HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will host its Southeast Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Nov. 9-10. The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will take place on the George Fazio Course. The Event will feature some of the best players from across the region all competing for DOUBLE IJGT Merit Points in the Boys 15-19, Boys 14 & Under, and Girls Divisions.
The George Fazio Course is a par-70 that tips out at just over 6,800 yards and will call for a variety of executed golf shots. It will serve as a great host to one of the strongest events on the IJGT calendar.
The Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes will offer AJGA Performance Stars with the Boys 15-19 and Girls Division Champions earning 4 Performance Stars. In addition, the Top-5 in the Boys 15-19 Division will also earn 1 Performance Star for their finish. If the Boys 14 & Under Division reaches 20 players then the Champion of the division will earn 1 AJGA Performance Star.
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In the Boys 15-19 Division, Austin Maher of Bracebridge, Canada, and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, will be playing for keeps. Maher has played in four events this season, and after placing in the top five in his last three, including a third-place finish at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters, he will be looking to capitalize on his consistent play. Ogawa is also coming off a hot streak this season. After placing second in the IJGT Junior at Hilton Head National, he persevered on his way to a victory at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Ogawa will be attempting his second win of the season at Palmetto Dunes.
Competing in the Boys 14 & Under Division are Brandon McBride of Bluffton, S.C., and John Kalavritinos of Potomac, Md. McBride has played in four events this season and is continually a strong contender. After placing sixth in his first event, he finished fourth, second and third in his last three events, respectively. This is McBride’s first season with the IJGT, and he will be aiming to break the mold and grab his first win at Palmetto Dunes. Kalavritinos, also a talented competitor, is playing in his second IJGT season. After two top ten finishes last season, Kalavritinos placed third in the College Series at the University of Maryland on Oct. 5-6.
The Girls Division will feature Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Sera Tadokoro of Osaka, Japan. Nakatani is a natural-born competitor who is in her second season with the IJGT. After winning three events last season, Nakatani has secured two runner-up finishes in the two events she has played so far this year, one at the Florida Junior at Black Diamond Ranch, and the other at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters. Another player to keep an eye on is second-year IJGT member, Tadokoro. She has placed top five in three events this year, and also won the IJGT Junior at Oyster Reef over the summer.