Considered to be one of the best courses in the Lowcountry and all of South Carolina, Hilton Head National will provide a tough test to the elite field of junior golfers. Designed by Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player, and former PGA Tour Design Consultant Bobby Weed, the course is filled with tall trees and plenty of water.
The competition in the Boys 15-19 Division will be fierce, as multiple golfers in the division have won IJGT Events before. Shota Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan, the winner of the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club on Aug. 31-Sept. 1, returns to try and win back-to-back events. He’ll be challenged by Sam Meuret of New Brunswich, Neb., who finished second at the IJGT Junior at Sea Island. Meuret had three top-five’s and five top-ten’s last season.
Another name to watch in the division is Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan. Ogawa is moving up from the Boys 14 & Under Division, where he won six events and racked up four top-five finishes last season.
In the Girls Division, Maggie Ashmore is back in action after finishing second in the season-opening IJGT Georgia Junior at Sea Island. The Kingston, Ga., native had one top-three finish and four top-ten finishes in the 2012-2013 season. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, will make her season debut on the tour after two wins, six top-five’s and one top-ten in nine events last season.
Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, has two top-three finishes in so far this season, and will look to finally add a win to her resume. In order to do, Sera will have to dethrone Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany, who has won both IJGT Events so far this season.
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, will look to add another win to his total. He notched a win at the IJGT Junior at Sea Island, and finished fourth at the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club. He’ll battle Ben El Cohn of Bluffton, S.C., who finished tied for second at the Lowcountry Open.