Chen, Tosto among IJGT Players of the Week (April 28, 2015)

Southeast Tour

The IJGT Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Round one was suspended due to unsafe playing conditions and was completed on Sunday before round two. Juniors 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 Siyan Chen of Hanzhou City, China, and Nate Tosto of Pooler, Ga.

Siyan Chen edited                    Nate Tosto edited

Chen knocked 22 strokes off her round one 101 to card a 79 in round two. She finished the second round by making par or better on the final five holes, including birdies on the par-3 16th and par-4 18th holes. Her second round 79 was the 13-year-old’s best score in an IJGT event.

Tosto shaved nine strokes off his round one 85 to shoot a 4-over 76 in round two. Beginning with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, Tosto made par or better on holes No. 7 through 16 in the second round. He closed out the tournament with a 1-over 37 on the back nine in round two.

Northeast Tour

The IJGT Northeast Tour traveled to Havre de Grace, Md., to host the Major Championship at Bulle Rock on April 25-26, 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 pleased to award IJGT Player of the Week honors to Jairus Gaines of Baltimore, Md., and Sirena Walsh of Chantilly, Va.

Jairus Gaines edited                    Sirena Walsh edited

Gaines shot a 77 in round one followed by a 79 in round two to finish with a 156 tournament total, good for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. He carded four birdies during the event, including two on the final four holes in round two. He recorded 1-over 37s on the back nine in both rounds.

Walsh knocked six strokes off her round one 82 to card a 4-over 76 in round two. She earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event. She birdied three holes in round two: the par-5 second hole, the par-4 sixth hole and the par-3 seventh hole. She finished second in the Girls Division, her highest finish on the IJGT.

Congratulations to Nate Tosto, Siyan Chen, Jairus Gaines and Sirena Walsh on earning IJGT Player of the Week honors!