Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn – Final Results

Galdin earns third title in Boys 15-19 Division

Kuchakulla collects first victory at Mission Inn

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 20 countries and seven different states competed in the 36-hole Major Championship for double IJGT Merit Points and National Rankings.

Lino Galdin of Nesmy, France, was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division at Mission Inn Resort after he carded a tournament total of 3-over, 147. Galdin put himself in good position after 18 holes, firing a 2-over, 74 in the opening round. This left Galdin only one stroke back of first-round leader Taisuke Ono of Tokyo, Japan.

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Lino Galdin wins the Boys 15-19 Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

During the final round on the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort, weather conditions became challenging with the wind picking up with gusts of over 20 mph. Galdin was able to get off to a steady start and turn in 1-over, par 36 to maintain a one-stroke lead heading into the back nine. After a double-bogey on hole No. 11, Galdin temporarily gave up the lead, but bounced back with birdies on holes Nos. 13 and 17 to finish one stroke ahead of the field and claim the title. This was Galdin’s first Major Championship and third victory of the Fall 2015 Season.

“I was striking the ball well this tournament,” commented Galdin.

Finishing in second place at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn was Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, with a tournament total of 148. Ogawa fired an even-par, 72 in the final round earning him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes the boy and girl who record the lowest final-round score in every IJGT tournament. This was also the lowest score of the tournament regardless of division.

There was a three-way tie for third place with a tournament score of 152 between Ono, Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, and HaoHua Zhang of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

In the Girls Division, newcomer Navika Kuchakulla of Orlando, Fla., earned the Laurel Springs School Major Championship crown with a tournament score of 5-over, 151. Kuchakulla earned the victory in comeback fashion with a final-round score of even-par, 73. Her final-round score also earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, and it represented the lowest score of the tournament in the Girls Division.

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division at the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Navika Kuchakulla wins the Girls Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Kuchakulla started the day trailing first-round leader Ximena Gonzalez of Queretaro, Mexico, by only stroke. Kuchakalla’s deficit actually widened to three strokes after the front nine in the final round. She put on a clinic to close out the tournament making three birdies and six pars to finish with a 3-under, 34 on the back nine. This outstanding performance vaulted her into first place and gave Kuchakalla the Girls Division title.

“It feels very good to play my first event and play well enough to win. The first day the conditions were tough, but today I adapted well to the course,” said Kuchakalla.

Gonzalez finished in second place with a tournament score of 154. Tracy Lee of Seoul, South Korea, ended the event in third place with a tournament total of 155.

Shoichiro Sakamoto of Japan, was crowned the Laurel Springs School Major Champion in the Boys 14 & Under Division after finishing with a tournament total of 171. This was the first IJGT title for Sakamoto, who had previously finished runner-up in the 2015 Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters.

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Shoichiro Sakamoto wins the Boys 14 & Under Division in the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn

Sakamoto build a four-stroke lead going into the final round. He was able to increase his lead and finished with a 12-stroke victory. His final round was highlighted by a birdie on hole No. 14.

“I enjoyed playing in the nice weather. I’m glad it did not rain. I thought I was hitting the ball well,” commented Sakamoto.

Tiger Tao of Shanghai, China, finished in second place with a tournament total of 183. Luca Jumabhoy of Sydney, Australia, took home third place after recording a tournament score of 187.

The IJGT will be back in action at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 26-28, 2015. This annual event features 54 holes of golf on PGA Tour tested courses along with AJGA Performance Stars, National Rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

About Laurel Springs School
Laurel Springs School is a fully accredited, private online school for students K-12. Founded in 1991, Laurel Springs School offers challenging and flexible programs for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. With college prep academics, they have a 91% college acceptance rate. Laurel Spring’s graduates enter the most selective colleges and universities of their choice in the U.S. and throughout the world.

About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 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 30 states and 30 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, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Final-round results of the Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed November 15, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,617 yards, Par 72 (72.1/135). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,029 yards, Par 73 (69.2/125). Girls Division: White Tees – 5,853 yards, Par 73 (75.0/138).

Weather:       
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 15-20 mph winds
Round 2: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

International Junior Golf Tour
Laurel Springs School Major Championship at Mission Inn
Howey-in-the-Hills Fla.
November 14-15, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,617 yards, Par 72
1. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *74-73–147
2. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-72–148
3. HaoHua Zhang, Howey in the Hills, FL *76-76–152
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *76-76–152
3. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *73-79–152
6. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *77-76–153
6. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *76-77–153
8. Ren Morishita, Orlando, FL *80-75–155
8. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *77-78–155
10. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *77-79–156
11. Jack O’Donovan, Pittsford, NY *78-79–157
11. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *76-81–157
13. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *80-78–158
13. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *79-79–158
15. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *84-75–159
15. Connor Downey, Franklin, TN *78-81–159
15. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *76-83–159
18. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *80-80–160
18. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *76-84–160
20. Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *81-80–161
20. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *80-81–161
20. Philip Chen, Taiwan, Taipei *77-84–161
23. Paolo Wong, La Trinidad, Philippines *84-78–162
24. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *80-84–164
25. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *84-82–166
25. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-88–166
27. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *79-89–168
28. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *87-82–169
29. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *86-84–170
30. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *86-85–171
31. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *89-84–173
32. Daniel Song, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL *93-82–175
33. Wenyao Zhang, China *83-93–176
34. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *85-92–177
35. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *92-89–181
36. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *91-91–182
36. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *89-93–182
38. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *90-95–185
39. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *91-97–188
39. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *87-101–188
41. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *103-114–217

DID NOT FINISH
Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia, *78-WD

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,029 yards, Par 73
1. Shoichiro Sakamoto, Japan *85-86–171
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *89-94–183
3. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *96-91–187

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 5,853 yards, Par 73
1. Navika Kuchakulla, Orlando, FL *78-73–151
2. Ximena Gonzalez, Queretaro, Mexico *77-77–154
3. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *80-75–155
4. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *81-78–159
5. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *82-78–160
6. Betty Horaney, Longview, TX *89-92–181
7. Kaitlyn Lee, Scarsdale, NY *99-83–182
8. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-89–184

DID NOT FINISH
Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *WD