Posts

Finals results from the Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club

Bai brings best in final round

Eddy wins first IJGT championship

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Dolphin Head Golf Club this past weekend to host the Island Open. There were scattered rain showers during round one and a 30-minute fog delay to start the final round, but it turned out to be a great weekend with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Junior golfers ranging in age from 13-19 years old and representing 15 different countries competed for IJGT Merit Points along with National Rankings. Furthermore, the champion from each division received an invite to IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

[column]

BAI_HeadshotIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Zhengkai Bai of Shantou, China, earned the win with his play during the final round. Bai made a statement in just his second IJGT event. He totaled 12 birdies through 36 holes and played very consistently. To close out his first round, Bai gained momentum by making birdie on four of the last five holes to close with a 2-over-par 74. In the final round, he shot an even-par 36 on the front nine, closing out the last five holes with five consecutive pars. The back nine is where Bai asserted his dominance and caught his groove. After three holes, he was 1-under-par. He then went on to make three birdies in a row on holes Nos. 13, 14, and 15. Bai posted a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 giving him his first IJGT championship. Bai’s 3-under-par 69 during the final round earned himself the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player who shoots the lowest score during the final round. It was also the low round of the tournament across all divisions.

When asked what was working well for him and if he set any personal goals, Bai responded, “My 3-wood and my driver was good, my putter was good…It all felt pretty good. [I had no personal goals], I just wanted to win.”
Second place went to Geuntae Kim, of Daegu, South Korea. Kim posted scores of 77-71—148. Third place was earned by Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy. D’Amico shot 76-75—151.

[column last_column=”true”]

Eddy_HEADSHOTThe Girls Division was won by Anna Eddy of Hilton Head Island, S.C., earning her first IJGT championship. Eddy seemed to struggle a bit during round one. She made bogey on five consecutive holes, but bounced right back. She finished round one shooting 1-under-par on the last six holes. This momentum carried into her final round. She got off to a great start making the turn in 1-under-par 35. She added a birdie on hole No. 1 to increase her lead over her fellow competitors. Eddy was able to hold on down the stretch to secure her victory. Eddy posted scores of 77-74—151. Eddy’s score of 74 during the final round tied Milleina Ohara from Meguro-Ku, Japan, which earned them both the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked how she was feeling after winning her first IJGT event, Eddy said, “It’s awesome! I have struggled with tournaments in the past and trying to get to the top, but I was finally able to pull through this weekend.”
Eddy was also asked what changed about her game between rounds, she stated, “[I managed] to stay patient and take it one shot at a time.” [/column]

Samantha Huang of Shenzhen, China, recorded a 76-76—152 tournament total to earn herself second place. Third place was won by Bria’ Sanders of Cordova, Tenn. who posted scores of 76-79—155.

Tupamahu_headshotIn the Boys 14 & under Division, Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, played excellent golf throughout the whole tournament. Tupamahu’s play was very steady. He has finished within the top five in all five of his IJGT events this season, most notably taking third place at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation. After taking eighth place at Dolphin Head last year, Tupamahu came back this year to make a statement. He had a two-stroke lead after round one and never looked back. In the final round, he made 11 pars, which helped to cushion his lead. Eventually, he went on to win the Boys 14 & Under Division by six strokes. Tupamahu’s scores for the weekend were 87-79—166.

When asked who helped him on the road to victory and who he would like to thank, Tupamahu replied, “I would like to thank my sister who gave me full support and watched me when I was playing. Also, I want to say thank you to my coach, [his help] has been significant to me because he helps me check everything, [including] my swing.”

Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came in second place, shooting an 89-86—175 overall. Alexander Camberos of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, finished in third place posting a 91-97—188.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014. The tournament will feature two outstanding course at Kiawah Island Resort including the famous Ocean Course, which has hosted a PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. 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, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Golfweek, morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Final-round results of the IJGT Island Open at Dolphin Head conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 9, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,569 yards, Par 72 (72.5/140) Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,094 yards, Par 72 (70.5/129) Girls Division: White Tees – 5,808 yards, Par 72 (74.5/129)

Weather:

Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 10-15 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the low 60’s with 10-15 mph winds
International Junior Golf Tour
Island Open at Dolphin Head Golf Club
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
February 8-9, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,569 yards, Par 72
1. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *74-69–143
2. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *77-71–148
3. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *76-75–151
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *76-76–152
5. Keith Techasith, Bangkok, Thailand, *79-75–154
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *72-82–154
7. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia, *81-77–158
7. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA, *77-81–158
9. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *80-80–160
9. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *79-81–160
9. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *80-80–160
12. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL, *85-78–163
12. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *81-82–163
14. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO, *82-82–164
15. Evan White, Hilton Head Island, SC, *85-81–166
16. Kevin Ying, Dallas, TX, *88-80–168
16. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *83-85–168
18. Jose Carlos Diaz Donato, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, *90-81–171
18. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China, *81-90–171
20. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH, *85-90–175
21. Brian Baker, Pittsburgh, PA, *87-89–176
21. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-81–176
21. Borys Shubinsky, Hilton Head Island, SC, *92-84–176
24. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan, *99-83–182
24. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *92-90–182
26. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan, *96-92–188

DID NOT FINISH
Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea, *87-JWD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Blue Tees), 6,049 yards, Par 72
1. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia, *87-79–166
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC, *89-86–175
3. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, *91-97–188
4. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China, *97-99–196
5. Ronak Bhagia, Charlotte, NC, *99-100–199
6. Sangmin Ahn, Seocho-Gu, South Korea, *117-100–217
7. Ruoyu Ma, Xian, China, *111-114–225

DID NOT FINISH
Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC *JWD

Girls Division (White Tees), 5,808 yards, Par 72
1. Anna Eddy, Hilton Head Island, SC, *77-74–151
2. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China, *76-76–152
3. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN, *76-79–155
4. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan, *78-80–158
5. Sophie Guo, Bluffton, SC, *78-82–160
6. Milleina Ohara, Meguro-Ku, Japan, *88-74–162
7. Yuki Nakayama, Kawasakishi, Japan, *81-85–166
8. Melany Chong, Mississauga, ON, *86-86–172
9. Yeji Ahn, Changwon-City, South Korea, *90-83–173
10. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA, *101-89–190

DID NOT FINISH
Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *DQ (Rule 6-6b)

IJGT Photo of the Week – December 21-22

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) conducted the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Dec. 21-22, 2013. This was the first tournament the IJGT has ever hosted in the state of Louisiana, and it could not have occurred at a better venue. TPC Louisiana has hosted the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic for eight years and is one of the best tests of golf the state has to offer. This week’s Photo of the Week went to Alexander Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Thaller Putt2

Thaller finished in second place in the Boys 14 & Under Division with a total score of 130 including a 40 in the final round which was the second best score of the day regardless of division. Conditions were very challenging and being able to bounce back like Thaller did is what all great competitors do. His final round included five pars and no scores worse than bogey in the rainy conditions. This is Thaller’s best finish in an IJGT tournament after he finished in seventh place back over Labor Day Weekend in the Lowcountry Open at Oldfield Golf Club. We look forward to seeing Thaller in more IJGT tournaments in the future.

Final results from the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana

Meyers wins shortened IJGT Junior

Harris and Lambert take home titles at TPC Louisiana

AVONDALE, La. — The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) held the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana where a field of talented junior golfers competed for National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The tournament was held at TPC Louisiana which hosts the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. Weather ruled the tournament as winds of over 25 mph during the first round push scores higher and rain and thunderstorms during the final round forced the tournament to be shortened to 27 holes.

Meyers TrophyWilliam Meyers of Baton Rouge, La., was victorious in the Boys 15-19 Division after carding an impressive 3-over-par 39 during the final round.  Meyers trailed Gage Primeaux of Lake Charles, La., by four strokes coming into the final round of play. Primeaux recorded a score of 43 on the front nine at TPC Louisiana to finish with a total score of 124 which was identical to Meyers. By the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf the tournament was decided via a scorecard-playoff because the course was unplayable. The deciding factor were the last nine holes of the event giving Meyers his first IJGT title.

“I looked at the weather this morning and I knew par was going to be my friend with the rain…try and get as many greens in regulations as possible,” commented Meyers.

Rounding out the top three in the Boys 15-19 Division was Will Dufour of Gretna, La., with a tournament total of 128.

Lambert TrophyThe Boys 14 & Under Division was not as closely contested as the older boys division with Nolan Lambert of Gretna, La., winning in convincing fashion. Lambert began the tournament with a shaky front-nine score of 45, but quickly rebounded with an even-par 36 on the back nine including seven consecutive pars to finish his round. He took a six-stroke lead going into the final round and never looked back.

“I just wanted to play my game and take it from there. I really didn’t want to think about it (the lead),” said Lambert.

Even with the rain during the final round, Lambert was able to manage his way around the front nine in 39 strokes giving him a 10-stroke victory. His total score of 120 was the lowest of the tournament regardless of division.

Finishing in a tie for second place were Wondell Smith of New Orleans, La., and Alex Thaller of Hilton Head Island, S.C., with tournament totals of 130.

Harris TrophyThe Girls Division at TPC Louisiana was won by Angelica Harris of Harvey, La., after she recorded a tournament total of 131. Harris took control in the first round as she built a 12-stroke cushion going into the final day of play. Her round was highlighted by two birdies on her back nine, and five total pars on the day. The final round looked to be a battle as fellow competitor Allison Herring of Skillman, N.J., played her first five holes in 1-under-par, but Harris played the last four holes of the front nine in 1-over-par to clinch the victory in the rain-shortened event. This was Harris’s first IJGT victory in three attempts.

“My mindset was to play steady all day and try to make par, and not try to make big mistakes…especially at a course like TPC (Louisiana),” commented Harris.

Herring finished in second place after posting a tournament total of 140 including a 41 in the final round.

Each IJGT tournament the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award is given to the players that record the lowest score in the final round. Meyers, Lambert, and Herring took home the prize this weekend for their great performances.

The IJGT concluded tournament play for 2013. Action will continue in 2014 with the Winter Shootout at TPC Tampa Bay on Jan. 11-12, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. 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

AVONDALE, La. – Final round results of the IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Dec. 22, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Dye Tees – 6,952 yards, Par 72 (73.9/136). Boys 14 & Under Division: Players Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130). Girls Division: Club Tees – 5,800 yards, Par 72 (74.5/136).

Weather:       

Cloudy with temperatures in the Low 70s, winds 25-30 mph
Rain with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 5-10 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
IJGT Junior at TPC Louisiana
Avondale, La.
December 21-22, 2013

Boys 15-19 Division – (Dye Tees) 6,952 Yards, Par 72
1. x-William Meyers, Baton Rouge, LA *85-39–124
2. Gage Primeaux, Lake Charles, LA *81-43–124
3. Will Dufour, Gretna, LA *87-41–128
4. Austin Campbell, Lake Charles, LA *90-40–130
5. Beau David, Lafayette, LA *88-47–135

DID NOT FINISH
Casey Panepinto, Hammond, LA *104-DQ(Rule 6-3a)
 

Boys 14 & Under Division – (Players Tees) 6,188 Yards, Par 72
1. Nolan Lambert, Gretna, LA *81-39–120
2. Wondell Smith, New Orleans, LA *87-43–130
2. Alex Thaller, Hilton Head Island, SC *90-40–130
4. Kyle Estay, Lockport, LA *92-47–139
5. Trey Morse, New Orleans, LA *98-44–142
Girls Division – (Club Tees) 5,800 Yards, Par 72
1. Angelica Harris, Harvey, LA *87-44–131
2. Allison Herring, Skillman, NJ *99-41–140

x-Won in Playoff