Post Event Recap – The Florida Open at Rio Pinar

The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play this weekend in Orlando for the playing of the Florida Open at Rio Pinar Country Club. The former host of the Citrus Open, the course played favorably to the juniors, who enjoyed their weekend conditions under clear skies and high to moderate temperatures. Each division came down to the final holes, creating an exciting Sunday. The juniors played for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.

Play in the Boys 15-19 Division was simply spectacular, and was a close match heading into the final round Sunday morning. After trailing two strokes off the lead heading into the final round, Samsona Lu found himself alone at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes. Lu, of New Taipei City, Taiwan, played very consistent with rounds of 72 each for a 144 total.

“Feels great to get the win at this course,” Lu stated after the round. “It was pretty windy this weekend, if anything I had to keep my ball-flight lower and that helped a lot.”

Click here for the full Boys 15-19 Leaderboard.

Although conditions proved to be tough at moments during the weekend, Lu was able to stay on top of his game and capture his first IJGT victory of the season. Claiming second-place closely behind Lu is Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland. Blatti played well all weekend, shooting scores of 72 and 73 for a 145 finish. In third-place is Hanson Chiu of Chiayi, Taiwan, shooting scores of 74 and 72 for a 146 total.

Following the theme of competition, the Girls Division was more of the same for the weekend. After an impressive final round, Pin Wen Lu secured the weekend championship coming back from four strokes off the lead. Lu, who hails from New Taipei City, Taiwan, capped off her weekend with a 144 total with scores of 74 and a low final round of 70.
“It feels really good to win and get my confidence back,” Lu said after the round. “Today there was a lot of wind, so I aimed for the center of the green and that gave myself chances to make putts.”

Being able to make putts obviously played a major factor for Lu, as she made 4-Birdies during the final round and gave her just enough space to earn the victory.

Following closely behind in second-place is Ying-Ting Hsieh of Huantan Township, Taiwan. Hsieh was impressive for the weekend with scores of 70 and 75 for a 145 finish. Rounding out the top-3 is Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia, who finished her weekend with scores of 77 and 79 for a 156 total.

Click here for the final results from the Girls Division.

Lastly, for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Drago Zhao went wire-to-wire to claim first-place on the weekend. Zhao, a native of Shenzhen, China, continued his strong play that has been demonstrated in the past few events. Zhao put together solid scores of 78 and 75 for 153 total to earn his first IJGT victory.

Rounding out top-3 behind Zhao is a two-way tie for second-place. Sharing the spot is John Daly II of Clearwater, F.L., and Matthew Pilgrim of West Vancouver, Canada. Daly finishes with rounds of 79 and 78, while Pilgrim put together scores of 80 and 77, both totaling a 157 finish.

Click here for the Boys 14 & Under Leaderboard.

The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, with the playing of The Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club. To sign up for this event, or view the rest of our upcoming events, click here, or call us at (844) 779-3374.

COURSE PREVIEW – The Architects

This weekend, IJGT returns to The Architects Golf Club for the 2017 Architects Cup. We are looking forward to a great tournament, and are so glad to be making this event happen after the original date was snowed out. The event will be a 36-hole stroke play event over two days, with junior golfers competing in Girls, Boys 14 & Under, and Boys 15-19 Divisions.

 

THE COURSE

The Architects Golf Club is a 6863-yard par 71 course that honors golf greats at each hole, including such names as A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross and Alister MacKenzie. Today, The Architects Golf Club holds a stellar reputation among the golf industry and receives recognition from such prestigious publications as (Golf Course News, Golf Magazine, Links Magazine, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated.) Click here to go to the website.

 

THE WEATHER

Similar to last weekend at White Manor, it is looking like Sunday will be offering more favorable conditions than Saturday. With chances of rain today and tomorrow, hopefully the course will drain well, making for easier scoring conditions on Sunday. However, if the rain does hold off and the course stays dry, it should be a great weekend for golf with mild temperatures. Click here for the full forecast.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

The stats below were taken from Spring 2016 when The Architects hosted IJGT for a tournament. By looking at these stats, you can get a good idea of how the course could play across the different divisions this weekend.

 

TEE TIMES

Tee times will start at 8:00AM on both Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to check out our leaderboard by clicking here.

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COURSE PREVIEW – The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes

This weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour will be at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Okatie, SC for the South Carolina Open. Our team has been at the course getting ready for the event, and put together a little video showing what can be expected Saturday and Sunday.

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POST EVENT RECAP- Spring Kickoff at White Manor CC

The International Junior began their month of April with the playing of the Spring Kickoff at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, P.A. this past weekend. A familiar stop for the tour, the Philadelphia area course is always a favorite of the players, for its unique design and high risk-reward approach that players apply at the venue. Weather conditions for the weekend may have affected the opening round, as cold temperatures and high winds were consistent throughout the day. For the final round, players enjoyed clear skies and moderate temperatures all while competing for AJGA Performance Stars, national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.


In the Boys 15-19 Division, the competition was very tight and made for lots of excitement heading into the final round at White Manor. Going into Sunday, three players shared the lead score, with numerous players only one stroke off the lead group. Two of the top performers at the at the end of Sunday’s round were Jack Cornforth of Summit, N.J., and Neal Shipley of Pittsburgh, P.A., each shooting 73 respectively. The champion would then be decided by a sudden death playoff between the two players. In the end, Shipley captured the victory after one playoff hole.
“I played well, the course was playing really tough”, Shipley said after the round. “To come out here and shoot the scores I did, I was very happy to shoot the scores I did”.

Shipley, who shot a 78 in the opening round following with a 73 Sunday, attributed his strong play to hitting well off the tee and being able to hit into fairways. But the highlight of the day for him came on the playoff hole, the shot that would eventually allow him to secure the win.
Shipley spoke of the shot, “Off the 10th tee, I actually hit it into 18th fairway so I could get a better angle at the flag. I went with a sandwedge that put me within 5 feet”.


Cornforth, claims the second-place finish after an impressive weekend of play shooting a 78 and 73 respectively. Coming in third-place is New York City native Luke Sample. Sample put together a strong weekend, shooting 77 and 76 for a 153 finish.

For the Girls Division, Rylie Hefflin stole the spotlight by going wire-to-wire for the weekend victory. Hefflin, a native of nearby Avondale, P.A., played impressive golf all weekend, by shooting 74 for both rounds for a total of 148. Hefflin showed great discipline throughout the weekend as well, keeping big numbers away, and being solid around the green.


Finishing in second-place is Phoebe Brinker. The Wilmington, D.E. native put together scores of 81 and 76 for 157 total. Rounding out the top three is Alice Hodge of Larchmont, N.Y. who tallied a 161 finish after shooting 80 and 81 respectively.
Following the theme of great competition for the weekend, the same could be same for the play in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Coming out on top was Ryan D’Ariano, who tallied scores of 80 and 83 for a total of 163. Hailing from nearby West Chester, D’Ariano persevere through the tough conditions by starting strong each round and never looking back.


Right behind D’Ariano securing second-place is Andrew Sample of New York. Sample put together two solid rounds shooting 90 and 84 for a 174 total. Then in third-place, is Alex Burnett of Owing Mills, M.D., who finished with rounds of 95 each totaling 190.

The IJGT continues its Spring season next weekend with two events taking place. In New Jersey, the annual Architects Cup will be competed for at Architects Golf Club, as well as the playing of the South Carolina open at Hilton Head Lakes Golf Club. To sign up for this event, or view the rest of our upcoming events, click here, or call (844) 779-3374.

POST EVENT RECAP – The King Classic

This weekend, The Legends Golf Course at Orange Lake hosted the International Junior Golf Tour for The King Classic. The event was a two-day, 36-hole stroke play tournament for junior golfers ages 14-19. Forty-four junior golfers from around the world competed in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Girls, and Boys 14 & Under.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Xavier Marcoux, a Bishops Gate Golf Academy student from Lexington, MA shot 68(-4) in Round 1 to hold the lead going into Sunday. Marcoux was able to fire another under-par round of 70(-2) to win the event over the competition. Chun Yan Leong, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia placed second shooting 71-73 (+1), followed by Thomas Pfoetsl of Schenna, Italy who shot 75-70 (+1).

The Girls Division ended in a tie between Ying-Ting Hseih and Anne Yu, who both shot 73-71 (E). Hseih was able to overcome Yu in a one hole playoff to take the victory. In third place, Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia shot 73-75 (+4).

14-year-old John Daly II made his fourth IJGT appearance of the season, and with that took home his fourth win in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Daly shot a pair of 73s to win by 12 strokes. In second place, Daly’s BGGA schoolmate, Drago Zhao of Shenzhen, China shot 84-74 (+14). The third place spot was taken by First Tee of Central Florida participant, Cole Chastain, who, in his first ever two-day event, shot 90-82 (+28).

 

The International Junior Golf Tour hosts tournaments throughout the year for junior golfers looking to compete at the next level. For more information, visit www.ijgt.com. The IJGT will return to central Florida April 29-30 for The Florida Open at Rio Pinar. Click here for our full schedule.

COURSE PREVIEW – Spring Kickoff at White Manor CC

This weekend, the IJGT team heads back up to Malvern, PA for the rescheduled Spring Kick Off at White Manor Country Club. After the event was snowed out, we are excited to get up to the northeast and get things going!

THE COURSE

More than high-quality golf, White Manor has a reputation for both fun and refinement coming from an active, vibrant membership which enjoys a country club experience that ranges from casual to elegant, from family-focused to adult. White Manor is a familiar venue for the IJGT, and we are so excited to return this weekend.

Click here to check out their website.

 

WEATHER

It’s not looking like the warmest of weekends coming up, but with the average temperature for Malvern, PA running at 42 degrees for March and 55 degrees for April, the temperatures shouldn’t be a problem for our northeastern junior golfers. However, after the snow from the last couple of weeks and the possible rain today, it may be weather past that has a greater effect on play this weekend for the Spring Kickoff.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Thanks to our friends at Bluegolf, we are able to go check out past events and get all the hole-by-hole stats to see what we can expect this weekend. So we looked at last year’s Philly Challenge and grabbed some numbers that might be useful. Here are a couple notables we were able to pull:

BOYS DIVISIONS

  • Front Nine Average – 42
  • Back Nine Average – 43
  • Total Average – 85
  • Easiest Holes – 7 & 13
  • Hardest Hole – 13

GIRLS DIVISION

  • Front Nine Average – 42
  • Back Nine Average – 45
  • Total Average – 87
  • Easiest Hole – 8
  • Hardest Holes – 13 & 18

 

TEE TIMES

Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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We are also running The King Classic at The Legends at Orange Lake in Kissimmee, FL this weekend. Click here to go to the event page.

 

Things to do if the snow won’t let you play golf

This weekend, IJGT was supposed to hold the Spring Kickoff at White Manor CC in Malvern, PA, but had to cancel due to winter storm Stella burying the course in fluffy white stuff. If you’ve missed out on the snow the northeast got this week, here are a couple images to show you why we’re not going to be pegging it Saturday and Sunday:

Since it is hard to find a white ball in white snow, if you are up in the northeast this weekend, or anywhere else where golf isn’t a great option for an outdoor activity, we put together a couple alternatives:

1. Register for the rescheduled White Manor event.

Thanks to White Manor, you can still play an IJGT event at this awesome venue this Spring! We have rescheduled the Spring Kickoff for the weekend of April 1st and 2nd. Click here to go to the event page and register now! This is an awesome opportunity for junior golfers in the Northeast to play a competitive tournament while the weather is warming up and you’re getting back into the swing of tournament schedules and competition season.

2. Watch the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

If you can’t play the game, you might as well watch it (if you’re not watching the first round of March Madness). If you haven’t been on social media this week, you have missed everything Arnold Palmer, from Rickie’s shoes to Rory sharing a letter Arnold wrote him after he won at Congressional.

And this #ArnieWould Mastercard commercial just tugs at the heartstrings:

It is worth to watch just to celebrate The King, but people forget that junior golfers can also learn a lot from watching the good guys play. Also, The Legacy of Arnold Palmer:

3. Indoor Practice

If you are just unable to take a weekend from practicing, there are tons of great videos from instructors online that offer different drills you can do while you’re hanging out, watching the golf or basketball. Or there are tons of resources that can help you get better next time your hitting the practice area. For example, future IJGA Director of Instruction, Jonathan Yarwood has a whole channel of awesome resources on YouTube. Jonathan Yarwood’s track record speaks for itself: a US Open winner, 2 US Amateur winners, 2 US Girls’ Winners, 3 AJGA Players of the Year, 4 #1 juniors, a collegiate #1, a winner on six major tours around the world plus more. Click here to go to Jonathan Yarwood’s Youtube channel.

4. Check out Lie + Loft

Check out a cool new golf startup, Lie + Loft (lieandloft.com).

Lie + Loft was created by NC State PGM graduate Luke Davis, a golf design startup located right here in the Carolinas.  Lie + Loft designs prints of golf courses and works with artists to sell products connecting golf + home.  You’ll definitely want to check out their instagram @lieandloft.  Next month @luke.j.davis will be biking, camping, and golfing over 900 miles down Hwy 1 (Portland to Pebble), hauling his camping gear and golf clubs in tow.

5. Check out the Puma Golf gear for Spring.

It’s not going to be cold forever, and the spring golf line is *fire*. As a staff we have absolutely loved everything we ordered for spring uniforms. The tournament directors have been rocking these awesome wind popovers, that you can find in long sleeve here. We have also all been loving our Ignite Spikeless Golf Shoes. Plus, not to brag, but our staff also rocks this orange stripe look Rickie had going on when he won The Honda Classic. Click here to go to the Puma Golf site.

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We hope this will help you get through the last remaining bit of the winter scaries 🙂

Stay warm out there and don’t forget to register for IJGT’s upcoming events:

March 25-26 The Architects

April 1-2 White Manor (Rescheduled)

April 1-2 The Legends at Orange Lake (Kissimmee, FL)

April 8-9 Hilton Head Lakes

April 15-16 Greate Bay CC

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!