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Class of 2016 College Signees

The International Junior Golf Tour would like to congratulate past and present tour players on signing their National Letter’s of Intent last week. Committing to college is a major accomplishment and the IJGT sends their best wishes to alumni as they continue their competitive golf careers.

Listed below are former alumni and the school they will be attending. Following are the pictures from signing day.

Adam Gray (Potomac, MD) – Rutgers University

Alex Butler (East Norriton, PA) – Drexel University

Alex Vegh (Gahanna, OH) – Austin Peay State

Ana Paula Valdes (Morelia , Mexico) – Clemson

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore , India) – East Tennessee State University

Anthony Truong (Winter Garden, FL) – Arizona State University

Austin Matz (Wexford , PA) – University of Mary Washington

Ben Reichert (East Amherst, NY) – East Tennessee State University

Benjamin Morris (Reisterstown, MD) – College of William and Mary

Bennett Buch (West Friendship, MD) – University of Maryland

Brent Ito (Ardsley, NY) – University of Michigan

Brynn Walker (St. Davids, PA) – University of North Carolina

Colin Dubnik (Rochester , NY) – University of Memphis

Connor Daly (Bronxville , NY) – Villanova University

Connor Schmidt (Philadelphia, PA) – Drexel University

David Hanes (Elma, NY) – Canisius College

Davis Lamb (Potomac , MD) – University of Notre Dame

Dylan VanderVeer (El Dorado Hills, CA) – Saint Mary’s of California

Eric Hall (Harwood, MD) – Yale University

Eun-Won Park (Tenafly, NJ) – Univrsity of Washington

Gabrielle Correia (Central Valley, NY) – Tulane University

Grace Massengill (Hickory, NC) – Wofford College

Gunnar Doyle (Pittsford , NY) – U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gus Minkin (York, PA) – University of Minnesota

Hannah Berman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – University of West Florida

Hunter Wolcott (Burns, TN) – University of Tennessee

Jack Melville (Maple Glen, PA) – University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee (Hong Kong, China) – Western Michigan University

John Felitto (Mountainside, NJ) – University of Notre Dame

Kendel Hodges (Temecula, CA) – California Baptist University

Kristin Whitehead (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) – Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang (Fresh Meadows , NY) – St. Johns University

Luke Schaap (Potomac, MD) – University of Virginia

Madelein Herr (New Hope, PA) – Penn State University

Maren Cipolla (Lewistown, NY) – University of Texas

Maria Vesga (Bucaramenga, Columbia) – Baylor University

Mariel Galdiano (Kapolei, HI) – University of California, Los Angeles

Melany Chong (Mississauga, Canada) – Appalachian State University

Nicholas Russell (Hilton Head , SC) – Linestone College

Peter Knade (Easton , PA) – University of Maryland

Pryce Beshoory (Pearland, Texas) – The University of Houston

R.J. Wren (Morgantown, PA) – University of Delaware

Raelyn Spears (Plymouth, MN) – Elon University

Reed Winkler (Wilmington , DE) – St. Josephs University

Reid Bedell (Fair Haven, NJ) – Lafayette College

Rij Patel (Hunt Valley, MD) – Harvard University

Ryan Skae (Stony Point, NY) – Colgate University

Ryoto Furuya (West Chapel, FL) – University of Illinois

Sean Stanistreet (Camillus , NY) – University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley Garrant (Poughkeepsie, NY) – St. Peters University

Steven Weingroff (Upper Saddle River, NJ) – Loyola University Maryland

Synclaire Kuhn (McMurray, PA) – St. Francis University (PA)

Taisei Negishi (San Diego , CA) – University of Michigan

Thomas “Jack” Simpson (Aurora , ON) – University of Iowa

Thomas Lewis (Doylestown , PA) – Purdue University

Walker Campbell (Paget, Bermuda) – College of William and Mary

William Harwood (Columbia, SC) – Elon University

Yoo Jin Kim (Centerville, VA) – George Washington University

Zhengkai Bai (Bradenton , FL) – University of Central Florida

 

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Ankita Kedlaya, East Tennessee State University

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

Bennett Buch, University of Maryland

 

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

Brynn Walker, University of North Carolina

 

David Hanes, Canisius College

David Hanes, Canisius College

 

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

Davis Lamb, University of Notre Dame

 

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary's of California

Dylan VanderVeer, Saint Mary’s of California

 

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

Gabrielle Correia, Tulane University

 

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

Grace Massengill, Wofford College

 

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

Gunnar Doyle, U.S. Military Academy (Army)

 

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

Gus Minkin, University of Minnesota

 

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jack Melville, University of Delaware

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

Jasmine Chee, Western Michigan University

 

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

John Felitto, University of Notre Dame

 

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Kristin Whitehead, Queens University of Charlotte

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

Linda Wang, St. Johns University

 

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

Madelein Herr, Penn State University

 

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

Maren Cipolla, University of Texas

 

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

Mariel Galdiano, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Melany Chong, Appalachian State

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

Peter Knade, University of Maryland

 

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph's University

Reed Winkler, St. Joseph’s University

 

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

Reid Bedell, Lafayette College

 

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

R.J. Wren, University of Delaware

 

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

Ryoto Furuya, University of Illinois

 

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Sean Stanistreet, University of South Carolina Upstate

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter's University

Stanley, Garrant, St. Peter’s University

 

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

Steven Weingroff, Loyola University Maryland

 

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

Synclaire Kuhn, St. Francis University (PA)

 

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

Taisei Negishi, University of Michigan

 

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

Thomas Lewis, Purdue University

 

Walker Campbell,  College of William & Mary

Walker Campbell, College of William & Mary

 

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

YooJin Kim, George Washington University

IJGT well represented at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Photo credit (USGA)

Photo credit (USGA)

23 past or current IJGT members are slated to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club in Portland, Ore. The national tournament conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA) begins on Monday, August 10, 2015 with a field of 156 players from across the world competing for the most prestigious amateur title in women’s golf. The championship is 36 holes of stroke play, with the top 64 players advancing to match play. Here are a list of the 23 past or current IJGT members.

 

Lila Barton – Dallas, Texas

Haley Bookholdt – Columbus, N.J.

Alice Chen – Princeton, N.J.

Lydia Choi – Beverly Hills, Calif.

Marissa Chow – Honolulu, Haw.

Selena Costabile – Canada

Avery French – Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Mariel Galdiano – Kapolei, Haw.

Erica Herr – New Hope, Pa.

Gurman Kaur – Elk Grove, Calif.

Esther Lee – Irvine, Calif.

Alessandra Liu – Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Courtnery McKim – Raleigh, N.C.

Kim Mitchell – Woodbridge, Va.

Ayaka Nakayama – Kanagawa, Japan

Christina Parsells – Bernardsville, N.J.

Laura Restrepo – Panama City, Panama

Aneka Seumanutafa – Frederick, Md.

Margaret Shirley – Roswell, GA

Naranphat Siriko – Bangkok, Thailand

Taylor Totland – Tinton Falls, N.J.

Ana Paula Valdes – Morelia, Mexico

Rachel Welker – Terre Haute, Ind.

 

*bold indicates current IJGT member

 

 

IJGT members win Sea Pines Junior Heritage

The International Junior Golf Tour’s mission is “to provide 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.” More than 30 IJGT members found success on the course this weekend, competing in the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The 24th edition of the annual tournament took place on February 7-8, 2015. Juniors competed at Harbour Town Golf Links for round one and the Pete Dye-designed Heron Point for round two. After two days and 36 holes, there wasn’t a decisive winner in either the Boys or Girls Divisions.

IJGT members won both divisions of the Junior Heritage in playoff fashion.

Ana Paula Valdes Junior Heritage ADefending champion and IJGT member, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, was one shot back after the first round, but tied things up in round two, recording a 1-under 35 on the back nine. Valdes two-putted to make par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to earn her second consecutive Junior Heritage championship. She is the first ever player to record back-to-back victories at the Junior Heritage.

Bluffton, S.C., native Bryson Nimmer holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 18th hole in round two to force a playoff. He then birdied the 18th hole again, this time for the playoff win.

Including Nimmer, four IJGT members finished in the top five of the Boys Division of the Junior Heritage. Virginia Beach, Va., native Tom Crow and Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, tied for second place while Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, rounded out the top five finishing in a tie for fifth. Greenwood, S.C., native Coleman Self and New Vernon, N.J., native William Voetsch also performed well finishing in a tie for ninth place.

 

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

Nakatani and Go pose after the Junior Heritage

In the Girls Division, IJGT members Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, and Bluffton, S.C., native Kayla Kozak finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Clementina Rodriguez of Caracas, Venezuela, earned an eighth-place finish. Osaka, Japan, native Sera Tadokoro and Chomchana Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand, finished just one stroke behind Rodriguez to tie for ninth place.

Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, had a hole-in-one, which came on the par-3 16th hole in round two. Bluffton, S.C., native Alec Weary and Jason Stokes of St. Brelade, Jersey, also carded eagles during the tournament. In round one, Weary made the par-5 hole No. 5 in three strokes and Stokes needed just three strokes to complete the par-5 17th hole in round two.

Congratulations to all the IJGT members who competed in the Junior Heritage this weekend! To view the full results, click here.

 

 

 

Major Championship at Dormie Club – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Major Championship at Dormie Club in West End, N.C., on November 8-9, 2014. This two-day event will be the second Major of the fall season and will be an 18-hole event held on Saturday and Sunday. At stake are IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Awarded “second-best course to play in North Carolina” by GOLFWEEK in 2013, Dormie Club is built on 307 acres and located in the middle of 1,028 acres of rolling sand hills and has no sand bunkers. All traps are considered waste bunkers. There is a 110′ change of elevation across the property. Dormie Club is not a course lined with homes and is visually pleasing, making it an ideal course for walking. Lacking rough, the course is playable for golfers of all skill levels but not at the expense of delivering a challenge nonetheless.

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Dormie Club Golf Course

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Shiso Go of Kanagawa, Japan, Nicholas Russell of Bluffton, S.C., and Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan will be players to watch. Go currently sits in second for the IJGT Tour Rankings and in four tournaments played has posted three top-three finishes including a win at the IJGT College Series at NC State on September 20-21, 2014. Russell comes off of a tie for second at the Georgia Open at Savannah Quarters on October 18-19, 2014. Also top-15 in the IJGT Tour Rankings, Russell will look to make a move for his first ever win in a Major. Ogawa , just behind Go in the Tour Rankings in third, has never won a Major either and will look to improve on his personal best second place at the Major Championship at Palmetto Dunes in November of 2013.

In the Girls Division, the Major will be the first event of the season for Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico. Valdes has participated in five Majors and placed in the top 10 all five times, winning twice. She will look to continue with her streak. Mind Puangcharoen of Chonburi, Thailand, will look to contend with Valdes in what will be her first Major of her IJGT career. Puangcharoen is currently top 10 in the Tour Rankings and has finished in the top 3 in two of three events this season.

To register or for more information about the Major Championship at Dormie Club, click here.

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12 IJGT members advance to match-play competition at U.S. Junior Championships

Junior Amateur

After two rounds of competition at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, 12 IJGT members have advanced to the match-play competition! The first two rounds were filled with low scores from juniors from around the world, and the IJGT continued to represent well in these illustrious competitions. The top 64 golfers in the stroke-play competition advance on to the single-elimination, match-play competition.

In the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Davis Shore (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the six advancing IJGT members with a 71-72–143 overall score to finish in a tie for 18th place at the conclusion of the stroke play competition. He finished only six strokes off the leader, Sean Crocker (Zimbabwe), who finished at 7-under-par. Rounding out the IJGT field was John Pak (T24th), Keenan Huskey (T31), Bryson Nimmer (T37), Aaron Denucci (T50) and Austen Sandoval (T50).

In the U.S. Girls Junior Championship, Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City, Hawaii) took finalist honors in the stroke-play competition, finishing in third place! Her scores of 69-72–141 overall put her in sole possession of third place. Rounding out the IJGT membership in the field were Ana Paula Valdes (T17), Brynn Walker (T26), Samantha Wagner (T31), Julie Luo (T57) and Robynn Ree (T57).

Good luck to our advancing members, and the IJGT community looks forward to seeing your progress in the upcoming match-play competition!

Junior Amateur

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls' Junior Championships filled with IJGT talent

Junior Amateur

This year’s U.S. Junior Amateur, held at The Club at Carlton Woods in Woodlands, Texas, and U.S. Girls’ Junior, held at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., kicked off this week. With over 200 junior golfers competing for their respective crowns, the fields contain 32 junior golfers with IJGT experience!

The U.S. Junior Amateur field contains 13 IJGT junior golfers from all over the country and includes five IJGT Champions, including Ryoto Furuya, the 2014 Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions Boys 15-19 Division Champion.

The U.S. Girls’ Junior field contains 19 IJGT junior golfers from all over the world, including Mexico, Norway, Brazil and Nigeria. Nine of the 19 IJGT golfers are past IJGT Champions, and even more are top-3 finalists in IJGT tournaments.

The U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships feature a two-round stroke play competition, which reduces the field down to 64 golfers. Those 64 golfers then compete in a single elimination, match-play tournament competition over the course of the remaining days to determine an overall champion.

Check out the list of IJGT golfers in the U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls’ Junior Championships, and follow their progress with the links below!

2014 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship – The Club at Carlton Woods – The Woodlands, Texas
Aaron Denucci – Clive, Iowa
John Felitto* – Mountainside, New Jersey
Ryoto Furuya* – Wesley Chapel, Florida
Evan Grenus – Glastonbury, Connecticut
Keenan Huskey – Greenville, South Carolina
Connor Littlefield – Waukee, Iowa
Chris Meyers – Oro Valley, Arizona
Bryson Nimmer* – Bluffton, South Carolina
John Pak – Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Ashton Poole – Charlotte, North Carolina
Austen Sandoval – Sacramento, California
Davis Shore* – Knoxville, Tennessee

2014 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship – Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Luisa Altmann
– Windermere, Florida
Haley Bookholdt* – Columbus, New Jersey
Larissa Carter* – Auburn, New York
Minjou Chen – Chinese Taipei
Emily Corrigan – Irvington, New York
Isabella DiLisio* – Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Nicolette Donovan – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mariel Galdiano* – Pearl City, Hawaii
Stephanie Lau – Fullerton, California
Julie Luo* – Centreville, Virginia
Christina Parsells* – Bernardsville, New Jersey
Robynn Ree – Redondo Beach, California
Yeji Shin – Norwood, New Jersey
Annie Swords – Newnan, Georgia
Anita Uwadia – Lagos, Nigeria
Ana Paula Valdes* – Morelia, Mexico
Susana Vik* – Oslo, Norway
Samantha Wagner – Windermere, Florida
Brynn Walker* – St. Davids, Pennsylvania

* Denotes IJGT Champion

Girls Division winners circle featured in the IJGT Photo of the Week – February 22-23, 2014

The IJGT headed south to host the Georgia Junior at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Played out in temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the tournament featured 89 talented juniors representing 18 countries. Competition was fierce leading to various changes in the leaderboard between the two rounds.

This week’s Photo of the Week features the Girls Division winners circle, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, and Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Girls Division Winners at the Georgia Junior Feb. 22-23, 2014
(left to right) Kayla Kozak, Ana Paula Valdes, Thamonpat Siriko

Leading the Girls Division and securing her second consecutive IJGT victory was Valdes, carding an impressive 70-71–141 overall. Valdes attributed her dominance to her putting, stating, “I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

In second was Kozak who continues her streak of top-three finishes with a score of 81-71–151 overall. Kozak’s comeback performance consisted of 5 birdies in round two to improve her round one score by a staggering 11 strokes.

Rounding out the top three was Siriko with a score of 78-74–152 overall. Siriko remains a presence in IJGT tournament play as she has finished in the top-five for six consecutive Events, including her most recent fourth place finish in the Major Championship at Kiawah Island on Feb. 15-16, 2014.

The trio was voted the fan-favorite this week but next week’s photo could feature you! The Photo of the Week is decided by our fans and followers so don’t forget that your feedback counts. In the week following a tournament, keep an eye on the IJGT Facebook page for photos from the Event. Each photo will received 1 point for a ‘Like’, 2 points for a ‘Comment’ and 3 points for ‘Shares’ so let us know what you think!

Final results from the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor – February 22-23, 2014

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round two in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.

 

DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

In a tie for second were Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, and Tim Morton of Florence, Ala. The duo finished with scores of 157 overall.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Capital Challenge at Westfields in Virginia on March 15-16, 2014. To sign up for this Event, click here.

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 (843) 785-2444.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Final round results of the IJGT Georgia Junior conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed February 23, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,891 yards, Par 72 (73.4/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division: Gold Tees – 6,242 yards, Par 72 (70.3/129). Girls Division: Silver Tees – 5,871 yards, Par 72 (74.4/132).

Weather:        Sunny with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 10-15 mph
Cloudy with temperatures in the High 60s, winds 5-10 mph

International Junior Golf Tour
Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor
Savannah, Ga.
February 22-23, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division (Black Tees), 6,891 yards, Par 72

1. Will Miles, Hilton Head Island, SC *71-73–144
2. Aaron Terrazas, Veracruz, Mexico *77-70–147
3. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea *70-78–148
4. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC *76-74–150
5. Austin Maher, Bracebridge, Canada *78-73–151
5. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand *77-74–151
5. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ *77-74–151
8. Alessandro Vedovi, Paris, France *77-75–152
9. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *81-72–153
9. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India *77-76–153
9. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan *75-78–153
12. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China *82-72–154
12. Jan Schneider, Erlangen, Germany *77-77–154
14. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY *77-78–155
14. Shota Ozaki, Tokyo, Japan *76-79–155
14. Daniel Oh, Mapo-Gu, South Korea *76-79–155
17. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India *81-75–156
17. Yong Sherng Hui, Tamam Dagang, Malaysia *77-79–156
19. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan *78-81–159
19. Tyler Pidduck, Thousand Oaks, CA *77-82–159
21. Brett Inserra, Upper Saddle River, NJ *82-78–160
21. Lohith Ramaraju, London, England *81-79–160
21. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy *81-79–160
21. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *77-83–160
25. Sam Jones, Hinsdale, IL *83-78–161
25. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand *83-78–161
25. Brock Erwin, Muldrow, OK *84-77–161
28. Kris Lantz, Pittsburgh, PA *77-85–162
28. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY *78-84–162
30. Kyle Vincze, North Reading, MA *79-84–163
30. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan *85-78–163
30. Alan Xu, Hilton Head Island, SC *85-78–163
30. Tyler Balkema, North Haledon, NJ *84-79–163
34. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand *79-85–164
34. Pattarapoom Pacharn, Nonthaburi, Thailand *80-84–164
34. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC *79-85–164
34. Keanu Hasmana, Jakarta, Indonesia *79-85–164
34. Diego Vega, Mexico City, Mexico *84-80–164
39. Santiago Diaz, Merida, Mexico *82-83–165
39. Andrew Sherrill, Winston-Salem NC *85-80–165
41. Sebastian Naibaho, Yonkers, NY *86-80–166
41. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *86-80–166
43. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA *88-79–167
43. Carlos Fernandez, Madrid, Spain *88-79–167
43. Blake Martin, Pinehurst, SC *85-82–167
46. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India *88-80–168
46. Fillippo Cappella, Roma, Italy *84-84–168
48. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland *88-82–170
49. Rich Auld, Toronto, Canada *88-83–171
49. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *86-85–171
49. Owen Kuchinos, Antrim, NH *85-86–171
52. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN *83-90–173
53. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *92-84–176
53. Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV *86-90–176
55. Jack Lupori, Steamboat Springs, CO *86-91–177
56. Jespi Huh, Sasanggu, South Korea *89-89–178
57. Cam Hammel, Wexford, PA *89-90–179
58. Kotaro Nishimura, Tokyo, Japan *91-91–182
59. Francesco Caterina, Roma, Italy *93-91–184
59. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA*96-88–184

DID NOT FINISH

Chris Magi, Bluffton, SC, *WD

Boys 14 & Under Division (Gold Tees), 6,242 yards, Par 72

1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia *72-70–142
2. Tim Morton, Florence, AL *80-77–157
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada *78-79–157
4. Michael Thorbjornsen, Wellesley, MA *78-83–161
5. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *85-82–167
6. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *83-86–169
7. Sasha Kuzmin, Hilton Head Island, SC *87-83–170
8. Jackson Skeen, Johnson City, TN *95-87–182
8. Alexander Camberos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia *92-90–182
10. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX *100-94–194

DID NOT FINISH

Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Girls Division (Silver tees), 5,871 yards, Par 72

1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico *70-71–141
2. Kayla Kozak, Bluffton, SC *81-70–151
3. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand *78-74–152
4. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan *80-73–153
5. Samantha Huang, Shenzhen, China *81-73–154
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand *80-79–159
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua *84-77–161
7. Melany Chong, Mississauga, Canada *79-82–161
9. Jasmine Chee, Hong Kong, China *82-80–162
9. Sera Tadokoro, Osaka, Japan *83-79–162
11. Bria` Sanders, Cordova, TN *81-84–165
12. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY *84-82–166
13. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *83-88–171
14. Emma Parson, Bluffton, SC *90-82–172
15. Erin Szabo, San Diego, CA *96-89–185
16. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand *104-102–206

DID NOT FINISH

Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico *80-JWD 

Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor first round highlights – Kim, Vilips, Valdes lead

The IJGT headed to Savannah, Ga., for the Georgia Junior at The Club at Savannah Harbor February 21, 2014. Greeted by perfect golf weather, junior golfers got an early morning start to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings. The wide-open fairways were spotted with an array of birds and the occasional alligator. In review, below is each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, leads following day one. His round in numbers:

10 – pars made on the round

5 – number of birdies on the round

4 – birdies that came on the front nine

2 – strokes under par-72 after 18 holes

1 – place he finished in his last tournament at the Major Championship at Kiawah Island

Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, leads the Boys 14 & Under Division with these numbers:

72 – the even-par score he tallies for round one

15 – total pars on the 18-hole first round

9 – number of consecutive pars

2 – total birdies on the day

Leading the Girls Division is Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, her numbers below:

34 – score on the front nine, 2 strokes under par

14 – number of round-one pars

6 & 7 – holes birdied back to back

3 – birdies made

1 – first place finish in her last IJGT Tournament, a Major Championship at Kiawah Island February 15-16, 2014

Juniors will return to play for round two Sunday, February 22, 2014 for a 7:30 am start. For full results from the first round of the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor, click here. Follow @IJGT on Twitter during the round for up-to-the-minute updates on play.

Final results from the Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort

Kim earns first Major Championship win

Valdes wins back-to-back at Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) stopped at Kiawah Island Resort over the weekend to host the Major Championship. Round one was held on the Jack Nicklaus designed Turtle Point Golf Club. The final round was held on the famed Ocean Course, which has hosted events such as the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship. Round one had wind gusts ranging from 20 mph to 30 mph. The weather for the final round was ideal with winds around 10 mph and temperatures in the mid 50s. The field of competitors had a total of 99 golfers across three divisions and represented 16 different countries. At stake were double IJGT Merit Points, National Rankings, and AJGA Stars for the Boys 15-19 Division and the Girls Division. 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.

Kim TrophyIn the Boys 15-19 Division, Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, prevailed with a come-from-behind victory earning him his first Major Championship. Kim had two birdies in the first round, but also made two double-bogeys. Heading into the final round he was trailing the first-round leader, Yuan Li of Haikou City, China, by only one stroke. The final round was where Kim played some of his best golf and made his move. He started off shaky being 4-over-par after five holes, but he managed to battle back. He found his stride and made par on 10 consecutive holes. Kim topped off his par streak by adding a birdie on the par-5, hole No. 16. He finished the back nine with a score of even-par 36. He made par on 22 of 36 holes during the tournament. Kim has finished within the top ten in all eight of his events played with the IJGT, four of them being first-place finishes. Kim’s weekend numbers totaled to 79-76—155.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round trailing, Kim replied, “I was actually just trying to get par. I knew that over par was going to win.”

Second place ended in a tie between Luigi D’Amico of Forli, Italy, and Chang Ju Lee of Seoul, South Korea. D’Amico shot 82-75—157 and Lee posted a score of 80-77—157. D’Amico’s score of 75 in the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, which goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round.

Valdes TrophyThe Girls Division was won by Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, which totaled her third IJGT Championship this season. Valdes won the Major Championship at Kiawah in 2013 and came back this year to defend her title. After day one she found herself headed into the final round trailing by four strokes. Valdes remained calm and played within her game. She made par on 26 of 36 holes, including 14 pars during the final round. Both days Valdes picked up her game on the back nine. On day one, she shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back nine including one birdie. On day two, she shot a 3-over-par 39, but managed to string together seven consecutive pars. Valdes is ranked within the top ten for the Girls Division with the IJGT and has finished within the top five for every event she has played. Her final round score of 77 earned her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award in the Girls Division. She posted scores of 77 at Turtle Point and 77 at the Ocean Course for a two day total of 154.

When asked how she was feeling headed into the final round trailing, Valdes said, “Every time I am back from the lead, it gives me more motivation to do well and keep fighting.”

Nikita Arjun of Bangalore, India, nabbed second place recording scores of 73-82–155. Third place went to Rei Nakatani of Tokyo, Japan, who posted scores of 79-78—157.

Vilips TrophyIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back. On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.

When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada, came in second place, shooting an 80-85—165 overall. Connor Creasy of Abingdon, Va., finished in third place posting an 87-80—167.

The IJGT’s next Event will be the Georgia Junior at Savannah Harbor on Feb. 22-23, 2014. The club at Savannah Harbor has played host to PGA Tour events like the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf. 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 (843) 785-2444

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Final round results of the IJGT Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed Feb. 16, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division (Turtle Point): Black Tees – 6,724 yards, Par 72 (72.7/136).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Turtle Point): Silver Tees – 6,224 yards, Par 72 (69.9/125) Girls Division (Turtle Point): Blue Tees – 5,805 yards, Par 72 (73.5/132). Boys 15-19 Division (Ocean Course): Gold Tees – 6,710 yards, Par 72 (73.3/137).  Boys 14 & Under Division (Ocean Course): Silver Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (70.2/130) Girls Division (Ocean Course): Blue Tees – 5,708 yards, Par 72 (74.8/128).

Weather:

Saturday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Low 50s, winds 20-25 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the Mid 50s, winds 10-15 mph

 

International Junior Golf Tour
Major Championship at Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, S.C.
February 15-16, 2014

Boys 15-19 Division
Round 1 – (Black Tees) Turtle Point, 6,724 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Gold Tees) Ocean Course, 6,710 yards, Par 72
1. Geuntae Kim, Daegu, South Korea, *79-76–155
2. Luigi D’Amico, Forli, Italy, *82-75–157
2. Chang Ju Lee, Seoul, South Korea, *80-77–157
4. Jack Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *82-79–161
4. Joshua Goldenberg, Scarsdale, NY, *81-80–161
6. Derrick Villarreal, Bluffton, SC, *84-78–162
6. Ritwik Jain, New Delhi, India, *81-81–162
8. Karan Arjun, Bangalore, India, *81-82–163
8. Tennoshin Ogawa, Ichinomiya-shi, Japan, *80-83–163
10. Jamie Guisinger, Troy, MI, *88-76–164
10. Hector Gutierrez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *83-81–164
10. John Karcher, Novi, MI, *81-83–164
10. Yuan Li, Haikou City, *78-86–164
14. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY, *83-82–165
15. Chris Magi, Montreal, Canada, *87-79–166
15. Jake Kessel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, *84-82–166
15. Will Beischer, Durham, NC, *80-86–166
15. Brad Cook, Jackson, WY, *81-85–166
15. William Thomson, Pittsford, NY, *79-87–166
20. Pedro De La Vega, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-80–167
20. Tom Crow, Virginia Beach, VA, *85-82–167
22. Dylan Lukes, Chapel Hill, NC, *87-81–168
23. Javier Gonzalez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *80-89–169
24. Zhengkai Bai, Shantou, China, *87-83–170
24. Keshav Sharma, New Delhi, India, *86-84–170
24. Simon McDonald, Kialla, Australia, *87-83–170
24. Brian Strumillo, Burr Ridge, IL, *92-78–170
24. John McCabe, Sewickley, PA, *88-82–170
29. Ivan Gomez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *87-84–171
29. Taisuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan, *84-87–171
29. Daiki Okada, Tokyo, Japan, *90-81–171
32. Hazwan Asraff Bin Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, *85-87–172
32. Hao Yang Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, *85-87–172
34. Maurizio De Bono, Basiglio, Italy, *87-86–173
34. Quinn Dolan, Broomall, PA, *90-83–173
36. Yong Sherng Hui, Taman Dagang, Malaysia, *88-86–174
36. Rafael Beirana, Myrtle Beach, SC, *90-84–174
38. George Cultraro, Wyckoff, NJ, *88-87–175
38. Lucas Hechler, Myrtle Beach, SC, *82-93–175
40. Peyton Shore, Saluda, SC, *97-79–176
40. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC, *84-92–176
40. Tyler Berdy, Riverside, CA, *91-85–176
43. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *94-83–177
43. Matthew Bastian, Media, PA, *93-84–177
43. Saurav Bubber, Mississauga, Canada, *89-88–177
46. Richard Lavecchia IV, Charlotte, NC, *91-87–178
47. Wataru Koguchi, Fukuoka, Japan, *91-88–179
48. Nicholas Russell, Hilton Head Island, SC, *84-96–180
48. Norman Hong, Shenzhen, China, *95-85–180
48. Kanawut Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-89–180
51. Jeronimo Martinez, Myrtle Beach, SC, *86-96–182
51. Pongpalin Lapvisuttisin, Bangkok, Thailand, *91-91–182
53. Ryan Bree, Kennett Square, PA, *93-90–183
53. Andrej Erkelens, Pittsford, NY, *90-93–183
55. Masato Yoshitsugu, Aichi, Japan, *92-94–186
56. Kanoon Bunthanawong, Chonburi, Thailand, *98-89–187
57. Paul Schumacher, Canton, OH, *93-96–189
58. Jack Fleming, Falkirk, Scotland, *101-89–190
59. Cameron Hsieh, New York, NY, *98-93–191
60. Katsuya Asano, Kanagawa, Japan, *100-93–193
60. Chris Tohir, New Canaan, CT, *95-98–193
62. Nick Fizzano, Newtown Square, PA, *106-88–194
63. Todd Glickfield ll, Marion, IN, *101-95–196
64. Jinsoo Yun, Hephzibah, GA, *95-103–198
65. Prince Phuklabsawan, Chonburi, Thailand, *95-107–202
66. Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA, *107-99–206
67. Cade Jarrard, Mount Airy, MD, *112-100–212
68. Jerry Sung, Hong Kong, China, *135-137–272

DID NOT FINISH
Peter Kelesis, Las Vegas, NV, *107–DQ (Rule 6-3a)
Jack Carroll, Rye, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-6d)
Jack DePerrior, Rochester, NY, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

Boys 14 & Under Division
Round 1 – (Silver Tees) Turtle Point, 6,148 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Silver Tees) Ocean Course, 6,043 yards, Par 72
1. Karl Vilips, Melbourne, Australia, *77-81–158
2. Chandler McDowell, Springbrook, Canada, *80-85–165
3. Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA, *87-80–167
4. Danny Gianniny, Rochester, NY, *89-82–171
5. Takafumi Shimoji, Okinawa, Japan, *89-86–175
6. Chase Ingram, Bluffton, SC, *93-88–181
7. Luis Sanchez, Tampico, Mexico, *90-92–182
7. Thomas Lipowicz, Alexandria, VA, *91-91–182
9. Aaron Elmore, Rincon, GA, *92-91–183
10. Jacob Morris, Hollywood, SC, *96-89–185
10. Sebastiano Bogoni, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy, *97-88–185
12. Thomas Delaney, Kingwood, TX, *98-100–198
13. Will Whittaker, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, *105-95–200
14. Zichen Zhao, Hilton Head Island, SC, *134-137–271

Girls Division
Round 1 – (Blue Tees) Turtle Point, 5,805 yards, Par 72
Round 2 – (Blue Tees) Ocean Course, 5,708 yards, Par 72
1. Ana Paula Valdes, Morelia, Mexico, *77-77–154
2. Nikita Arjun, Bangalore, India, *73-82–155
3. Rei Nakatani, Tokyo, Japan, *79-78–157
4. Thamonpat Siriko, Bangkok, Thailand, *81-85–166
5. Phyllis Tang, Hong Kong, China, *82-85–167
6. Cake Phuchanbanchob, Chiang Mai, Thailand, *90-79–169
7. Gabriela Teran, Managua, Nicaragua, *88-82–170
8. Gillian Alexander, Rices Landing, PA, *89-98–187
9. Danlu Cheng, Shenzhen, China, *89-100–189
10. Alana Brand, Pennyan, NY, *98-92–190
11. Victoria Parker, Lewiston, NY, *94-101–195
12. Fiona Hebbel, Leverkusen, SC, *105-106–211
13. Ammy Uenghiranpaisan, Bangkok, Thailand, *104-115–219