Players of the Week – IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island

This past weekend, the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to St. Simons Island, Ga., for the Georgia Junior at Sea Island. Held on the famous Seaside Course, which plays host to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic, the two-day tournament presented a tough challenge to all of the elite junior golfers in the field. Our players of the week, Sam Meuret and Jana Wuensch, battled windy conditions and quick greens en route to a pair of impressive finishes at the Event.

A native of Brunswick, Neb., Meuret finished tied for second overall in Boys 15-19 Division with a two-day total of 13-over-par 153, five strokes back of winner Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. After shooting a first-round 8-over-par 78, Meuret came back on Sunday with a vengeance, posting the low round of the day with a 5-over-par 75. For his exploits on the tournament’s final day, he was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. In Meuret’s 12 appearances on the IJGT, he has posted four top-five finishes and five top-ten’s. He will look to add a tournament victory to his resume in the future.

Sam Meuret.

Sam Meuret.

In the Girls Division, Wuensch, a newcomer to the IJGT, made an incredible first impression en route to her first tournament win. She announced her presence to the rest of the field with a first-round score of 71, which was 1-over par. It was by far the low round of the day (and the tournament), earning her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. Wuensch, who hails from Herrenberg, Germany, followed that up with a second-round 7-over-par 77, clinching both the win and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

Jana Wuensch.

Jana Wuensch.

Players of the Week – IJGT Summer Series at Hershey

HERSHEY, Pa.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) spent this past weekend in beautiful Hershey, Pa., to host their second tournament of their IJGT Summer Series. The IJGT Summer Series at Hershey was a two-round tournament, taking place June 21-22 and was played on the magnificent East Course at the Hershey Country Club and the fiercely tricky Hershey Links Golf Course. Players faced challenges around every corner of the courses during their two rounds of play, but IJGT veteran Ezekiel Zhao was able to withstand all the tests that were given to him and walk away with this weeks Player of the Week honors. An honor that is exceptionally gratifying to him, as this was his last IJGT Event.

Zhao came out of the first round with confidence, shooting a solid round of 82 and making par on half of his holes. Being two strokes out from the lead after the first round, Zhao knew that he had to stay poised and keep making pars like he did in his previous performance. As he started off the second round, he went through the front nine with two birdies, three pars, and no double bogeys, showing an excellent display of golf. He finished the second round with a final score of 81 and a combined score of 163, which moved him to the top of the leader board where he shared the No. 1 spot with Zackary Potten. Zhao and Potten competed in a playoff showdown that only lasted one hole as Zhao left his approach shot a little left and Potten took advantage and came away with a par and a victory. However, Zhao’s exciting performance throughout the challenging two-rounds was fun for all who watched. We congratulate him on earning Player of the Week honors and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Player of the week honors were given to Carly Hopton in the Girls Division. Hopton finished the first round with a score of 83, three shots behind the leader. Carly came out to the second round ready to play. After a double bogey on No. 5, she had her eyes on the top of the leader board. She shot a second round best with a score of 77 and a 34 on the back nine holes. On the last 13 holes of the round, Hopton scored six pars and three birdies to force a playoff with Raphaella Kang. She battled Kang through the second round all the way until the playoff when she took an unlucky shot and landed her ball in a hazard. Kang was able to place her ball on the green and one putt her way to victory. Hopton’s total score of 160 was her best performance of her IJGT career. 14 shots better than last tournament, just over a month ago, at the IJGT Major Chamionship at Hershey.

 

Players of the Week – Summer Series at Oyster Reef

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) started off their Summer Series this week with an exciting two-round tournament at the challenging Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. This Rees Jones design course is testing enough with tough greens and narrow fairways. Go ahead and throw severe humidity and a few pop-up thunderstorms into the mix, and this surely made for an even more testing event. However, Phubodi Sirisilp of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Kayla Kozak of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were able to battle all elements and earn themselves Player of the Week honors.

Sirisilp was participating in his first Summer Series tournament with the IJGT, concluding the first round at a 9-over-par 81, only one shot back from leader Daiki Okada of Tokyo, Japan. Even still, this is not exactly where Sirisilp wanted to be, but knew that with some extra practice on the putting green he could make a run in the final round, ultimately hoping for victory Wednesday. The extra practice helped—Sirisilp was able to string together 12 pars and an impressive birdie on No. 5 en route to a final-round score of 5-over-par 77, a 158 total tournament score, and a tie for first place with fellow competitor Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia. Although Sirisilp played exceptionally well, Hui ultimately came out victorious in the playoff. However, Sirisilp’s outstanding course performance, with the ability to withstand the different elements thrown at him is impressive. We congratulate Sirisilp on his exceptional performance in his first ever IJGT Event, and look forward to seeing him in future tournaments to come.

In the Girls Division, Kozak was also just behind leader Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan going into round two. Kozak spent quite a bit of time on the range warming up to prepare for her final round, and with good reason. Being only 14-years-old and hitting the ball well past her fellow competitors was an advantage to Kozak. Her determination and focus to get up and down around the greens, as well as her focus on putting helped. 10 pars and a fantastic birdie on No. 17 allowed Kozak to shoot a 7-over-par 79, a ten stroke improvement from Tuesday. Kozak’s performance earned her second place at Oyster Reef, with a total tournament score of 168. Kayla will be attending the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) as a freshman this fall, and will become a regular smiling face on the course for the IJGT. We look forward to seeing her at future tournaments.

Players of the Week – May 18-19, 2013

NASHPORT, Ohio  – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to the buckeye state for the first time of the season and visited the magnificent Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.  Longaberger did not let down its reputation for great course conditions and a challenging test for any golfer.  However, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., took on the challenge to earn themselves player of the week honors.

Jake Sollon already had a top-three finish at the Bridgestone Series at Greate Bay and a top-10 finish in the challenging field at the Major Championship at Nemacolin.  Sollon came to Longaberger knowing he would have to put together another stellar performance in order to finish at the top of the leaderboard.  He started the event off with a 44, Saturday, on the front nine.  Determined to find a way back to the top of the leaderboard Sollon played outstanding for the rest of the event.  He fired an impressive 37 on the back nine, which was complimented by two birdies.  Trailing leader C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., heading into the final round Sollon knew he had to be spot on in order to give Hughes a test coming down the final stretch.  He did nothing short of this continuing his impressive play from Saturday.  He started the day with a tough birdie on the par-4 second hole.  From here he cruised to a 37 on the front nine, a remarkable seven strokes better than the day prior.  The back nine featured the same kind of play as Sollon recorded eight pars in route to another 37 and a final-round 74.  This earned him a second-place finish and his highest IJGT finish.  The IJGT staff looks forward to watching the impressive play of Sollon as he is bound to bring home his first title in the near future.

Emily Doyle has been a familiar face in the 2012-2013 season, as she headed to Longaberger to play in her eighth event of the season.  Not a stranger to the top of the leaderboard, Doyle has found herself in the top-10 in five of her seven appearances including a top-3 finish at the Major Championship at Nemacolin.  Looking to improve on this she came out the first round and fired a 42 on the treacherous front nine at Longaberger.  She followed this up with another 42 to finish with an 84 just one behind the leader.  Knowing she had some work ahead of her on Sunday, she fired and impressive 39 on the front nine.  On the back nine Doyle finished her event with a 44 recording her first second-place finish in an IJGT Event.  Doyle’s consistently impressive play has not gone unnoticed and the IJGT looks for her to find her first title in the near future.

 

 

IJGT Announces 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) announced its 2012-2013 All-IJGT Team during the Awards Banquet at the 2013 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions held at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The top-10 players in each division in the season-long IJGT Merit Points Standings were named to the All-IJGT teams. The IJGT congratulates each of these players for their hard work over the course of the 2012-2013 season.

Boys 15-19 Division

  1. Charlie Spencer-White – Bluffton, S.C.

    8,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories; 3 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Aaron Terrazas – Veracruz, Mexico

    7,300 Points

    4 IJGT Victories

  3. Will Miles – Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    6,775 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  4. Roland Massimino – Lumberville, Pa.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  5. Manuel Velez – Panama City, Panama

    5,950 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. Matt Cheng – Taipei, Taiwan

    5,850 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  7. Serawit Kerdsinchal – Nonthaburi, Thailand

    5,800 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Alan Cooke – Vienna, W.Va.

    5,037.5 Points

    3 Runner-Up Finishes

  9. Patrick Albanesi – Avon, Conn.

    4,925 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

  10. Rafael Miranda – Guayaquil, Ecuador

    4,425 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 1 Top-3 Finish

Boys 14 & Under Division

  1. William Thomson – Pittsford, N.Y.

    11,550 Points

    4 IJGT Victories; 6 Runner-Up Finishes

  2. Ryan Rybicki – Remsen, N.Y.

    8,300 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Tennoshin Ogawa – Ichinomiya-shi, Japan

    8,000 Points

    6 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Alejandro, Santibanez – San Luis Potosi, Mexico

    7,100 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  5. Nate Menon – Wyomissing, Pa.

    6,675 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  6. John Felitto – Mountainside, N.J.

    6,650 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Evan Johnson – York, Pa.

    6,225 Points

    2 IJGT Victories; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  8. Mikee Ordona – Upland, Calif.

    5,900 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Luke Schaap – Potomac, Md.

    5,850 Points

    1 Runner-Up Finish; 3 Top-3 Finishes

  10. Taisuke Ono – Tokyo, Japan

    5,850 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

Girls Division

  1. Phimnipha Wongwaiwate – Chiang Mai, Thailand

    9,000 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  2. Ana Paula Valdez – Morelia, Mexico

    8,625 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  3. Clementina Rodriguez – Caracas, Venezuela

    7,700 Points

    2 IJGT Titles; 1 Runner-Up Finish

  4. Rei Nakatani – Tokyo, Japan

    7,100 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  5. Olivia Landino – Hermitage, Pa.

    7,000 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 2 Runner-Up Finishes

  6. Moyu Sasaki – Tokyo, Japan

    6,800 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  7. Ceha Lee – Bundang-Gu, South Korea

    6,600 Points

    3 IJGT Victories

  8. Amelia McKee – Paso Robles, Calif.

    6,500 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  9. Katie Edelblut – New Hope, Pa.

    6,200 Points

    2 IJGT Victories

  10. Thamonpat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

    5,900 Points

    1 IJGT Victory; 4 Runner-Up Finishes

All players who were honored at the banquet have earned guaranteed entry into all future IJGT events that are not at full capacity including the 2013-2014 Major Series and 2014 Tournament of Champions.

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, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, and International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com  or call (800) 792-9143.

 

Players of the Week – May 25-27, 2013

The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) finished their season with the annual Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions at Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, Fla.  The weekend was filled with excitement as Grand Cypress’s East/North Course and New Course both created a magnificent challenge for all competitors.  Saravit Kerdsinchai of  Nonthaburi, Thailand, and Liza Freed of Alexandria, Va., found themselves able to handle the tough Grand Cypress as they earned themselves Player of the Week honors.

Kerdsinchai started off the 2012-2013 season a little slow but has been nothing but stellar as of recently.  He has had great showings in his past three events recording top-five finishes in all of them including a fourth-place finish at the 5th Annual Invitational and a first-place title at the Carolina Championship at Kiawah Island.  With this consistent play Kerdsinchai knew he was up for a test as he headed to Orlando to compete against the largest field of the IJGT season.

He started off the event a little bit differently than he envisioned by shooting an 80 and finding himself further down the leaderboard than expected.  This did not stop him down, however as he started out his second round with an impressive 37 on the front nine.  He continued this great play and finished his round with a 36 to record a 1-over-par 73 on the day.  Knowing that he still had some work to do in order to finish the event with another top 10, he came out firing on Monday with an even-par on his front nine.  With this determination he made the turn and continued his success with another even-par 36.  This finished again in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Kerdsinchai’s ability to battle adversity and fire two spectacular rounds after a rough start earns him Player of the Week honors.

Freed has had an impressive year on the IJGT and has even been able to stay in the top five in all four of her appearances. The most prominent of these was her first place finish at the Major Championship at Hershey presented by International Junior Golf Academy.  Coming to the event Freed has been consistent and continually battled the adverse weather in the Northeast region.  At Grand Cypress, she started her first round with an impressive birdie on the challenging second hole and cruised to an impressive 1-over-par 73.  Freed stuggled on the North/East course in her second round and found herself falling down the leaderboard. Knowing she needed to get back into the top 10 she came to the course determined on Monday morning.  She recorded three birdies on the front nine to fire a 38. She added a 40 on the back nine which was good enough to land her a ninth-place finish and a spot inside the top 10.  The IJGT looks forward to watching as Freed continues her successes next season.

Highlighted Players of the Week – April 27-28, 2013


Northeast Tour

LOPATCONG, N.J. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted their seventh tournament of the Northeast tour April 27-28 at The Architects CupArchitects Golf Club hosted a great event this past weekend as the weather was gorgeous with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60’s both days. The beautiful weather and the nice condition of the golf course provided these golfers an opportunity to shoot some very low scores.  With that being said, two players stood out and came ready to play at this multi-architect designed golf course.  This week’s Highlighted Players of the Week winners are Sam Goldenring of Florham Park, N.J., and Camilla Vik of Greenwich, Conn.

Sam GoldenringGoldenring competed in his third IJGT event this past weekend in the Boys 14 Under Division. He played in the Major Championship at Architects Golf Club last October where he earned a T7 finish. Goldenring shared the low round of the day Saturday in his division with a very impressive 1-over-par 72. He went into Sunday’s round feeling confident and positive. Goldenring fired another 1-over-par 72 during the final round earning him a second place finish behind Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pa. The Florham Park junior carded a 72-72—144 to earn him this week’s Highlighted Player of the Week honors.  Congratulations Sam Goldenring on a great performance at The Architects Cup, and we hope to see you in future IJGT events.

Camilla VikVik was no stranger to Architects Golf Club as she competed in the Major Championship at Architects Golf Club in October 2012 where she earned a third-place finish.  In Saturday’s round, she carded a 9-over-par 80 which put her six strokes behind leader Brynn Walker of St. Davids, Pa.  Vik knew she had to fire a low score on Sunday’s round to have a chance of winning the tournament. She started off Sunday’s round 2-under-par through her first three holes, feeling very confident in her golf game.  Vik carded the low round of the day for the Girls Division on Sunday with a 74, earning her a second-place finish.  We would like to congratulate Camilla Vik on an outstanding tournament and look forward to seeing her in future tournaments on the Northeast tour.

 

 


 

Southeast Tour

HLTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior this past weekend at Shipyard Golf Club.  Competitors were challenged by the tight fairways lined with large oaks and tall pines. With beautiful weather, juniors’ golf games were put to the test on the demanding Clipper and Galleon courses.  Two players who stood out for their impressive finishes were Owen Miller of Burgettstown, Pa., and Laura Gonzalez of Bogota, Colombia.

Owen MillerIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Miller came into the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Junior confident after a top-five finish the week before at The Western PA. Major at Nemacolin. He played very consistently during the first round making 14 pars and his round was highlighted by a birdie on the last hole. Carding a first-round 76, Miller sat four strokes off the lead in a tie for eighth place. During his final round, Miller made a birdie on the difficult 10th hole and shot a back-nine even-par 36. Carding a final-round 75, Miller moved into a tie for fifth place. His top-five finish at Shipyard was his third of the season and his two rounds of 76 and 75 were his two lowest of the season. The IJGT looks forward to seeing Miller at his next event, The Chocolate Challenge at Hershey.

Laura GonzalezIn the Girls Division, Gonzalez shot a first round 82 and was in a tie for tenth place going into the final round. On Sunday, she carded a 76 that was highlighted by a birdie on the fifth hole. Her impressive final round was her lowest round of the Spring Season and earned her a fifth-place finish for the tournament. Gonzalez’s top-five finish at Shipyard is her best of Spring Season. The IJGT staff is excited to see her continued improvement in the upcoming weeks at the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek and The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire.