MCAFEE, N.J.- The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) traveled to McAfee, N.J. for the Major Championship at Crystal Springs on September 7-8, 2013. The Quarry/Rail course at Great Gorge Country Club provided many breathtaking views for the players but also put a premium on accuracy as it challenged the players with a variety of hazards and wooded areas off the tee. Eun Won Park and Paul Terminello were able to navigate their way through the challenging course to stand out as this week’s Players of the Week.
Paul Terminelllo (left) of White Plains, N.Y. had two completely different days at the Major Championship at Crystal Springs. Paul had a tough day during the first round and finished with an 89. The second day of the tournament proved to be a great turnaround for Paul as he earned the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award with a one-over-par 71. The 18-stroke improvement on the final day moved Paul into the top ten for the tournament. His final round scorecard showed only three bogeys and two birdies. This was also the lowest 18-hole score for the entire tournament. Paul will take this momentum into the next event he plays in and hopes to produce another low round total.
In the Girls Division, Eun Won Park (pictured at right) of Tenafly, N.J. got off to a rough start in her first IJGT event of the season, but battled back on the second day to improve by 11 strokes on her way to a 74. Unable to card any birdies in the first round, Eun Won was more consistent during the second round and carded three birdies including one on the intimidating par-3 6th hole that featured a forced carry over water. Eun Won’s two-day total of 159 put her in third place for the tournament.
The IJGT also hosted its second Southeast tournament this past weekend at Hilton Head National Golf Club, in Bluffton, SC. Juniors competed on the beautiful and challenging Gary Player course design. Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan and Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela both have received Player of the Week honors for the Southeast Region due to their outstanding performances this past weekend.
Ogawa (left) opened up his first round tied for the lead with GeunTae Kim from SuSeong-DaeGu, South Korea, shooting an impressive round of 1-under-par 70. Starting his final round on the back nine, Ogawa birdied his first hole of the day on the 362 yard par 4, No. 10. He made the turn shooting a 2-under par 33. Ogawa carded three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars on his final round, shooting 1-under-par on back-to-back days. Tied at 140 overall, Ogawa and Kim went into a playoff on No. 10, where Kim landed it within 4 feet for a birdie putt for the win, but a near miss and a par each recorded lead the pair onto No. 11. Kim’s approach shot into the green was even closer the second time around, falling within a foot of the hole for a tap in birdie, and the victory. Ogawa, who just came short of victory played strong all weekend, as he demonstrates in all of his events with the IJGT. We look forward to his upcoming tournaments and potential victories this season.
Rodriguez (right), a 16-year-old in the Girls Division demonstrated the ups and
downs to the game of golf this weekend. Battling a knee problem, she finished her first round 7-over-par 78, putting her ten shots back of the leader Jana Wuensch of Herrenberg, Germany. This wasn’t exactly a pleasing score, and a fire lit within her—two birdies of her first three holes during the final round got her momentum going, to result in a final round 3-under-par 68. Rodriguez received the Clazic Belt Low Final Round honors, and a 2nd place trophy for her weekend performance. We are excited to see more outstanding golf from her this season.