Cheng wins Boys 15-19 Division in playoff fashion
Myers captures first IJGT title
The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) Southeast Tour remained in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to host the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Juniors competed in warm and sunny conditions for IJGT Merit Points, national rankings, and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship and North American Junior Amateur during the two-day, 36-hole event.
Matt Cheng (left) of Taipei, Taiwan, and Ryoto Furuya of Alpharetta, Ga., were tied for first in the Boys 15-19 Division with 147 tournament totals after 36 holes. The pair faced off in a playoff on the par-5 18th hole. Cheng sent both of his approach shots into the middle of the fairway and reached the green in three to set himself up nicely for birdie. He ended up making par to win the playoff and the Boys 15-19 Division.
“Amazing,” Cheng said when asked how it felt to win this weekend. “I haven’t won a tournament in a while so it’s good to be back.”
Cheng carded a 2-over 74 in the first round to put himself in contention for the title. He then carded six birdies in round two on the way to a 1-over 73 second-round score. He carded 10 birdies during the tournament to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award, the award presented to the junior to card the most birdies in each division. Cheng’s 2-iron was the best club in his bag this weekend. “My 2-iron saved me a lot on this course since it’s so narrow.”
Cheng was particularly successful on par-5s, which he had a division-best 4.5 average on for the weekend.
Second-place finisher Furuya carded a 1-over 73 in round one and a 74 in round two to finish with a 147 tournament total.
There was a three-way tie for third in the Boys 15-19 Division. Dong Jin Park of Seoul, South Korea, Jason Stokes of Channel Islands, Jersey, and Frederic Ruess of Hamburg, Germany, finished with 148 tournament totals. Park carded a 3-under 69 in the second round to earn the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award presented to the male and female juniors to card the lowest scores in the final round of an event.
Sophie Guo (left) of Bluffton, S.C., edged out second-place finisher Jasmine Chee of Hong Kong, China, to win the Girls Division by two strokes. Guo earned both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her second-round 2-over 74 and the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for her eight birdies.
“I’m glad I won because this is the first win I have in the whole year so I’m happy,” Guo said after her victory.
Guo carded back-to-back birdies three times during the tournament.
Chee matched Guo’s round one even-par 72 to share the lead after round one, but carded a 4-over 76 in the second round to finish with a 148 tournament total, good for second place in the Girls Division.
Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, finished third with a 153 tournament total.
Betty Horaney of Longview, Texas, carded her first-ever hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole.
Bronson Myers (left) of Columbia, S.C., earned his first IJGT victory, winning the Boys 14 & Under Division by four strokes. He knocked one stroke off his round one 4-over 76 to card a 3-over 75 in round two, good for a 151 tournament total.
The highlight of the tournament for Myers came in round one. “Yesterday on [hole No.] 18 I was like 100 yards out and I put it to a foot-and-a-half and made birdie, so that was pretty cool,” he explained after the tournament. The 18th hole was Myers favorite and he birdied it both days. He finished with six birdies to earn the EyeLine Golf Golden Putter Award for the Boys 14 & Under Division.
Brett Schell of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second with a 155 two-day total. Chase Phillips of Hilton Head Island, S.C., rounded out the Boys 14 & Under Division finishing third with a 164 tournament total.
The IJGT Southeast Tour will continue tournament play with the BGGA Orlando Open at Lake Buena Vista on May 9-10, 2015. To sign up for this event, or others, visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 686-1500.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, EyeLine Golf and the International Junior Golf Academy.
Hilton Head Island, SC – Final Results of the Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear on May 2-3, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,739 yards Par 72 (73.0/137). Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,217 yards, Par 72 (70.7/128). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,706 yards, Par 72 (77.1/130).
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior World Qualifier at Golden Bear Golf Club
Hilton Head Island, SC
May 2-3, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division- Blue Tees, 6739 yards, Par 72
1. x-Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *74-73–147
2. Ryoto Furuya, Alpharetta, GA *73-74–147
3. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *79-69–148
3. Jason Stokes, Channel Islands, Jersey *77-71–148
3. Frederic Ruess, Hamburg, Germany *75-73–148
6. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *76–73–149
6. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *72-77–149
8. Shiso Go, Kanagawa, Japan *76-74–150
8. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-74–150
10. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *79-72–151
10. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *73-78–151
12. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *78-74–152
12. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *76-76–152
12. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *75-77–152
12. Colton Tanner, Westport, CT *72-80–152
16. Walker Campbell, Hilton Head Island, SC *82-71–153
16. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *77-76–153
18. Masashi Yano, Aichi, Japan *77-77–154
19. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *80-76–156
19. Piyachad Yusabai, Pattaya, Thailand *79-77–156
19. Nate Tosto, Pooler, GA *79-77–156
22. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *80-77–157
22. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan *80-77–157
24. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *81-77–158
25. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-77–159
25. Feng Chen, Beijing,China *84-75–159
25. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *80-79–159
25. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *78-81–159
29. Kelly Sun, Bradenton, FL *85-75–160
29. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *80-80–160
31. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *81-80–161
31. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua, *81-80–161
33. Carsen Sanchez, Bristol, VT *84-79–163
33. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-84–163
35. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *83-83–166
35. Karan Bhasin, New Delhi, India *85-81–166
37. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *84-83–167
38. Matthew Stewart, Austin, TX *83-85–168
39. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-84–169
39. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *84-85–169
41. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *86-84–170
41. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY *86-84–170
43. Matias Nelson, Oklahoma City, OK *84-87–171
44. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-85–174
44. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-88–174
44. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC *80-94–174
47. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea *98-116–214
DID NOT FINISH
JWD. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY
JWD. Jeremy McRorie, Portage la Prairie, MB
Boys 14 & Under Division- Gold Tees, 6217 yards, Par 72
1. Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC*76-75–151
2. Brett Schell, St Augustine, FL *79-76–155
3. Chase Phillips, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-77–164
4. Dimitris Vasilakos, Savannah, GA *93-87–180
5. JT Herman, Hilton Head Island, SC *104-100–204
Girls Division- White Tees, 5706 yards, Par 72
1. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC *72-74–146
2. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *72-76–148
3. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *74-79–153
4. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC *74-83–157
5. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *79-79–158
6. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *78-81–159
7. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *82-79–161
7. Warissara Puangcharoen, Chonburi, Thailand *81-80–161
9. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *81-81–162
9. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *79-83–162
11. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *84-83–167
12. Cristina Liebana Lafita, Madrid, Spain *87-82–169
13. Dylaney Day, Hilton Head Island, SC *88-83–171
14. Vienna Winalski, West Hartford, CT *88-90–178
15. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *96-84–180
16. Martina Gerbel, Bratislava, Slovakia *104-99–203