The IJGT will travel to Blythewood, SC to play the Palmetto Open at the Columbia Country Club on March 22-23, 2014. Players will play 18 holes each day to combine for a 36-hole weekend of competing for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
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The Columbia Country Club began with just nine holes in the early 1900s and after a devastating fire, was rebuilt and renovated to the 27-hole course that stands today. The 27 holes are made up of three 9-hole courses: Ridgewood, Tall Pines, and Lakeside. The Charlie Prentice design, the course is peppered with bunkers to make the course difficult but playable and was host of the 2004 South Carolina State Amateur tournament. Tree-lined fairways are long and wide allowing for straight shots to score well.
Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, and Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., will look to lead the Boys 15-19 Division at Columbia Country Club. Ogawa has tallied a top-10 finish in both of his IJGT Events in 2014, including a first place victory at the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay in January. Russell also brings to the table 3 top-10 finishes in 2014 play including his first ever win in the Boys 15-19 Division at the Island Challenge in January.
The Girls Divison will also feature fierce competition as Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, and Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India both look to secure another victory at the Palmetto Open. Siriko comes off a third-place finish on Feb. 22-23, 2014 at the Georgia Open in Savannah Georgia, her sixth consecutive top-five finish in the 2013-2014 season. Arjun also boosts seven top-five finishes of her own in the 2013-2014 season, including a second place win at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island in February.
Rounding out players to watch are Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Jackson Skeen of Johnson City, Tenn., in the Boys 14 and Under Division. Shimoji has placed in the top five in both of his 2014 Events while Skeen has seven top-10 finishes of his own for the 2013-2014 season.