Bloomer dominates Boys 15-19 Division
Ordona and Garay capture first Major victories
CARLSBAD, Calif. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Major Championship at La Costa on Dec. 7-8, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. Contested on the recently re-vamped Legends Course at the gorgeous La Costa Resort & Spa, the competitors took to the greens to fight for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings in IJGT’s pen-ultimate West Coast Tour Event of the 2013 calendar year.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, put on a commanding performance throughout the event, turning a first-round five-stroke lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He shot back-to-back 79s to card a tournament total of 158, of which the latter earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his low score among all male competitors. Bloomer sank 12 pars during the final round, including a streak of five on holes Nos. 6-10. His one birdie on the day came on the par-4 No. 16, and he played the course’s difficult par-5s in even-par.
“I think my wedge game from 95 [yards] and in was really good this week…I was sticking it pretty close, so that’s good,” said Bloomer.
This was Bloomer’s third appearance and first win with the IJGT.
The Boys 14 & Under Division saw Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., grab his first Major victory after shooting a 90-83–173. Entering the final round with a narrow five-stroke lead over runner-up Chandler Fanticola of Newport Beach, Calif., Ordona handled the pressure well, improving his score by seven strokes and stretching his lead to a 21-stroke victory. Ordona carded six pars and one birdie on the par-4 No. 15.
When asked about his mindset going into the final round, Ordona replied, “I just tried my best, and tried to keep my place.”
Ordona has won four events in his four seasons playing for the IJGT, with this Major Championship marking his first victory of the 2013-2014 season.
Fanticola rounded out the division with a tournament total of 194.
Madeleine Garay of La Jolla, Calif., took home the trophy in the Girls Division, shooting a 93-88–181 through 36 holes. Her five-stroke improvement on the second day was also good enough to earn her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award for her impressive performance on a tough course. She sank six pars on each of the two days, and scored four strokes better on the back-nine during the final round.
When reflecting on the highlights of her performance, Garay stated, “I think my driver was the best part [of my game]. I was hitting it long.”
This was Garay’s first appearance with the IJGT.
The IJGT West Coast tour will be back in action Dec. 14-15, 2013 for the Scottsdale Open at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz. 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.
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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed December 8, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,781 yards, Par 72 (73.3/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,184 yards, Par 72 (70.4/124). Girls Division: Red Tees – 6,991 yards, Par 72 (75.9/141).
Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the High 50s, winds 5-10 mph
Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 3-5 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at La Costa Resort & Spa
December 7-8, 2013
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,781 yards, Par 72
1. J.T. Bloomer, Boise, ID *79-79–158
2. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *84-85–169
3. Ryan Hicks, Santa Monica, CA *84-88–172
4. Don Luvsan, Temecula, CA *89-86–175
5. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *115-105–220
DID NOT FINISH
Trevor Hernstadt, Woodside, CA, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 6,184 yards, Par 72
1. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *90-83—173
2. Chandler Fanticola, Newport Beach, CA *95-99—194
Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,991 yards, Par 72
1. Madeleine Garay, La Jolla, CA *93-88–181