The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to Aiken, S.C., for the Aiken Junior Open at Woodside Plantation on Sept. 21-22. The Rees Jones-designed Wisteria course was a true test for all skill levels, with rolling hills, wooded forests, and elevation changes throughout. The weather also proved to be quite a challenge for the players as winds made it a difficult task to judge any type of shot. Our Players of the Week are Bronson Myers from Columbia, S.C., and Samantha Huang from Shenzen, China.
In the first round of the tournament, Myers (left) was grouped with two powerhouse players in the Boys 14 & Under Division, Takafumi Shimoji from Okinawa, Japan and Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia. With a First Round score of 13-over-par 85, Myers fell 11 strokes back of Shimoji, leaving him tied-for-fourth in the division going into the final round. In the Final Round he was able to fight back, closing with four straight pars and firing a 10-over-par 82, earning him a Top-3 finish with a total of 167 in two days. Myers has a lot of promise in his game and we hope to see him in our upcoming events this season.
Huang (right) had a brilliant opening round, shooting a 5-over-par 77, only two strokes behind the Girls Division leader, Kelly Whaley, of Farmington, Conn. Huang experienced some rough patches in her final round performance, but she was able to steady herself, sinking a birdie on the 350-yard, par-4 No. 10. After posting a 13-over-par 85 in her final round and a two-day total of 162, she ultimately tied for second place with Gabriela Teran of Managua, Nicaragua. Huang will carry this momentum into her next tournament at the Sanctuary Shootout on Cat Island on Sept. 28-29.