for second-place at the Pennsylvania Championship. Weisman, a local standout right from Malvern, PA earned scores of 75 and 78 over the weekend and also earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final later this year. Patrick Sheehan of Doylestown, PA put together an impressive weekend with rounds of 74 and 79 to finish tied for second. Rounding out our top finishers, David Hurly of Newtown Square, PA earned rounds of 74 and 79 as well.

For our Girls Division competition, Lauren Peter started out strong, and finished that way as well earning her first IJGT victory of the season. The Ohio State University Golf commit from Carmel, NY has had put together a number of accolades during her junior golf career, and now she adds in a Faldo Series invitation to the list as well. Peter put together scores of 73 and 78 for a 151 total finish.

 

Following Peter in the Girls Division is Kayleigh Zeman of Silver Spring, MD with scores of 79 and 84 for a 163 total finish. Zeman also earns herself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final later on in October of 2018. Rounding out the top three is Megan Meng of Pennington, NJ. Meng earned rounds of 77 and 88 to finish her weekend.

 

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lorenzo Sanz picks up his first ever victory with the IJGT after scores of 80 and 95 during the weekend. Sanz, who is from Glen Arm, MD earned a total score of 175 at White Manor. Finishing in second-place is Chase Stephano of Radnor, PA after earning scores of 82 and 99. Then rounding out the top three is Ryan Rearden of Yardley, PA. Rearden put together scores of 89 and 96 for the weekend.

 

 

At our second location for a Faldo Series Championship over the weekend, players gathered at Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ. The bi-annual stop for the IJGT is a favorite amongst the players every season, and was a perfect setting for a Faldo Series Qualifying event to the U.S. Grand Final.

As with every event, it is always important to start fast and make a good mark on the leaderboard heading into the final round. With Sunday’s weather below forty degrees and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, it became even more important to accomplish on Saturday’s opening round.

 

For both Brandon Valvano and Angela Lee, these superb juniors seized that opportunity at hand on Saturday’s opening round with impressive opening scores. Valvano put on the performance of the weekend with a 69 on Saturday, while Lee put on an impressive display herself in the Girls Division earning themselves victories for the Faldo Series New Jersey Championship.

 

Valvano, who hails from nearby Franklin Lakes, NJ now earns himself an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final after following with a 76 on Sunday to earn himself a 145 total finish.

 

Making a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday was Tyler Galantini, and with his impressive performance earned himself second-place for the event. Galantini, from West Orange, NJ shot scores of 75 and 74 over the weekend to eventually land himself a spot in the Faldo Series U.S. Final later this year. Rounding out the top three is Brian Li of Warren, NJ. Li had an impressive weekend with scores of 72 and 78 for a 150 total score.

 

As previously stated, Angela also made quite the statement in her opening round, and followed it again Sunday with a score of 81 in the brutal conditions in. New Jersey. Lee, of Hillsdale, NJ finished off the weekend with a score of 151 and her first IJGT victory of the season.

 

In second-place, Katie Li takes home the honors after scores of 77 and 77 during the weekend rounds. This is Li’s second top three finish in an IJGT event this season, and now earns an invitation to the Faldo Series Grand Final as well in the U-16 competing division. Rounding out the top three is Maya Torpey of Malvern, PA. Torpey, who also competed in the inaugural U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina, now earns a trip back after a weekend with scores of 78 and 89.

 

For the Boys 14 & Under Division, Andrew Liu took home his first career victory and first IJGT win of his young but sure to be promising junior career. Liu, of Clinton, NJ finished the weekend shooting scores of 94 and 96.

 

The IJGT has three remaining Faldo Series Qualifiers on the schedule for the Spring of 2018, including three consecutively starting again this weekend. The Faldo Series South Carolina Championship will be held at nearby Palmetto Hall Golf and Country Club.

 

Following the playing of the South Carolina Championship, Faldo Qualifiers will be held at Falcons Fire (Florida), Hershey Country Club (Pennsylvania) and later on this summer at Bristol Harbour GC (New York).

 

The full list of Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final qualifiers will be posted on Tuesday April 17th on IJGT.com.

 

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Weekend Preview: Two Faldo Series Qualifiers in One Weekend!

IJGT Set for Big Weekend of Faldo Qualifiers

Architects and White Manor will be site of Qualifiers for Golfers earning an invitation to the U.S. Grand Final in the Fall

 

Hilton Head Island, SC: The Spring weather has finally arrived and with that comes time to turn up the dial on the Spring golf season for juniors all over the country. With that, the International Junior Golf Tour is set to host two Faldo Series Qualifiers over the weekend; one at the Architects Golf Club in Lopatcong, NJ for the New Jersey Qualifier, while in Malvern, PA White Manor Country Club is ready to open for the Pennsylvania Qualifier.

 

The Faldo Series and IJGT announced their partnership in the Fall of 2017, offering junior golfers in the United States an opportunity to compete on the world stage. 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.

 

By way of qualifiers, the top two finishing players from the Faldo Series Boys U-18 and Boys U-16 divisions will earn invitations to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final to be held at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde, FL. Additionally, the highest finishing Girls players in the U-18 and U-16 divisions earn an invitation to the U.S. Grand Final.

 

Set to host the New Jersey Qualifier, Architects Golf Club is a bi-annual stop for the IJGT, as it is one of the favorite venues on the schedule for junior golfers. Rated as one of the top three public courses in the state of New Jersey, The Architects Golf Club is a course takes you on a memorable adventure as you play holes designed to pay tribute to the best golf course designers in the history of the game.

 

In the Fall of 2017, Architects hosted a Faldo Qualifier for the 2017 edition of the Faldo Series U.S. final. Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, MD was the winner of the event in the Boys Division and went on to play in the star-studded U.S. Final, while the Girls champion was Inseo Huh of Closter, NJ.

 

White Manor Country Club is set to host its first Faldo Qualifier for the Pennsylvania Championship portion of the events. The fantastic Bobby Weed redesigned course is home to the Villanova University Men’s golf team and hosts a number of top junior and collegiate tournaments every year. Golf Week Magazine ranks White Manor as the number three modern design golf course and fourteen overall in the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Past champions of IJGT events at White Manor include Neal Shipley of Pittsburgh, PA and Rylie Heflin of Avondale, PA. This year, players will be playing for more with a chance to earn an invitation to the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final.

 

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