IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall – Tour Preview

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The IJGT Southeast Tour will return to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall on April 25-26, 2015. Junior golfers will play the Robert Cupp course while competing for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings and North American Junior Amateur exemptions during the two-day, 36-hole event.

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Designed by Robert Cupp, Golf World‘s former Architect of the Year, the Robert Cupp course is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The course offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,182 yards to 7,079 yards.

The eGolf Gateway Tour‘s 2015 Palmetto Hall Championship was played on the Robert Cupp course in February.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, tops the list of players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division as he’s had a lot of success on the Robert Cupp course. He finished second in last April’s IJGT event there and won the Boys 14 & Under Division two years ago. This is his fourth consecutive season competing in an IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall.

Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, finished sixth in last April’s tournament. Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, is looking for his first win on the IJGT this season. He finished second in the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in February. This is his fifth season competing on the IJGT.

In the Girls Division, keep an eye on Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, who has won back-to-back IJGT events: the
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor in February and the IJGT Oldfield Junior earlier this month. Anna Eddy of Hilton Head, S.C., will look to improve on her fourth-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Yuki Nakayama of Kawasakishi, Japan, is looking for her first IJGT win of the season. She finished second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National in January.

Finally, in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Aiden McCloskey of Northborough, Mass., is coming off a first-place finish in the IJGT Oldfield Junior. Matthew Dzialga and Matthew Camel, both of Greenwich, Conn., finished third and fourth, respectively, in last April’s IJGT event on the Robert Cupp course.

During the tournament, follow the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT for live updates and view the leaderboard here on the IJGT website or on the IJGT app on your phone or tablet.