Final results from the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation Club

Cheng captures win at Carolina Classic

Vilips completes come-from-behind victory

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) visited Colleton River Plantation Club this past weekend to host the Carolina Classic. Colleton River will be the site of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2015. Junior golfers that competed ranged in age from 12-19 years old and represented 16 different countries. National Rankings were at stake, as well as IJGT Merit Points. Additionally, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

DSC_0820In the Boys 15-19 Division, Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, managed to come away with the victory. Going into the final round, Cheng was tied for first place with Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cheng was consistent on the final day and had a four–stroke lead at hole No. 16, but Miles was not going down without a fight. Miles cut Cheng’s lead to three strokes heading into the final hole. After Cheng took a triple-bogey on hole No. 18, they finished dead even, both shooting 74-75–149 to force a playoff. Tension was high for both golfers going into the playoff as they both failed to hit the fairway on their tee shots. Cheng’s second shot fell short of the green, setting him up with a short chip shot. Cheng’s chip shot was pure and nearly holed out, leaving him with a downhill three foot putt for par and the win. With confidence, Cheng stepped up to his putt and knocked it in to seal his victory.

When asked about his mindset going into the playoff, Cheng stated, “I was kind of a bit nervous, but I had to stay confident with myself [because] I know I can play well on that hole, which I did.”

After falling short on the playoff hole versus Cheng, Miles took second place, posting a 74-75—149 tournament total score. Third place ended in a tie between Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wy., who posted scores of 78-79–157 and 80-77–157 respectively.



In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne,  Australia, battled back to take home the championship win. Going into the final round, Vilips trailed the leader by seven strokes. He responded and showcased his desire to win by shooting an even par 72, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions. After no birdies in the first round, Vilips came back hungry. During the final round, he was determined to improve and finished with four birdies, posting a tournament score of 85-72-157.

When asked about his comeback and what he did differently on Sunday, Vilips replied, “I took more time with all of my shots…the first day I rushed a few of my shots which caused lots of errors.”

Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, came in second, shooting an 80-80—160 overall. Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia finished in third posting an 84-89—173.


DSC_0678The Girls Division was won by Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Kozak played very consistently throughout the weekend. She made a birdie on hole No. 9 in both round one and round two. In her final round, Kozak finished with two birdies on the day and nine pars. The windy conditions were no match for the type of golf she was playing. She continued to hit fairways and set herself up with great approach shots. Kozak shot an 80-77—157 to earn her victory.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling, I feel honored. [The IJGT] is a great tour, the people are great and I made a lot of nice friends. I really appreciate the event.”

Second-place finisher Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, recorded an 85-75—160 tournament total, which also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the Girls Division. Third place was won by Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan who posted an 85-79—164.

The IJGT Southeast Tour will take a week break before the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Island S.C., on Feb. 8-9, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

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BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Carolina Classic at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Jan. 26, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141).  Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,179 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133) Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).

Saturday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 40s, winds 15-25 mph
Sunday: Partly cloudly with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Carolina Classic at Colleton River
Bluffton, S.C.
January 25-26, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees), 6,864 yards, Par 72

1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan, *74-75–149
2. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC, *74-75–149
3. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *78-79–157
3. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *80-77–157
5. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *78-80–158
6. Robbie Hickok, Washington, DC, *79-81–160
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *79-82–161
8. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *84-78–162
9. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *83-80–163
9. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada, *88-75–163
11. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *86-79–165
11. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *90-75–165
13. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *82-85–167
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *83-86–169
14. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *92-77–169
16. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-86–171
16. Mike Madden, Grand Rapids, MI, *89-82–171
18. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *85-87–172
19. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *83-90–173
19. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *90-83–173
21. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *90-84–174
21. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico, *91-83–174
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *89-86–175
24. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *93-84–177
24. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *95-82–177
26. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA, *88-90–178
26. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *89-89–178
28. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *92-87–179
28. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-84–179
28. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *96-83–179
31. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *91-90–181
31. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *93-88–181
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *89-94–183
34. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-91–184
35. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *93-92–185
36. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea, *98-88–186
37. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *103-86–189
38. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *98-93–191
39. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *96-105–201
40. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *114-94–208

Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *84-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *JWD
Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *JWD.
Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees), 6,179 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *85-72–157
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *80-80–160
3. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *84-89–173
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *91-83–174
5. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN, *89-90–179
6. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *108-100–208
7. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *159-119—278

Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *78-79–157 *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *78-DQ (Rule 33-7)
Girls Division (Green Tees), 5,901 yards, Par 72
1. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC, *80-77–157
2. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *85-75–160
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *85-79–164
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *85-83–168
5. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *87-83–170
6. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *86-85–171
7. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *88-97–185
7. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *99-86–185
9. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *125-107–232

x- Won in Playoff