Playoffs decide both Boys Divisions
Wuensch wins third straight IJGT Event
BLUFFTON, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National on Sept. 7-8. 55 elite junior golfers teed off on the beautiful Gary Player design, and the course more than held its own, as just two golfers finished even-par or lower.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, GeunTae Kim of SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, both played outstanding throughout 36 holes. With first-round scores of 1-under-par 70, both Kim and Ogawa won the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award, which goes to the players with the lowest first round score.
Kim came alive with the pressure on down the stretch in the final round, making three birdies on his final five holes to force the playoff at 2-under-par 140 with Ogawa. Kim racked up seven birdies over the two-day tournament.
On the playoff hole, both Kim and Ogawa had beautiful drives down the center of the fairway starting off on the par-4, No. 10, to leave them 50 yards out from the green. Ogawa’s second shot left him sitting 10 feet from the hole on the green, while Kim stuck it four feet from the hole. Many who were watching thought that Kim would clinch the win with his putt, but a close miss and par putts for both Ogawa and Kim pushed them on to the par-4, No. 11.
Similarly to hole No. 10, both Kim and Ogawa blasted their drives down the middle of the fairway on hole No. 11. Kim’s unbelievable second shot left him within a foot of the hole, while Ogawa had a 15 foot putt to birdie. Kim’s tap in birdie gave him first place honors for the tournament.
Coming in third place was Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, who finished with a two-day total of 2-over-par 144. Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., finished tied for fourth, and earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his 2-under-par 69 in the final round.
Another playoff was needed to decide the Boys 14 & Under Division, as Ben El Cohn of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, finished the 36 regulation holes tied with matching scores of 12-over-par 154.
The trio went into a playoff on hole No. 10, with three equally impressive drives down the fairway. The second shots resulted with Vilips and Cohn 10 feet from the hole, and Shimoji just off the green. Shimoji’s birdie chip and par putt were missed, while Cohn and Vilips both missed their birdie putts. Cohn’s par putt gave him the hole, and the victory, as Vilips had a tough lip-out for his par. Cohn was the first-round leader after a day one 5-over-par 76, following that up with a 7-over-par 78 that featured one birdie and 11 pars.
El Cohn now has a victory and a second place finish in his first two IJGT Events.
Vilips rallied from a first round 11-over-par 82 to post an impressive second-round 1-over-par 72, while Shimoji shot a second-round 5-over-par 78 to get into the playoff.
In the Girls Division, Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, won for the third straight time on the IJGT this season with a two-round total of 1-over-par 143. Wuensch jumped out to a six-stroke lead after round one thanks to a first-day total of 2-under-par 69.
Her impressive first round earned her the KENTWOOL Socks Lo-Pro Award. On day two, Wuensch carded 15 pars and overcame three bogeys to post a final round 3-over-par-74, which was more than enough to hold on for the win.
Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, used a final round 3-under-par 68 to propel herself to a second-place overall finish. Rodriguez came out firing, notching birdies on two of her first three holes. She followed that with ten consecutive pars before tallying one more birdied on the 14th hole. Her strong day two performance earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Maggie Ashmore of Kingston, Ga., finished in third place with an overall score of 8-over-par 150.
The International Junior Golf Tour will travel to Aiken, S.C., in two weeks to host the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation, Sept. 21-22. For more information about the Aiken Junior Open, please visit www.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.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444
BLUFFTON, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6697 yards, Par 71 (72.6/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,052 yards, Par 71 (69.5/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 71 (72.8/126).
Sunny with temperatures in the Mid 80s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Hilton Head National Golf Club
September 7-8, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – Black Tees, 6,697 yards, Par 71
1. GeunTae Kim, SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea *70-70—140*
2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *70-70–140
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy *71-73–144
4. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE *78-69–147
4. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *71-76–147
6. Maurizuo Debono, Basiguo, Italy *72-78–150
6. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-0–79
8. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *75–76-151
9. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-77–154
10. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *79-78–157
10. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi Japan, *77-80–157
12. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *79-79–158
13. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA *78-81–159
14. Erwin Brock, Muldrow, OK *85-76–161
14. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *83-78–161
14. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH *83-78–161
14. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia *79-82–161
14. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *77-84–161
19. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *87-75–162
20. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *80-83–163
20. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *79-84–163
20. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ *80-83–163
23. Lee Hammerschmitt, Armonk, NY *81-86–167
23. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico *79-88–167
25. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *84-84–168
26. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *88-81–169
26. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *89-80–169
26. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *83-86-169
26. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *81-88–169
30. Norman Hong, Shenzen, China *83-89–172
30. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA *83-89–172
32. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *85-88–173
33. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-85–176
34. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *91-93—184
DID NOT FINISH
Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *JWD
Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – Blue Tees, 6,052 yards, Par 71
1. Ben El Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador *76-78–154*
2. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *82-72–154
2. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-76–154
4. Luis Sanchez, Xalapa, Mexico * 80-80–160
5. Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC *82-81–163
Girls Division – White Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 71
1. Jana Wuensch, Herrenberg, Germany *69-74–143
2. Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela *78-68–146
3. Maggie Ashmore, Kingston, GA *79-71–150
4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India *76-75–151
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China *78-74–152
6. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *75-81–156
7. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-75–158
7. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *79-79–158
9. Kayla Kozak, North Myrtle Beach, SC *76-83–159
10. Lita Huber,
10. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *77-83–160
12. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan *83-79–162
13. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ *97-88–185
14. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY *101-102–203
14. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea *104-99–203
*Won in a Playoff