First-round highlights from the West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) West Coast Kickoff at TPC Scottsdale featured many stellar performances. Today’s round was contested on the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open. The par-71 course was setup up at nearly 6,800 yards with a tough set of hole locations. This combined with scorching temperatures in the high 90s with over 50% humidity gave the competitors all they could handle.

In the Boys 15-19 Division,  Sam McKay of Scottsdale, Ariz., was able to navigate the Stadium Course in 1-over-par 72. He will look for his first IJGT victory on Monday at the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale.

ScottsdaleStadium-sigMcKay by the numbers:

6,795 – yardage for the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – front-nine score of even-par

9 – number of pars in Sunday’s round

4 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – stroke lead going into Monday’s final round

 

Jack Whisler of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the story of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. In just his first IJGT event, Whisler is looking to become a champion at the same facility Phil Mickelson earned a victory at in February.

Whisler Tee Shot1

Whisler by the number:

78 – lowest score in the Boys 14 & Under Division

38 – back-nine score

8 – holes until he made a par in Sunday’s round

3 – number of birdies in Sunday’s round

1 – first ever round in an IJGT tournament

 

Tomorrow’s final round will be contested on the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale which will host Q-School for the Champions Tour. Tee times begin at 8:30 and full results from today’s round can be found here.

 

AJGA Performance Stars in IJGT Events

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The process of earning a college scholarship is one that requires a lot of preparation. Playing in International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Events can assist greatly in this process. Our results are sent out to college coaches across the country and being able to play in Fall and Spring conditions is something that college coaches want to see, as their own seasons are during these time frames. Playing a round in non-ideal conditions is much more difficult than playing a tournament in perfect weather during the summer.

College coaches also like to see a strong tournament schedule. The ability to play in elite level events like the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) can give a prospective student-athlete an advantage in the recruiting process. Getting access to the AJGA tournaments is not an easy process, as a junior golfer must qualify for the majority of their events through their Performance Based Entry system. The IJGT has many events where AJGA Performance Stars are available to top finishers.

There is some confusion as to which IJGT Events will earn these performance stars and which will not. We want to make it simple and transparent for all of our members. You can find a tournament’s AJGA status by clicking on the individual Tournament Information Page. Here is an example below.

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Select the event you are going to play. If you go to the “What’s at Stake?” section and click on the AJGA Performance Based Entry link it will direct you to the screen below.

AJGA PBE Print Screen Page 2

Notice there is a distinction between the two underlined sections in this example. The first part announces which divisions have been pre-awarded by the AJGA. These AJGA Performance Stars will be available regardless of the number of competitors in the field. The second part identifies that there will be AJGA Performance Stars at stake IF a certain field size is reached.

If the specific division meets the required number of players it will earn AJGA Performance Stars. This is not official until the end of the tournament. In the example above the Boys 15-19 and Girls Divisions will have guaranteed AJGA Performance Stars while the Boys 14 & Under Division is contingent on having 20 or more players in the division.

If you have any questions about AJGA Performance Stars please contact the AJGA Player Services Department at 770-868-4200.

Represent Team USA in the 7th Annual Canadian International Junior Challenge

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is excited to announce that it will be selecting a four-person team to represent the United States in the seventh annual Canadian International Junior Challenge on Sept. 9-12, 2013 in Clearview, Ontario.

The Event, hosted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada.

The three-round stroke play Event will allow junior golfers to compete against elite talent from around the world while also representing their country at the prestigious OslerBrook Golf and Country Club.

Interest in the event is high, and spots on the team will fill up quickly! Golfers interested in playing are urged to contact IJGT Tour Director Kyle Wolfe as soon as possible, as we would to have the team finalized by Monday, Sept. 1. He can be reached by phone at (843) 384-1682, or by email at kyle.wolfe@juniorsports.com.

Photo of the Week – August 24-25, 2013

Southeast Tour

Diego Vega - IJGT Photo of Week 8/25

Congratulations are in order for Diego Vega of Mexico City, Mexico, as the winner of this week’s “Photo of the Week” contest. The great shot, above, was taken of him hitting a solid drive down the fairway at this weekend’s IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island, where Diego finished tied for ninth place totaling 163 for the event. The tournament, which featured some of the IJGT’s most elite junior golfers from eight states and nine countries, proved extremely difficult as wind blew consistently throughout both rounds on the Seaside Course at St. Simons Island. Vega is set to graduate this year, and we look forward to seeing him in spectacular form at our future events.

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

 Lee captures title at Sea Island

Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.

Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.

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In the Boys 15-19 DivisionChang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.

The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Rounding out the top three of the Boys 15-19 Division were Daniel Oh of Seoul, South Korea, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., who tied for second place with tournament totals of 153.

Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.

Wuensch TrophyThe Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.

Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.

On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.

“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.

Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.

Vilips Trophy1The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.

“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.

Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.

The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444

 

ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).

 Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.

Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.

International Junior Golf Tour

Georgia Junior at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.

August 24-25, 2013

 

Seaside Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70

1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148

2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153

2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153

4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155

5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156

6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157

6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157

8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159

9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163

9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163

11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166

12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176

13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186

14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266

 

DID NOT FINISH

Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157

2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236

 

DID NOT FINISH

Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70

1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148

2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160

3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162

4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167

5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178

First-round highlights from the Georgia Junior at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) opened up its Fall 2013 season today on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. The course, which host the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, played very difficult with few players coming out unscathed. Nine countries and eight states were represented in the Georgia Junior at Sea Island.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, provided some fireworks during the first round and is the first-round leader after putting together a solid score of 2-over-par 72. The highlight of his round came on the narrow 14th hole on the Seaside Course where he holed out from 165 yards for eagle. Here is his round by the numbers.

Lee Tee Shot1

Chang Ju Lee by the numbers:

165 – Yardage of his hole-out eagle on No. 14

72 – Lowest 18-hole score in the Boys 15-19 Division

35 – Even-par back-nine score

9 – Best finish in an IJGT tournament last season

4 – Stroke lead going into the final round

1 – Eagle in his round on Saturday

 

Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, took command in the Girls Division after an impressive score of 1-over-par 71. This is her first IJGT tournament and she is poised to take home the trophy tomorrow after building a size able lead. Here is her round by the numbers.

Wuensch Tee Shot1Jana Wuensch by the numbers:

71 – Lowest score in the tournament regardless of division

13 – Number of pars in her round

35 – Front-nine score

6 – Stroke lead going into the final round

2 – Birdies in her round

1 – First IJGT tournament

 

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, played for the first time on the IJGT and he continued his dominant play in competitive golf. After having a great summer, he shot an opening-round 80 to take the lead in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Vilips’s round did not get started off well, but he quickly rebounded to post a solid score. Here is his round by the numbers:

Vilips Fwy Shot1aKarl Vilips by the number:

39 – Back-nine score

11 – Number of pars in his round

5 – Consecutive pars on the back nine

1 – First IJGT tournament

 

IJGT Open House – Tuesday, August 20th

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) is very excited to kick-off our season next weekend at Sea Island Resort. We know registering for events is not an easy process and can often be difficult to do during normal business hours. The IJGT staff will be extending their office hours next week to help with any registrations, questions, and concerns you may have about our tour or the upcoming season.  This will also give you a chance to get reacquainted with our Staff:

Kyle Wolfe – IJGT Tour Director

Molly Moore – Southeast/West Coast Tournament Director

Zach Pennington – Northeast Tournament Director

Meaghan O’Reilly – Player Services Manager

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Plus, you will be entered for a chance to WIN the following just by signing up for an IJGT Event!

  • A membership sign up/renewal and one tournament registration will put you into a drawing for 2 FREE IJGT Polos.
  • A membership sign up/renewal and 3 tournament registrations will put you into a drawing for a FREE college placement or mental training session.
  • A membership sign up/renewal and 4 or more tournament registrations will put you into a drawing for a FREE week of  IJGA Summer Experience in 2014.

**All winners will be announced on Wednesday afternoon**

 

At your convenience you may submit your entries by phone or email starting at 5pm on August 20th, 2013.

*For those who have already renewed their membership and signed up for their tournaments prior to August 20th, you have automatically been entered into your appropriate drawing. If you would like to call in to enter more we can move your name from one drawing to the other*

IJGT announces Northeast Major Championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host the Northeast Major Championship this Fall at Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County, N.J. The Major Championship at Crystal Springs will be a 36-hole nationally ranked event at Black Bear Golf Club which offers an inviting diversity of terrain, scenery, and shot selections.

All junior golfers competing this weekend will compete for national recognition and double IJGT Merit Points. All three divisions will feature elite junior golfers ages 10-19 from around the country which should provide heightened competition and an entertaining weekend of junior golf.

To register for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs click here.

 

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The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

International Junior Golf Tour Releases Fall 2013 Schedule

Premier Venues Span Four PGA TOUR Stops, Nine States

 

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) – one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers in grades 5-12 – has released the Fall 2013 schedule, featuring 20 events in nine U.S. states.

Showcase venues include four PGA TOUR stops – TPC Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Ariz.), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), Sea Pines Resort (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), and TPC Louisiana (Avondale, La.).

“The IJGT provides exceptional opportunities for juniors at prestigious golf courses with national rankings from Golfweek, the American Junior Golf Association and Junior Golf Scoreboard,” says Peter Orrell, President and CEO of Junior Sports Corporation, owner/operator of the IJGT. “Our weekly tournament experience offers a unique insight into golf instruction and college placement through on-site seminars, mental training sessions and complimentary clinics.”

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August 31 – Sept.1, the IJGT’s top players open the season at TPC Scottsdale, home of the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, for a 36-hole shootout.

The annual Thanksgiving Day Classic (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1) will return to TPC Sawgrass – host of the PGA TOUR’s THE PLAYERS Championship – for a 54-hole event. Competitors will challenge the world-renowned Stadium and Valley courses.

Two weeks later (Dec. 14-15), the IJGT heads to Hilton Head Island for the 6th Annual Invitational at Sea Pines Resort. Harbour Town Golf Links is the site of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage each April.

December 21 – 22, the IJGT will conclude the fall season at its newest venue, TPC Louisiana, near New Orleans. Juniors will compete on the Pete Dye design only four months prior to the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic.

Headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT annually holds over 60 two-and three-day tournaments throughout the U.S. IJGT members represent 45 states and 43 countries.

IJGT alumni include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Paula Creamer and many other PGA and LPGA Tour players. Graduates of the IJGT’s 2013 class play at several top NCAA collegiate programs across the country: the University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University, Florida State University and Texas A&M University, to name a few.

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Isabella DiLisio continuing family’s U.S. Open legacy at Merion

If you watched U.S. Open coverage at all this past week, it is almost inevitable you heard them talk about Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron on the 72nd hole of the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. You saw pictures, you heard accounts, you saw the plaque in the middle of the fairway and you saw people holding the famous club.

What you probably did not know is that moment has a direct tie to the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). Caddying for Mr. Hogan that week was Nick Ciocca who is the great-grandfather of IJGT member, Isabella DiLisio.

DiLisio had heard stories of her great-grandfather caddying for the great Ben Hogen, but had no idea the loop was part of one of the most iconic moments in golf history.

“It wasn’t until a few years ago that we found out it was here at Merion,” DiLisio said.

DiLisio was selected by the USGA as a volunteer at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, carrying on her family’s legacy. She was a stanard bearer twice during the week. Her first group was during a practice for Bio Kim, Y.E. Yang and Alker and her second round was during the second round for Rickie Fowler, Mateo Manassero and Jason Day.

To read more about Isabella and her week at Merion, please click here.