Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Post Event Recap

This weekend, Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head, SC hosted the IJGT Lowcountry Junior.

We kicked off the weekend on Friday with a Junior-Amateur competition with members from the Wexford and Long Cove communities to raise money for the Junior Champions Foundation and other local charities.

Competition began on Saturday at Wexford Plantation for our field of 53 junior golfers from all over the country. We were also able to have 6 players from the First Tee of the Lowcountry join the field for their inaugural IJGT events. The players all faced difficult conditions, with cold and wind dominating the day on both Saturday and Sunday. The competition was close across all divisions, with great performances across the field.

BOYS 14 & UNDER

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Andrew Swanson of Bluffton, SC placed 3rd for the second time this season in his third IJGT event. Merlin Dohn, an IJGA student from Berlin, Germany took second place, shooting 85-84. This is Merlin’s best finish this season, topping his 4th place appearance at Oldfield in January.Shooting a pair of 79s, IJGA’s Matthew Pilgrim from West Vancouver, BC brought home the division. This is Matthew’s first win after having 8 Top-5s in his previous IJGT tournaments.

Click here for full Boys 14 & Under leaderboard.

GIRLS DIVISION

The top 3 spots in the Girls Division this weekend were dominated by IJGA Seniors, representing 3 different countries and committed to 3 Division I golf programs. Kayla Kozak, from Bluffton, SC and committed to play golf at UCF next fall, shot 74-81 to take 3rd place.

Angela Wang (Wint Phoo Nadi Aung) tied with Sera Tadokoro at +8 after two rounds to take the competition to a sudden death playoff. Angela was able to come out as the winner, but it was a great performance by everyone in the field.

Click here for full Girls Division leaderboard.

BOYS 15-19

The Boys 15-19 Division saw a lot of drama and a shocking finish this weekend. As the day progressed, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped on the back nine creating some tough conditions for the players that had gone low on Saturday. Round 1 Leader Drew Salyers ended up placing 3rd, shooting 73-80. Jeremy Sisson, a JPGA Junior from Skaneatles, NY shot 77-76 to tie for the 3rd place spot.

Alan Smith (2018, Winchendon, MA) and 13 year old Jonathan Griz were both tied for the lead at +7 on Sunday afternoon, taking the competition to another sudden death playoff. The two players battled it out for 3 holes, but ultimately Jonathan showed he had the clutch gene- sinking a 15-footer to birdie 18 and win.

Click here for full Boys 15-19 leaderboard.

We would like to thank Wexford Plantation for having us this weekend, as well as all the parents and coaches that came out to support our participants. We would also like to thank all of our players and the IJGT staff that make this event possible.

Weather permitting, IJGT will be hosting the Spring Kickoff at White Manor in Malvern, PA this weekend, followed by The Architects Cup on the 25-26 March. There is still time to register for more events this spring! Click here to go to the full schedule.

IJGT would like to thank the following sponsors for their support throughout our tournament season:

PUMA – The Official Apparel of the IJGT

Oakley – The Official Eyewear of the IJGT

Bridgestone – The Official Golf Ball of the IJGT

What is the Junior Champions Foundation?

This weekend, Wexford Plantation is hosting the IJGT’s Lowcountry Junior benefiting local charities including the Junior Champions Foundation.

The Junior Champions Foundation is a registered 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. JCF was founded in 2011 in order to help junior athletes with limited financial resources reach their potential through access to higher education and better athletic training. The Junior Champions Foundation has one goal in mind; helping junior athletes succeed in their passions. Scholarships are available to athletes applying to a JCF partner sports academy.

The Junior Champions Foundation helps train junior golfers and tennis players for success in tournament golf, tennis and beyond. JCF prepares  junior athletes for competition and for life. The goal of the Junior Champions Foundation is to give top-flight golf and tennis opportunities to young golfers and tennis players regardless of financial resources.

To learn more, click here to go to the website.

 

COURSE PREVIEW – Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation

This weekend, Wexford Plantation will be hosting the IJGT for the inagural Lowcountry Junior. This course has the kind of tight lies that will bring a tear to your eye, but will prove to be challenging with a lot of water coming in to play. Check out our full video for more!

Product Spotlight: MannKrafted Putters

Shawn Elmore from MannKrafted Custom Milled Putters came out to the IJGT Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor to allow our junior golfers to try their putters and talk about the benefits of having custom putters. Watch the video to see a couple of putters that Shawn was able to show us last weekend and visit mannkrafted.com to learn more!

 

ICYMI: Full Recap of The Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor

 

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What is Par Bar?

This weekend, during the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor, Par Bar donated their bars for our players on the first tee during Round 1. We took some videos of our players trying it:

Along with a couple bars the staff were able to sneak, Par Bars were a huge hit among our players! Par Bar is designed to be a nutritional bar specifically for golfers. When founder Gerry Mullally started working on these bars, he wanted to produce something that had the optimal ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber for an entire round.

We met Gerry at the PGA Show this year, where he was showcasing the bars. When we walked up to the booth, he literally had all of the all natural ingredients sitting out so you know you are eating things that are genuinely good for you.

Par Bars contain L-Theanine, which is a naturally occurring component of green tea. L-Theanine has been clinically proven to increase the production of alpha brain waves believed to improve concentration, productivity, and mental acuity. It safely induces relaxation without drowsiness, reduces stress, and improves concentration and mental alertness.

For more on Par Bar, or to buy your own for your next round, click here.

We would also like to thank Gerry and Par Bar for providing these awesome first tee snacks for our players this weekend!

 


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Post-Event Recap: Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor

This weekend, February 25-26, The Club at Savannah Harbor hosted the International Junior Golf Tour for the Georgia Open. Winners of each division included Philipp Krahmer (Boys 15-19), John Daly II (Boys 14 & Under), and Sera Tadokoro (Girls).

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Carson Barbe of Beckville, TX and a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, shot a 66 (-6) in Round 1 to lead by 6-strokes. Making for a dramatic Round 2, Barbe was unable to hold on to the lead and opened the winning spot up to the rest of the field. Shooting 72 in Round 1, Philipp Krahmer of Munich, Germany, also a student at BGGA, capitalized on the opportunity and shot a two-under-par 70 to win the division and finished at 2-under overall. In second place, Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland shot 72-71 (-1). Dongjin Park of Seoul, South Korea shot 73-72 (+1) to place third.’

ICYMI: Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor Post Round Interviews

In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro, a senior at the International Junior Golf Academy from Osaka, Japan shot 71-73 (E) to win. Tadokoro held the lead after round one, saying in a post round interview that her strategy “was to smile”. In second place, shooting 73-72 (+1), was Fai Khamborn, a junior at IJGA from Thung Khonkaen, Thailand. Bishops Gate Golf Academy student Yukie Sasaki, from Hiroshima, Japan, shot 75-71 (+2) to place third.

For the third time this year, John Daly II dominated the Boys 14 & Under Division. Daly shot 78-72 (+6) to win the division by two strokes. Tying for second, Bradford Cummins, a 7th grader from Nashville, TN, shot 73-79 to finish +6 alongside Douglas Beney from Rye, NY.

We would like to thank Savannah Harbor and their entire staff for all of their support this weekend. It was a great event at an awesome course, and we could not have been treated more hospitably.

We would also like to thank our tournament director, Brandon Nettles, and the team of IJGT staff and volunteers that made this event possible.

IJGT would not be able to operate without the support of our sponsors. We would like to thank the following partners:

Bridgestone Golf – The Official Golf Ball of IJGT, helping our players get the most distance and control

PUMA – The Official Apparel, to keep our staff and players looking fresh

Oakley – The Official Eyewear of IJGT, because long days in the sun are better in sweet shades

We had a great turn out of coaches and parents this weekend, and would like to thank everyone who came out to support their junior golfers. It is so important for young athletes to have support systems and it is apparent that our players have great cheerleaders, coaches, and friends in their corners.

ICYMI: Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor Post Round Interviews

Lastly, we would like to thank all of the participants from this weekend. Savannah Harbor is always one of our strongest fields and the competition this weekend was not only exciting to watch, but great experience in competing against tough competitors.

IJGT will return March 11-12 for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. This is a special event that will include a Junior-Amateur tournament on Friday, benefiting the Wexford Foundation and the Junior Champions Foundation. To learn more about the Lowcountry Junior, click here.

Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor – Round 1 Interviews

Round 1 of the Georgia Open at Savannah Harbor saw a ton of awesome rounds from all of our junior golfer. Carson Barbe, a BGGA student from Beckville, TX, fired a 6-under par 66 to lead the Boys 15-19 Division. In the Girls Division, Sera Tadokoro, an IJGA Senior, shot 71 (-1) to lead by two strokes going in to our final round today. In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Bradford Cummins, a 7th grader from Nashville, TN, shot 73 to lead by 1 stroke. While we look forward to an exciting Sunday, check out the post round interviews from yesterday. Check out the full leaderboard here, and follow along for scoring updates throughout the day. For the latest content from the course, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Savannah Harbor Course Preview

This weekend, IJGT is heading out to Savannah Harbor for the Georgia Open. We went out to the course last week to check things out and made a video to preview what competitors will be facing this weekend.

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!