Ogawa wins first IJGT event of the season
Kedlaya & Leyva nab first wins in first IJGT appearances
The IJGT returned to Colleton River Plantation Club on September 6-7, 2014, for the IJGT Junior. Inclement weather forced round two to be called off, leaving round one scores to determine the winners of each division. Thirty-three juniors competed for national rankings and IJGT merit points at the official venue for the 68th U.S. Junior Amateur coming in July 2015.
Round two of the IJGT Junior began at 9 a.m. but as storms rolled in in the early afternoon, tournament officials were forced to cease play. With juniors having completed varying numbers of holes, the tournament was cancelled and round one scores were used to determine divisional winners.
Sharing the lead for the Boys 15-19 Division at the conclusion of round one, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Shiso Go of Tokyo, Japan, went to a scorecard playoff. Based on the scores of the back nine, Ogawa came away victorious. Both Ogawa and Go were par or better on eight of nine holes on the back nine but it was Ogawa’s four birdies that led him to a 2-under 34. Finishing in second, Go carded a 1-under 35 on the back nine highlighted by two birdies on the back nine. In a tie for third, Chandler McDowell of Alberta, Canada, and Brett Inserra of Upper Saddle River, N.J., finished with scores of 76.
When asked what worked well for him, Ogawa said, “Obviously ball striking, I hit 15 greens. My strategy was to hit more greens this weekend.”
Dong Jin Park of Seoul, led the Boys 14 & Under Division at the conclusion of round one. Park was declared a justified withdraw before teeing off in round two, leaving Mariano Leyva of Puerto Rico, the winner of the division. His score of 85 was highlighted by eight pars and one birdie. Finishing in second was Thomas Pfoestl of Schenna, Italy. He recorded a score of 88 in his first IJGT event of his career.
Leyva said, “My putting was great this weekend, I didn’t three-putt at all. A couple putts did lip out but I just kept focused.”
Ankita Kedlaya of Bangalore, India, won the Girls Division with a score of 81. Despite competing unopposed, Kedlaya posted eight pars and a birdie en route to her first victory in her first IJGT tournament.
As a first-year student at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), Kedlaya said, “I really enjoy working with my coach Tim (Vickers), he’s a really good and it has been a good transaction coming here [to the IJGA].”
The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue with the IJGT College Series at NC State in Raleigh, N.C., on September 20-21, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
Bluffton, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at Colleton River conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed September 7, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,864 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,187 yards, Par 72 (70.9/133). Girls Division: Green Tees – 5,912 yards, Par 72 (75.6/138).
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at Colleton River
September 6-7, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,928 yards, Par 72
1. Tennoshin Ogawa Ichinomiya-shi, Japan 70-0–70 -2
2. Shiso Go Tokyo, Japan 70-0–70 -2
T3. Chandler McDowell Springbrook, Canada 76-0–76 +4
T3. Brett Inserra Upper Saddle River, NJ 76-0–76 +4
5. Aniruddah Kedlaya Bangalore 77-0–77 +5
T6. Jack ODonovan Pittsford, NY 78-0–78 +6
T6. Brent Rodgers Cranberry Township, PA 78-0–78 +6
T6. John Gooden Myrtle Beach, SC 78-0–78 +6
9. Patrick McDonnell Pittsburgh, PA 79-0–79 +7
T10. Lee Hammerschmidt Armonk, NY 80-0–80 +8
T10. Taisuke Ono Tokyo, Japan 80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Suner Cutral Co, Argentina 80-0–80 +8
T10. Colson Herrin Augusta, GA 80-0–80 +8
T10. Santiago Diaz Merida, Mexico 80-0–80 +8
T15. Takafumi Shimoji Okinawa, Japan 81-0–81 +9
T15. Kanata Irei Okinawa-shi, Japan 81-0–81 +9
T15. Cameron Clair Bluffton, SC 81-0–81 +9
T15. Samuel Cudjoe Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago 81-0–81 +9
T15. Conor Byrne Dublin 81-0–81 +9
20. Carsen Sanchez Bristol, VT 82-0–82 +10
T21. Jason Stokes St. Brelade 83-0–83 +11
T21. Matias Nelson Oklahoma City, OK 83-0–83 +11
T21. Karan Bhasin Mishref 83-0–83 +11
T24. Shogo Ito Tokyo, Japan 85-0–85 +13
T24. Daiki Okada Tokyo, Japan 85-0–85 +13
26. Kyle Ash Reading, MA 86-0–86 +14
27. Hao Yang Lin Taichung, Taiwan 88-0–88 +16
28. Ryan Pongrac Freehold, NJ 92-0–92 +20
29. Mao Hirota Hoshigaokamotomachi Chitkusa-Ku Nagoya 98-0–98 +26
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,278 yards, Par 72
1. Mariano Leyva Lewisville, NC 85-0–85 +13
2. Thomas Pfoestl Schenna 88-0–88 +16
DID NOT FINISH
JWD Dong Jin Park, Seoul 82-0–82 +10
Girls Division (Green tees) 5,971 yards, Par 72
1. Ankita Kedlaya Bangalore 81-0–81 +9