Kim and Vilips grab third wins of season
Huang dominates Girls Division en route to second victory
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) wrapped up the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on a weekend that was culminated by all types of weather. The Southeast Region Event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013 on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. Heavy rain on Friday night left the fairways damp and muddy, and the players experienced all but normal conditions with clouds and sharp, chilling winds at some points followed up by warm sunshine during others. Competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merits Points, the golfers did not fail to impress with their skills, determination, and professionalism. All three divisions featured repeat winners taking home champions trophies.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, came back from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to capture his third victory of the season in a near-playoff situation. His final 71-77–148 tied with Ewen Ferguson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., but Kim won the playoff by default to take sole possession of first place at 4-over-par. After a first round consisting of five birdies and nine pars, Kim came back with a similar performance in the final round. He sank nine pars, including five in a row on holes Nos. 2-6, and his two birdies of the round came back-to-back on the tough par-5 No. 9 and the par-4 No. 10.
When asked about the best parts of his performance in the event, Kim noted his close-range game. He explained that he did really well “from inside 100 yards.”
This was the third consecutive win for Kim in as many events this season. He previously won at the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8, and the Sanctuary Shootout on Sept. 28-29. He now has etched five career victories in two seasons with the IJGT.
To round out the Boys 15-19 Division, Ewen Ferguson landed in second place with a 76-72–148. His final-round 72 also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Yong Sherng Hui of Taman Dagang, Malaysia, and Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., tied for third with final scores of 149.
The Boys 14 & Under Division saw a similar face atop the final standings, with Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grabbing his third victory of the season. His first-round 1-over-par 73 gave him a five-stroke cushion going into the final round, and despite strong play by his fellow competitors, he did not succumb to the pressure, maintaining his lead and eventually taking home the trophy. Though Vilips endured some challenges during his final round, his 8-over-par 80 performance was able to secure an eight-stroke win in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total 153. After a front-nine 42 during the final round, Vilips came back with a steady back nine, making pars on holes Nos. 10- 13, and then Nos. 15-18.
When asked about the most difficult parts of the event, Vilips noted, “The wind was really hard both days, and there was a lot of water.” Aside from experiencing these adversities, though, Vilips was quick to say that overall the win was “perfect.”
Vilips has had a spectacular first season with the IJGT, winning three events and grabbing top-five finishes in five others. His other two victories came at the IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island on Aug. 24-25 and the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch on Oct. 12-13.
Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, led the way in the Girls Division from start to finish, shooting a final 9-over-par 153 to secure a satisfying six stroke win. After a strong start with a first-round 1-under-par 71, Huang had a five stroke lead.
But, like most of the tournament field, Huang experienced challenges throughout the final round. Nonetheless, she was able to maintain her focus, shooting an 82 to earn her second win of the season. Huang sank nine pars and a birdie during the round, and played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par for the tournament.
One of the most notable aspects of Huang’s performance came with her drivers, or lack thereof. When asked about any obstacles she experienced, Huang explained that because her drivers were “really bad,” she decided to use 3-wood for the entire duration of the tournament. It turns out this did not affect the champion too adversely in the end.
Rounding out the top three for the Girls Division were Arjun and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, who carded a score of 77-82–159 and 76-84–160, respectively.
The IJGT returns to action next weekend for the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The tournament will be contested on the George Fazio Course at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. 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, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Island Open conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 3, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards, Par 72 (73.0/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,265 yards, Par 72 (71.0/127). Girls Division: Black Tees – 5,975 yards, Par 72 (76.0/134).
Weather: Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 15-20 mph
International Junior Golf Tour Island Open at Palmetto Hall
Palmetto Hall – Arthur Hills Course
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
November 2-3, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6,739 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *71-77–148*
2. Ewen Ferguson, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-72–148
3. Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, SC *75-74–149
3. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *69-80–149
5. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy *78-76–154
5. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *76-78–154
7. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *80-76–156
7. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *77-79–156
9. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *81-77–158
9. Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *79-79–158
9. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan *79-79–158
9. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *76-82–158
13. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *82-77–159
13. Cameron Clair, Biddeford, ME *78-81–159
13. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *76-83–159
16. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *85-77–162
16. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *79-83–162
16. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-89–162
19. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *85-78–163
19. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *79-84–163
21. JD Moore, Columbus, NJ *80-84–164
21. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *75-89–164
23. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *80-85–165
23. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *80-85–165
25. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *84-83–167
26. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *87-81–168
27. Trevor King, Huntington, NY *87-86–173
28. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *82-92–174
28. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *83-91–174
30. Walker Campbell, Paget, Bermuda *81-94–175
31. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *78-98–176
32. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *86-100–186
33. Mauricio Troncoso, Mexico City, Mexico *96-101–197
*Won in a playoff
Boys 14 & Under Division, White Tees, 6,265 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *73-80–153
2. Bumin Choi, Gyeonngi-do, South Korea *78-83–161
3. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC *85-80–165
4. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico *78-88–166
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *91-89–180
6. Cade England, Dallas, TX *93-90–183
7. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *91-95–186
8. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda *93-97–190
9. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *110-106–216
DID NOT FINISH
Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *79-JWD
Girls Division, Black Tees, 5,975 yards, Par 72
1. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *71-82–153
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *77-82–159
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *76-84–160
4. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *85-82–167
5. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *82-86–168
6. Dylaney Day, Toronto, Canada *97-85–182
7. Christine Scholten, Amsterdam, Netherlands *106-108–214
DID NOT FINISH
Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *JWD