Faraci secures first IJGT victory
Chris Tanabe wins in a come-from-behind performance
The IJGT continued the Summer Series at the Country Club of Hilton Head on July 22-23, 2014. The two-day 36-hole tournament featured a field of 15 players from all over the U.S. as well as international players from four countries, all competing for national rankings.
Jack Faraci of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., capitalized on his lead after the opening round with strong play in round two to capture the championship title for the Boys 15-19 Division with scores of 78-76 – 154. Faraci headed into the final round with a two-stroke lead over Plug Booranakunamanee of Samutprakran, Thailand.
Faraci’s second round score of 76 was helped him in capturing the championship by one stroke. Booranakunamanee shot an 80-75 for a two-round total of 155, just one stroke behind Faraci. His front-nine 1-under score of 35 highlighted Faraci’s second round. Faraci made two birdies throughout his round, but his most impressive play occurred on the par-5 eighth hole where he holed out for an eagle.
Booranakunamanee finished in second place earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, an award given to the juniors who score the lowest in the second round of the tournament. Third place was awarded to Alex Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who carded an overall score of 167.
“Through the first nine, I was playing great and I knew I had the lead. My putting was the key factor that helped me capture the championship down the stretch,” said Faraci.
Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., who carded scores of 79-75 – 154 won the Boys 14 & Under Division. His impressive round two score of 75 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for his division. Tanabe entered the final round one stroke behind then leader Marc Groenhuysen of West Chester, Pa. Through nine holes of the final round, the Hilton Head Island, S.C., native, Brook Dyess, lead Tanabe by four strokes, but Tanabe’s strong back nine performance elevated him into the lead to secure the victory.
In second place was Matthew Campbell of Beaufort, S.C., with scores of 80-75 – 155. Campbell earned a share of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with his tying round two score of 75. Rounding out the division’s top three was Dyess who finished with scores of 79-78=157. Dyess’ front nine featured the lone hole-in-one of the tournament, the second of his career.
“My putting is definitely what helped me win. I knew if I could come into the final round with my mind set on making pars and holing a few putts, I had a chance to win,” said Tanabe.
The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue its competition next week at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J., on July 28-29, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, click here or call (843) 785-2444.
Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Final Results of the Summer Series at the Country Club of Hilton Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on July 22-23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Gold Tees – 6,704 yards, Par 72 (74.4/141). Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,086 yards, Par 72 (70.6/133).
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 3-5 mph
Sunny with temperatures in the High 80s, winds 5-7 mph
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Summer Series at Country Club of Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
July 22-23, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division (Gold Tees) 6,740 yards, Par 72
1. Jack Faraci, Port Jefferson Station, NY *78-76–154
2. Plug Booranakunamanee, Samutprakran, Thailand *80-75–155
3. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *86-81–167
4. Jake Haughom, Vienna, VA *89-80–169
4. Andres Lopez, Monterrey *83-86–169
6. Zhong Xuan Yang, Hong Kong, China *84-90–174
Boys 14 & Under Division (White Tees) 6,086 yards, Par 72
1. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *79-75–154
2. Matthew Campbell, Beaufort, SC *80-75–155
3. Brooks Dyess, Hilton Head Island, SC *79-78–157
4. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *78-82–160
5. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *82-81–163
6. Matteo Posa, Milan, Italy *87-79–166
7. Michael Tanabe, Sewickley, PA *82-87–169
8. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *93-86–179
9. Ryan Gresham, Binghamton, NY *92-93–185