West Coast Tour
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled West to California for the Pacific Coast Open at Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16-17, 2013. The event took place on the club’s Old Course, which opened in 1973 and was co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. The course features a parkland links design with arguably one of the best finishing holes in golf – the 405-yard, par-4 18th hole situated on a bluff with dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean. The Old Course, which is known to demand strategic tee shots and test every golfer to the best of their abilities, provided a challenging yet memorable experience for the contestants involved. Our Players of the Week for the region are J.T. Bloomer of Boise, Idaho, and Kylie Fong of Elk Grove, Calif.
Bloomer (left) found himself tied for fourth place after a tough first round that tested the golfers with less-than-favorable, windy conditions. Entering the final round five shots behind leader, William Choi of Dublin, Calif., Bloomer came out strong, making six straight pars and finishing the front nine with a 3-over-par 39. Bloomer followed that up with 2-over-par 38, giving him a 5-over-par 77 score for his final round. He was the only player in the Boys 15-19 Division to shoot in the 70’s in the final round, a distinction that earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his performance. Bloomer’s final score of 77 was a four-stroke turnaround that catapulted him two spots up the leaderboard to earn a second place finish and Player of the Week honors for the Boys Divisions. This is Bloomer’s second year playing for the IJGT, and this second place finish is the best of his IJGT career thus far.
Fong (right) had a challenging start to the tournament after shooting a score of 17-par-over 89 through 18 holes which put her seven strokes behind first round leader, Samantha Gong of San Francisco, Calif. Knowing she would need an improved performance to have a shot at challenging the leader, Fong came out with a focused mindset in the final round and never looked back. Fong carded two birdies and nine pars over the final 18 holes, including a birdie on the par-3 No. 13 and another on the par-5 No. 15. This concentration gave her a 6-over-par 78, an incredible 11-stroke improvement over her first round score. She was also the only competitor in the Girls Division to shoot in the 70’s in the final round, earning her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and a second place finish in the tournament. This was Fong’s first IJGT Event, and one that she can surely be proud of.
Congratulations to Bloomer and Fong, and we are eager to see them in the future events!