Hagen, Plourde and Ting earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – April 7, 2015

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour traveled west to Litchfield Park, Ariz., to host the Arizona Open at Wigwam on April 3-4, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Eric Hagen of Averdeen, Wash.

Eric Hagen

Hagen started off the tournament strong, finishing the front nine 1-under par in round one. But, he struggled on the back nine and found himself in a three-way tie for third after finishing the first round with a 5-over 77. He bounced back in the second round, carding four birdies on his way to a 2-over 74. His six birdies led the division and earned him the Eyeline Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division of an event. Hagen finished with a 151 tournament total, landing him in a two-way tie for second place.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour hosted the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club over Easter weekend, April 4-5, 2015. Juniors braved strong wind gusts while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Max Ting of Atherton, Calif., and Bailey Plourde of Newcastle, Maine.

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Ting shaved five strokes off his round one 83 to card a 78 in round two. His 161 tournament total was good for second place in the Boys 15-19 Division in his first IJGT event.

Bailey Plourde A

After finding herself tied for fourth with a round one 90, Plourde buckled down in round two, knocking six strokes off her round one score to record an 84 in round two. She finished with a 174 tournament total, good for third place in the Girls Division. Plourde tied for fifth in the previous weekend’s Northeast Tour event, the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club.

Congratulations to Hagen, Plourde and Ting on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Smith, Brooks among those to earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 31, 2015

Northeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Monroe Township, N.J., to host the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate Country Club on March 28-Reid Bedell29, 2015. Juniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, AJGA stars and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Northeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Reid Bedell of Fair Haven, N.J., and Esther Park of Wilmington, Del.

 

Bedell made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds leading to a 4.5 average on par-5s. He carded back-to-back birdies in both rounds. In the first round he birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-5 13th hole. In the second round he birdied the par-4 fourth hole before carding back-to-back birdies on the par-5 eighth and ninth holes. His 153 tournament total landed him in a tie for third place in the Boys 15-19 Division.

Esther Park Park knocked five strokes off her round one 81 to card a 5-over 76 in round two and a tournament total of 157. She finished second in the Girls Division. She, too, made par or better on all three par-5s in both rounds good for a 4.8 average on par-5s. She made par or better on holes No. 5 through 9 in round two.

Southeast Tour

The IJGT traveled to Durham, N.C., to host the Major Championship at Duke University on March 28-29, 2015. Allen SmithJuniors competed for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT Southeast Tour is proud to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Allen Smith of Durham, N.C., and Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va.

Smith was impressive in his first IJGT event. After shooting an 86 in round one, he knocked 10 strokes off his score to card a 4-over 76 in round two. His tournament total of 162 landed him in a tie for seventh place in the Boys 15-19 Division. Smith had the longest par-or-better streak in his division. His second round 10-hole bogey-free streak began with the par-4 third hole and lasted through the par-3 12th hole.

 

Shannon Brooks 1 Brooks also showed improvement in the second round. She followed her first round 80 with a 2-over 74 in round two, good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the junior to card the lowest score in the final round of an event. Brooks made par or better on every hole but one on holes No. 5 through 18. She closed out the second round strong carding birdies on three of the final four holes. The Major Championship at Duke University was Brooks’ second IJGT event; she won the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill earlier this month.

Congratulations to Bedell, Park, Smith and Brooks on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Dhruva, Cordaro earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – March 17, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Lorton, Va., to host the first northeast event of the spring season, the IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill, on March 14-15, 2015. Juniors played through rain in round one and wind in round two of the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the tournament, the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Katy, Texas native Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ashni Dhruva putt     Anthony Cordaro

Dhruva recorded the lowest score in the entire field in round one, an even-par 71. She carded a division-best five birdies on Saturday including back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5. Dhruva finished second in the Girls Division with a tournament total of 155. The IJGT Battle at Laurel Hill was Dhruva’s second IJGT event, she also finished second in the IJGT Junior at Palmetto Dunes earlier this month.

Cordaro knocked five strokes off his round one 84 to card a 79 in round two, good for a two-day total of 163 and a share of fourth place in the Boys 15-19 Division. He made par a division-best 20 times and his longest par-or-better streak came on holes No. 7 through 11 in round two.

Congratulations to both Ashni Dhruva and Anthony Cordaro on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Wren, Phuchanbanchob earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 24, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on February 21-22, 2015, to host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Although frost and sun showers threatened the fun on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both days turned out to be pleasant. Both rounds of the two-day, 36-hole event began with a shotgun start. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award Player of the Week honors to Suffolk, Va., native Trey Wren  and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Trey Wren...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Wren made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two. He carded four birdies in the second round, and six total. He finished round two with an even-par 72 giving him a tournament total of 150 and tying him for fourth in his division. Wren is currently ranked seventh in the Boys 15-19 Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Cake Phuchanbanchob...Photo by Kira E. Jones

Phuchanbanchob also made par or better on every hole but one on the front nine in round two, including a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. She knocked four strokes off her round one 6-over 78 to shoot a 2-over 74 in round two. Her tournament total of 152 landed her in a tie for sixth place in the Girls Division. Phuchanbanchob currently ranks eighth in the Girls Division of the International Junior Golf Tour.

Congratulations to both Trey Wren and Cake Phuchanbanchob on their IJGT Player of the Week honors!

Tyler, Traynor earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 17, 2015

The IJGT traveled to Kiawah Island to host the South Carolina Open at Kiawah Island over Valentine’s Day weekend. Juniors had the opportunity to play the renowned Ocean Course on February 14 and the Turtle Point course on February 15, 2015. During the two-day, 36-hole event, juniors competed in cold and blustery conditions for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. Following the event, the IJGT is pleased to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Seneca, S.C., native Jackson Tyler and Olivia Traynor of Villanova, Pa.

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Tyler’s lone birdie on the difficult Ocean Course came on the par-3 fifth hole. He finished round one with a score of 91, tying him for 23rd place with one round left to play. Round two began with a shotgun start and Tyler started on the par-4 eighth hole. He made par on the first two holes he played and then carded two birdies on the back nine on the par-5 hole No. 13 and the par-4 hole No. 17. Tyler knocked an impressive 14 strokes off his round one score and shot a 77 in round two. His tournament total of 168 landed him in a tie for seventh place.

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Traynor’s fourth-place finish in the South Carolina Open boosted her up 29 spots in the IJGT Tour Rankings. After shooting 104 in round one, Traynor birdied the par-3 seventh hole in round two and shot a 97 for a tournament total of 201. The 15-year-old Traynor also finished fourth in her only other IJGT tournament this season, the IJGT Philly Open at Radley Run Country Club.

Congratulations to both Jackson Tyler and Olivia Traynor on their Player of the Week honors!

Burnett, Clair earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 3, 2015

This past weekend, January 31 – February 1, 2015,  the IJGT competed at the Wexford Plantation, for the Lowcountry Junior. The cold weather and wind made the first day of competition tough but players enjoyed the challenging greens and warmer weather prevailed on day two. Following this event, the IJGT is proud to present Player of the Week honors to Camila Burnett and Cameron Clair, both of Bluffton, S.C..

Camila

Burnett, in her first IJGT appearance, exemplified sportsmanship. Younger than her fellow Girls Division competitors by at least two years, Burnett holed out from 50 yards on the par-4 hole No. 9 for birdie. She illustrated a passion for the game of golf despite her age and her performance was highlighted by at least one birdie in each round. Showing amazing maturity, Burnett recovered well mentally when shots didn’t go her way.

cameron

Battling winds and chilly temperatures, Clair struggled through his first round front nine finishing 14-over. Determined to show his best, Clair returned on day to and during that same stretch in his final round, he carded a birdie and six par-or-better finishes to shave 12 strokes off his score on the front nine alone. On the back nine, he closed out tournament play strong with his longest par-or-better streak of the weekend on five straight holes.

Congratulations to Burnett and Clair for their Player of the Week honors!

Kay-Green, Chong Earn IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Jan. 27, 2015

The IJGT continued it’s spring season on January 24-25, 2015, with the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. After inclement weather kept junior golfers off the course Saturday, Sunday dawned bright and clear, perfect weather for the 27-hole format. Following this event the IJGT is proud to award Player of the Week honors to Taylor Kay-Green of Needham, Mass., and Melany Chong of Mississauga, Ontario.

Taylor Kay-Green

In his closing nine holes, Kay-Green carded par or better on eight of the nine holes, improving his score on his first go at the back nine by an impressive four strokes. His performance included a birdie on the difficult par-5 hole No. 16. His performance propelled him to his best finish in an IJGT event. Kay-Green tied for third in the division on the par-3 leaderboard, averaging even par on the course’s par-3 holes.

Melany Chong

After finishing her first round of back nine holes, Chong finished with a 5-over 41. Determined to improve, Chong returned to the back nine for her final nine holes of the event and used two birdies and three pars to shave two strokes from her score for a score of 39. Her scores helped earn her second place in the Girls Division, a personal best in her IJGT career.

Congratulations for Kay-Green and Chong on their Player of the Week honors!

Berger, Gerbelova earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Jan. 20, 2015

The IJGT hosted its first tournament of the spring season, the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on January 17-18, 2015. Junior golfers competed in chilly but bright conditions during the two-day, 36-hole event. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Statesboro, Ga., native Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Ford Berger

Ford Berger

Competing in just his second IJGT event, Berger used the help of two birdies to knock an impressive six strokes off his round one score. His round-two birdies came on holes No. 7 and 13.

Combining scores of 87 and 81, his tournament total of 168 was good for third in the Boys 14 & Under Division. After his strong finish this weekend, Berger shot up 15 spots in the IJGT Rankings.

Martina Gerbelova

Martina Gerbelova

Gerbelova had her best two-day total of the 2014-2015 season during the IJGT Junior. Consistent rounds of 96 gave Gerbelova her first top-five finish of her career. Her fifth place finish moved her up nine spaces in the IJGT Rankings.

Congratulations to both Ford Berger and Martina Gerbelova on their Player of the Week honors!

Powderly, Kozak earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Dec. 16, 2014

The IJGT hosted its final tournament of the fall season, the IJGA Invitational at Sea Pines on December 13-14, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was played on both the Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links. Each junior golfer had the opportunity to play both courses. Although frost delays pushed back tee times on both days, the temperature rose with the sun creating pleasant playing conditions. Following the event, the IJGT is proud to award this week’s Player of the Week honors to Liam Powderly of Cockeysville, Md., and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak.

Liam Powderly

Competing against talented juniors from around the world, Powderly finished sixth in his third tournament of the season. The 14-year-old won the 14 & Under Division of The DC Shootout at National Golf Club in October before making the transition to the Boys 15-19 Division.

Powderly was consistent throughout the IJGA Invitational finishing 4-over-par on both days. He carded three birdies in round one at Harbour Town on holes No. 6, 8 and 10. He closed out round two shooting par-or-better on the last five holes at the Ocean Course, including birdies on holes No. 17 and 18.

Kayla Kozak

Kozak tied for second in her second tournament of the season. Aiming for consistency, Kozak scored par on 13 of 18 holes to join the race for the lead after round one. Her bogey-free streak on holes No. 13-18 on the Ocean Course allowed her to finish round one with a 3-over-par 75. In round two at Harbour Town Golf Links, arguably the tougher of two courses, Kozak carded back-to-back birdies on holes No. 4 and 5.

Congratulations to both Liam Powderly and Kayla Kozak on their Player of the Week honors!

Stokes, Tadokoro receive IJGT Player of the Week Honors – Dec. 9, 2014

The IJGT traveled to Savannah, Ga., on December 6-7, 2014, to host the Savannah Junior at The Landings Club. The Marshwood course was in great shape with the greens rolling smooth and fast providing a fun challenge for the junior golfers, especially on downhill putts. The weather, however, was not as fun; fog set in for the day on Saturday and cold and breezy conditions prevailed on Sunday. This week’s Player of the Week honors following the Savannah Junior go to Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan.

Jason Stokes

Jason Stokes

Stokes started round one on the 10th tee and played his first nine holes at 1-over par by carding six pars and one birdie. Then, the fog started to roll in off the marsh and the entire field began to see their scores increase. Stokes finished round one with a total score of 7-over par 79, tying him for ninth place.

Round two started early for Stokes as he was in one of the first groups off of hole No. 10. With wind gusts of over 20 mph, scoring looked to be tough. However, Stokes found a way to play his first nine holes at just 2-over par and looked to be in contention for the victory. He carried his momentum into his second nine and shot 1-under par with birdies on the two par-5’s. His round two 1-over-par 73 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for shooting the lowest final round across both boys’ divisions. His tournament total of 152 landed him in a tie for second place.

Sera Tadokoro

Sera Tadokoro

Tadokoro took the early lead in the Savannah Junior and never looked back. She improved on her round one score by nine strokes to finish round two with a 1-under-par 71. She was the only golfer to finish round two under par, which earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female golfers to card the lowest score in the final round of the event. Tadokoro closed out her back nine in round two with a seven-hole par-or-better streak, including back-to-back birdies on the par-3 hole No. 16 and the par-4 hole No. 17.

Congratulations to Jason Stokes and Sera Tadokoro on earning this week’s Player of the Week honors!