Marrero dominates in Boys 15-19 Division at Disney
Vesga shoots 2-under-par to win Girls Division
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) continued the 2015 Fall Season with the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort. Junior golfers ages 10-19 years old representing 9 different states and 26 countries competed in the 36-hole tournament for IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Performance Stars.
Carlos Marrero of Valencia, Venezuela, won the Boys 15-19 Division after firing a 7-under, 134 tournament score. Marrero got off to a great start in the first round carding a 4-under, 68 to build a three-stroke lead. Marrero’s 4-under, 68, which included seven birdies on the Lake Buena Vista Course, was the lowest score of the tournament in any division.
Marrero was in the driver’s seat for the final round and he helped his cause by getting off to a great start making birdie on the par-5, first hole. He would make the turn in 2-under, 34 to take a six-stroke lead into the back nine. Marrero played steady on the back nine and then ended the tournament with a bang making birdies on his 35th and 36th holes of the tournament to record his first IJGT victory. Marrero finished the final round with a 3-under, 69, which earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award along with Kanata Irei of Okinawa-shi, Japan, who matched Marrero with a 69.
“It feels great getting to achieve something after hard work,” said Marrero.
Irei’s final-round 69 and tournament total of even-par 144 earned him a solo second-place finish. There was a tie in third place between Tsukasa Kimishima of Fukuoka, Japan, and Takahiro Nojima of Shibuya-Ku, Japan, who both recorded tournament scores of 1-over, 145.
In the Girls Division, Maria Vesga of Bucaramanga, Colombia, earned her first IJGT title after carding a 2-under, 142 on the Lake Buena Vista Course at Disney Resort. The Baylor University commit, built her lead with an impressive 2-under, 70 in the opening round. This was the lowest score in the Girls Division for the tournament. Vesga made four birdies in her opening round helping her build a three-stroke lead.
Vesga started the final round with five straight pars, and then added one bogey and three more pars to turn at 1-over, 37. She became more comfortable as the round went on and make two birdies on her last nine to finish the round at even-par 72.
“I was a little bit nervous starting, but then my putting was very good,” commented Vesga.
Finishing in second place in the Girls Division for the second time this season was Linda Trockel of Berlin, Germany, with a tournament total of 149. Yukie Sasaki of Hiroshima, Japan, finished in third place with a tournament score of 150.
Yuxuan Zou of Chongqing, China, won the Boys 14 & Under in dominant fashion with a tournament score of 149. Zou played outstanding golf in the opening round making one birdie and 13 pars on his way to carding a 3-over, 75.
In the final round, Zou started off very strong making two birdies on his first nine holes and shooting an even-par 36. He would finish the day on a strong note closing the tournament with six straight pars for a 2-over, 74. This was Zou’s first IJGT victory and his two best competitive rounds in his short IJGT career.
“I wanted to win because the last tournament I got second place,” said Zou.
The IJGT will travel to Fort Washington, Md., for the DC Shootout at National Golf Club on Oct. 10-11, 2015. The tournament will feature national rankings, and IJGT Merit Points. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides domestic and international junior golfers national exposure in competitive tournaments at top venues around the world, preparing them for future success in golf and in life. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 40 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 30 states and 30 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include AHEAD, Bridgestone Golf, Clazic Belts, Laurel Springs School, The First Tee, Oakley Eyewear, Golfweek, PUMA Golf, EyeLine Golf, Bishops Gate Golf Academy and the International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (844) 779-3374.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Final-round results of the IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 4, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72 (72.2/133). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72 (69.3/127) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72 (73.7/127).
Round 1: Sunny with temperatures in the mid 80’s with 10-15 mph winds
Round 2: Partly cloudy and rain with temperatures in the low 70’s with 5-10 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Florida Junior at Disney Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 3-4, 2015
Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees – 6,714 yards, Par 72
1. Carlos Marrero, Valencia, Venezuela *68-69–137
2. Kanata Irei, Okinawa-shi, Japan *75-69–144
3. Tsukasa Kimishima, Fukuoka, Japan *73-72–145
3. Takahiro Nojima, Shibuya-Ku, Japan *71-74–145
5. David Yang, Taipei, Taiwan *75-71–146
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *73-73–146
5. Yuichi Murao, Yokohama-Shi, Japan *73-73–146
5. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *72-74–146
5. Won Jun Choi, Seoul, South Korea *72-74–146
10. Julio Bello, Valencia, Venezuela *75-73–148
10. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *75-73–148
10. Tristan Galant, Cape Town, South Africa *72-76–148
13. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan *76-73–149
13. Mashengjun Li, Shanghai, China *70-79–149
15. Tianyu Wu, Beijing, China *77-73–150
16. Matej Malicek, Bratislava, Slovakia *76-75–151
17. Lino Galdin, Nesmy, France *80-73–153
17. Philip Chen, Taipei, Taiwan *78-75–153
17. David Fu, Zhengzhou, China *78-75–153
17. Jasper Lee, Taipei, Taiwan *74-79–153
21. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *76-78–154
22. Luis Pons, Leon, Mexico *80-75–155
22. Aniruddh Kedlaya, Bangalore, India *78-77–155
22. Conor Byrne, Dublin, Ireland *77-78–155
25. Jose Haces, Puebla, Mexico *79-77–156
25. Shharad Arora, Bangalore, India *77-79–156
27. Yuhan Yan, Shanghai, China *81-76–157
27. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *80-77–157
27. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *79-78–157
27. Alejandro Guillen, Mexico City, Mexico *79-78–157
31. Blaise Vanitvelt, Flint, MI *82-76–158
31. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *83-75–158
33. Alexander Hollmann, Frankfurt, Germany *83-76–159
33. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *78-81–159
35. Christian Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-78–160
35. Antonio Miguel, Puebla, Mexico *80-80–160
35. Demetrius Johnson, Anchorage, AK *82-78–160
38. Paul Gostner, Bolzano, Italy *82-79–161
38. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX *81-80–161
38. Zaffar Sikkander, Nawala, Sri Lanka *88-73–161
38. Samuel Cudjoe, Bethel, Trinidad and Tobago *86-75–161
42. Gabriel Han, Beijing, China *82-81–163
42. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *80-83–163
42. Kyung-Hwan Chung, Managua, Nicaragua *78-85–163
42. Thomas Pfoestl, Schenna, Italy *78-85–163
46. Shunsuke Omura, Yokohama, Japan *85-79–164
47. Pantanat Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *87-82–169
48. Jaydon Pang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia *81-90–171
48. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *94-77–171
50. Matt Barkann, Newtown Square, PA *89-83–172
51. Greg Shen, Vancouver, Canada *92-81–173
51. Pattarapong Trirattanapipat, Chonburi, Thailand *86-87–173
51. Max Castaneda, Mexico City, Mexico *82-91–173
54. Brent Lund, South Hampton, England *87-91–178
55. Konosuke Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan *88-99–187
56. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *95-95–190
57. Rekgabile Nyhonyha, Johannesberg, South Africa *95-99–194
DID NOT FINISH
Liam Kent, Portage, MB *102-WD
Juan Felix, Culiacan, Mexico *76-DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Boys 14 & Under Division – Gold Tees – 6,081 yards, Par 72
1. Yuxuan Zou, Chongqing, China *75-74–149
2. Tiger Tao, Shanghai, China *90-81–171
3. Noah Levine, Mendon, NY *89-87–176
4. Luca Jumabhoy, Sydney, Australia *90-88–178
Girls Division – Red Tees – 5,899 yards, Par 72
1. Maria Vesga, Bucaramanga, Colombia *70-72–142
2. Linda Trockel, Berlin, Germany *73-76–149
3. Yukie Sasaki, Hiroshima, Japan *74-76–150
4. Tracy Lee, Seoul, South Korea *77-74–151
5. Tiana Cruz, Kingston, Jamaica *76-79–155
6. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasaki, Japan *87-72–159
7. Meredith Langs, Hilton Head Island, SC *78-83–161
8. Rou Yin, Zhejiang, China *83-79–162
8. Marisa Hisaki, Osaka, Japan *84-78–162
10. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *86-77–163
11. Wint Phoo Aung, Yangon, Myanmar *84-80–164
12. Ana Sofia Meneses, Bogota, Colombia *86-84–170
13. Suthisa Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *83-93–176
14. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *92-92–184
15. Yiqing Gong, Allendale, NJ *96-94–190
16. Emily Ma, Changzhi, Taiwan *95-98–193