First round highlights from the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the first round of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Friday, Nov. 29. Contested on the famous club’s Pete Dye Valley Course, the first round featured a field of nearly 100 junior golfers who took to the greens while battling unusually chilly weather and very forceful winds. Here are your division leaders going into the tournament’s second round on Saturday, Nov. 30.

In a tie for first place in the Boys 15-19 Division are Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who both shot a 4-over-par 76. Here are their rounds by the numbers:

Keshav Sharma:

38- front and back nine scores (2-over-par)

8 – number of pars (44.4% of his scores)

3 – number of birdies

1 – stroke lead going into the second round. This is also Sharma’s first season with the IJGT

E – score on the course’s four par-5s

Ryoto Furuya:

36 – score on the front nine (even-par)

8 – number of pars (44.4% of his scores)

4 – this is Furuya’s fourth season with the IJGT

3 – number of birdies

E – score on the course’s par-3s and par-5s

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Brian Aslanian of Purchase, N.Y., leads the way with a first-round 10-over-par 82. Here is his round by the numbers:

Brian Aslanian:

40 – score on the front nine (4-over-par)

7 – number of pars (38.9% of his scores)

3 – this is Aslanian’s third season on the IJGT

1 – number of birdies; stroke lead going into the second round

E – score on the course’s four par-3s

The Girls Division is led by Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, who shot a 5-over-par 77. Here is a recap of her round by the numbers:

Cake Phuchanbanchob:

38 – score on the back nine (2-over-par)

11 – number of pars (61.1% of his scores)

4 – stroke lead going into the second round

3 – this is Phuchanbanchob’s third season with the IJGT

-1 – score on the course’s four par-5s

 

The second round of the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass will take place on the Valley Course, while the final round on Sunday, Dec. 1, will be contested on the club’s PLAYERS Stadium Course.

For complete results of the first round click here. Pairings for second-round action at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass can be found here.