Luo comes from behind to win the Boys 15-19 Division
Zeng nabs her first win of the season
The IJGT’s fall season saw weather resembling summer as the Southeast Tour headed south to host the Florida Junior at Disney Resort on October 11-12, 2014. A field of 53 juniors competed in the two-day 36-hole tournament on the Palm Course for IJGT merit points and national rankings. The tournament was a qualifier for the North American Junior Amateur Championship to be held in Litchfield Park, Ariz., at the Wigwam Resort on December 30, 2014 – January 3, 2015. The top two juniors in the Boys 15-19 Division and top two in the Girls Divisions will qualify for the international event.
In a come-from-behind effort, Xue Wen Luo of Haikou, China, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division. Following a round one performance that featured some trouble with bogeys, Luo bounced back in round two to shave seven strokes from his score. Three strokes stood between Luo and then leader Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., but a staggering seven birdies led him to card a 3-under 69 and move into first. He combined scores of 76 and 69 for a tournament total 145. Luo’s second round 69 also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female junior with the lowest score of the final round of tournament play.
Trey Wren of Suffolk, Va., scored par or better on 15 of 18 holes in his fight for first but finished one stroke shy in second place with a two-day total 146. In third was Maurizio De Bono of Basiglio, Italy, with a score of 151. Both Luo and Wren qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship with their performances.
“I had seven birdies because I was putting really well,” said Luo about the key to his performance in round two.
Francis Li of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Boys 14 & Under Division after leading in both rounds. A 1-over-par 73 in round one put Li in the lead by seven strokes. Despite some struggles in round two, Li went on to add a round two score of 78 to hold onto the lead. Li finished seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Mariano Leyva of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Leyva shot a two-day total 158. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy, with a total 161.
“My mental game was a big improvement. I felt good and kept calm the whole time,” said Li.
Bunyaporn Zeng of Bangkok, Thailand, carded a tournament total 149 to win the Girls Division. Scoring par or better on 12 of 18 holes in round one, including four birdies, Zeng gained the divisional lead. Twelve additional pars and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 in round two allowed her to come out on top, three strokes ahead of second-place finisher Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India. Kedlaya carded scores of 78 and 74 for a two-day total 152. Third-place finisher Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, scored a total 154. A second-round 2-over 74 for both Kedlaya and Tadokoro earned the pair the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.
Zeng and Kedlaya also qualified for the North American Junior Amateur Championship.
“I focused on my putting [in round two] and it saved me a lot. I was in a bogey streak but was able to come out of it with par and an eagle,” said Zeng.
The IJGT will continue tournament play on October 18-19, 2014. The Southeast Tour will host the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters and the Northeast Tour will host the College Series at Penn State University. To sign up for these events, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – Final Results of the Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on October 11-12, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,816 yards, Par 72 (73.1/130). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,198 yards, Par 72 (71.2/125). Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,855 yards, Par 72 (74.1/134)
Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the Low 90s, winds 5-7 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
Florida Junior at Walt Disney World Resort – Palm
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 11-12, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Blue Tees) – 6,816 yards, Par 72
1. Xue Wen Luo, Haikou, China *76-69–145
2. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *75-71–146
3. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *76-75–151
4. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *80-72–152
4. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *73-79–152
6. Masahi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-76–153
7. Jason Stokes, St. Brelade, Jersey *81-75–156
7. Tsukasa Kimishima, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *78-78–156
7. Bruce Kozel, Annapolis, MD *75-81–156
10. Yong Sherng Hui, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia *83-74–157
10. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *77-80–157
10. Dante Davis, Brandon, FL *78-79–157
10. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *75-82–157
14. Jasper Lee, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-74–158
14. Shogo Ito, Tokyo, Japan *79-79–158
14. Kase Diehl, Charlotte, NC *80-78–158
17. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *81-78–159
18. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan *78-82–160
19. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *84-77–161
19. Rohit Sirosh, Bellevue, WA *81-80–161
19. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *81-80–161
19. Gustav Tegel, Miami Beach, FL *82-79–161
23. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *83-80–163
24. Philip Chen, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *86-78–164
25. Print Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *82-86–168
26. John Peck, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *84-88–172
27. Alejandro Meriles Medina, La Paz, Bolivia *84-89–173
28. John Gooden, Myrtle Beach, SC *86-88–174
29. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *95-83–178
29. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *88-90–178
31. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *89-95–184
32. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB *91-94–185
33. Liam Kent, Portage, MB *89-97–186
34. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *96-97–193
DID NOT FINISH
Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *74-JWD
Gray Wiley, Lynchburg, VA *89-JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) – 6,198 yards, Par 72
1. Francis Li, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *73-78–151
2. Mariano Leyva, San Juan, Puerto Rico *80-78–158
3. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *82-79–161
4. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *86-87–173
5. Dazhuang Li, Bluffton, SC *105-99–204
Girls Division (Gold Tees) – 5,855 yards, Par 72
1. Bunyaporn Zeng, Bangkok, Thailand *74-75–149
2. Ankita Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-74–152
3. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *80-74–154
4. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *82-82–164
5. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan *82-85–167
6. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *95-86–181
7. Chloe Kim, Pasadena, CA *102-96–198
8. Claire Jeon, Yong-In, South Korea *100-104–204
9. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *97-112–209
10. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *118-115–233