First Round Highlights from the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall

Bluffton, S.C. – Temperatures hovering around 70 defined a perfect day for golf at the first round of the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 7. Being held on the Pete Dye Signature Course at Hampton Hall Club, the tournament featured 56 players from 15 states and 15 countries. Players are eagerly competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points, and with a field full of talented junior golfers, the final round looks to bring as many highlights as the first round. Here are your leaders heading into the final round of the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall on Dec. 8.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Chris Magi of Montreal, Canada leads after shooting a 6-under, 66. Here is Magi’s round by the numbers:

Chris Magi

32 (4-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

8 – Number of birdies (44.4% of his scores)

4 – This is his fourth season with the IJGT

2 – Stroke lead over Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C.

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-3’s

-5 – Played Nos. 3-8 at 5-under-par

 

Atop the leaderboard in the Boys 14 & Under Division is Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., firing a first round score of even-par, 72. Here is McBride’s first round by the numbers:

Brandon McBride

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the back-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of his scores)

8 – This is the 8th IJGT Event McBride has competed in this season

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of his scores)

3 – Stroke lead over Takafumi Shomoji of Okinawa, Japan entering the final round

1 – This is his first year on the IJGT

 

Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand and Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn. head the Girls Division after finishing with scores of 1-under, 71. Here are Punchanbanchob’s and Whaley’s round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob

34 (2-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

10 – Number of pars (55.6% of her scores

5 – Number of birdies (27.8% of scores)

3 – This is her third season with the IJGT

2 – She finished 2nd at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1

-3 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

Kelly Whaley

35 (1-under-par) – Score on the front-nine

12 – Number of pars (66.7% of her scores)

4 – Number of birdies (22.2% of scores)

3 – Has won three IJGT Events in her career

2 – This is her second season with the IJGT

-2 – Score on the course’s four par-5’s

 

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for final round action at the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall can be found here.