Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – Tour Preview

On February 21-22, 2015, the IJGT will host the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor. Juniors will compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Beware: the par-5 hole No. 4 will prove challenging for players who favor a draw. But, players who can drive to the fairway will likely earn good scores. The course’s only forced carry comes on the par-3 hole No. 8.

Be sure to check out the Course Overview as each hole has a story.

Designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead, the Savannah Harbor golf course opened in 1999 and hosted The Legends of Golf, the genesis for the current over-50 Champions Tour, from 2003 until 2013.

Kayla Kozak tops the list of players to watch in the Girls Division. She finished second in last year’s Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor after shooting a 2-under 70 in round two. Samantha Huang also performed well last year finishing fifth and carding an eagle on the par-4 hole No. 5. Sera Tadokoro is coming off back-to-back first place finishes. She tied for ninth in last year’s Georgia Junior. Also keep an eye out for Bunyaporn Zeng, who’s coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. She has finished first or second in all three events she’s played in this season and will look to continue the streak.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, be sure to look out for Santiago Diaz of Merida, Mexico. Currently ranked fifth on the International Junior Golf Tour, Diaz has six top ten finishes this season including wins at the Savannah Junior at The Landings and the Carolina Classic at Colleton River. This will be Daegu, South Korea native Geuntae Kim‘s third Georgia Junior. He finished ninth two years ago and third last year and will look to continue the upward trend. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head, S.C., finished fourth in last year’s event at Savannah Harbor and is coming off a second place finish in the IJGA Invitational.  Ritwik Jain tied for 17th place last year, but will look to break into the top 10 this year especially because he is currently riding a streak of four consecutive top 10 finishes.

The field currently includes junior golfers from 14 states and 20 countries. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

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