The International Junior Golf Tour resumed play this weekend in Orlando for the playing of the Florida Open at Rio Pinar Country Club. The former host of the Citrus Open, the course played favorably to the juniors, who enjoyed their weekend conditions under clear skies and high to moderate temperatures. Each division came down to the final holes, creating an exciting Sunday. The juniors played for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points.
Play in the Boys 15-19 Division was simply spectacular, and was a close match heading into the final round Sunday morning. After trailing two strokes off the lead heading into the final round, Samsona Lu found himself alone at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes. Lu, of New Taipei City, Taiwan, played very consistent with rounds of 72 each for a 144 total.
“Feels great to get the win at this course,” Lu stated after the round. “It was pretty windy this weekend, if anything I had to keep my ball-flight lower and that helped a lot.”
Although conditions proved to be tough at moments during the weekend, Lu was able to stay on top of his game and capture his first IJGT victory of the season. Claiming second-place closely behind Lu is Florian Blatti of Epalinges, Switzerland. Blatti played well all weekend, shooting scores of 72 and 73 for a 145 finish. In third-place is Hanson Chiu of Chiayi, Taiwan, shooting scores of 74 and 72 for a 146 total.
Following the theme of competition, the Girls Division was more of the same for the weekend. After an impressive final round, Pin Wen Lu secured the weekend championship coming back from four strokes off the lead. Lu, who hails from New Taipei City, Taiwan, capped off her weekend with a 144 total with scores of 74 and a low final round of 70.
“It feels really good to win and get my confidence back,” Lu said after the round. “Today there was a lot of wind, so I aimed for the center of the green and that gave myself chances to make putts.”
Being able to make putts obviously played a major factor for Lu, as she made 4-Birdies during the final round and gave her just enough space to earn the victory.
Following closely behind in second-place is Ying-Ting Hsieh of Huantan Township, Taiwan. Hsieh was impressive for the weekend with scores of 70 and 75 for a 145 finish. Rounding out the top-3 is Chiara Arya of Jakarta, Indonesia, who finished her weekend with scores of 77 and 79 for a 156 total.
Lastly, for the Boys 14 & Under Division, Drago Zhao went wire-to-wire to claim first-place on the weekend. Zhao, a native of Shenzhen, China, continued his strong play that has been demonstrated in the past few events. Zhao put together solid scores of 78 and 75 for 153 total to earn his first IJGT victory.
Rounding out top-3 behind Zhao is a two-way tie for second-place. Sharing the spot is John Daly II of Clearwater, F.L., and Matthew Pilgrim of West Vancouver, Canada. Daly finishes with rounds of 79 and 78, while Pilgrim put together scores of 80 and 77, both totaling a 157 finish.
The IJGT will resume play again next weekend, with the playing of The Northeast Tour Championship at Hershey Country Club. To sign up for this event, or view the rest of our upcoming events, click here, or call us at (844) 779-3374.