D’Amico, Halleron secure first-ever IJGT victories
Arjun comes from behind to nab first
DURHAM, N.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled north to host The College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club on April 5-6, 2014. Favorable spring weather with temperatures in the 60s made for ideal playing conditions for juniors ranging from 12-19 years of age. National rankings, IJGT Merit Points and an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014 were all at stake.
En route to his first ever IJGT victory, Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, in the Boys 15-19 Division led a tight race in both rounds to finish with a score 77-76 – 153 overall. Round one was a close match as D’Amico battled second-place finisher, Davis Kiger of Harrisburg, N.C., for the lead. Finishing the last nine of his first round with three birdies, D’Amico nudged into first with just a one-stroke lead. D’Amico’s second-round performance was highlighted by four birdies, three of which came on his first nine for a score of one-under-par 35. Staving off a comeback by Kiger, D’Amico finished round two with a score of 4-over-par 76. The first-place victory is D’Amico’s ninth top-10 finish of the 2013-2014 season.
D’Amico’s round-two performance also awarded him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoots the lowest score during Sunday’s round.
When asked what worked well for him as he looked to maintain his lead, D’Amico said, “I tried to not waste any shots and make the most of each one.”
Kiger finished in second place with a score of 78-81 – 159 overall. Rounding out the top three was Trevor Lohman of Bellevue, Wash., finishing with a score of 80-80 – 160 overall.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Jack Halleron of Timonium, M.D., made a standout first impression in the southeast as he took an authoritative 13-stroke lead to finish first. After round one, Halleron led Don Jun Kim of Kimhae, South Korea, by six strokes. Making par on nine of 18 holes in round one was the consistency necessary to lead but it was his round-two performance that pushed Halleron even further out in front. The division-high three birdies allowed Halleron to shave two strokes from his round-one score to finish with a 82-80 – 162 overall score.
“My putting went well today but I would say my long irons were my biggest struggle,” commented Halleron.
Matthew Dzialga of Greenwich, Conn., struggled in round one but cut an impressive 17 strokes off his round-one score to come back and tie Kim for second place. Both boys finished with an overall score of 175. Dzialga, in his first ever IJGT tournament event, also earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round for his score of 6-over-par 79.
Even though she trailed by two after round one, Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, came from behind to nab first with a score of 81-78 – 159 overall. Three birdies from Phyllis Tang of Hong Kong, China, allowed her to lead after round one. Despite carding two additional birdies in round two, Tang struggled with a string of bogeys. With the lead in her reach, Arjun made par on an impressive 12 of 18 holes in round two to slide into first for the win. Arjun’s low-final-round score of 78 put her one stroke ahead of Tang who led the division for most of the two-day tournament. The victory is Arjun’s second consecutive win and ninth top-five finish for the 2013-2014 season.
“It feels awesome [to win], it’s my second win back-to-back so nerves were the hardest thing for me but consistency really helped me out in the end,” stated Arjun.
Tang’s score of 79-81 – 160 overall was enough for a second-place finish while Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, finished in third with an overall score of 172.
The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the Oldfield Junior at Oldfield Country Club in Okatie, S.C., on April 12-13,2014. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
Durham, N.C. – Final round results of the IJGT College Classic conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed April 6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,928 yards, Par 72 (73.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,278 yards, Par 72 (70.1/123). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,971 yards, Par 72 (75.0/132).
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
College Classic at Washington Duke Golf Club
April 5-6, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *77-76–153
2. Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, NC *78-81–159
3. Trevor Lohman, Bellevue, WA *80-80–160
4. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *84-77–161
5. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *81-81–162
6. Will Beischer, Durham, NC *79-86–165
7. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *87-81–168
7. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *82-86–168
9. Kyle Vance, Audubon, PA *85-84–169
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *85-84–169
9. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *79-90–169
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *78-91–169
13. Gary McCabe, Collegeville, PA *84-86–170
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *90-82–172
14. Quade Lukes, Chaple Hill, NC *86-86–172
16. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *89-84–173
17. Charles Young II, Woodstock, MD *85-89–174
17. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *83-91–174
19. Michael Jones, Potomac, MD *89-86–175
20. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *87-89–176
21. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *95-84–179
21. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *90-89–179
23. Jason Siegel, Colorado Springs, CO *91-89–180
24. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-88–183
25. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *104-87–191
26. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *96-97–193
DID NOT FINISH
Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *88-WD
Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *82-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Halleron, Timonium, MD *82-80–162
2. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *96-79–175
2. Dong Jun Kim, Kimhae, South Korea *88-87–175
4. Ford Bennett, Owings Mills, MD *90-91–181
Girls Division (Green tees) 5971 yards, Par 72
1. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
2. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *79-81–160
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *85-87–172
4. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *85-92–177
5. Alexandra Yarosh, East Falmouth, MA *95-88–183
6. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *92-98–190
7. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *105-95–200