Meyers wins shortened IJGT Junior
Harris and Lambert take home titles at TPC Louisiana
AVONDALE, La. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana where a field of talented junior golfers competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The tournament was held at TPC Louisiana which hosts the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. Weather ruled the tournament as winds of over 25 mph during the first round push scores higher and rain and thunderstorms during the final round forced the tournament to be shortened to 27 holes.
William Meyers of Baton Rouge, La., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division after carding an impressive 3-over-par 39 during the final round. Meyers trailed Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., by four strokes coming into the final round of play. Primeaux recorded a score of 43 on the front nine at TPC Louisiana to finish with a total score of 124 which was identical to Meyers. By the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf the tournament was decided via a scorecard-playoff because the course was unplayable. The deciding factor were the last nine holes of the event giving Meyers his first IJGT title.
“I looked at the weather this morning and I knew par was going to be my friend with the rain…try and get as many greens in regulations as possible,” commented Meyers.
Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Will Dufour of Gretna, La., with a tournament total of 128.
The Boys 14 & Under Division was not as closely contested as the older boys division with Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., winning in convincing fashion. Lambert began the tournament with a shaky front-nine score of 45, but quickly rebounded with an even-par 36 on the back nine including seven consecutive pars to finish his round. He took a six-stroke lead going into the final round and never looked back.
“I just wanted to play my game and take it from there. I really didn’t want to think about it (the lead),” said Lambert.
Even with the rain during the final round, Lambert was able to manage his way around the front nine in 39 strokes giving him a 10-stroke victory. His total score of 120 was the lowest of the tournament regardless of division.
The Girls Division at TPC Louisiana was won by Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., after she recorded a tournament total of 131. Harris took control in the first round as she built a 12-stroke cushion going into the final day of play. Her round was highlighted by two birdies on her back nine, and five total pars on the day. The final round looked to be a battle as fellow competitor Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J., played her first five holes in 1-under-par, but Harris played the last four holes of the front nine in 1-over-par to clinch the victory in the rain-shortened event. This was Harris’s first IJGT victory in three attempts.
“My mindset was to play steady all day and try to make par, and not try to make big mistakes…especially at a course like TPC (Louisiana),” commented Harris.
Herring finished in second place after posting a tournament total of 140 including a 41 in the final round.
Each IJGT tournament the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is given to the players that record the lowest score in the final round. Meyers, Lambert, and Herring took home the prize this weekend for their great performances.
The IJGT concluded tournament play for 2013. Action will continue in 2014 with the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay on Jan. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. 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
AVONDALE, La. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Dye Tees – 6,952 yards, Par 72 (73.9/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Players Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130). Girls Division: Club Tees – 5,800 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).
Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 25-30 mph
Rain with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 5-10 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana
December 21-22, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Dye Tees) 6,952 Yards, Par 72
1. x-William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *85-39–124
2. Gage Primeaux, Lake Charles, LA *81-43–124
3. Will Dufour, Gretna, LA *87-41–128
4. Austin Campbell, Lake Charles, LA *90-40–130
5. Beau David, Lafayette, LA *88-47–135
DID NOT FINISH
Casey Panepinto, Hammond, LA *104-DQ(Rule 6-3a)
Boys 14 & Under Division – (Players Tees) 6,188 Yards, Par 72
1. Nolan Lambert, Gretna, LA *81-39–120
2. Wondell Smith, New Orleans, LA *87-43–130
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-40–130
4. Kyle Estay, Lockport, LA *92-47–139
5. Trey Morse, New Orleans, LA *98-44–142
Girls Division – (Club Tees) 5,800 Yards, Par 72
1. Angelica Harris, Harvey, LA *87-44–131
2. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *99-41–140
x-Won in Playoff