Terrazas wins 13th IJGT event
Shimoji and Whaley dominate, both shoot tournament-low 150’s
AIKEN, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour held the Aiken Junior Open on Sept. 21-22. Hosted by the Woodside Plantation Golf Club, the tournament was played on the Rees Jones-designed Wisteria Course, with plenty of hills, vast tree lines, and tough greens. The two-round event proved to be extremely challenging for the talented field of junior golfers, where not a single player finished better than even-par.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, took home the trophy with a 10-over-par 154 performance in his first 2013-2014 IJGT Event. His first-round 1-over-par 73 was a tournament low, which consisted of three impressive birdies in the final eight holes, the most notable on the steep No. 11.
Reflecting on his performance, the most challenging part of the tournament for Terrazas was the slopes, explaining, “The course was very hilly and you had to be prepared.” He managed to overcome this though, securing a solid win.
Despite having a difficult final round, he ended up beating out runners-up Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jake Kessel from Woodcliff Lake, N.J., by three strokes, who tied for second place with totals of 157.
The Boys 14 & Under Division was once again dominated by Takafumi Shimoji (74-76—150) of Okinawa, Japan. His division-low 74 in the first round consisted of three birdies and five bogeys, leaving him at two-over par going into the final round. The concentration and ability to target his game on the green propelled Shimoji to a fast start, going par-birdie-birdie on the opening three holes. He ended up carding a 4-over-par 76 in the final round which was the low score in the final round giving him the CLAZIC Belts Low Final Round Award.
Asking what he thought was hardest for him over the weekend, Shimoji stressed, “Putting was too difficult.”
This is Shimoji’s second win in three events this season, winning at the Lowcountry Open and finishing tied-for-second at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National. He can next be seen at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters from Oct. 19-20.
Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, was head-to-head with Shimoji during the entire final round, carding a 5-over-par 77, one behind the leader. His energized second round play just was not enough in the end, shooting a final score of 156, six shots behind Shimoji. Landing in third place for the division was Bronson Myers, a first time IJGT member from Columbia, S.C. His 85-82–167 was a fabulous performance for his inaugural event.
Dominating the Girls Division was incumbent Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. Her final tally of 75-75—150 was good for second best in the entire field, and a spectacular 12 strokes ahead of runners-up Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua and Samantha Huang of Shenzen, China who both tied with a final score of 162 through two rounds. Her final round 3-over-par 75 was also a tournament low for the Girls Division, giving her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Following up a rough patch on the front during the final round, where Whaley managed five bogeys and just one birdie, her back nine play included two birdies, one on the long 466-yard, par-5 No. 11, and another on the 368-yard, par-4 No. 18.
When asked about her most challenging aspect of the event, Whaley stated, “The greens. The speed was very hard to adjust to.”
This is Whaley’s second season with the IJGT, accumulating a remarkable eight Top-10 finishes in nine events in 2012-2013, including a win at Falcon’s Fire in Kissimmee, Fla., on May 11-12, 2013.
The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action next weekend in Beaufort, S.C., for the Sanctuary Shootout. The tournament will be played at Sanctuary Golf Club.
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