The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) will head to play two of the five courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 15-16, 2014 for the Major Championship. Players will play the first round at Turtle Point and finish out the weekend with round two on the Ocean Course, both of which are championship courses. At stake are double IJGT Merit Points as well as national rankings.
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The first day’s 18 holes will be played at Turtle Point, a Jack Nicklaus course known for being one of the longest on the island. Turtle Point has been host of past PGA Cup Matches and proves to be challenging for even advanced players. Unpredictable winds are characteristic of this course even with towering trees along the fairway.
Day two will be 18 holes to be played at the #4 Greatest Public Golf Course in America as ranked by Golf Digest, Ocean Course. A Pete Dye creation, Ocean Course was the location for the 2012 PGA Championships. The course includes 10 holes that run right along the Atlantic Ocean, creating for beautiful scenery. Among just 17 other courses in North America, Golf Digest readers have given Ocean Course a 5-star rating for best places to play.
The IJGT expects the fierce competition at the #MajorChamp across all Divisions. In the Boys 15-19 Division, Tennoshin Ogawa of Ichinomiya-shi, Japan and Keshav Sharma of New Delhi, India, and Brad Cook of Jackson, Wyo. Ogawa and Sharma finished first and second, respectively, after a playoff at the Winter Shootout in January 2014. Sharma also tied Cook for third at the Carolina Classic in late January 2014.
Look for a stand-out performances from Takafumi Shimoji of Okinawa, Japan, and Joe Parrini of York, Pa. After placing second in the Boys 14 & Under Division at the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation January 25-26, 2014, Shimoji has now placed in the top three in seven of eight Events played with the IJGT. In his first appearance in a southern tournament, Parrini will look to take command of the Boys 14 & Under Division. He comes into the Major Championship with five first place finishes on seven tournaments.
Rounding out our watch list, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, will look to lead the pack. Coming off of a first place finish at the Junior Heritage at Sea Pines February 1-2, 2014, Valdes will look to add to her accolades at Kiawah Island.