VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) made its way to Virginia Beach, Va., for the IJGT Battle at Virginia Beach National, the last Northeast Tour Event of the Fall 2013 season. The Pete Dye-designed Virginia Beach National Golf Club is a tour-caliber course which has hosted the NATIONWIDE TOUR’s Virginia Beach Open. In addition to the plentiful waste areas and various water hazards, the wind played a big part during Sunday’s final round. Our Players of the Week this week are Gordon Brixi of Potomac, Md., and Teddy Hoffman of Virginia Beach, Va.
Brixi (left) started off hot with a birdie to open the tournament. He hit his approach shot to about five feet from the hole and rolled in the putt. After firing an even-par 36 on the front-nine, Brixi was in contention throughout the tournament, which was also impressive as he was the youngest player in the field this week at 11 years old. Brixi finished the first round with a 78, leaving him one stroke off the lead. During the final round, Brixi stayed in the hunt for the lead by firing a 40 on the front-nine with a great birdie on the par-five eighth hole. This kept him one stroke off the lead heading into the back-nine. Brixi would finish his first-ever IJGT Event in second place, an impressive start to his IJGT career.
Hoffman (right) was tied for fifth place after the first round, leaving him seven strokes behind the leader. His first round consisted of multiple bogeys, which produced a round of 82; however, Hoffman knew he could score better and did just that on the final day. The final round brought colder temperatures and higher winds, but Hoffman was able to clinch the Clazic Belts Low Final Award with a score of 73. Hoffman’s one-over-par final round consisted of four birdies to put him in the lead until the final group finished. Hoffman’s final round 73 was also good enough to move him into second place. This was Hoffman’s first IJGT tournament and he will look to continue this momentum in future IJGT events.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted another installment for the Fall 2013’s Southeast Tour with the IJGT Island Open at Palmetto Hall. The event took place on Nov. 2-3, 2013, and consisted of 49 players in the field. Competing on a tour-caliber golf course with beautiful moss-draped oaks, lush fairways and clever bunkering, the players had their fair share of challenging and spectacular moments. Jonathan Phillips of Hardeeville, S.C., and Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region.
Phillips (left), a 17-year-old in the Boys 15-19 Division played consistent golf throughout the tournament. Phillips hit nearly every fairway in both rounds. The biggest obstacle for Phillips was his putting during the first round, especially on the back-nine in which he three putted five holes. Regardless, he was able to fight back and finished his first day with a 3-over-par 75. Phillips played better during the final round, which included three birdies and eleven pars. He finished the challenging course with a great score of 2-over-par 74. Phillips placed third overall, a remarkable outcome in his first IJGT Event of the season.
Huber (right) played a steady brand of golf this tournament. She finished her first round with a score of 13-over-par 85, putting her 14 shots behind leader, Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China. Despite some adversities, Huber fought back in the tough and windy conditions of the final round, shooting a 10-over-par 82, including a memorable birdie on the challenging par-3 No. 6. She ended up going out on a score of 39 and coming in with 43. With her final round performance, Huber was one of three players in the Girls Division to receive our Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award and finished fourth overall. This was the best finish in four events this season for Huber, who is in her second year with the IJGT.