Lee captures title at Sea Island
Wuensch wins first title in Girls Division
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the Georgia Junior at Sea Island, Aug. 24-25. Held on the Seaside Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s McGladery Classic, the Georgia Junior featured elite junior golfers ages 9-19 representing nine countries and eight states competing for national recognition and IJGT Merit Points.
Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Seaside Course presented many challenges to the field over the course of the weekend. With the wind blowing consistently from 10-15 mph with gusts of over 20 mph, Sunday proved to be quite the challenge.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea, came away with the victory after an impressive two-day performance in tough playing conditions on the Seaside Course. Lee got off to a great start in Saturday’s opening round where he carded a 2-over-par 72. This was the lowest score of the tournament in the Boys 15-19 Division and also earned him the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score in Saturday’s first round.
The highlight of the round came on the challenging 14th hole where Lee holed out his approach shot for eagle from 165 yards. That shot allowed him to take a four-stroke lead going into the final round.
On Sunday Lee focused on playing well out of the gate. He did just that making eight pars and one bogey to fire a 36 which extended his lead over the rest of the competition. Even with a few stumbles down the stretch, Lee was able to hold on to his first IJGT victory in the Boys 15-19 Division.
Meuret was awarded the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award after carding a 5-over-par 75 in windy conditions on Sunday.
The Girls Division was dominated from start to finish by a newcomer on the IJGT. Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, walked away with the trophy after putting together two impressive rounds including a 1-over-par 71 which was the best score of the tournament regardless of division. Wuensch also earned the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award for her impressive first-round score.
Wuensch was able to maneuver the ball around the tricky layout at Sea Island on Saturday making 13 pars and two birdies en route to her 1-over-par 71. This gave her a six-stroke lead going into the final round.
On Sunday, Wuensch did not have her “A” game, but she was able to avoid the large mistakes en route to her victory. After the first nine holes, her fellow competitors were not able to surmount a comeback and Wuensch closed the door with a solid score of 38 on the back nine to finish the round at 7-over-par 77. Her 77 was good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.
“The wind was very hard and the greens were really fast so it was tough,” commented Wuensch when asked about the course conditions on Sunday on the Seaside Course.
Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., who was the lone player from Georgia in the field, finished in second place after recording a 36-hole score of 160. Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, took home third place finishing with a tournament score of 162.
The Boys 14 & Under Division featured another first-time IJGT champion in Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. Vilips ran away from the competition after putting together two great rounds of 80 and 77. Vilips, a 12-year-old, already has an impressive tournament record and he added to it this weekend at Sea Island. The highlight of his round came on Sunday at the difficult seventh hole, which is a tough par-5 playing over 500 yards and into the wind. He made a birdie, allowing him to shoot a 2-over-par 37 on the front nine.
“It feels great to win the first tournament of the season,” said Vilips in his post-round interview.
Finishing in second place was Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China. This was also his first IJGT tournament.
The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Labor Day weekend in Okatie, S.C., for the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 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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ST SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Aug. 25, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6702 yards, Par 70 (72.8/139). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,051 yards, Par 70 (69.8/133) Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,747 yards, Par 70 (73.2/138).
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 m.p.h.
Sunny with temperate in the Low 80s, winds 10-15 m.p.h.
International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Sea Island
St. Simons Island, Ga.
August 24-25, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,702 yards, Par 70
1. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea *72-76–148
2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-75–153
2. Daniel Oh, Seoul, South Korea *76-77–153
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-77–155
5. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *79-77–156
6. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan *81-76–157
6. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *78-79–157
8. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *77-82–159
9. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-79–163
9. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *79-84–163
11. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *83-83–166
12. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *84-92–176
13. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *97-89–186
14. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China *122-144–266
DID NOT FINISH
Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,051 yards, Par 70
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *80-77–157
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *123-113–236
DID NOT FINISH
Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Girls Division – Silver Tees, 5,747 yards, Par 70
1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *71-77–148
2. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-81–160
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *77-85–162
4. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *85-82–167
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *84-94–178