Holetz wins first IJGT Major Championship title
Hunt and Liu finish first in their first IJGT Event
SAN FRANCISCO – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held its first west coast Event of the season in San Francisco, Calif., at the Presidio Golf Course. The Major Championship had both National Rankings and IJGT Merit points at stake. The participating golfers ranged in age from 9-19 and were in pursuit of an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.
The weekend presented both rain and sunshine, but not even poor conditions deterred the junior golfers. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Harrison Holetz of Incline Village, Nev., finished first to secure his first ever IJGT Major Championship win. Holetz’s first-round four-stroke lead benefitted him as a second round of wind and rain equated to slightly higher scores. Despite the wet conditions, Sasha Lobel of Pittsburgh, Pa., recorded an impressive six birdies in round two to put him within three strokes of Holetz. In the end, it was Holetz’s first-round performance of 2-under-par 70, which included four birdies and an eagle, that kept him out in front for the win.
“I tried not to think about it [the weather]. I had a couple rough holes but I picked myself up and had a good finish,” commented Holetz.
The winner of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award went to Lobel who finished round two with a score of 1-under-par 71. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is awarded to the player(s) who shoot the lowest score during the final round of every IJGT tournament.
Second place went to Lobel who finished with an 81-71 – 152 overall score. Rounding out the top three was Justin Goh of San Francisco, Calif., finishing with an overall score of 156.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Cooper Hunt of El Dorado Hills, Calif., made a notable first impression as he finished each day with the best score in the division, finishing with a score of 76-73 – 149 overall. The Major Championship was the first IJGT Event in which he participated. With three birdies on the tournament, Hunt’s arguably most impressive golf came in the back nine of round two where he made par on all but one hole. Hunt’s second-round score of 1-over-par 73 secured him the four-stroke victory ahead of second-place finisher Ian Scarborough of Half Moon Bay, Calif.
As Hunt’s scores indicated, the rain and winds that came with round two had little to no effect on his game.
“It doesn’t really change me, I am used to the wind and rain because where I live it rains a lot so I am used to it,” said Hunt.
Scarborough finished second, shooting a 78-75 – 153 overall score. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., ended in third place posting a 78-76 – 154 overall.
The Girls Division also had a first-time participant secure a first-place win. Bibilani Liu of Cupertino, Calif., led round one with a score of 7-over-par 79. Her second round featured seven bogeys but making par on the remaining 11 holes kept Liu in command of the lead resulting in another 7-over par 79. Runner-up Samantha Gong of San Francisco, Calif., looked to rally with round-two play as she posted a notable five birdies. Even though Gong’s second-round performance was not enough to move into first, her score of 4-over –par 76 was enough to nab the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division.
In discussing her approach to the tournament, Liu stated, “If I focus on each shot, it helps me get better instead of thinking about it overall so that’s how I played both days.”
Gong came in second shooting an 85-76 – 161 overall score while Gurman Kaur of Elk Grove, Calif., rounded out the Girls Division in third with a score of 84-84 – 168 overall.
The IJGT will return to the West Coast over Easter Weekend with the Arizona Junior at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz., on April 18-19, 2014. Southern Dunes Golf Club hosts many prestigious championships and is ranked the sixth Best Course You Can Play in the state of Arizona by Golfweek. 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, 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, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
SAN FRANCISCO – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 1, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,391 yards, Par 72 (71.0/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 5,986 yards, Par 72 (70.2/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,783 yards, Par 72 (74.7/126).
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Rainy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 10-15 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course
San Francisco, Calif.
February 1-2, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) 6,391 yards, Par 72
1. Harrison Holetz, Incline Village, NV *70-79–149
2. Sasha Lobel, Pittsburgh, PA *81-71–152
3. Justin Goh, San Francisco, CA *76-77–153
4. William Choi, Dublin, CA *81-75–156
5. Karl Beidle, Reno, NV *74-85–159
6. Ryan Rybicki, Maricopa, AZ *80-81–161
7. Kent Kao, Pinole, CA *85-78–163
8. Will Lagomarsino, Orinda, CA *80-86–166
9. Hayden Rodriguez, San Francisco, CA *83-84–167
10. Nicholas Turner, Reno, NV *81-87–168
11. Michael Bove, Truckee, CA *85-86–171
12. Austin Fischer, Orinda, CA *90-82–172
12. Mitchell Diraimondo, Lafayette, CA *86-86–172
14. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA *87-86–173
15. Adam Agustin, El Dorado Hills, CA *83-91–174
16. Jack Jaffe, Palo Alto, CA *93-85–178
17. Jake Leppek, Rocklin, CA *94-91–185
17. Henry Loos, Carson City, NV *89-96–185
19. Brandon Folke, Sherman Oaks, CA *95-91–186
20. Tyler Humphreys, Sparks, NV *101-102–203
DID NOT FINISH
Michael Mendelsohn, San Francisco, CA *102-DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Ryan Garfield, Petaluma, CA *90-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) 5,986 yards, Par 72
1. Cooper Hunt, El Dorado Hills, CA *76-73–149
2. Ian Scarborough, Half Moon Bay, CA *78-75–153
3. Grant Leppek, Rocklin, CA *78-76–154
4. Griffin Cooper, Yerington, NV *81-81–162
5. Scott Rescigno, Reno, NV *81-84–165
6. Caleb Shetler, Saratoga, CA *86-81–167
6. Mikee Ordona, Upland, CA *81-86–167
8. Sahil Kapur, San Jose, CA *94-87—181
Girls Division – (Red Tees) 5,783 yards, Par 72
1. Bibilani Liu, Cupertino, CA *79-79–158
2. Samantha Gong, San Francisco, CA *85-76–161
3. Gurman Kaur, Elk Grove, CA *84-84–168
4. Kylie Fong, Elk Grove, CA *83-91–174
5. Zaria Thompson, Casto Valley, CA *96-85–181
6. Addie Hemming, Rocklin, CA *99-95–194
7. Jacqueline Sohl, Reno, NV *96-99–195
8. Kristen Eissmann, Reno, NV *100-96–196