In a new partnership, the IJGT, the International Junior Golf Academy and College Golf Camps of America hosted a camp for junior golfers in Bluffton, S.C., at Hampton Hall Club on March 15-17, 2014. The one-of-a-kind event offered not only a two-day tournament to be played in front of more than 18 college coaches but also interactive sessions with those coaches regarding the future of their golf careers.
Day one of the College Golf Camp featured a short game challenge for juniors followed by evening speaker sessions for both the parents and juniors as well as an interactive session between the juniors and coaches.
Round one of tournament play commenced on day two with a shotgun start on each of the 18 holes. Competing in front of college coaches from across the nation, the 72 juniors showcased their best golf skills, despite rainy conditions and temperatures in the 60s. After a 30-minute suspension in play because of lightning in the area, juniors were able to play out the remaining holes for the round. In addition to the tournament there were speaker series for the parents and golfers on topics such as golf as a team sport and the expectations of a college golf coach.
The third and final day kicked off with an early start to the final round of golf in effort to beat the forecasted heavy rains. The rain came early and persisted for the entire round but juniors proved to be resilient as they pressed on in competition. Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, the juniors attended a discussion on the life-skills for student-athletes and an open forum question and answer session with a panel of coaches. Questions regarding verbal commitments, travel schedules and academic eligibility all arose from students and parents during the forum.
The IJGT was represented in both the Boys and Girls winners circle. Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., played strong in the first round, posting four birdies and finishing third with 73-77-150 overall. Swept by IJGT athletes, the Girls Division was led by champion Millenia Ohara of Meguro-Ku, Japan, who posted two birdies her first round to help her final score of 73-76-149 overall. Chomchana “Cake” Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, came in a close second posting 74-76-150 overall. Rounding out the winner’s circle was Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan, placing third with six birdies throughout the event with a final 78-74-152 overall which was four strokes in front of the fourth place finisher.
Due to the overwhelming success of the CGC event at Hilton Head Island, the IJGA, IJGT and College Golf Camps of American are slated to partner again for a CGC event in Orlando, Fla., on August 15-17, 2014 at Reunion Resort. For more information about this and other College Golf Camps, click here.