Miles outlasts weather to win AHEAD Open
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the AHEAD Open at Bear Creek Golf Club May 4-5. AHEAD, a high quality golf apparel company specializing in headwear, sponsored the event where every golfer received a free hat. Constant rain threatened the tournament, but the beautiful Rees Jones design course was able to withstand.
Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., overcame tough playing conditions and his fellow competitors to take home the Boys 15-19 Division title. Miles put together a wonderfully consistent opening round of even-par 72, buoyed by 15 pars and two birdies on holes 11 and 12. Miles’s ability to control his speed on these fast greens and his solid ball striking in the wind vaulted him to the victory. His play during the first round was good enough for the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for lowest first round score.
“It was pretty scoreable out there,” Miles said. “The greens were holding pretty well. Today was a little tough because of all the water, but just footing was the main problem.”
Miles was a model of consistency during the final round as well recording 14 pars and one birdie leading to a 3-over-par 75. Of the 36 holes Miles played this weekend, 29 of them were pars while adding in three birdies. He played all of the par 3s in 1-over-par, all of the par 4s in 1-over-par, and all of the par 5s in 1-over-par as well.
Coming in second and third place were Charlie Spencer-White of Bluffton, S.C., and Shogo Ito of Tokyo, Japan, who both shot 1-over-par 73 during the final round to win the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
In the Boys 14 Under Division, Alejandro Santibanez of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, had a significant lead after round one with a seven shot advantage, shooting a 4-over par 76. On Sunday, difficult weather affected play, but Santibanez was able to stay mentally tough to card two birdies on his way to a final round 80.
“I worked on tempo coming in this week,” Santibanez said. “I knew the greens were going to be really fast.”
Christian Garruppo of Pottersville, N.J., came in second place with a tournament total of 164, while Evan White of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the top three finishing with a tournament score of 96. Both players shot great final rounds of 81 considering the weather.
The winner in the Girls Division was Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, firing a final round 1-over-par 73 to come from one shot behind. Rodriguez attacked the softer greens en route to recording four birdies on the day and six birdies overall for the tournament. After making a double-bogey on the par-5 fourth hole, she bounced right back with a birdie playing the rest of her round in only 1-over-par.
“It rained a lot and the course was really wet,” Rodriguez said. “I was able to do the best I could and play well.”
For her final-round 1-over-par 73, Rodriguez was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
The KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award winner was Phimnipha Wongwaiwate of Chiang Mai, Thailand, who carded a 3-over-par 75 in round one. Wongwaiwate shot a final round 79 to take second place. Isidora Quevedo from Santiago, Chile also shot 79 on Sunday finishing with a tournament score of 158 to take third place.
With their victories today, Miles and Rodriguez have earned a spot in the Callaway Junior World Championships, which will take place July 15-19, 2013 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif. It is the largest junior golf event in the world, which includes participants from 56 countries and 42 states.
“I am really excited because that is a really big tournament,” Rodriguez said. “I have never been to San Diego so I am happy that I am going.”
The IJGT Southeast tour will be hosting another tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., at Falcons Fire Golf Club, May 11-12. 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, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT AHEAD Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 5, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,722 yards, Par 72 (73.8/138). Boys 14 Under Division: White Tees – 6,189 yards, Par 72 (71.4/133). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,973 yards, Par 72 (75.3/134).