The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) was in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The three-day, 54-hole tournament featured the first two rounds being played on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, with the final round played on TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course. This week’s Photo of the Week is of our trophy winners in the Boys 15-19 Division. From left to right; Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, N.D., Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md. Furuya captured the championship firing scores of 76-75-72-223. Meuret placed second, shooting 78 in all three rounds for a total of 234, while Patel and Shattuck tied for third with a score of 236. We look forward to seeing all four players in future IJGT Events!
Furuya dominates at TPC Sawgrass
Nakatani victorious in Girls Division
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, a three-round event which featured nearly 100 juniors golfers competing for National Rankings, IJGT Merit Points and AJGA Performance Stars. The first two rounds were conducted on the club’s Pete Dye Valley Course, while the third and final round was held on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Despite rough winds, cold weather conditions and the challenge of playing two famously difficult courses, the golfers were able to put on spectacular performances in front of many spectators and family members.
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Ryoto Furuya of Wesley Chapel, Fla., held his ground, turning a narrow first and second round lead into a convincing 11-stroke victory. He recorded a 76-75-72–223, a 7-over-par performance which also gave him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Boys Division with an even-par 72 on the final day. During the first round, Furuya managed a 4-over-par 76 on Pete Dye’s Valley Course, making eight pars and three birdies, before posting a one-stroke improvement in his second round. His 3-over-par 75 on the second day was highlighted by a streak of six straight pars to start the round, while also making birdies on holes Nos. 8, 16, and 17.
“I focused on ball flight…and I thought, just have patience…I just stayed strong, and got ready for the final round,” commented Furuya.
Furuya did not let up, turning in an incredible even-par final round on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on his way to his third IJGT victory. He shot a front-nine 32, including four straight birdies on holes Nos. 2-5, and posted a back-nine 40 with three more birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.
Finishing in second place was Sam Meuret of Brunswick, Neb., with a tournament total of 234. In a tie for third place were Alex Shattuck of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rij Patel of Hunt Valley, Md., who both shot totals of 236 through three rounds.
Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, was crowned victor of the Girls Division after shooting a total 83-75-74–232. After a rough first round put her six shots back of then-leader Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nakatani came out in the second and final rounds determined to improve. She made an eight-stroke improvement on Day 2, sinking six more birdies and five less bogeys, including a streak of eight straight pars on the Valley’s Nos. 10-17. On the Stadium Course during the final round, Nakatani started off strong with birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. She played the course’s par-3s in 1-under-par during the final round, which helped catapult her into a come-from-behind, 11-stroke victory.
Nakatani’s final-round, 2-over-par 74 was tied with Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, for the low round in the Girls Division, which earned each of them the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Awards for their performances.
“I was three shots behind, but it wasn’t about who I was playing with. It was about the course, and I think I did the best that I could do,” said Nakatani.
Rounding out the top three in the Girls Division were Phuchanbanchob, who finished in second place with a tournament total of 243, and Siriko who carded a final score of 245.
The Boys 14 & Under Division saw Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, grab his fifth IJGT victory of the season, shooting a total 83-89-78–250 at the 54-hole event. After trailing by one stroke concluding the first round of action, Vilips made two momentum-swaying birdies on Nos. 5 and 12 during his second round on the Valley Course to give him a one-stroke lead going into the final round. Surrounded by warmer weather during the final round action on the Stadium Course, Vilips was able to manage an 11-stroke improvement over his previous round score, including a highlight-worthy birdie on the renowned 17th hole to seal a 10-stroke victory in the division.
“I felt confident, but I didn’t want to get arrogant because I knew some of the players had the ability to catch up… I just wanted to shoot a score that would at least have a chance to win,” commented Vilips.
The IJGT Southeast tour will be back in action Dec. 7-8, 2013 for the Bluffton Junior at Hampton Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
About the IJGT
The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 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 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, AB Golf Designs, Clazic Belts, morodZ, Sundog Eyewear, PURE Grips, The First Tee, Golfweek and International Junior Golf Academy.
To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
International Junior Golf Tour
Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
November 29 – December 1, 2013
Round 1: Valley Course
Round 2: Valley Course
Round 3: Stadium Course
Boys 15-19 Division – (Blue Tees) Valley: 6,748 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 6,672 Yards, Par 72
1. Ryoto Furuya, Wesley Chapel, FL, *76-75-72–223
2. Sam Meuret, Brunswick, NE, *78-78-78–234
3. Alex Shattuck, Sioux Falls, SD, *77-80-79–236
3. Rij Patel, Hunt Valley, MD, *77-80-79–236
5. Blake Fiest, Huntersville, NC, *81-76-80–237
6. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *77-81-82–240
7. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *82-81-79–242
8. Ryan Davis, Berkeley Heights, NJ, *86-83-74–243
8. Maurizio Debono, Basiglio, Italy, *85-77-81–243
10. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *78-85-82–245
11. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *85-80-82–247
12. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-76-89–248
13. Salil Ghamande, Evans, GA, *87-84-79–250
13. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico, *85-84-81–250
13. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ, *82-80-88–250
16. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *76-85-90–251
17. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-84-83–252
18. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *87-86-80–253
19. Taiga Fujii, Toyama-shi, Japan, *83-86-85–254
19. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *87-80-87–254
19. Gus Minkin, York, PA, *78-85-91–254
22. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *91-82-83–256
22. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *86-87-83–256
22. Nicholas Infanti, Clarksburg, MD, *85-87-84–256
22. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *89-82-85–256
22. Travis Broome, Virginia Beach, VA, *87-81-88–256
22. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *81-79-96–256
28. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *92-83-82–257
28. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *87-89-81–257
28. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *80-89-88–257
28. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-78-92–257
32. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *90-83-85–258
32. Kip Karani, Tallahassee, FL, *86-86-86–258
32. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *98-78-82–258
35. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *86-84-89–259
36. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *89-85-86–260
36. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *86-86-88–260
36. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA, *83-84-93–260
39. Felipe Lewis, Panama City, Panama, *92-87-82–261
40. Juanda Morgan, Panama City, Panama, *93-82-87–262
41. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *92-83-88–263
41. Brent Whiting, Ponte Vedra, FL, *83-84-96–263
43. Nick Geiman, York, PA, *87-84-93–264
43. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-89-84–264
43. Eric Schissel, Port Washington, NY, *95-87-82–264
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *84-90-91–265
46. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *94-85-86–265
48. Mitch Lamping, Liberty Twp, OH, *89-86-92–267
48. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain, *95-87-85–267
50. Kyle Kost, New Hope, PA, *96-83-89–268
51. Bobby Nixon, Port St. Lucie, FL, *94-82-93–269
51. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung. Taiwan, *96-90-83–269
53. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *92-91-87–270
54. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *86-88-97–271
55. Nico Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *93-86-93–272
56. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *84-104-85–273
57. Luis Fer Varela, Panama City, Panama, *95-90-90–275
58. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand, *97-93-86–276
59. Scott Lemon, Winnipeg, Canada, *90-93-94–277
60. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *86-90-103–279
61. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *96-91-93–280
62. Ricky Humbert, Panama City, Panama, *95-100-94–289
63. Todd Glickfield IV, Marion, IN, *101-90-99–290
64. Armand Cadieux, New Hartford, NY, *100-88-104–292
65. Kotaro Nishimura, Ota-Ku, Japan, *100-93-102–295
66. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *116-106-97–319
67. Diego Ardito Barletta, Panama City, Panama, *109-108-105–322
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *127-129-123–379
DID NOT FINISH
Chad McCann, Haymarket, VA, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Justin Murray, Burlington, NJ, *89-77–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Ben Cohn, Guayaquil, Ecuador, *85-84–DQ (Rule 33-7)
Thomas Urciuoli, Short Hills, NJ, *JWD
Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *100–JWD
Boys 14 & Under Division – (White Tees) Valley: 6,243 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,992 Yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *83-89-78-250
2. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *89-85-86-260
3. Danny Dougherty, Wilmington, DE, *91-84-90-265
4. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *88-88-90-266
4. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *96-81-89-266
6. Brandon McBride, Bluffton, SC, *87-86-95-268
7. Alexander Camberos, Kigali, Rwanda, *101-99-107-307
8. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *109-100-121-330
9. Jose Chavez, Guatemala City, Guatemala, *98-114-126-338
DID NOT FINISH
Brian Aslanian, Purchase, NY, *82-88–DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *94-85–DQ (Rule 6-6b)
Girls Division – (Green Tees) Valley: 5,913 Yards, Par 72 | Stadium: 5,718 Yards, Par 72
1. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *83-75-74–232
2. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *77-78-88–243
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *88-83-74–245
4. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82-84–247
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *84-83-82–249
6. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ, *89-90-86–265
7. Kristin Whitehead, Johannesburg, South Africa, *89-87-91–267
8. Jamie Rickert, Overland Park, KS, *88-94-88–270
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *86-96-98–280
9. Sasha Glickfield, Marion, IN, *89-84-107–280
11. Taylor Clark, Red Bank, NJ, *102-101-92–295
12. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *109-108-123–340