Final results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort

Kim earns first Major Championship win

Valdes wins back-to-back at Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Kiawah Island Resort over the weekend to host the Major Championship. Round one was held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Club. The final round was held on the famed Ocean Course, which has hosted events such as the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Round one had wind gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph. The weather for the final round was ideal with winds around 10 mph and temperatures in the mid 50s. The field of competitors had a total of 99 golfers across three divisions and represented 16 different countries. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. Furthermore, the Champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

Kim TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, prevailed with a come-from-behind victory earning him his first Major Championship. Kim had two birdies in the first round, but also made two double-bogeys. Heading into the final round he was trailing the first-round leader, Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, by only one stroke. The final round was where Kim played some of his best golf and made his move. He started off shaky being 4-over-par after five holes, but he managed to battle back. He found his stride and made par on 10 consecutive holes. Kim topped off his par streak by adding a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 16. He finished the back nine with a score of even-par 36. He made par on 22 of 36 holes during the tournament. Kim has finished within the top ten in all eight of his events played with the IJGT, four of them being first-place finishes. Kim’s weekend numbers totaled to 79-76—155.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round trailing, Kim replied, “I was actually just trying to get par. I knew that over par was going to win.”

Second place ended in a tie between Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. D’Amico shot 82-75—157 and Lee posted a score of 80-77—157. D’Amico’s score of 75 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Valdes TrophyThe Girls Division was won by Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, which totaled her third IJGT Championship this season. Valdes won the Major Championship at Kiawah in 2013 and came back this year to defend her title. After day one she found herself headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. Valdes remained calm and played within her game. She made par on 26 of 36 holes, including 14 pars during the final round. Both days Valdes picked up her game on the back nine. On day one, she shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine including one birdie. On day two, she shot a 3-over-par 39, but managed to string together seven consecutive pars. Valdes is ranked within the top ten for the Girls Division with the IJGT and has finished within the top five for every event she has played. Her final round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. She posted scores of 77 at Turtle Point and 77 at the Ocean Course for a two day total of 154.

When asked how she was feeling headed into the final round trailing, Valdes said, “Every time I am back from the lead, it gives me more motivation to do well and keep fighting.”

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, nabbed second place recording scores of 73-82–155. Third place went to Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who posted scores of 79-78—157.

Vilips TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, came in second place, shooting an 80-85—165 overall. Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va., finished in third place posting an 87-80—167.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The club at Savannah Harbor has played host to PGA Tour events like the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit 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, 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 or call (843) 785-2444

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Feb. 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (Turtle Point): Black Tees – 6,724 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Turtle Point): Silver Tees – 6,224 yards, Par 72 (69.9/125) Girls Division (Turtle Point): Blue Tees – 5,805 yards, Par 72 (73.5/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Gold Tees – 6,710 yards, Par 72 (73.3/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): Silver Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 72 (74.8/128).


Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph


International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Turtle Point, 6,724 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course, 6,710 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *79-76–155
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *82-75–157
2. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *80-77–157
4. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *82-79–161
4. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *81-80–161
6. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC, *84-78–162
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *81-81–162
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82–163
8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *80-83–163
10. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI, *88-76–164
10. Hector Gutierrez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *83-81–164
10. John Karcher, Novi, MI, *81-83–164
10. Yuan Li, Haikou City, *78-86–164
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-82–165
15. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *87-79–166
15. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *84-82–166
15. Will Beischer, Durham, NC, *80-86–166
15. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *81-85–166
15. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *79-87–166
20. Pedro De La Vega, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-80–167
20. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-82–167
22. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC, *87-81–168
23. Javier Gonzalez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *80-89–169
24. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *87-83–170
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *86-84–170
24. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *87-83–170
24. Brian Strumillo, Burr Ridge, IL, *92-78–170
24. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *88-82–170
29. Ivan Gomez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-84–171
29. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *84-87–171
29. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *90-81–171
32. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *85-87–172
32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *85-87–172
34. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *87-86–173
34. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *90-83–173
36. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *88-86–174
36. Rafael Beirana, Myrtle Beach, SC, *90-84–174
38. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-87–175
38. Lucas Hechler, Myrtle Beach, SC, *82-93–175
40. Peyton Shore, Saluda, SC, *97-79–176
40. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *84-92–176
40. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-85–176
43. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *94-83–177
43. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *93-84–177
43. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada, *89-88–177
46. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *91-87–178
47. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *91-88–179
48. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *84-96–180
48. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *95-85–180
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-89–180
51. Jeronimo Martinez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *86-96–182
51. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-91–182
53. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *93-90–183
53. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *90-93–183
55. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *92-94–186
56. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *98-89–187
57. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-96–189
58. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *101-89–190
59. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *98-93–191
60. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *100-93–193
60. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *95-98–193
62. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *106-88–194
63. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *101-95–196
64. Jinsoo Yun, Hephzibah, GA, *95-103–198
65. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-107–202
66. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *107-99–206
67. Cade Jarrard, Mount Airy, MD, *112-100–212
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *135-137–272

Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *107–DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Jack Carroll, Rye, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (Silver Tees) Turtle Point, 6,148 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Silver Tees) Ocean Course, 6,043 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *77-81–158
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *80-85–165
3. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA, *87-80–167
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *89-82–171
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *89-86–175
6. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *93-88–181
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *90-92–182
7. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *91-91–182
9. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *92-91–183
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *96-89–185
10. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *97-88–185
12. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *98-100–198
13. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *105-95–200
14. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *134-137–271

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point, 5,805 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course, 5,708 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *77-77–154
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *73-82–155
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *79-78–157
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *81-85–166
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *82-85–167
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *90-79–169
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *88-82–170
8. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA, *89-98–187
9. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *89-100–189
10. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *98-92–190
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *94-101–195
12. Fiona Hebbel, Leverkusen, SC, *105-106–211
13. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *104-115–219