Final results from the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – February 22-23, 2014

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round two in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.

 

DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

In a tie for second were Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, and Tim Morton of Florence, Ala. The duo finished with scores of 157 overall.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Capital Challenge at Westfields in Virginia on March 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,891 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,242 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,871 yards, Par 72 (74.4/132).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor
Savannah, Ga.
February 22-23, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,891 yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *71-73–144
2. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *77-70–147
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *70-78–148
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-74–150
5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-73–151
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-74–151
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *77-74–151
8. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-75–152
9. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-72–153
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *77-76–153
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153
12. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China *82-72–154
12. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *77-77–154
14. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *77-78–155
14. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
14. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *76-79–155
17. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *81-75–156
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Tamam Dagang, Malaysia *77-79–156
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-81–159
19. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-82–159
21. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-78–160
21. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-79–160
21. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *81-79–160
21. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-83–160
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-78–161
25. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *83-78–161
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *84-77–161
28. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *77-85–162
28. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-84–162
30. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *79-84–163
30. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *85-78–163
30. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-78–163
30. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ *84-79–163
34. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *79-85–164
34. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *80-84–164
34. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *79-85–164
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *79-85–164
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164
39. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-83–165
39. Andrew Sherrill, Winston-Salem NC *85-80–165
41. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *86-80–166
41. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *86-80–166
43. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *88-79–167
43. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *88-79–167
43. Blake Martin, Pinehurst, SC *85-82–167
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *88-80–168
46. Fillippo Cappella, Roma, Italy *84-84–168
48. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-82–170
49. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-83–171
49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-85–171
49. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *85-86–171
52. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *83-90–173
53. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-84–176
53. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-90–176
55. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-91–177
56. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *89-89–178
57. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-90–179
58. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-91–182
59. Francesco Caterina, Roma, Italy *93-91–184
59. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA*96-88–184

DID NOT FINISH

Chris Magi, Bluffton, SC, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees), 6,242 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *72-70–142
2. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *80-77–157
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *78-79–157
4. Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, MA *78-83–161
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-82–167
6. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-86–169
7. Sasha Kuzmin, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-83–170
8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *95-87–182
8. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *92-90–182
10. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *100-94–194

DID NOT FINISH

Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Girls Division (Silver tees), 5,871 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *70-71–141
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *81-70–151
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *78-74–152
4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *80-73–153
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-73–154
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *80-79–159
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-77–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *82-80–162
9. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-79–162
11. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-84–165
12. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *84-82–166
13. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-88–171
14. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *90-82–172
15. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA *96-89–185
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *104-102–206

DID NOT FINISH

Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *80-JWD